Written by: Lesley Swann
A search party spotted Constable Jett’s big, red, handlebar mustache sticking partially out of the ground. He’d almost dug himself out before he died.
Deputy Swann’s body was found about noon under a tree not far from where he had fallen. His body had been covered with loose grass to hide it while the moonshiners dealt with Constable Jett’s body.
Constable James Jett left behind a wife and eleven children, nine of which were still at home. Deputy Sheriff John Franklin Swann left behind a wife and four small children. One of those children, George Leslie Swann, was my then four-year-old grandfather.
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