Joe Hemphill

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Parker County, Texas

    About 1871, Joe Hemphill, in company with three or four other boys, was returning home one dark Sunday night, from Veale's Station, where they had attended church. The boys were charged by some horsemen in the dark, who succeeded in killing Joe Hemphill. Some local citizens, however, thought, perhaps he was not killed by Indians. But signs and evidence, later discovered, pointed to the warriors of the northwest.

    Note: Author interviewed Cole Miller; and other early settlers of the northern part of Parker county.

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

The following second version of the story is from the book, Indian Depredations in Texas, by J.W. Wilbarger.

John Hemphill story by WIlbarger

John Hemphill story by Wilbarger

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