Isom Hicks

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

    During the summer of 1858, Joseph Hicks lived near Newburg in the southern part of Comanche County. His slave, Isom Hicks, was a carpenter and was building a house for Capt. T. C. Frost in Comanche. Each Saturday the African would return home and then go back to his work early Monday morning. During the summer of 1858, he was returning to his work after spending the weekend at home and was riding a small black mule. When Isom reached a point about three miles south of Comanche, he was charged by Indians, who ran him about two miles and then killed the African within one mile of town.

    Note: The author interviewed Joel Neighbors and others who then lived in that section.

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

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