Henry Martin

Eastland County, Texas

    During the fall of 1870, Henry Martin, Bill Forbis, Mode Johnson, Tom Mansker, George Bugby, and perhaps a few others, were out cow-hunting on Palo Pinto Creek, in the eastern part of Eastland County, when charged by Indians. It seems the citizens were divided, and improperly organized, each man fled for his own safety. Henry Martin, at the time, was a considerable distance from the others. So the savages soon surrounded him, and in a short time he was killed.

    Note: Author interviewed: W.C. McGough: J.A. Hestalow; C.R. Bradford; Henry Blue; Mrs. Guest; and others who lived in Palo Pinto and Eastland Counties at the time.

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

Henry Martin story by Wilbarger

The above story is from the book, Indian Depredations in Texas, by J.W. Wilbarger.

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