my return the Indians continued troublesome, the neighbors had
moved away, the health of my wife had declined and in 1867 I removed with
family to Ruckers creek on the east side of the Brazos river in Hood county,
and in 1869 I moved from there to my present residence in the eastern part of
Hood county on Fall creek.
In 1871 my wife sickened and died. She was in all relations of life a noble
woman, as wife and mother faithful, watchful and affectionate, industrious and
charitable. No man's domestic life was more blessed than mine.
Two years after the death of my wife I married Jane Bosson, a favorite of
my first wife, and widow of Wm. Bosson-her maiden name was Cummins.
She had six children at our marriage, and we have lived together until the
present time without jar or discord; her children are good and kind and we
have never disagreed, which is evidence not alone of their respect for their
mother and myself but of their own goodness of heart and nobility of
I have had during my career many personal conflicts, many chases after
Indians and violators of the law which are not narrated in these pages. To
have told all would have occupied more space and time than I could hope to
give. After my settlement on Ruckers creek everything remained quiet and I
have not since been under the necessity of taking up arms to defend myself or
country. I bear upon my person the scars of many wounds and many bullets
which were not extracted and still remain in my body. My left arm is useless,
but my general health is good, and now at the age of 75 my mind is bright and
vigorous, and I am as strong and hearty as I could have hoped or wished. Age
sits lightly upon my shoulders, and I have the consolation in looking back over
the past to find that there is little I could wish to change.
Middleton, John W. History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857. Fort Worth, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2362/. Accessed March 29, 2015.