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John Wood and Henry Mills

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Erath County, Texas

    Henry Mills, a married man, and John Wood who lived on the Paluxi, about sixteen or eighteen miles east of Stephenville, were out hunting hogs on the Sycamore, about eight miles west of their residence, and were carrying a sack of corn. Both were murdered and scalped by the Indians. When they failed to return, searching parties were sent out and found them the succeeding day. Circumstantial evidence seemed to indicate that John Wood had emptied his gun, but Henry Mills was unarmed.

    Mrs. Pate and one or two of her children rode through this same section about the time the two were killed.

    Ref.: Kye Danley and Mrs. Pate, 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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