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Murder of McReynolds

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Coleman County, Texas

    During 1866, McReynolds, who lived near the mouth of Jim Ned on the Pecan Bayou in Brown County about sixteen miles northwest of the present city of Brownwood, had been to Camp Colorado for supplies. He started home and had gone about six miles, was unarmed and riding a slow pony, when charged by several Indians. Many times, local citizens had admonished Mr. McReynolds, he should exercise more caution, but it seems he failed to abide by such advice. This fatal trip proved to be his Waterloo, for when the above point was reached, he was killed and scalped.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Harve Adams, W.W. Hunter, W.C. Gilliland and others who lived in that section at the time.

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

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