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Ben F Eakle
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1852
Death: Sep. 26, 1887

The Democrat (McKinney, TX), Thursday, Sept. 29, 1887, p. 2:

"TRAGEDY AT BLUE RIDGE.

One of the sadest events and bloodiest scenes of Collin county's history occurred at the little village of Blue Ridge last Friday. It was justice court day. Many people were on the streets early in the morning, and some began to drink freely by noon. By 3 p. m. several parties were rich and reckless. About this time Albert Turner, Jim Turner, Coot Thacker and Chas. O'Brien, with others as spectators, departed to the brush to play cards for whiskey. During the game an altercation took place in which Albert Turner and Bud Scribner were the [. . . ng] parties, Jas. Turner and Coot Thacker, however, participating. They engaged in a fight, which resulted in Bub Scribner's death from a gash in the left side in the region of the heart, and Jas. Turner's arm being split to the bone from his elbow to his wrist. Thacker was bruised, and Albert Turner was cut severely on the hand. Several parties were placed under guard until [Es. . . .ilson] could have a preliminary trial to ascertain and [re. . .] the guilty parties. Among those arrested was Chas. O'Brien who after being dismissed from his guard, N. C. Brown, proposed to bet that he could [whi]p his guard. This proposition was accepted by Jas. Griffith and others who wanted to b[et $1]00 that he could not. Bu[t wh]en the guard, [. .an] Brown, was requested to fight O'Brien, he laughs the matter off and would not fight. At which O'Brien became very desperate and throwing his hat on the ground and cursing very boisterously because Brown would not fight him. At his juncture the constable, L. C. Martin, walked to O'Brien and demanded that he stop cursing, adding that if he did not he would arrest him. James Griffith and others then demanded of the constable that he shut his mouth, pushing him back from O'Brien, during which time the constable drew his pistol, and cocked it, demanding they allow him to command the peace. At this time Griffith took hold of the pistol, and in their surgings the pistol was discharged, shooting Griffith through his hand. At this juncture Ben Eckles ran in with his knife in his hand making directly at the constable who then presented his pistol at Eckle, and the pistol being knocked down was discharged at Eckle's feet. At this time George Martin, brother of the constable ran at Eckle and cut two horrible gashes in his right and left side which caused his death some 48 hours later. This ended the bloody scene, except the probing and sewing done by the physicians. Albert Turner, charged with killing Scribner, was lodged in jail Sunday; George Martin, charged with killing Eckle, was turned over to Sheriff Beck, by his friends, last Tuesday; Coot Thacker and L. C. Martin are out on bond, while Jim Turner is at Blue Ridge, not able to be brought to McKinney."
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry D. Eakle (1817 - 1858)
  Crissey L McCarley Griffith (1832 - 1900)
 
 Siblings:
  Ben F Eakle (1852 - 1887)
  John Eakle (1855 - 1872)*
  Julia Ann Eakle Burns (1856 - 1900)**
  Jesse Eakle (1858 - 1937)*
  Mary Griffith McDonald (1865 - 1937)**
  Ferdinand Griffith (1866 - 1950)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
"B. F. HUSBAND OF / IZORA E. EAKLE / BORN / SEPT. 13, 1852 / DIED / SEPT. 26, 1887"
 
Burial:
Blue Ridge Cemetery
Blue Ridge
Collin County
Texas, USA
Plot:
 
Maintained by: Richard Hollis
Originally Created by: Will & Shelly
Record added: Mar 18, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8532252
Ben F Eakle
Added by: Mimi Simpson Davidson
 
 
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Ben F. Eakle was married to my 2x great Aunt Zora Dotson, daughter of Issac and Mary Jane Hanson Dotson.
- Debbie Rangel
 Added: Jul. 8, 2011

- Sonya"With Love & Respect"
 Added: Sep. 8, 2007
 
 
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