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Re: Sheriff L.S. Turnbo, 1880's
Posted by: J. L. Ward (ID *****6832) Date: July 21, 2006 at 08:19:30
In Reply to: Sheriff L.S. Turnbo, 1880's by Charles Turnbo of 66

Dear Mr. Turnbo,

I found two references to L. S. Turnbo, Sheriff of Reeves County. You probably already have both, but here's what I have.

First, I ran across this Sheriff in connection with his conduct leading up to the trial of a fellow named Tinnin, who was charged with the murder of Jep Clayton, a former partner of my gGrandfather James Enoch Cooksey who parted ways with Clayton in about 1885. Clayton was also the uncle of my gGrandmother Agatha Jane Clayton Cooksey, James E.'s wife. You can get this article at the website

I also found a few sentences in Vol. 1 of Alton Hughes "Pecos: A History of the Pioneer West" which I will send you a copy of the image I made on my scanner if you will send me your current email address. Your 2003 email address on Genforum showed up as "Error". This might link you to a charge brought in Reeves County against L. S. Turnbo after he had been removed as Sheriff. Nothing in Vol. 2.

And here's a funny thing I recalled, once I was thinking about your surname, Turnbo. I remember a Gary Turnbo, who was a student of mine in the early 70's when I was teaching Business Admin at the University of Texas at Austin. He told me a great story about his grandfather, who still lived on a ranch, who rolled his own smokes, not realizing that the "weed" he mixed in with the tobacco was really Weed - marijuana! Might be related -- not that many Turnbo's in Texas compared to other surnames.

Good luck with you reasearch.

Larry Ward

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