Sam Bass Gang

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 Sam Bass Gang (1877 – 1878)

Sam Bass – Texas Gang
L to R, Sam Bass – William Collins
John E. Gardner – Joel Collins
Photo: U.S. PD pre-1878
McCubbin Collection

 

Gang Activities

Nebraska:
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Texas:
Wk. 7, 02/18/1877 – Train robbery – Hutchins, TX
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – one other Stage robbery – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 14, 04/04/1878 – Train robbery – Eagle Ford
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 17, 04/29/1878 – Shootout – Jim Murphy’s house
June shootout with Texas Rangers – “Arkansas” Johnson Killed
Wk. 29, 07/19/1878 – Betrayed!
Wk. 29, 07/20/1878 – Sam Bass discovered mortally wounded

Gang Members

As always with these old stories, it is sometime hard to be sure that everyone made every dance.
If you can show that someone wasn’t at a given event, please email me. – Doc

Sam Bass [Founder – 1877-1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train Robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 17, 04/29/1878 – Shootout – Jim Murphy’s house
Wk. 29, 07/19/1878 – Shot up!
Wk. 29, 07/20/1878 – found dying and taken back to town
Wk. 29, 07/21/1878 – Died of wounds on his 27th birthday

Seaborn Barnes [member – 1877-1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 29, 07/19/1878 – Killed – Round Rock, TX

Berry, James [member – 1877]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE

Joel Collins [member – 1877-1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage robbery Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX

William Collins [member – 1877-1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 45, 11/08/1878 – Killed – Pembina, Dakota Territory

Davis, Jack [member – 1877]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE

John E. Gardner [member – 1878]     (likely only one of the train robberies)
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX

Herdon, Albert [member – 1878]

Frank Jackson [member – 1877-1878]    (three of four train robberies)
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 29, 07/19/1878 – rescues Sam…
Wk. 29, 07/20/1878 – watches as Rangers take the wounded Sam Bass back to town…
observed throwing a clod of dirt on Sam’s grave and disappears from history…
Wk.23, 06/07/1879 – where was Frank?

 “Arkansas” Johnson [member – 1878]    (did he do two or four?)
Wk. 7, 02/18/1877 – Train robbery – Hutchins, TX
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 14, 04/04/1878 – Train robbery – Eagle Ford
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
June shootout with Texas RangersKilled

Jim Murphy [member – 1878]   
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Stage Robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 17, 04/29/1878 – Shootout – Jim Murphy’s house
Wk. 29, 07/19/1878 – gave the gang away to the Texas Rangers!
Wk.23, 06/07/1879 – suicide?

Tom Nixon [member – 1877-1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth – ?
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 29, 07/21/1884 – Killed  (It is this Tom Nixon, isn’t it?)

Pipes, Sam [member – 1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth – ?
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX

Spotswood, Thomas [member – 1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth – ?
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX

Underwood, Henry [member – 1878]
Wk. 38, 09/17/1877 – Train robbery – Ogalla, NE
Wk. 38, 09/18/1877 – Train robbery – Big Springs , NE
Wk. 08, 02/22/1878 – Train robbery – Allen, TX
1878 – two Stage robberies – west of Ft. Worth – ?
Wk. 15, 04/10/1878 – Train robbery – Mesquite, TX
Wk. 17, 04/29/1878 – Shootout – Jim Murphy’s house
June shootout – survives and leaves the gang

Main Street – Round Rock, TX
This may have been one of Sam’s final views…

Sam Bass Gang – Cave hideout
near Round Rock, TX
Photo: U.S. PD?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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