James L. "Jim" Tapley, my grand uncle
Deputy Sheriff, Johnson County, Georgia
I don't know exactly how long Uncle Jim was a Deputy Sheriff, but at least from 1918-1930, probably longer. I know he was a Deputy Sheriff in 1918 because he was mentioned in the FBI reports on his son, Gordon, when Gordon went AWOL during World War I. Then in 1920, he ran for Johnson County Sheriff:
|From "The Wrightsville Headlight," January 1, 1920|
Bentley Allen "B.A." Lampp, 1st cousin
Deputy Sheriff, Jefferson County, Georgia
B.A. retired as a Deputy Sheriff sometime before 1998.
Gilbert Earl Tapley, my father
Deputy Sheriff, Emanuel County, Georgia
Daddy became involved in law enforcement later in life. When I was 18 and left for college, he joined the Sheriff's Department in Emanuel County as a prisoner transport deputy. He enjoyed it immensely.
He was also an "honorary" Johnson County Deputy Sheriff:
James Thomas Drake, Great grand uncle
Officer, Adrian Police Department, Adrian, Georgia
He was an officer for 25 years, retiring at the age of 80.
Warden, Macon County Work Camp, 1910-1912
- from The Wrightsville Headlight, Wrightsville, GA, Thursday, May 8, 1958, Centennial Edition, page 1.
Ellen Tapley Young, 2nd cousin
Probate Judge, Washington County, Georgia
Ellen is Uncle Jim's granddaughter.
George Washington Tapley, 2nd great-grandfather
Magistrate and Justice of the Peace, Johnson County, Georgia
Patricia Tapley, 2nd cousin
Clerk of Court, Johnson County, Georgia
Solomon Page, 2nd great-grandfather
Judge, Inferior Court, Johnson County, Georgia, 1859
- from The Wrightsville Headlight, Wrightsville, GA, Thursday, May 8, 1958, Centennial Edition. Reprinted from the Johnson County Court Records dated May 5, 1859.
There are probably several more that I don't even know about!