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Samuel Saguila "Pony" Starr
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1872
Briartown
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: May 8, 1947
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Samuel Saguila "Pony" Starr was the son of Thomas Starr Jr and Clarrisa Autry Starr and the grandson of Thomas Sr and Catherine Reese Starr. Pony grew up in Briartown, Youngers Bend, Indian Territory, OK. His grandfather, Tom Starr was the one that named it Youngers Bend after his friend, Cole Younger. In 1900, Pony married Eliza Catherine "Cassie" Horn. Pony and Cassie owned a cattle ranch one half mile northeast of present day Porum, Okla. Pony was a friend of the Davis family. The Davis family had been involved in the Porum Range War since about 1880. The Davises were on one side and Judge Hester and his friends, the Maxwells and the Grahams were on the other side. The Judge Hester faction had been in the area first and had gotten rich by running their large cattle herds on Indian land for a hundred miles in each direction. Mr.Davis and his sons, Cicero, Jack, Bob, and Sam, moved to the Porum area from Georgia in about 1880. They were southerners and this didn't sit to well with the Judge Hester faction. The Davises brought in cattle and set up a ranch. From the start, Judge Hester accused the Davises of being cattle thiefs and filed federal criminal charges against them almost fifty times over a twenty year period. Although Judge Hester never had any proof for these charges, he was able to turn public opinion against Mr. Davis and force him to spend most of his time and money answering the charges. Judge Hester was not really a Judge, he just liked to be called one. The persecution went on for years with cut fences, burned barns and missing cattle until September 11, 1906. The oldest Davis son, Cicero was murdered from ambush when he stopped to open a gate at his ranch. Mack Alfred, a member of the Hester faction, was arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshal Bud Ledbetter for the murder. After this, there were more killings committed by "unknowns". In 1911, Judge Hester swore out a writ of replevin for 22 head of cattle that were in Pony Starr's pasture and which Hester claimed had been stolen from him. Joe Davis {19yr old son of Jack Davis} and Pony Starr said the cattle were theirs and Hester was trying to steal them. The Sheriff removed the cattle to the Hester ranch anyway. The next day, Joe Davis and Pony Starr swore out a writ on Judge Hester to recover their cattle. On May 29, 1911, Deputy Sheriff Dobson, Duputy J.A. Shoemake and Charlie McClure went to Judge Hester's ranch to serve it. Judge Hester was sitting on his front porch when they arrived. When Deputy Dobson started reading the writ, suddenly from all sides of the ranch house, from the barn, the cow shed and from every available place that could hide a man, a bunch of masked men poured forth to surround the three deputies. Guns drawn, and cocked, they circled the three, and Judge Hester went into action also. Newspaper accounts say Hester put his gun in Deputy Sheriff Dobson's stomach and said through gritted teeth, "Arrest me, huh? I'll blow you in two!" A couple of the masked men, along with Judge Hester, then took the captured deputies inside the Hester ranch house, telling them they were to remain there quietly or be killed. Then the mob rode for the Pony Starr ranch. When the fifteen men arrived at the Starr Ranch, they all had gowns over their clothes and black stockings over their heads. As the Olevia Myers story in Real West Magazine told it: They halted just in front of the neat white ranch house, inside which Pony Starr, Joe Davis and Mrs Starr were having coffee at the kitchen table while a pot of turnip greens simmered in an old iron pot on the little wood cook stove. Mrs Starr {Cassie} glanced out the kitchen window and remarked, "Pony, look at all those people." Suddenly the thud of bullets was heard slamming into the cabin walls and the whine of erupting Winchester rifles rang out in all directions. The walls, doors and windows of the little ranch house were riddled with bullets. The men jumped from the table, pony calling to his wife, "Run for the barn, they're trying to kill us all!" The iron pot exploded, shattered by a bullet, filling the little kitchen with steam. Mrs.Starr ran for the barn nearby, carrying a double-barreled shotgun in her hands. Being a woman meant nothing to the kill-crazy mob. Later Mrs. Starr was to count 8 bullet holes in her dress and apron. One masked rider shot five times directly at her, while trying to control his rearing horse, but failed to bring down the fleeing woman. The Muskogee Times Democrat reported that Mrs.Starr did a brave thing-when the man threw the heavy empty .45 at her, she caught it in midair and, knowing it was empty, flung it back at her assailant. Then she ran on for the barn. By now two men were already down and others were screaming in pain. Horses, too, were dying and the mob seemed confused. Instead of spreading out they seemed to gather into a tight knot. Soon a shotgun bellowed from the barn and a man fell with a shattered right arm. the mob then broke and ran swiftly back toward the Hester ranch. When it was over, five men were dead or dying and only three shells remained in the Starr home. Cassie Starr came from the barn with saddled ponies for Pony Starr and Joe Davis. They mounted and rode through Porum. There were two hundred bullet holes in the little ranch house, twenty five of them through the kitchen screen door. The front door had it's frame shot completely in two. Bio. by Gary and Nancy Clampitt(Cherokee Rose) 
 
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 Parents:
  Tom Starr (1852 - 1900)
  Clarissa Autrey Starr (1857 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Elizabeth Horn Starr (1878 - 1962)*
 
 Children:
  Nina Lois Starr Hodgkins (1903 - 1989)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Saguila Starr (1872 - 1947)
  Lucy Cindy Starr Manis (1890 - 1978)*
  Laura McDaniel Starr Kay (1896 - 1953)*
  Jack Charles Starr (1899 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Samuel (Pony) Starr worked as a farmer, as a range detective for the Texas Cattle Raiser's Association, and in later years a brand inspector at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
 
Burial:
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Plot: Space 11, Lot 32, Section 34
 
Maintained by: Ann Pack Reese
Originally Created by: Gary & Nancy Glenn Clamp...
Record added: Sep 24, 2009
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Samuel Saguila Pony Starr
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Samuel Saguila Pony Starr
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Samuel Saguila Pony Starr
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