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William Shephard and Wife

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Blanco County, Texas

    During 1866, Wm. Shephard, wife and baby, who lived on the little Blanco Creek, about eight miles south of Blanco, were returning on horseback from Hays County, where they had been on a visit. They were also accompanied by Tom Huckaby, a boy about fourteen years of age, who was riding a mule. When these citizens were within four miles of their home, the Indians killed Mr. and Mrs. Shephard and their baby, and took Tom Huckaby and his mule to parts unknown, never to return in so far as we have been able to ascertain.

    Note: Author interviewed. J.C. Gore, W.P. Gourley, F.C. Kaiser, and others who lived in this section at the time.

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

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