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.

San Saba County, Texas

    Abner Gregg, an elderly gentleman who lived with his son, Riley, on Rough Creek about eleven miles southwest of San Saba, started over to the home of Stoffgee to spend the night with his family while the latter went to San Saba to mill. On his way over, he met two boys, who said, "Uncle Abner, watch out, the Indians are in." Mr. Gregg replied, "I am always on the watch." But he was killed before reaching his destination. This occurred September 10, 1872, Uncle Abner Gregg was found by McNealy and Elizabeth Long and buried in the Rough Creek Graveyard.

    Reports slightly differ concerning where Mr. Gregg was going but Mr. and Mrs. R. Kolb, who were there then and who knew him well, stated that he had started to the home of the Stoffgees, who lived about two miles west and south of the Riley Gregg home.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Mr. and Mrs. R. Kolb and John Robbins; also corresponded with W.H. Gregg, a grandson of Abner Gregg.

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

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