A Desperate Shooting Affray
I have a photo copy of a partial account of a news paper article found in James T. Claiborne's bible by his granddaughter after the death of her father. The bottom of the article is torn off and deteriorated. The following is what can be read:
A Desperate Shooting Affray. Two Men Killed And Two Men Wounded. On
last Monday Evening - July 19 about an hour by sun a desperate shooting
affray occurred in the north west part of the county between Jim, Tun,
Ben, Doc Winters and John, Buck,
and Pat Claiborne in which John Claiborne was killed dead on the spot,
his brother Buck shot so bad that he died on the following Thursday; Pat
shot through the left sholder; and Doc Winters shot in the side, the
ball passing around and lodging in his back. As near as we could learn
the facts were briefly as follows:
No more can be read. I was able to locate John and Buck's grave in a cemetery at Big Foot in Frio County. I believe this happened in Frio County. I have located an Abbey Hill and an Abbey Mill in Frio County but not an Abbey Pasture. Would there be a newspaper morgue going back to July 1886 in Frio County. There was a L.E. Johnson listed as a land owner, 2000+ acres as well as lots in Pearsall in 1888. If a news paper is available it would have the rest of the story.
Contributed by Harold Claiborne
TXGenWeb, Frio County - A Desperate Shooting Affray updated on 08/10/2005
Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to the TXGenWeb Coordinator for Frio County, Margaret Meyer Simpson. This page may not be reproduced for profit or presentation by any other organization or persons. Files may be printed or copied for personal use only. All Rights Reserved. Limited use rights may be granted by written or electronic permission.