Kiling 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.