Tell me more. Many 'Whites" had Indian Blood from back east, but passed
for white, like our nephew in Van, Texas and cousins by marriage, as
they did not want the restrictions placed on members of tribes - some
claimed land that way, but there were restrictions. After the Civil War,
when Texas Rangers had not been strong enough, and Reconstruction
Governors and locals had joined John R. Baylor's Central Texas Rangers-
shortly before that, each county had , under State Regulations,
established the County Minute Men. Erath County had such. Many Indians
had left the reservations during the Civil War, and Capt. McDuff was
more interested in leading his Texas Partizan Rangers and punishing All
of all races who did not support Civil War.
The monument on old Comfort, Texas school grounds, where, 3 years after
McDuff killed these Germans headed for Mexico. Lt. McRae , under him ,
was sent after 'escapees" , who did not exist and when he returned these
pacifist Germans had all been slaughtered. You will find several sir
names in Hill, McLennan, and other counties today. This was called the
last Battle of the Civil War. I did one research paper in University of
North Texas on McDuff and Texas Germans. he had been kicked out of two
other armies, including U.S.
University of North Texas has more native German records and books and
English Translations. Seems strange, but they are near Muenster , Texas.
McRae and McDuff and supporters had some hot arguments. There was no
battle to it, but Indians were raiding German frontier homes, ignored by
Confederate lawmen. Some of my Cousins by marriage in Erath County have
strong Choctaw ties to Oklahoma. I have distant cousins in Tahlequah area
who bear my last name. They were active in Western Cherokee Government ,
the college there, and I can prove no Indian blood. Other Wyly kin
from Stephenville area were descendants of a Wyly in Erath county to
Loudelia Bateman. Several of this branch are now in Seminole - Muskogie
area. One Dr. Hatchett taught in OSU many years.
When peaceful Indians left Oklahoma for Texas during the Civil War,
they went back, most voluntarily and travelled without escort. Some aped
in Stephenville City park for a few days. One frontier preacher-
"Comanche Rube"- was preaching from the Bible to them for an hour, when
an old Chief stood, said "White man must be lying, He talks too long",
and walked away from the group.
Charles A. Wyly