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Bob Sampson and Joe Allen Encounter Indians

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Burnet County, Texas

    During 1864 Bob Sampson and Joe Allen were going from Morman's Mill to Burnet, about ten miles away. They had gone four miles and near Sand Springs when attacked by several Indians, who shot Bob Sampson in the head but the spike refused to penetrate the skull. The Africans were unarmed but they had a hand-to-hand encounter with the savages. Finally, Joe Allen succeeded in knocking an Indian off of his horse and then the two Africans fled. In a short time they came upon Sam Holland. The three soon reached the home of Mr. Coon, who lived about three miles southeast of Burnet. This episode occurred about 1864 or 1865.

    Note: Author personally interviewed M.J. Bolt and others who lived in that section at the time.

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

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