Type of Officer: Deputy
Jurisdiction: Nemaha
County: Nemaha
Death Date: 11/20/1866
Added to Memorial: 2006
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On November 19, 1866, Nemaha County Sheriff William Boulton formed a posse of several local men to join in the pursuit of four horse thieves. Deputy Jesse S. Dennis was one of three posse members who overtook two of the suspects on the road to Capioma. The suspects, Melvin Baughn and Zach Mooney, opened fire on the deputies, severely wounding one and fatally wounding Deputy Dennis.