Sheriff John T Olive

Sheriff John T Olive

Killed in the line of Duty Sept 12 1892
John T. Olive was born on February 28, 1850 in Lafayette county, Arkansas, to Marville Mattison (1812-91) and Zipporah Cullum (1821-87) Olive. Sheriff Olive had six brothers and sisters: William (1844-1925), Elizabeth, Joseph (1852-1917), Jesse (1855-1930), Nancy (1858-1924) and Marvel (1861-1959). He came to Central Texas in the early 1870s and married Frances Gentry in Lee county on July 23, 1876. They had six children: Juanita, Owen, Carrie, John, Bessie and Roy.
 John T. Olive was elected sheriff of Williamson county in November 1884 and served until November 1888. He was elected again in 1890 and was assured of re-election in 1892 when he was shot while standing on a railroad platform at Echo, Bell county, Texas on September 11, 1892. He is buried in Taylor's City Cemetery next to his wife and youngest son.

The citizens of Williamson county recognized Sheriff Olive in July 1892 for his courageous dedication as a lawman by presenting him with a nickel plated, single action Colt 44-40 pistol bearing the inscription, "To our friend, John Olive."

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JIM DILLARD

 

PHOTO PROVIDED BY Bob Shamburger.

Sheriff Olive's Colt Single Action Revolver is a 44-40 caliber (44),    

June 7,.7-1/2" barrel, nickel plated shipped from Colt's factory on

1892 to E. A. Sprague, engraver 

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JIM DILLARD
John T. Olive rests in the Taylor  City Cemetery.

 

A book about John Thomas Olive entitled "OUR DEAD SHERIFF"
by Jim Dillard of Texas will be ready soon!