The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 49
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History of Fannin County, 1836-1843
fought heroically for her life since she was found with a bloody
club in her hand. The victims were scalped and tomahawked and
their bodies mangled barbarously, after which the Indians poured
over them the feathers from the beds which they had ripped open.
The savages then gathered as many quilts and as much clothing
as they could carry and taking the girl with them began their
That night Alonzo Larkin went from John P. Simpson's to the
Hunter place. He hallooed several times, and receiving no re-
sponse, turned his oxen out to graze and entered the house.
Groping about in the dark for a flint and steel to make a light,
he stumbled over an object that he at once determined was a dead
body. Larkin's first thought was that the Indians were still in
the house in an effort to trap the first comer, and without further
ado he rushed from the house and hastened across the dark
creek bottom to George Dameron's place. He found the settlers
there unaware of the murder of their neighbors and unconscious
of danger. On the following morning the bodies were brought
from the scene of the murder to Dameron's and there buried.
Some eight months passed before the girl captured on the day
her mother was murdered was ransomed from the savages by
friendly Choctaws. On her return home she stated that her
captors had always treated her kindly, and that on the retreat
after her mother's death when she tired of walking one of the
Indians obligingly carried her on his back.20
From this time on the various expeditions seem to have had
their effect, since no further atrocities were committed in eastern
V. INDIAN AFFAIRS AT WARREN, 1841
Immigrants came in increasing numbers to western FIannin
County during the spring of 1841, and the scene of Indian troubles
following the frontier line shifted westward likewise. Many set-
tlers stopped temporarily at Daniel Dugan's place, near present-
day Dugan's Chapel, camping in his yard while they prospected
for suitable locations. Among the families were those of John
Kitchens, the Rev. Mr. Spivey, a Methodist minister, Henry Green,
and a Mr. Long.
2Carter, History of Fannin County, 37-38.
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