Charlie Elam

Coryell County, Texas

    Charlie Elam and his five children lived near his father-in-law, William Moorehead, on Henson Creek southwest of Gatesville. Early one morning he and his son, W.J., went out to find the oxen. After searching nearly all day, Mr. Elam told his son he could return home, but that he himself would come in later. That evening, however, he was massacred by the Indians, and it is generally supposed that a part of the original Indians who massacred the Jackson family, did the deed. Mr. Elam was massacred near the headwaters of Henson Creek, about nine miles southwest of Gatesville.

    Ref.: Before writing this article, the author conferred with B.F. Gholson, and others who were familiar with the circumstances. Seventy Years in Texas, by J.M. Franks.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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