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Joseph Campbell DeBusk
Joseph Campbell DeBusk

Joseph Campbell DeBusk son of John Wesley DeBusk and Emeline Widener was born 14 Feb 1862 in Boon's Path, Lee County, Virginia and died 1935 in Callahan County, Texas, was told. He is buried at Dressey Cemetery, Callahan County, Texas.  He married a woman named Sarah P. who he met her through a mail order bride company.  According to the 1930 census she was 48 years old. 

She had a son named Lester Stern by a prior marriage. Lester and his wife thought that Sarah Catherine Ball DeBusk had a lot of money hidden in her house and tried to rob her on the night of 19 June 1934. He was an unemployed mechanic living in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. He and his wife borrowed a car and drove to the home of Sarah Catherine Ball DeBusk where he tried to chloroform her, but she awoke and started screeming causing him to hit her on the head. Her friend Abbie Hounshell was also hit on the head when she came to investigate the screeming. Luther stole $40 from under Sarah’s mattress. Sarah was hurt worse than Abbie. Lester and his wife were arrested in Abilene and charged with robbery with firearms. He was convicted and sent to prison for 99 years, but only served about a year in prison. He moved to Odessa, Ector County, Texas.   


1   ---   W.J. DeBusk born 29 Jan 1911 and died 04 Jan 1912. He is buried at Dressey Cemetery, Callahan County, Texas.

2   ---   Lelia A. DeBusk who was listed in the 1930 census as 17 years old.

The picture is the property of Mike Frerichs and Mary Parkey, the Lee County Virginia Historian