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six hundred dollars by some traders and sent home to their
families.1" Concerning their home-coming John P. Simpson says:
The case of the prodigal son was eclipsed by the return of the
two captured boys. The father fell on the neck of his son and
wept; the mother ran to meet them, but swooned away with
ecstatic joy and fell to the ground, and then returning to con-
sciousness, with deep emotion and tears exclaimed, while em-
bracing them in her arms, "My son was lost but now is found; was
dead but liveth again; glory to God on high.""
Although Tarrant's two expeditions disposed of the menace from
the Indians in the Trinity area, there was yet danger to be appre-
hended from renegade bands who lived north of Red River. To
these invaders doubtless should be attributed the last, and most
atrocious, murder committed within the boundaries of Fannin
County proper, namely, that of Mrs. William Hunter, her daughter,
and her negro slave woman on Caney Creek in 1842.
The first settler on Caney Creek was George Dameron who built
his cabin in 1838 on the site now occupied by Carson Cemetery,
but the danger of his exposed position forced him to return to
Fort Inglish before the end of the year. In the spring of 1842,
lulled into a feeling of security by the success of the Tarrant
expeditions, he induced Dr. William Hunter to move with him
from the fort to the locality in which he had formerly lived. The
doctor settled on what is now known as the Jenkins' farm east of
.Caney Creek at a distance of a mile from Dameron's. Soon after
Hunter's eldest daughter married William Langford of Warren,"9
leaving the family composed of Hunter, his wife, two sons and
On the day of the massacre Dr. Hunter and his sons were
obliged to leave home on business. Shortly before noon one of
the little girls was sent to the spring some fifty yards from the
house to obtain a pail of water. The Indians, who were lying in
ambush at the spring, killed her with arrows and took her scalp.
They then rushed to the house and killed Mrs. I-Iunter and the
negro woman and captured the other girl. The slave probably
T'The Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas in session November, 1841-
February, 1842, appropriated $600 to redeem the Cox boys. Laws of the
Republic of Texas; 5th and 6th Congresses, Sixth Congress, 42.
"Carter, History of Fannin County, 43-44.
"Wilbarger, Indian Depredations in Texas, 398.
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