Researched by Faye Bell (SLC) 2013
noticed that the Ten Sleep Cemetery Registry doesn’t give year of birth/death
for Sam Bellamy, the researcher pursued the evidence shown on the newspaper
item of his death
BELLAMY, SAMUEL-News Article
Worland Grit no. 28 June 02, 1910, page 1
LOCAL NOTES OF INTEREST
A sheepherder named Samuel Bellamy in the employ of Dr. Walker, of Hyattville, was found dead on the Nowood range this week from the effects of a pistol shot, supposed to have been self inflicted.
Big Horn County Rustler no. 39 June 03, 1910, Basin
SHEEP HERDER SUICIDES.
On last Friday the news was telephoned from Hyattville that Sam Bellamy, a sheep herder in the employ of Dr. Walker, had been found dead in his wagon at a point a few miles from Tensleep, where he was in charge of the doctor's band of sheep.
The camp tender who found the body had made no investigation and there was no information as to the manner of his death. When the matter was brought to the attention of Sheriff Alston, that official telephoned Al Morton, justice of the peace at Tensleep, authorizing him to make an investigation. He did so, and a few hours later reported to the sheriff that it was a clear case of suicide. It seems that Bellamy, who was about 32 years old, had told some one on the night preceding the finding of the body, that they had better send some one else to care for the sheep, as he was going to quit. When the body was found, it was sitting on a box beside the bed, with the gun lying on the bed. There was an empty cartridge in the gun and the bullet had passed through the man's heart, out through the back, and out of the window.
Dr. Walker, who was away at the time, was called home by wire, passing through Basin on Wednesday. Sheriff Alston notified the father of the dead man, Mr. J. T. Bellamy of Kansas, and a letter was received from him on Wednesday asking for a copy of the coroner's verdict.
Park County Enterprise no. 57 June 04, 1910, page 1
For several days a report has been current that a sheep herder named Samuel Bellamy had been murdered ln cold blood on the range a short distance from where Allemand, Emge, and Lazier lost their lives. The report proves to be a mistake. Bellamy, who was in the employ of Dr. Walker of Hyattville, was found dead upon the range and the report at once went out that he had been murdered. A careful investigation of the body and of all the circumstances tends to only one conclusion and that is that he committed suicide. When found he was lying face downward on the ground with a bullet hole through his forehead. His gun lay on the ground a abort distance from him and with one chamber empty. The bullet in his head was also of the same caliber as those remaining undischarged and the verdict of suicide was speedily reached. Friends of the unfortunate fellow raised a purse with which to defray the expenses of burial.
NOTE. Shortly after this Dr. Walker moves to Fresno California with his family, see George A. Bell, Ten Sleep Cemetery.