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T.J. Milligan

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Mason County, Texas

    T.J. Milligan, who had been sheriff of Mason County, lived on Comanche Creek about one and a half miles north and west of Mason on the Camp Colorado and San Antonio Road, and had charge of a local stage stand. Late in the afternoon and during February of 1860, he went only a short distance from his home to drive in the mules. Soon, Indians surrounded him. He fired several shots but finally received a mortal wound. Mr. Milligan lay in the cow lot all night. Mrs. Milligan barred her door and used every precaution to prevent the Indians from massacring the family.

    Note: The author personally interviewed J.F. Milligan and wife, a son and daughter-in-law of the deceased.

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

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