The Newer Tombstone of Ahijah W. Grimes, Lawman Killed By Sam Bass & His Gang On 19 July, 1878

Taken at Round Rock Cemetery, Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas USA in .

This gray granite tombstone of Ahijah W. Grimes which stands in front of the original, was erected by the Sam Bass Historical Foundation. It gives his name and then reads: "Here lies A. W. Grimes, Williamson County Deputy Sheriff & Former Texas Ranger Who Was Killed In Koppells Store, Main Street, Round Rock, July 19, 1878 As He Attempted To Disarm GangMembers Sam Bass, Seaborn Barnes & Frank Jackson. It is Not Known Who Fired The Fatal Shot. He Left A Wife And Three Children. She Received $200 & One Of The Bass Gang Horses As Indemnity For Her Husband's Death." [Note: Ahijah's wife died 26 July 1939 in Lampasas, Texas.]

I read that Grimes was shot 6 times, and was dead before he hit the floor. If Sam killed the man, this was the first and last time that he ever did such a thing. In the past he had dissuaded his gang from killing, as well, ousting them if they did.

After viewing his gravesite, I said a prayer for him and his family and on behalf of the family of Sam Bass, told him that I regretted he had died so unjustly at the hands of my first cousin, thrice removed, and his gang.

Samantha Grimes Miles We heard this story often growing up. Do u have any links?
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