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 Page: 31 of 42
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in self defence. I said "you say you want no difficulty?" He answered,
no, he did not, and would make any acknowledgements I asked. I told him he
had made enoLugh, to attend to his own business and let mine alone and never
cross my path again. He promised to do so, said he was done, and never inteneded
to interfere further with me. We then walked back to the yard where
his six men were assembled. Mohorn took me aside and requested me not to
be displeased with him for coming with Walker, as he came only to get the
difficulty settled. "What!" said I. "Mohorn, did you suppose your coming
strengthened the matter any? Suppose all of you, the whole clan had come, no
strength would have been added, Walker could settle it alone as well." Addressing
all then, I said: "Gentlemen, I want you all to understand that Jno. W.
is a crowd anywhere, I want no apologies from any of you, I want you to get on
your horses and leave here, and leave quick. All then mounted and left without
resenting anything I had said. I never saw Walker but once after. He went
near Fort Belknap and remained a short time. In connection with a man named
Langston he killed a man there, and after that I met him once alone. I had my
shot gun. We talked a short time in a friendly manner, separated, and I have
not seen him since.
Walker and four others, Joe Robertson, Bob Tucker, Covington and Dordy
were the men who, pretending to be Indians, murdered Cameron and his wife in
Lost Prairie. Dordy was killed while resisting arrest for stealing the same
horses for which Covington and Tucker were hung on Pulaxy. I have been
informed that Robertson was executed, but have no personal knowledge of it.
Walker is yet living.
In the fall of 1856 I moved to the head of Kickapoo creek, and the Indians
were located on the reserve in Young county. For a short time they remained
peaceable. Early in 1857 they commenced depredating. They came in by
families and camped, pretending to hunt and were friendly. Part of them
would steal horses and when charged with it would accuse the wild Indians as
the perpetrators. I was elected captain of an independent company for home
protection. The Indians came in and camped on Saline creek and were accompanied
by "Choctaw Tom," an interpreter. Two Indians on one occasion came
out near Buck creek in the edge of the settlement. Two of the Lavender family,
one partly deranged, went out cow hunting in the direction of Saline creek. A
point of mountain came down in the valley, and on this point 'the two Indians
were stationed, one on the south and the other on the opposite side. A long
rock came down from the point and was split in the middle. One Indian ran
into this opening and as the men passed shot at them but missed. These men
not perceiving they were fired at, and presuming the firing to be by some neighbor
hunting, started towards the place when they discovered the Indian, and
returning at once, notified me. I raised seventeen men and early next day was
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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, book, January 1, 1883; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2362/m1/31/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .