Indians Charge Fuller Millsap’s Residence

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Parker County, Texas
Indians Charge Fuller Millsap's Residence

    During 1871, the savages slipped up and shot Thomas Landrum, who was hitching up horses, near the lot at the Fuller Millsap place, about one mile north of the present town of Millsap in Parker County. The Indians then let down the fence to get the horses, but Fuller Millsap and his son-in-law, J.B. (Joe) Loving, a son of Oliver Loving, who was killed on the Pecos, ran out in the yard with their guns and began firing at the savages. For fifteen minutes they fought, and finally Fuller Millsap and Joe Loving ran short of cartridges. But Donna Millsap, a daughter who afterwards married J.J. Hittson, bravely exposed herself to the fire of the Indian's guns and arrows, and carried her father more ammunition. Mrs. Fuller Millsap stepped to the door, and when she did, an Indian pinned her apron to the wall with an arrow. Two or three Indians were wounded, but in each case, were carried away by their companions. After the Indians were gone, J.B. Loving started to Weatherford for Dr. Ray. When he reached the Bob Newberry place, exchanged horses, so the trip could be made as hastily as possible. When the doctor reached the Millsap residence, however, Thomas Landrum was dead.

    Note: - Author personally interviewed: James and Sam Newberry: and several other early settlers of Palo Pinto and Parker County. Also J.J. Hittson.

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

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