Delaware County Sheriffs Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About 1950

left to right , Ralph McElwee, Harley Wornstaff, Paul Jones, Earl Snow and Earl Fravel

 

 

While gathering information about the Delaware Police Department it was only natural that I came across information on the Sheriffs Department. The following names and information were found in various records. In many cases the year was not stated. As I find additional information this list will be updated.

 

Sheriff

 

Last Name

 

First Name

 

Term

Worline

Abraham

Unknown

Moon

 

Unknown

Baker

 

Unknown

Rippey

J. Thompson

Unk (d. 1889)

Griffith

Thomas

Unknown

Smith

Solomon

1808

Welch

Aaron

1814  (d.1816)

Bennett

Sanford S.

1816, about

Sprague

Pardon, Col.

1823-1824

Tompkins

Daniel D.

1829

Moore

Sidney, Gen.

1830

Moore

Emery

1832

Patterson

Andrew H., Gen.

1834

Patterson

Andrew H., Gen.

1836

Bunker

Peleg

1838-1842

Horr

Francis

184?

Jones

Nicholas

1847-1852

Vining

Elam C.

1853

Smith

Andrew Jackson

1854

Sherman

Charles

1859

Waters

B. C.

1860

Waters

Benjamin

1862

Ladd

John W.

1864

Ladd

John W.

1866

Brown

William

1868

Brown

William

1870

Crawford

J. W.

1872

Sackett

G. L.

1874

Sackett

George L.

1876

Cutler

William H.

1878

Cutler

William H.

1880

White

James

1886

Davis

William J.

1886

Davis

William J.

1890

Thrall

Stephen P.

1894-1898

Schaffner

Jacob M.

1899-1903

Williamson

Almer C.

1904-1906

Leonard

Caleb M.

1907-1910

Williams

Thomas B.

1911-1915

Pickett

William

1915

Alkire

Abraham Lincoln

1919

Harter

Fred D.

1923

Lambert

Conner C.

1927

Main

Veley

1929

McKinnie

Chester

1933-1936

Pinney

Murton F.

1937-1944

Fravel

Earl

1945-1956

Wornstaff

Harley

1957-1964

Jackson

Eugene T.

1965-1976

Lavery

William B.

1977-1992

Myers

Al

1993- 2007

Davis

Walter  L.

2007 - present

 

 

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C.M. Leonard

Sheriff 1907 – 1910

 

Caleb Morse Leonard was born  October 20, 1859 to Nelson Leonard and Mary Eliza Morse. Caleb’s father was born in 1824 in Kent, CT and moved to Delaware, Ohio in 1845. Where he married Mary Eliza Morse on November 17, 1852. Caleb’s mother was born in 1819. Caleb married Anna Mary Eastman in 1885. She was born to Loren Eastman and Henrietta Tiffany Farrar. They had three children: Loren Brooks Leonard 1889 to 1905; Elizabeth Eastman Leonard Winchell 1887 to 1947; and Emily Maud Leonard Lowery 1892 to 1962.

 

Caleb Leonard family in front of Sheriffs residence

 

 

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Robert Earl Milligan

 

Prior to becoming a deputy under Mert Pinney in 1939 he was a farmer living on the Troy Road about five miles from Delaware and he also worked full time as a telegrapher for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Troyton. This was the end of the depression and money was difficult to obtain. In March of 1939 he became a deputy, and moved to Delaware living first at 392 N. Franklin Street. He later moved into Mert Pinneys house at 115 W. Central Ave. where he lived until his death in 1944. Other deputies at that time were Chet McKinney and Earl Fravel. Harley Wornstaff was a special deputy during that period also.

In 1944, he planned on running for the office of Sheriff and had made preparations to announce his intentions. A week before the announcement date he suffered a massive heart attack during his sleep and never awoke. He had a series of photos taken just before he died intending them to be used for his campaign. The above photo was one of those taken.

 

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Badge from Paul M. Jones, pictured in the group photo at the top of the page. Mr. Jones served as a Deputy from May 15, 1946 until May 1952. Mr. Jones stated that he also served as a Merchant Policeman with the City for about two years. His badges and the group photo at the top of the page were donated to the Delaware County Historical Society.

 

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Sgt. William “Bill” Macklin

 

Prior to becoming a Deputy, Bill Macklin served the Delaware Police and Fire Departments (this photo was taken in 1950-51, while Bill was working for the Police Department). In 1952 Bill became a Deputy for the Delaware County Sheriffs Department and he was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He continued in that position until his death in 1974. Bill was born May 13, 1906 to Joseph and Anna Macklin, he died January 1, 1974.