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 - THE D E N T O N R E C 0 R Area Wise County Full...
THE D E N T O N R E C 0 R Area Wise County Full Of Indian Stories By ETTA PEGUES Special To The Record-Chronicle Indians in- the 1800s killed and captured more men, women, and children in Wise County than in any other county in Texas. That's the story people in the area tell anyway. And they have some pretty hair ta] * to tell about that is j historv 4-H the leadership in each matter and Karen place awards Black Fair One of the most exciting is of the killing of Nicholas Dawson, Sr., a beloved citizen living in southern Wise County in the Odessa area. Dawson, or Nick as he was kno\vn to his Mends, was born Feb. 3. 1838, and moved- to Wise County from Tennessee. He was a resident somewhere between Odessa and Boyd's Mill. As a rancher he raised a fine breed of horses that were allowed to range freely over the valley and wild prairies, often many miles from home. prized mare was missing, so he When Dawson didn't return the appointed time, Mary began left home early expecting to complete 'both chores before returning home. Mar}', who was part Cherokee Indian -- a descendant of Indian Chief Judge Brumlblow -- could sense the nearness of Indians and on that morning she warned Dawson of impending danger. The killing occurred in -thei to worry. She knew that there were Indians around the place. Being extremely clever, she utilized some tactics of her She and the children put on d i f f e r e n t headdresses walked in front of the only window in the cabin, hanging many times, so that the Indians lurking near would think there vicinity of Morris Branch. The | were several people in the only witnesses were the mur-j house and would not burn J , , » _ . _ _ _ _ . .1 i i ! * . _ . . _ _ _ L i . - _ 1_ J.1 derers themselves and the victim, but a well-defined'idea of what happened has been accepted. It is believed that in his search for the lost mare, Dawson descended into the low vallev which formed the basin house or attack them. From time to -time- she would take daubing from between the logs and watch for Dawson, hoping to see him come riding home. During the night the Indians about .the head of Morris i n a d stolen a lar § e number of Branch. At a distance and in a bunch of thickly-set timber, and briars, Dawson discovered what he believed to be a group horses, and created such excitement throughout the county that ,a large force of citizens united to intercept their His father-in-law once taunted'! of cowmen on horses, and vance as the y were 'leaving th-e without apprehension, rode out county. A fight and recapture him by saying, "I thought my daughter was marrying a rich ranoher." To which Dawson I retorted, ."Yes, and I thought breeder; I was marrying a rich man's for the palpation to join them, hoping to receive word of his lost mare. He was within a few yards of the ! of the horses took place very early the following morning near the old Conaliy place a horsemen when he discovered few miles north - of Decatur. daughter." The D a w s o n s were the parents · of .eight children. Frances, born in 1860, Nicholas, born in 1862, Sarah 'born in 1864, Mary born in 1866, John Waiter born in July|' am ? T ^ ucy ' , , . . . , . l f _ Juiy-if? Hen *\( a J emale ) ^,^1}? at birth, .born in 1871, j-to Sheriff's!?^ ^5 «* P^er of herji that he was riding into a trap of abotu 45 Indians. Momentarily Dawson - w a s speeding -homeward -with the Indians in hot ...pursuit His was -upon one of his hors^ hor ' cover a was of or : the ! family was'a Choctaw Indian bov whom' -the Daw-sons - had taken to raise. .before the Indians closed in ·upon/him, shot him to death, Among the horses 'recaptured was-the mare for -which was. searching, also the horse which he was riding at the of his death, his gold4rimmed] saddle, spurs, bridle and articles of his clothing. ; Dawson was buried in thej historic Teague Cemetery, .thei scalped and butchered him. all sales ami Dr. ^Tn^^^io^ beaefldarss suddeoly wakened; 9 days. Beside the fc-1.-. -1 Tl irt f\f1 C* y^T*l£Vf TMT*("»/\ rtTM/\T* rYT*n'TTnX7- trtQlTfilTfl was ' agent. . animal the forj more Bob only burial ground in southern Wise County-at ,the. ; -time. The In. the dark hours of that]words on his . to-mb ''read-: y eventful night the Choctaw boy, j Nicholas H. Dawson, died so devoted to his112.1S70, age 32 years, 6 when it was necessary for the settlers to unite "in defense against the' marauding Indians of the frontier. - -... He was so accustomed to! to the rescue in Indian .attacks that his body bore many scars of these- numerous! sat up in bed, his anxious cries .three other graves, believed' splitting the night air, "Uncle be those of his mother, Nick is-de ad and the Indians I and the Ghoctaw Indian boy. have killed Mm." Strange though it may seem to some who do not believe in No doubt, other graves of old sefflers dot the county, and for many -there is also a story forebodings, the body of Dawson i telling of the colorful history dangerous encounters with the da { !tnat Texas in the i. , , l u r e , UWiULUi condition which; days of Indian raids and settlers I; Sen^la^rt^c t^l had clearly appeared to the boyJfighting to protect the Con- came for him, his passing was deeply deplored by the citizenry of the 'countv. Fla., O n the day of his murder. members the DaWson had gone into town! (believed to be Rhome) to takej care of some · business. His i Summer Clearance SANGER First National Bank

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  1. Denton Record-Chronicle,
  2. 08 Jul 1971, Thu,
  3. Page 11

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