Indians Capture African on Currey’s Creek

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Kendall County, Texas
Indians Capture African on Currey's Creek in Kendall County

    About 1868, a Mr. Clark and an African about twelve years of age, were charged by Indians about ten o'clock in the while driving a cow on Currey's Creek in Kendall County. Clark escaped but the African was captured. Fred and Charlie Burkman, Frank Eastwood, Buck Blevins, Joe Wright, and W.T. Gourley followed the Indians for fifteen or twenty miles in a westerly direction, unable to overtake them. The fate of the African was never known. Judge Valentine Gates, however, found a skeleton several years later, and it has been generally surmised these bones were the remains of the African boy.

    Note: Author Interviewed those mentioned in the preceding section.

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

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