While searching my files and correcting information that I have learned from this forum, I came across the following which was sent to me a few years back.I have no further info on this JIM BECKWITH, and so far have not been able to connect with him, but thought it might help someone on the forum.
DEPUTY (POSSE COMITATUS)JIM BECKWITH 1856 (KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY)
Jim Beckwith’s date and place of birth are unknown, but early records mention that he had arrived in Monterey relatively early in 1856.It is recorded that he became member of Sheriff Keating’s posse that tracked down Anatasia Garcia in November of 1856.Records mention that Jim wanted to be in on the taking of such a famous murderer and cattle thief as Garcia.
Garcia was described as “being a native of California, thirty-three years old (as of 1855), six feet tall, swarthy complexion, very thick and curly black hair, having a black beard and mustache and said to have a spot on one of his eyes.”
Beckwith, Charles Layton, Joaquin De La Torre and others along with Sheriff Keating converged on Garcia’s hideout.
Sheriff Keating knocked on the front door.At the same time the rear door opened and out stepped Garcia’s wife and daughter.From behind their skirts jumped Garcia who instantly killed De La Torre and Layton who had gone to cover the back of the house.Beckwith, who was holding his horse steady nearby, was shot dead by Garcia who too the horse and fled.
Garcia was later captured and jailed at Monterey.He was soon lynched by a mob thought to be comprised of those who feared he would tell all he knew about the Roach-Sanchez affair and expose them as conspirators.(See Sheriff Roach biographical sketch).
Jim Beckwith, as a legally appointed and deputized member of the Sheriff’s posse, became the third peace officer of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department to lay down his life in the line of duty.
This information was from a look up I requested from another researcher who was "The historian for The Monterey County Sheriff's Department, and I did a book on the Sheriff's since 1850. I also did a lot of research on the Deputies, of which Jim Beckwith was one (1856).
In that year Beckwith was gunned down, along with two other Deputies, by Anastasia Garcia, a well-known criminal in early Monterey County/California history.