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Kissin Kuzzins is an East Texas query column entering its 45th year. It appears weekly in two East Texas newspapers: The Lufkin Daily News and The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. Queries are free, but they must pertain to a Texas ancestor. They may be submitted by e-mail, snail mail or by FAX to 936-552-8999. Please remember to include your snail mailing address
May 24, 2015
George Webb Slaughter (1811-1895) was quite a colorful personality. He was a Texas Revolutionary soldier, Indian fighter and cattleman-preacher of East Texas. His son, C. C. Slaughter, and other sons became rather famous, wealthy and well-known as cattlemen and ranchers. George Webb Slaughter moved to Sabine County, Texas in 1829/30; fought with the Cherokees in Nacogdoches on 31 July or 2 August 1832; freighted goods between Louisiana & Nacogdoches 1832-33; joined Stephen F. Austin’s army in the San Antonio vicinity after the Battle of Gonzales; participated in the Grass Fight on 26 November 1835; became a courier for Sam Houston in January 1836; and presumably delivered a message to William B. Travis at the Alamo; and later in 1839 Cherokee War. Additionally he may have moved Sam Houston’s law library to Nacogdoches. George Webb Slaughter established some 27 churches and baptized 871 people in the 10 East Texas counties of Sabine, Jasper, Newton, San Augustine, Rusk, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, Panola, and Cherokee from 1844 to 1853. He also worked in the Louisiana parishes of DeSoto, Natchitoches, and Sabine where he organized 7 churches and baptized 362.
After 1852-3 George Webb Slaughter and his family moved to Freestone County, Texas, from where he drove cattle to Shreveport and continued to increase the size of his herds. While in that area he established 5 churches and baptized 297 people. In 1857 he migrated further west to Palo Pinto County where preached and founded 26 churches, baptized 793, held revivals, and ordained preachers and deacons. In 1870 he moved to Emporia, Kansas, so his children could attend school, while he coordinated the family’s cattle drives at the railhead. During the five years of Kansas residence, George Webb Slaughter organized 5 churches and baptized 97. However, in 1875 he was back in Palo Pinto County where he remained until his death in 1895 at the age of 74,
Michael Butchko is currently working on the founding of the Red Cross in Nacogdoches County. He would like to contact descendants of the following people. This dates from 1917.
Reverend Charles Atwell; Professor R. F. Davis; Mrs. Hal Tucker; H. T. Mast; Edwin Perkins; Elizabeth Tucker; Langston Nelson; and Gillette Tilford. If descendants are still in the area, I would like to hear from them. Please phone 936-205-4655.
Another early Nacogdoches obituary:
Friday, July 12, 1901
KILLED BY A TRAIN
Strange Young Man Crushed Under The Wheels at Blue Jacket, I. T.
The following correspondence explains itself:
Bluejacket, I. T. July 9
To Postmaster, Nacogdoches:
A young man giving his name as Joe Hatton, of your town, was killed by a train or some other unknown way on night of July 7th at this station. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall as near as could be estimated in his mutilated condition, was about twenty years of age. He was well dressed and showed signs of having seen better days. Please give us information possible.
F. S. Haggerty
From the above correspondence it seems quite sure that the unfortunate young man is Joe Haltom, who left here last December, and was last heard from in Dallas county about three months ago. He is the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. H. Haltom, Sr. and a brother of the editor of The Sentinel. a photograph has been forwarded, a thorough investigation is being made, and we will know in a few days of the certainty or uncertainty of our suspicions that it is Joe Haltom.
JOE HALTOM DEAD
The following telegram was received last night, which confirms the belief that the young man killed by a train at Bluejacket, Indian Territory, was Joe Haltom.
Bluejacket, I. T. July 12. - To R. W. Haltom, Nacogdoches – Joe killed. Buried on right of way. What do? Wire Vinita.
No particulars have been received as there has not been time to get communication by letter.