Owen F. Lindsey

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.

Brown County, Texas

    March 9, 1862, Owen F. Lindsey was at his home, near Regency and about one hundred and fifty yards east of where James F. Lindsey now lives. He was writing a letter when James Williams came up to his home with the news the savages had raided in Hanna Valley on the Colorado during the preceding night. Hanna Valley is now in Mills, but, then in Brown County. In a short time, Owen F. Lindsey, George Robbins, A.J. Jones, Enoch Powell, Pink Moss, James Williams, Isaac West, T.S. Hanna, and about three others followed the savage's trail, which led down the river to the mouth of Pecan Bayou, and then up the Bayou. About two thirty in the evening the eleven citizens came upon an equal number of savages. The Indians fled, but were followed by the citizens. Owen F. Lindsey, a brave frontiersman, who thought his companions were close behind, rushed into the jaws of death. In a short time he was completely out of sight of the remaining citizens, and alone in the presence of the savages. The Indians halted and in a short time he was dead. Soon the others arrived, the Indians then made a stand, and a severe fight followed. Geo. Ribbins was wounded, and at first it was thought he would die. A.J. Jones and Enoch Powell were also wounded. The Texans fell back and built a rock fortification. After the fight was over, Mr. Owen's body was found, not a great distance away. Geo. Robbins, A.J. Jones and Enoch Powell recovered from their wounds.

    Note: Author interviewed James Lindsey, a son of Owen Lindsey and others.

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

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