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Hardy and Jack Peacock

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Mills County, Texas

    About 1869, the Indians killed Hardy, who was traveling on the old Fort Phantom Hill road, perhaps in Mills County. Early in the morning, these same Indians or others were discovered by W.J. Patterson, son of John Patterson, who lived where the present town of Adamsville, in Lampasas County, now stands. Mr. McVeigh and Jack Peacock happened to be at Mr. Patterson's home at the time. So John Patterson and his two guests took the Indians' trail and ran on the savages about one mile east. An Indian had a red blanket, and Peacock remarked that he was going to hit the warrior that had this article. The Indians then charged toward the citizens, who made a retreat, and unfortunately, Jack Peacock was killed. In a short time, another posse of men were on the Indians trail, and when they were overtaken, a considerable fight followed.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: W.J. Patterson, who first discovered the Indians near the Patterson home; and others who lived in Lampasas and adjoining counties at that time.

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

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