Killing of Burns

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    Sometime near the close of the Civil War and about 1864, Burns, who lived on the head waters of Crabapple Creek , about thirteen miles northeast of Fredericksburg, was traveling alone, afoot and on his way to his uncle, Conrad Ahrens, who lived at Cherry Springs about eighteen miles northeast of Fredericksburg,. He was killed by Indians after going about four miles from home and buried on the head waters of Crabapple Creek.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Peter Crenwelge, 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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