On Tue, 18 Jul 2000 17:58:25 -0500 "Tonya Harris" <mtharris(a)ev1.net
Can you post the dates of the festivities in Hico if you know them?
you very much. I went through there not long ago (a few years) on my
way to Carlton and Sunray, TX. I just didn't realize the history of the
place just yet.
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>From: Charles A. Wyly <wyly1(a)juno.com
>Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2000 8:41
>Subject: Re: [Southern-Trails] Billy the Kid
>Hi, and thanks.
> Bet they don't use the dime novel and Movie version as
a reason to
>that William Bonney AKA William McCarty \AKA William "Ollie" Roberts
>buried in the grave at Fort sumter, New Mexico and not Billy Barlow
>Billy Barlow has not been seen since that funeral. The present
>was installed by a movie company. Most markers in the cemetery were
>carved boards which washed away in a desert flood. The Army moved all
>soldiers there to Fort Sumpter Military cemetery after the flood .
>Spanish pioneers of the Pecos valley and New Mexico who had
>Land Grants stolen and/or challenged and/or ignored by Anglo ranchers
>said their friend Billy was not in the coffin they displayed- but
>didn't talk about it at the time. They are only in the last few years
>repeating Spanish legends about Billy's hidden identity and new life.
>was a hero to them, just as Pancho Villa was to some Spanish when he
>burned Coumbus, New Mexico. Dr. Janary P. Valdez of the Valdez Ranch,
>Soto, Texas has published the true story of Billy the Kid in a long
>This Valdez family was a good friend of Ralph Yarbrough ( U.S.
>and Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson.North Texas fundraisers for Democrats
>held there when I was Principal at Ferris High School. Spanish maps
>New Mexico show that the Pecos and Rio Grande valleys in New Mexico
>occupied and used before Texas became a part of the U.S and family
>of Spanish settlers in the irrigated valleys are on old maps. .
>May I present some evidence that Billy lived on until after
>Texas, where many Virginia, West Virginia, and Louisiana Roberts
>settled in the 3 county area. Much of this is documented in the
>Texas Museum of Billy the Kid and books published or for sale there.
>1. Sheriff Pat Garrett was refused his reward in court in
>killing Billy because the judge said he had personal knowledge that
>was still alive and healthy.
>2. Billy only began to identify himself publicly a few
>died. Judge Heffner of Hamilton County was his friend and also
>the Hico newspaper. He carried Brushy Bill to New Mexico to get his
>pardon that was promised him when he took the hidden identity, just
>many claim his friend Jesse James AKA Frank Dalton of Grandbury,
>did. Judge Heffner said that on the way to Lincoln and Santa Fe,
>Bill would stop him and tell him what was up a side road or around
>turn. He was right. Once he told of a house on the road not yet
>and when they stopped and looked they found the foundation of the
>Bill had slept in.Bill's heart was broken when the Governor did not
>to him in private as promised Judge Heffner and turned it into a
>Reporter's circus event.
>3 One Wyly- Kay Cousin has researched the story in that
area of the
>and interviewed several elderly Spanish who knew the legend of Billy
>Barlow being shot by Pat Garrett at night and in the back at a ranch
>where he cut up meat for the kitchen at the ranch. A deputy was heard
>say "Pat, you killed the wrong man". He said to shut up- so far as
>were concerned that was Billy the Kid. Hispanics whosaw the body were
>about to risk the same treatment by claiming the corpse was Billy
>They knew where Billy the Kid was hiding and recovering with Mexican
>4. A Texas Tech professor who believes the Spanish legend
>research, was teaching it to his students, but his professor critics
>laughed at him for questioning the Eastern dime novels as being true
>History. Most claim Billy only killed 3 people- one protecting his
>cattle, one in self defense, and one escaping from a deputy of a
>5. The book THE HICO LEGEND OF BILLY THE KID by Bobby E.
>Texas, 3/4/1996- revised edition has the letters to the public from
>William Tunstill backing Brushy Bill's stories in the Roswell AP
>newspaper atricle. Tunstill was a direct descendant of the Rancher
>Tunstill of the Lincoln County Range Wars. When one side was in
>anyone defend the other side was considerred an outlaw in a range
>Criminals today might be deputies tomorrow, depending on the last
>election. This book has a copy of a letter written March 13, 1879 by
>"Ollie" Roberts asking the
>governor, then Lew Wallace, for his promised pardon and stating he
>who killed Mr. Chapman and he was a witness. He calimed he was afraid
>speak up as it might have meant death under the situation existing
>He said some called him Kid Antrim, but that was his stepfather's
>This letter is in the Indiana State Historical Society
>Gov. Lew Wallace also wrote others and said he knew the story of
>and friends working for John S. Chisum of Ballinger Texas- Concho
>range. (Not the John Chisolm of Kansas who had a store and freight
>from Yukon, Oklahoma to Abilene Kansas and was not a drover, or the
>|Chisum of Broken Bow, Oklahoma who drove his first drives to
>for processing for the Chicago and other neighboring markets. )
> Chisum and McSween agreed to pay Billy in cattle as they
did not yet
>have cash from the Fort Sumpter contract to feed the indians. Col.
>Charles Goodnight backed Garrett for sheriff to get rid of Billy and
>fellow drovers.Garrett and son were friends of Billy before that
>election. Letters written and signed by Billy to the Judge were of a
>higher level of writing than the stumblebum photo of him and his
>suggest. Wonder if that photo was touched up by the magazines for
>cover.? The Brushy Bill I knew had a nice smile- but was not
>buck toothed. He also is said to have worked as a Federal Marshall
>briefly in Fort Smith- Van Buren , Indian Territory, (Cherokee Nation
>nearby at Mayesville, Ark. and Tahlequah, I.T.
>6. Another book, LEGENDS, HISTORY AND YARNS ALONG THE TEXAS
>by Jim Henson of Fairy, Texas published Jan. 1998 by Rocking H.
>Publications, Hico, Texas 76457He was a rancher from Roscoe, Texas,
>northwest of Ballinger and the Chissum ranch and leases. He served in
>U.S. Navy, and worked with Dallas County sheriff's Dept and LTV
>Aerospace. He was a security guard, a patrolman, a bank guard, and a
>Special officer before retirement. He outlines and repeats and
>some of the Billy the Kid stories in Central Texas. Other sources
>him out- somehe quotes. 2 of the 14 chapters are directly about Billy
>In general, these sources and those in the Hico Museum say that Billy
>born to a William Henry Roberts in Buffalo Gap (Abilene area) while
>dad was away in the Civil War. His mom died and his Aunt, then married
>a McCarty came to get little Billy and took him to Oklahoma to raise
>until he was about 12, when she married a Bonney and moved to New
>The pulp novels said this McCarty was a New York Dandy, but Central
>McCartys say he was fromOklahoma. I jnew and know a few McCartys and
>taught some who got College football scholarships and became coaches.
>Anyhow, while Billy was in Oklahoma, he found his dad who
>Gap when he fount his son gone and wife dead and he joined the James
>Brothers and associated with Quantrills and Youngers. Billy visited
>campout where Jesse James taught him to shoot from a horse and draw.
>>From the National TOMBSTONE EPITATH Historic Monthly
>of very old newspapers), Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona,
>1987, in an article entitled J.FRANK DALTON SAID HE WAS JESSE JAMES
>IS A PHOTO OF J. Frank Dalto on his death bed at the Meremac
>where he worked after leaving Grandbury, Texas. Standing at his head
>white whiskerred Brushy Bill "Ollie" Roberts of Hico. Sitting and
>his hand was Col. James Russell Davis, said to be 112. All 3 had
>for Calamity Jane and Buffalo bill Wild West shows. Dalton is buried
>Grandbury with Jesse James name below the Dalton name. \In this photo
>Brushy Bill had his pocket length western Jacket and fancy neckerchief
>wore when I knew him.
>Other editions report Jesse James and Brushy Bill AKA Billy
>meeting in a dining room in an arizona hotel, recognized by a
>and a private detective.
>Others who saw the sun rise in Erath and surrounding counties include
>John Crockett, (his real name) with a ranch at Pony Crek, 20 miles or
>to Davey Crockett's wife's grave at Acton, Hood County, Texas. Also a
>headed man with a limp from a broken leg who many believe was John
>Booth. He came to Hico on the Texas Central Railroad and stayed in a
>cabin while his friend hunted a "Dr. McNeil". One such lived ar
>Stephenville by then, which had no railroad. His granddaughter married
>Stone from Arkansas, was my mom's cousin by marriage, and shared a
>home room with her several months. Booth taught school to some
>living near Iredell, tended bar in Grandbury, and died in Enid,
>Grand Hotel either from consumption or the cure for it. He had told
>story in detail to a friend in his last days. This was also on TV-s
>Unsolved Misteries program, noting the man buried in Booth's grave
>not red headed. . The dentist there said his written dental records
>matched Booth's back east.
>Also, members of the Barrow families had several furniture
>Hico to Austin and Clyde visited neighbors of mine as a small boy and
>later slept in a Johnsville church. So, Raymond Hamilton was also in
>area. Rube Burrow , Texas train robber from Dublin, was killed when
>returned to his Mississippi home. this bunk about poverty of West
>is stupid- Clyde Barrow chose to pass up opportunities to better
>All my first grade lived in the same poverty he did and we all
>some with degrees, and one with 3 degrees. He made bad choices, plain
>simple, which would not have been stopped with Federal Money.
>Two from Erath County were legally hanged and 2 were executed in the
>chair at Huntsville.
>One girl from Chalk Mountain sent an E mail which said her Great
>rode with Quantrill and one of his family name, age 13 was hanged in
>Missouri for robery and murder.
>HICO USED TO HAVE HAVE A SIGN WHICH SAID "HICO, TEXAS,
>SOMEBODY" It was a good place to start over. Brushy Bill's funeral was
>Hico First Baptist Church , where he attended.
>Just keep an open mind and next time going south on Hwy 6
>the Trunk Route Canada to Mexico, stop and read all the proof displays
>the Billy The Kid museum and take a tour of the historic homes and
>antique shops and Cowboy Hall of Fame. a group from Lincoln, N.Mexico
>put on dramas of their version in Hico and Hico folk have done the
>there and are invited to enter a float in the Lincoln parade. One
>sent a note saying she played on Billy the Kid's grave. After reading
>some of the various proofs otherwise as above and others, she says
>does not actually know who is buried in the New Mexico grave. Hico
>think it is Billy Barlow.
>Billy the Kid days are coming up soon in Hico with a carnival
>street dances, sales booths, parade, and musical and dramatic
>Take care- happy hunting.
>Charles A. Wyly
>Sun, 16 Jul 2000 11:46:45 -0500 "Tonya Harris"
>>1881: Billy the Kid Killed
>>Outlaw legend Billy the Kid was killed by Sheriff Pat
>>Sumner, New Mexico. Historians disagree on many aspects of Billy
>>the Kid's life, including whether he was a New Mexican Robin Hood or
>>cold-blooded criminal. His story has captivated many, and he has
>>been the subject of many books and movies.
>>Billy the Kid was killed at the age of 21:
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