Will Barger was the first person buried in the Tap "Red Mud Cemetery", this land was homesteaded by him about one year prior to his death.
He was shot by his neighbor, Jess Addamson in April of 1886 in a dispute over a stud horse.
Since Dickens County had not been organized at the time, and there was no official law enforcement other than frontier justice, it is believed that Addamson was never tried for the act. After Addamson shot Barger, Addamson dug 26 buckshot out of the victim.
According to published accounts, there was no lumber to make a coffin, so the sideboards from a wagon were pressed into service and when it came time to lower the coffin into the ground, some of the women had to assist as there were not that many men present.
Will Bargerīs wife, Annie McCorkle Barger, died in June of 1886 of tuberculosis and in 1884, his first wife, Frances McCorkle Barger, a sister to Annie, also died of tuberculosis.
From these two marriages, Will Barger left six children; the youngest being three months. The rest of the family was notified of Mr. Bargerīs death and they later came from East Texas to claim the children.
ĐThe Texas Spur, 1995, Newspaper article
Book: Tap, Texas by Mrs. Donnie Pace
Marriage 1: Frances McCorkle b: 31 AUG 1861 in Collin Co., Texas
Married: 1 MAR 1877 in Collin Co., Texas
Ira Newton Barger b: 1877
Willie A. Barger b: 1879
Married 2: Anna "Annie" McCorkle
Oliver Huff Barger b: 1887
In the 1990s, a stone was placed in the Red Bud Cemetery for William and Anna along with a memorial stone for Frances by Jerry Fillebrown, Dorles Repass, Faye Keuhl, Frances Adair, Ray Adair II, Buford Barger, Harold Barger, Lester Barger, Louis Hobson, and Mildred Hobson.
Frances McCorkle Barger (1861 - 1884)
Anna McCorkle Barger (1863 - 1887)*
Red Mud Cemetery
Maintained by: Roots in Texas
Originally Created by: Alice P.
Record added: Dec 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81708874