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Killing of Joe Curtis’ Slave

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Stephens County, Texas

    Jno. Curtis, an African slave of Joe Curtis, was returning from Picketville, and was mortally wounded by several Indians, at a point a few miles north of the present city of Breckenridge. The African's leg was amputated, but this did not save him, for he died in a short time. Joe Curtis then lived in Miller's Valley, on the Clear Fork.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Jno. Irwin, James Clark, and others who were living in Stephens and adjoining counties at the time.

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

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