Hanna and Rose Moore

    During the fall of 1865, a Mr. Moore and his son-in-law named Spruell, lived on Rock Creek, near where the old Weatherford-Jacksboro road crossed this stream, about 12 miles northwest of Weatherford. Mrs. Wm. Lowe had been away to visit Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Spruell, and was returning home with her two little children. She lived about one-half mile away. But before she got home, Mrs. Lowe discovered where Indians had crossed the road, so she started in a run toward her residence. Before she reached her residence, however, the Indians were discovered and appeared to be murdering somebody.

    Hanna and Rose Moore, two negro women who had belonged to Mr. Moore, had been over to a vacant house where some neighbors had only recently moved away, to secure some ash hops, or some other articles used in the making of soap, and were returning home. They were both murdered by Indians.

    Wm. Fondron's family also saw this killing. Some of the Fondron horses were in a wheat field near the house, and after the Indians killed the negro women, they came on up to the Fondron home for the purpose of stealing these horses. Some dogs ran out after the savages but the canines hurriedly returned to the house so full of arrows they resembled porcupines. After stealing these horses, the Indians went away.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Joe Moore, A. M. Lasater, and one or two others who lived in this section at this time.

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

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