Killing of Daniel Wainscott
and Jack Kilgore
John Willingham and Bob Wainscott were building new homes
on Denton Creek, about ten miles south of Montague, and had already moved
their families into this new territory. September 5, 1858, which was Sunday,
Daniel Wainscott and family, Bob Wainscott and family, and Jack Kilgore
and family, and a total crowd of about 37 men, women, and children, decided
to go over to the new homes of John Willingham and Bob Wainscott. Most
of them rode in an ox-wagon, but some walked; and Daniel Wainscott and
Jack Kilgore were walking considerably in the lead. When the crowd was
within a quarter of a mile of the new homes, seven demons of the forest
dashed upon them. The two men in advance rushed back toward the wagon,
and they were slain shortly afterward. This, no doubt, was the first real
bloodshed in Montague County, and since the Indians had theretofore been
comparatively peaceable, the killing of Daniel Wainscott and Jack Kilgore,
of course, caused much consternation among the remaining crowd. Cash McDonald
was wounded in the arm, but the little child he was carrying was uninjured.
It seems that Bob Wainscott was also wounded, and his wife, thinking her
husband was killed, made her retreat into the timber.
The Indians, on this occasion, provoked the difficulty and
fired the first shot, almost before the settlers were aware of their presence.
Daniel Wainscott took a chair from the wagon and knocked an Indian from
his horse before he himself was killed. Mrs. Bob Wainscott was found the
second or third day after this difficulty wandering through the woods.
Messrs. Wainscott and Kilgore were buried on the bank of Denton Creek
near where they were killed.
Ref.: Before writing this article, the author interviewed
W. A. (Bud) Morris, J. Bryant, and others who were living in Montague
County at the time or shortly afterwards. History of Montague County
by Mrs. W. R. Potter. Reports conflict but we have given what we believe
to be the correct version.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.