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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Phelps

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Blanco County, Texas

    About 1868, while Mr. and Mrs. Tom Phelps were fishing on Cypress Creek, in Blanco County, about three miles south of Round Mountain, and three-fourths of a mile east of their home, a little African boy came dashing by and told them the Indians were coming. But it seems they refused to be alarmed, and both were killed. Mr. and Mrs. Phelps were later found about fifty yards apart.

    Note: Author interviewed: J.G. Odiorne; and W.J. Nixon, who then lived in that section of the state.

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

J.W. Wilbarger provides a more detailed version of the Phelps murder in his book, Indian Depredations in Texas:

Phelps story by Wilbarger

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