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Sheriff Thomas Sewell McDade[1]

Male 1829 - 1888  (59 years)


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  • Name Thomas Sewell McDade 
    Prefix Sheriff 
    Born Jul 19, 1829  Montgomery county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 26, 1888  Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hempstead Cemetery, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He served as sheriff of Waller county, Texas 1867-1880 and as its tax collector.
      He was shot and killed by Joseph Blassingame, Jr.
      --
      The San Antonio Daily Express, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1888, p. 4.
      Concerning the Assassination of Ex-Sheriff McDade.
      HOUSTON, November 27. -- [Special.] -- The assassination of ex-sheriff Thomas S. McDade near Hempstead last night has caused considerable comment in this city, where the deceased is well known.  From all that can be learned, it seems that the murdered man left the bedside of one of his children, who was sick, for the purpose of going to the cistern to get the little sufferer a drink of water.  He had hardly closed the door as he went outside when the cowardly wretch in concealment turned his gun loose on the unsuspected victim, who fell mortally wounded and soon afterwards died.
      The assassin must have left the scene of his terrible deed at once after firing the fatal shot, as a number of citizens hastened to Mr. McDade's home upon hearing the report of the gun, but no trace of the villain could be found.
      This morning at 1 o'clock Sheriff George Ellis received a telegram from Deputy Sheriff Thornton, of Waller county, asking for the loan of bloodhounds to trail the murderer.  Sheriff Ellis wired back that he had no hounds, but that they could doubtless be obtained either at Cunningham or ?Kills? sugar plantations in Fort Bend county.
      The reporter called at the county jail this morning, and visited Jack McDade, a nephew of the murdered man, who with Dick Springfield is under indictment for the killing of Allchin in Hempstead some months ago.  Young McDade was a deputy under his uncle towards the close of the latter's administration.  To the reporter he intimated the belief that the assassination of his uncle was instigated by thirst for vengeance on the part of Allchin's friends.  Be this as it may, however, the murder of poor McDade was cowardly, cold-blooded and dastardly.  He was elected sheriff fourteen years ago, and for seven consecutive times the people of Waller county evidenced their confidence in him by re-electing him.  In September last he resigned the position and retired to private life.  He was known as a brave and efficient officer, and commanded the highest respect of his fellow citizens.
      --
      The Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1888, p. 1.
      THE M'DADE MURDER.
      YOUNG MAN UNDER ARREST CHARGED WITH THE CRIME.
      Strong Circumstantial Evidence Led to His Detention -- How the Dreadful Deed Was Committed -- Burglars In San Antonio -- Other Crimes.
      HEMPSTEAD, Tex., November 27. -- This morning Joseph Blassingame, Jr., was arrested on strong circumstantial evidence and charged with the assassination of ex-Sheriff Captain Thomas S. McDade, assassinated at his home in this city last night.  The assassin was mounted on horseback, and after riding up to the back garden fence broke off two or three pickets, and after walking through the garden concealed himself near the well.  Captain McDade walked out to the well for some water for his son, who is sick in bed, and as he stepped out a shot was fired, filling his body with buckshot.
      The horse was tracked this morning to where Blassingame stopped last night, about three-quarters of a mile from where the tragedy took place.
      The footprints were measured, corresponding with the boots worn by the party arrested.
      A double barrel shotgun was found in the house and showed one barrel had been freshly discharged.  The load in the other barrel was taken out, and the shot compared exactly with those that were taken from the body of the murdered man.
      Blassingame's examining trial will be heard to-morrow.
      Captain Thomas S. McDade has been sheriff of Waller county for the last twelve or fifteen years.  He was well thought of and his large number of friends mourn his loss.  Peace to his ashes.
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    Person ID I55694  mykindred
    Last Modified Sep 29, 2010 

    Father Alexander Wilkins McDade,   b. Abt 1789, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 01, 1852, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Anna Armstrong,   b. Abt 1790,   d. Abt 1859  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Nov 27, 1817  Jasper county, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1622  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary Wier,   d.  
    Married Feb 04, 1854 
    Family ID F19662  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Margaret J. "Maggie" Bouldin,   b. Abt 22 Nov 1840, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 20, 1909, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Nov 22, 1858  Washington county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander J. McDade,   b. 1859, Washington county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
    +2. Thomas Bouldin McDade,   b. 1866, Washington county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 02, 1898, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +3. Margaret Martin McDade,   b. Feb 08, 1868, Washington county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 20, 1934, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +4. Robert McDade,   b. Nov 19, 1869, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 03, 1932, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Pearl M. McDade,   b. Feb 09, 1872, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 21, 1952, Navasota, Grimes county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     6. Keet McDade,   b. Oct 24, 1875, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 23, 1934, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Family ID F19663  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    McDade, Sheriff Thomas Sewell
    McDade, Sheriff Thomas Sewell

  • Sources 
    1. [S995] McDade web site, http://mcdade.bravepages.com/i19.html#i28700.



  
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