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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
1867. The children at that time were William
Myres, aged sixteen, Mahala Emilene, aged fifteen,
Eliza, thirteen, Sarina, eleven, Samuel, nine, and
John Myres, aged seven. The two Hamleton children
were Mary L., aged about five years, and
Gus., aged about eighteen months.
On the day of the attack Mr. Hamleton had
gone some distance to mill; the elder son, William,
was from home attending cattle. Mahala,
Eliza, Samuel and John were picking cotton.
Sarina Myres, Mary and little Gus. were at the
house and their mother was weaving cloth in a
Such was the situation when a band of Indians,
said to have been led by the Comanche chief,
the same who, while a prisoner with
Santanta and Big Tree in 1871, was killed by the
surrounded and entered the house. Mrs.
Hamleton was at once murdered; and little Gus.,
Sarina and Mary were seized. The house was
then plundered of everything portable desired by
the Indians, and with their little prisoners and
booty they left. Little Mary, from the effect of
chills, was very weak, so much so that on leaving
their camp next morning, they left her and started,
but she cried so wildly that they went back and
killed her. The only eye-witness to these double
horrors was Sarina, who was also in feeble health,
but had both the strength and fortitude to endure
without murmur the indignities and hardships
incident to her condition in the hands of such
brutal creatures. She was held by them about six
months and by some means recovered at Fort
Arbuckle, on the False Washita. Her brother,
William, as soon as advised of the fact, went to
the fort and escorted her home.
Mr. Hamleton died about two years after the
murder of his wife and children.
A Bloody Raid in Cooke County in 1868.
To many persons latterly drawn to the pretty and
prosperous little city of Gainesville, Cooke County,
it must be difficult to realize how that place was at
one time exposed to the inroads of murderous
On Sunday, January 5th, 1868, about a hundred
Indians suddenly appeared upon the head waters
of Clear creek, in the northwestern part of Cooke
County. They gathered horses wilerever seen,
aggregating a large number, and killed during their
stay nine persons, Mr. Long, a young man named
Leatherwood, Thomas Fitzgerald and wife, Arthur
Parkhill, an ol(l man named Loney, and Mr.
Manascos. Previously they had killed Mrs. Carrolton
and captured her sixteen-year-old daughter.
Mr. Manascos living about seventeen miles west of
Gainesville, on his way home from church discovered
signs of the Indians and immediately hastened
to tlhe house of Edward Shegogg, his son-in-law,
whom he knew to be from home and whose wife and
infant were alone. Mr. Manascos took his daughter
and her child and started to his own house, near
which the savages fell upon and killed him and
made captive the mother and infant, the latter,
however, being killed soon afterwards. During the
succeeding night Mr. Shegogg, having returned
home and collected a few men, fired upon the savages
on the overland mail road about fifteen miles
west of Gainesville. In the confusion produced
among them by this attack Mrs. Carrolton escaped
from them and followed that road till she approached
the premises of Dr. Davidson, but, very
prudently fearing to go to the house lest she again
might fall into the hands of her captors, took shelter
in a ravine, covered with brush, and there
remained till morning came and she discovered
white persons in possession of the house. She then
hastened to it, having suffered much from cold
during the night.
The Indians had divided into two or more parties
and covered considerable territory. They captured
horses from St. Clair, Jones, Newton, Gilbert and
others southwest of Gainesville, and killed some.
They seem to have become bewildered, as during
the night they halted on the west bank of Elm
creek, immediately below the farm of Samuel Doss
and within a mile of Gainesville and remained there
about three hours. Yet, while this was transpiring,
another party, as discovered next day, had halted
and built a fire a mile above town on the east side
of the creek, and another party, orscouts from one
of these two, had entered the town, apparently
without knowing of its existence, for they hurriedly
left it, crossed the creek and either by design or
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