Monroe Brothers

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Bosque County, Texas

    These two brothers were camped and improving a place on Spring Creek, about eight miles due west of Meridian in Bosque County. The next morning after the preceding tragedy, the Monroe boys were making rails about four hundred yards from their camp when charged by Indians. They jumped on their ponies and, no doubt, intended to run, but one of them was soon killed. The remaining brother reached his camp, but died shortly afterwards.

    Ref.: The author interviewed Koss Barry, who lived about seven miles from the Monroe boys when killed, and who also referred to his father's old diary, which contained notes concerning this massacre.

    Further Ref.: Jacob Olson; the Vital Statistics of the U.S. 860, and Wilbarger's Indian Depredations in Texas.

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

Monroe Brothers story by Wilbarger

The above story is from Indian Depredations in Texas by J.W. Wilbarger.

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