Thanks for the stories...I am a direct decendent of
Mark and it's interesting to hear about him. I knew
about the hole in his head! LOL :)
BTW, my grandfather Tullie is still alive and turned
99 this past January! His father was John William
Herring who married Susan Alma Holder.
Sarah Herring Claburn
--- PJHDNH(a)aol.com wrote:
Here are a few old Herring stories... I have quite a
bit of Herring
statistics too... will try to send them later, or
you can contact me direct@
These stories were told to me by Glenn Huckabee at a
family reunion at
Morgan Mill, TX.
Mark Herring fought in the last Indian raid near
Lipan, Texas ( named after
the tribe of Indians that lived in this area). He
built a "half dugout" and
in the last raid he scalped this Indian and left
him to die. They got them
into a box canyon and the Indians shot the horse out
from under Mark Herring
and when he and his Uncle got down there everybody
was dead except one squaw.
So Mark and his Uncle stacked the dead bodies up and
later Cowboys would go
by and take the wrist bones to make horse whip
handles. They took the squaw
home with them, but later they were afraid she
would escape and bring the
Indians back to avenge the others deaths so one of
them took her out and hit her
in the head with a hammer.
When settlers first came into the area the Indians
would steal their mules.
They killed them to eat because they liked mule
meat better than beef.
There was this one Indian that liked to be called
"John" and "Pappy" (
William Avery Huckabee) would put a pint of whiskey
in his pocket and he could
trade it to "John" for fire wood and water.
The Indians used corn shucks to roll their
Mark Herring and Malissa Frances Hightower Herring
were one of the first
settlers in this area and they had a horse ranch
here and one in New Mexico.
Mark Herring was a Sergeant in the Civil War and had
a hole in his head
where a rifle ball hit him. Hair grew out of it . It
was on top of his head and
he liked to make the little kids put their finger in
This story was told to me by Catharine Francis
Huckabee Henson, The story
goes that Mark and Malissa Frances came first to the
Granberry area, and they
brought slaves with them. Then they bought land up
by Hightower Cemetery.
Aunt Lou Jane Davis ( Pappy Huckabee's sister)
bought a section of land across
the road. Momma Huckabee's sister, Lou Goodman and
husband Henry Goodman
had land on the other side of Lou Jane. Lou Goodman
was home alone one day and
Indians rode up and gave her a head of a beef in a
gunny sack and they rode
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