Buddy Williams

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.

Parker County, Texas

    During 1864, Buddy Williams, who lived on the Wm. Auterburn place, went over to the home of Frank Hill to visit his chum, and close friend, Geo. W. Hill, who happened to be away. It was Sunday morning. Young Williams failed to find Geo. W. Hill at home, so he rode away. When Buddy, a boy about seventeen, failed to return home, Bidge Gilbert, Frank Hill, and others went to search for him. They found him killed, about one mile west of the Frank Hill place, near the Palo Pinto-Parker county line, and not a great distance from the northern part of Hood county. Signs seem to indicate that young Williams had run about one-fourth of a mile before he was murdered, no doubt by the Indians, for their signs were seen in the neighborhood. Bud Williams Hollow derived its name from this massacre. He was buried in the Soda Springs Graveyard, in the Littlefield Bend of the Brazos.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Geo. W. Hill, chum of Bud Williams; Dave and Bud Littlefield, and one or two others living in the vicinity at the time.

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

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