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Massacre of the Brackett Family

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Kinney County, Texas

    About 1861, Tom Brackett, who lived in Bracketville near Fort Clark, started in a wagon with his wife and children to Uvalde. He was within fourteen miles of his destination, when the entire family was massacred by Indians. Seldom in the entire history of the frontier, did the savages massacred the entire family. Davidson and Carter were buried far out on the frontier near where they were killed. Others were slightly wounded and the savages lost several of their own number.

    Ref.: Mart Flemming, who belonged to the company.

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

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