During the fall of 1860, Cole and Will Duncan established ranch headquarters
on California Creek about ten miles northwest of Fort Belknap; their
houses were about seventy five yards aparted; and not yet completed.
Lindy Harmison, colored, working for Mrs. Cole Duncan, started to the
creek for water. With a bucket in each hand, and one on her head, she
was singing, "I am going home to die no more." Mrs. Cole Duncan
could see and hear her through the cracks of the unfinished house. When
Lindy reached California Creek about one hundred yards away, Mrs. Duncan
heard her say, "Oh, Lordy," The mistress of the new ranch
quarters looked up just in time to see Lindy surrounded by Indians and
literally filled with arrows. She was buried on the banks of California
Creek about two hundred yards from the house.
The Indians then started toward Wm. Duncan's unfinished ranch quarters,
which were about seventy-five yards away. This was late in the evening.
He and his brother-in-law, Bob Mathis, at the time, had gone out on
the range to drive in milk cows. For fear they would be killed, Cole
Duncan ran out in the yard with his gun, waved his hat, and this unusual
movement caused the Indians to believe the soldiers were coming, and
they dashed away in a northeasterly direction.
Ref: F. M. Peveler and others; living in Young County at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.