I did not say Texas Rangers- I said Texas Partizan Rangers or, in this
case "Central Texas Rangers". My great Grandad was supposed to have
ridden on one legitimate Posse hunting a murderer after the Civil War.
Baylor was most active just before the War. Neither group was a full
time part of the Texas Rangers. The Partizan Rangers were supposed to be
a Confederate National Guard type organization protecting the frontier
from Indians while able bodied men had gone east to fight someone else's
war. I do not know if the Texas Rangers kept records of the Partizan
Rangers- they were Army. Very few in Texas had much interest in Slavery-
it was too expensive for small homesteads. Instead, these Partizan
Rangers mostly harrased theGermans of the New Braunfels area who had just
lost one war in their life in Europe. Some were trying to get to Mexico
when Capt. McDuff and men slaughterred them and imprisoned their wives
and kids behind barbed wire, while the Comanche and Apache Indians were
pushing the frontier back.
Also, John R. Baylor, first Arizona Governor believed the only good
Indian was a dead one. Col. Buck Barry, Texas Ranger , commissioned Mr.
Baylor (Not the R.E.B. Baylor, founded the University) or lead an
occasional posse to catch wanted criminals. Baylor organized volunteers
from Waco to Abilene up the Bosque and west as an Indian Removal force, ,
Most murderrers they caught were not tried, but found hanging as
"suicides" or shot as escapees. Baylor, according to Erath County records
quoted on Historic calendars there from Town and Country Bank, researched
by Dan Young, a History teacher. Baylor did not hesitate to shoot Caddo
women and kids who reached for a broomstick or whatever when he rode up,
orderring them off their farms. If your great grandmother was 1/2
cherokee in South Carolina 100 or 150 years before that, you did not wear
it as a badge of honor for the safety of your family, unless you wanted
your cabin to be lived in by others while you were in Oklahoma.
I did a graduate Paper for Dr. Jack Scroggs, University of North Texas in
Their library has an unreal amount of history of this period and of Texas
German newspapers and books and some English Translations.
On Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:08:30 -0500 Julia Brewer <juliab(a)flash.net>
Texas Rangers "ex-Confederate Misfits"???
Germans with East Indian roots?
KARLA KT SHAHAN wrote:
> Dear Charlies Wyly,
> I am interested to know some information regarding these early
> that you have mentioned in your
> previous post:
> "More "Anglo" and German settlers in Erath County had Eastern
> roots not obvious or worn as a chip on the shoulder- in fact it was
> mentioned only to friends.
> John R. Baylor and his Central Texas Rangers (Sometimes a legal
> sometime Vigilantes) drove these friendly defenders to Oklahoma-
> Chickasha area via Fort Phantom Hill, Abilene, then went to Arizona
> became governor. "
> Can you tell me where these settlers came from? Virginia and
> From Gulf ports newly arrived in the US? What were some of the
> surnames? Were these families farmers or merchants, blacksmiths,
> tinkers, tailors, or preachers?
> Were these people driven out... is that what you are saying, by the
> Central Texas Rangers... the group of
> ex Confederate misfits?
> Please elaborate, as you are so good at this. We really do enjoy
> Karla Shahan
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