Coastal Georgia Officers of the Law
Police, Sheriff, etc.

The following listing was taken from public records and is by no means a complete or official record of all officers of the law for Coastal Georgia.
If you know your ancestor served on the force and want them listed here, please send me their name, the date they became an officer, the source for your information (has to be something other than family say-so), and the place where they served.

NAME OFFICE DATE SOURCE COUNTY INFO
D MONTH YEAR
ABEAL James (Capt.) policeman 29 September 1876 Darien Timber Gazette, of date McIntosh  
ASBELL George W. policeman 7 March 1915 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
ASBELL George W. policeman 11 May 1896 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
ASBELL George W. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
ASBELL George W. patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
BARNES ---- policeman 9 March 1915 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
BEACH Henry F. sheriff 20 July 1860 Deed, Book N pg. 610 Glynn  
BEACH Jacob L. police commissioner 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
BEACH Louis Wesley city marshal 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
BEACH Louis Wesley city marshal 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
BEACH Louis Wesley city marshal 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
BEACH Louis Wesley chief of police 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
BEACH Louis Wesley chief of police 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
BERHARD ---- policeman 2 July 1945 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
BERRIE H.E. mounted patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  

BERRIE William Henry

sheriff 0 February 1889 Bwk. City Directory, 1890 Glynn Georgia State Patrol
BERRIE William Henry sheriff 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
BERRIE William Henry sheriff 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn County Police Chief
BERRIE William Henry sheriff 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
BERRIE William Henry sheriff 0 OOO 1901 Bwk. City Directory, 1901-2 Glynn  
BERRIE William Henry sheriff 0 OOO 1912 Bwk. City Directory, 1912 Glynn  
BLOUNT J.B. sheriff 2 June 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date McIntosh Was elected 6 January 1915, only 60 days on force KIA
BRANCH D.H. patrolman 13 December 1943 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
BRUNS Ben policeman 20 February 1947 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
BURCH H.E. chief of police 21 October 1946 Bwk. News, of date Glynn City Police Officer
BURCH O.E. chief of police 23 February 1953 Bwk. News, of date Glynn Georgia State Patrol
BUSBEE Perry G. police commissioner 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn secretary
BUTLER E.W. policeman 19 November 1962 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
CHASTEN J.W. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
CLUBB W.J. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
DEAVER Rexford Napoleon chief of police 19 November 1962 Bwk. News, of date Glynn Glynn County Police
DEAVER Rexford Napoleon policeman 7 March 1915 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
DENBY J.W. bailiff 30 May 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
DUBBERLY L.C. chief of police 29 April 1937 Southeast Georgian, of date Camden  
DuBOSE J.B. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
EDWARDS Ross policeman 20 November 1944 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
ELLIOTT William H. corporal 5 April 1966 Bwk. News, of date Glynn Glynn County Police
EMANUEL N. policeman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
EMANUEL N. policeman 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
FORBES ---- policeman 26 September 1885 Darien Timber Gazette, of date McIntosh  
FOUNTON J.L. policeman 19 November 1962 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
GASKINS ---- constable 13 February 1898 Bwk. Call, of date Glynn  
GODWIN L.O. chief of police 6 January 1936 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
GOODBREAD P.T. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
GOODBREAD P.T. patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
GOODBREAD Thomas B. keeper of guard house 17 January 1877 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Glynn  
GOOLSBY Larry policeman 11 March 1976 Southeast Georgian, of date Camden  
GORDON ---- policeman 13 February 1898 Bwk. Call, of date Glynn  
GORDON Thomas patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
GREEN A. asst. marshal 17 January 1877 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Glynn Glynn County Police
GREGORY E.D. patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
HARRIS J.C. policeman 20 February 1947 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
HENDERSON Russell B. chief of police 11 July 1947 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
HENDRIX J.M. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
HIGGINBOTHAM Frank policeman 26 September 1885 Darien Timber Gazette, of date Glynn  
HOWARD William sheriff 28 January 1921 Nahunta Banner, of date Brantley  
JOHNSON W.A. keeper of guard house 0 OOO 1890 Bwk. City Directory, 1890 Glynn  
JONES G.F. patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
KELLER David L. policeman 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
LAMB ---- policeman 5 March 1899 Bwk. Call, of date Glynn served only 1 year on force, left 1 January 1915
LAMB John Luther policeman 3 December 1904 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
LAMB Thomas William sheriff 13 December 1876 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Glynn  
LAMB Thomas William sheriff 3 January 1877 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Glynn  
LAMBRIGHT James Thomas deputy sheriff 31 May 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
LEHMAN John C. police commissioner 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn president
LEVISON Robert deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn City Police Officer
LEVISON  Robert deputy marshal 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn City Police Officer
LEVISON  Robert deputy marshal 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
LEVISON  Robert asst. chief of police 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn City Police Officer
LEVISON  Robert asst. chief of police 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
LEWALLEN  Robert policeman 19 November 1962 Bwk. News, of date Glynn City Police Officer
LILES A.J. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
LOCKRIDGE J.D. deputy sheriff 26 August 1930 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
LOFTIN L.E. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
MOORE Jacob sheriff 7 May 1811 Deed, Book N pg. 197 Glynn  
MOORE James sheriff 9 April 1808 Deed, Book N pg. 2 Glynn City Police Officer
MULLEN J.R. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn Georgia State Patrol
NORRIS W.H. chief of police 20 March 1950 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
OWENS George Mitchell policeman 0 OOO 1905 Bwk. City Directory, 1905 Glynn  
OWENS George Mitchell policeman 0 OOO 1908 Bwk. City Directory, 1908 Glynn  
OWENS George Mitchell deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1912 Bwk. City Directory, 1912 Glynn  
OWENS Harry William chief deputy sheriff 5 April 1966 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
OWENS John W. policeman 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
OWENS Mitchell Edward deputy sheriff; sheriff 0 OOO 1947 family research Glynn  
OWENS Robert Eugene chief of police 0 OOO 1903 Bwk. News obituary 1938 Glynn  
OWENS Robert Eugene asst. chief of police 0 OOO 1905 Bwk., City Directory, 1905 Glynn  
OWENS Walter Thaddeus County Supt. of prisons 0 OOO 1901 Bwk. City Directory, 1901-2 Glynn mentioned by last name only in article
PADGETT L.C. policeman 7 March 1915 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
PELOT James deputy sheriff 2 November 1818 Darien Gazette, of date McIntosh State Hwy. Camp #18
POPPELL Adam Strain sheriff 26 August 1930 Bwk. News, of date McIntosh  
PRICE ---- policeman 21 March 1914 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
PUTNAM A.T. police commissioner 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
PYLES Robert S. deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1901 Bwk. City Directory, 1901-2 Glynn  
RANDOLPH David B. 2nd asst. marshal 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
RANDOLPH Horace B. keeper of guard house 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
REGISTER J.E. chief of police 12 December 1929 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
REGISTER J.E. chief of police 21 April 1938 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
REGISTER J.E. chief of police 3 November 1952 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
REGISTER J.E. chief of police 30 April 1953 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
ROBERTS C.M. policeman 17 January 1877 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Glynn  
ROBSON Robert sheriff 22 August 1877 Bwk. Adv. & Appeal, of date Charlton  
ROGERS L.W. sheriff 14 January 1921 Nahunta Banner, of date Brantley  
SCARLETT ---- policeman 5 March 1899 Bwk. Call, of date Glynn  
SMITH W.T. policeman 20 November 1944 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
TAFT R.T. patrolman 13 December 1943 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 7 October 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 7 October 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
TAYLOR Emmett F. deputy sheriff 9 April 1920 Macon Telepgraph obituary of date Glynn president
TAYLOR H.C. 1st asst. marshal 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn secretary
THOPMSON H.E. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
TURNER J.M. policeman 19 November 1962 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
TYRE J.R. deputy sheriff 4 February 1921 Nahunta Banner, of date Brantley  
WALTERS C.M. mounted patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
WIGGINS ---- detective 2 June 1895 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Unknown  
WIGGINS M.A. policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
WILCHAR Jerry policeman 11 May 1896 Bwk. Times Adv., of date Glynn  
WILCHAR Jerry policeman 0 OOO 1892 Bwk. City Directory, 1892 Glynn  
WILCHAR Jerry patrolman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
WORTHY H.G. warden 11 July 1947 Bwk. News, of date Glynn  
WRENCH H.A. policeman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
WRIGHT J.S. policeman 0 OOO 1896 Bwk. City Directory, 1896 Glynn  
WRIGHT J.S. policeman 0 OOO 1898 Bwk. City Directory, 1898 Glynn  
WRIGHT Moses Christopher Burnett sheriff 23 May 1857 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, of date Glynn  
               
               

John W. Owens & Family

            John W. Owens was born sometime in March 1844 in Ireland to Patrick Owens & Rosanna Connally.  He married sometime before 1867 to Catherine Matilda Robson and together they had at least seven children while living in McIntosh County.  John worked hard all his life as a laborer and carpenter who ultimately moved to Glynn County where he died 22 May 1917.
            John served his state during the Civil War, enlisting in the 25th GA Co. I on 9 August 1861 from Chatham County.  Later in 1861 he was in Company D until he was captured on 7 December 1864 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  His Confederate pension application states he had lived in Georgia since he was 7 years old, suggesting he immigrated around 1851 with his parents and siblings; the family was enumerated in the 1860 McIntosh County census.  This document also states that he enlisted in both companies in August as part of the Bryan Guard.
            By 1890 the family had moved to Brunswick where John continued working as a carpenter.  The 1898 city directory tells us that John had become a policeman but this apparently was a short lived career because by 1900 he was a bookkeeper.
            Their father apparently instilled in his children a respect for the law and authority because all three of his sons served Brunswick in some capacity of the law.
            Walter Thaddeus Owens was born 7 August 1870 and died 28 December 1942; he married Johanna L. Barrett sometime before 1896 and had at least five children.  According to the Brunswick city directories, Walter first worked as an engineer at the brewery and lived at 1205 S. Wolf Street.
            George Mitchell Owens was born 1 June 1872 and died in office as Sheriff of Glynn County on 28 November 1947.  On 31 May 1903 in Pierce County, George married Margaret Sophronia Marr and together had at least seven children; the first four were sons and the last three were daughters.
            George served as deputy sheriff from at least 1910 until 1935 when the current sheriff, Robert S. Pyles, died in office.  George was elected interim sheriff to serve until an election could be held to fill the office.  As part of his campaign efforts, George wrote a letter to the voters of Glynn County expressing his regrets that he could not be at the polls on Election Day due to his duties as interim sheriff.  In his letter he let the voters know, one last time, that he had 25 years experience in the office already as deputy which qualified him beyond measure to be sheriff.
            He was elected to office and served until his death in 1947 when his deputy sheriff, and son, Mitchell Edward Owens took the office until an election was held in which he won the office and retired from on 1 January 1969 when his brother, and former deputy sheriff, Harry William Owens was elected to office to serve until his death.
            Prior to his political life, George worked in a meat market with his brother Robert Eugene Owens who also entered the office of the law by becoming a police officer.  By 1903 Robert was chief and in 1901 their other brother, Walter Thaddeus Owens, was county superintendent of prisons.  Walter didnít keep this position long according to the city directory of 1905 in which he was listed as a shipping clerk with the Lott-Lewis Company and by 1912 he was a foreman on the Turtle River dock.
            The 1905 and 1908 directories also shows us that George was a policeman before he was a deputy sheriff and that Robert was assistant chief of police; by 1912 he was back to being a grocer.  Robertís obituary states that he served only one year as chief of police but several years as the assistant.
            Mitchell E. Owens was born 2 December 1904, died 3 February 1973, and married Ila Peggy Burns on 9 July 1927 in Brunswick.  He was the father of six children and served as his fatherís chief deputy until his fatherís death when he took the office of sheriff until an election could be held to fill the office.  Mitchell is the only one of the Owensí that actually retired from duty.  One of his sons, James Barry Owens, may have been the Jekyll Island Fire Chief in 1966 when a terrible murder-suicide occurred.
            Harry W. Owens was born 19 February 1911, died 4 February 1976, and married Audrey Riddle.  He was the father of six children and served as his brotherís deputy chief taking office of sheriff in 1969 until his death.  A few years before his election, the Owens men were part of an investigation that involved the two brothers and Mitchellís son as fire chief when a man on Jekyll Island murdered his wife and then later in his jail cell hung himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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