Savages Kill Stockton in Stephens County

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Stephens County, Texas

    During May of 1873, Stockton, a young man from the East, had been batching alone for a few days on the Joe and Jim Browning Ranch, on the Clear Fork, about fifteen miles north and west of Breckenridge. According to indications, he went out early one morning to round up the calves and horses, and was killed by Indians near an old-fashioned rail fence, not a great distance from the lot. Reports differ as to the group of persons that first found him. But he had been dead two or three days before the ranchmen of Stephens County knew he had been killed.

    Note: Author interviewed: J.R. Browning, a brother of Joe Browning; and J.M. Lynch, who loaned Stockton a yoke of steers the Sunday before he was killed.

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

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