D. "Bud" M. “Bud” Ballew (D D. M. Ballew)

D. M. “Bud” Ballew

Western Lawman. Born David Monticello Ballew, he was a most controversial and effective Ardmore, Oklahoma Territory Deputy Sheriff. A very noted gun fighter, he first made headlines killing Pete Bynum who was in the middle of a holdup. Later he killed outlaws Steve Talkington for resisting arrest, James Perle and two men named Hignote and Mills for attempting to escape custody. But it wasn’t just outlaws, in a long standing feud with fellow lawman Don Braziel, Ballew shot him dead when he pulled his gun on him. He met his demise on May 5, 1922, in a deadly shoot-out in Wichita Falls, Texas, when police Chief J.W. McCormick tried to arrest Ballew for disturbing the peace. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Parents:  Bryant Young Ballew (1843 – 1917)  Spouse:  Fannie Ballew (1882 – 1955)  Children:  Dorris Letcher Ballew (1904 – 1962)*  Siblings:  Artitia Susan Ballew Gordon (1870 – 1945)*  Hattie Electra Ballew Gauntt (1874 – 1964)*  D. M. Ballew (1877 – 1922) *Calculated relationship


  • January, 01, 1970


  • May, 05, 1922


  • Lone Grove Cemetery
  • Oklahoma
  • USA

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