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William Ignatius Cambern

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William Ignatius Cambern

Birth
Smith County, Texas, USA
Death
18 Apr 1858 (aged 9–10)
Jack County, Texas, USA
Burial
Jack County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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On April 18, 1858, a band of Indians and several white men went to the home of James Cambern. James and his two oldest boys, 12 year old Luther and William, about 11 years, had been working in the field and were preparing to unhitch the team before going home for dinner. Some Indians appeared in the field but since Indians were still on the reservation, they supposed they were friendly. Two, however, dismounted, jumped over the fence and one killed James Cambern with an arrow that entered his left side and exited his right side. The other Indian shot and killed the oldest boy, Luther and then shot William, who was nearer the fence and managed to get over the fence before he died.

While this was going on, the white men went to the house, took Margery (Bell) Cambern and the four younger Cambern children, Thomas, 9, Mary, 7, Dewitt, 3 and the infant James, Jr. upon a high hill where Margery and baby James were killed.

The Indians took Tom (who was soon released) and left little Mary and Dewitt by their dead mother and brother.

James and his sons, Luther and William were buried where they died. Compiled by S. G. Shanafelt
On April 18, 1858, a band of Indians and several white men went to the home of James Cambern. James and his two oldest boys, 12 year old Luther and William, about 11 years, had been working in the field and were preparing to unhitch the team before going home for dinner. Some Indians appeared in the field but since Indians were still on the reservation, they supposed they were friendly. Two, however, dismounted, jumped over the fence and one killed James Cambern with an arrow that entered his left side and exited his right side. The other Indian shot and killed the oldest boy, Luther and then shot William, who was nearer the fence and managed to get over the fence before he died.

While this was going on, the white men went to the house, took Margery (Bell) Cambern and the four younger Cambern children, Thomas, 9, Mary, 7, Dewitt, 3 and the infant James, Jr. upon a high hill where Margery and baby James were killed.

The Indians took Tom (who was soon released) and left little Mary and Dewitt by their dead mother and brother.

James and his sons, Luther and William were buried where they died. Compiled by S. G. Shanafelt


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