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of his head, made by bullets, arrows, and knives. The worst one,
on his head, had been inflicted by the breech of a shotgun.1
John Leakey married Nancy Patterson, the daughter of George
W. Patterson, an early settler of Sabinal and Leakey.2 There
were eight children born to them: Mack, Tom, George, Mary, Ella,
Fannie, Mattie, and Augusta.83 John Leakey and his family were
members of the Methodist church in Leakey and some of its
early services were held at their home.84
The last Indian battle in this section of the country took place
on April 19, 1882, in the main Frio Canyon, about seven miles
above the town of Leakey.88 John McLauren and several of his
neighbors, had gone to court at Bandera.8*
At this time Mrs. McLauren and Allen Lease, a youth who lived
with the McLauren family were slain. It was about o:oo in the after-
noon when the Indians who had been hiding on top of the cliff over-
looking the valley and the home, attacked Mrs. McLauren and Allen
who were working in the little garden. Allen Lease was killed and
Mrs. McLauren was left for dead. Her little daughter, Maud saw how
her mother was suffering with her head on the ground and ran past
the dead body of Allen through a bunch of Indians and secured
a pillow, and tenderly placed it under her dying mother's head.
It was strange that the Indians made no attempt to molest this little
child. Then little Maud ran for help. By the time help came at sun-
down, Mrs. McLauren was still alive, but that was all, the last spark
of life was flickering. She faintly asked for water, which was given,
but in three minutes after, she was dead. Allen Lease was still lying at
the foot of the hill where he fell, but the hogs had eaten his face off.87
Another account tells that little Maud ran to the house and
got the pillow after the Indians had left.38
A group of settlers gathered at John Leakey's under the lead-
ership of Captain J. J. H. Patterson and took the trail of the
32Fenley, Oldtimers of Southwest Texas, Igo.
88Leakey, Grandad and I, 1g.
84Stowell, Early Settlers and Indian Fighters, 612-619.
8sHamilton, "Brief History of Real County," Camp Wood Messenger, July 31,
86Leakey, The West That Was, 6o.
a7Hamilton, "Brief History of Real County," Camp Wood Messenger, July 31,
ssFenley, Oldtimers of Southwest Texas, 191.
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