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 Thomas L Doran

Thomas L Doran

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Death 21 Dec 1878 (aged 34)
Burial Junction, Kimble County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 24954156 · View Source
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O.C. Fisher, a United States Congressman, published "It Occurred in Kimble", The book has a description of the Tom Doran and Jim Deaton incident. It reads:

"Tom Doran Kills Jim Deaton
Early in 1880, Jim Deaton tried to kill Tom Doran when they met at Bill Frank's saloon. Doran sat in the saloon leaning his chair against the bar when Deaton, with an open knife in his hand, entered and paced to and fro in front of Doran. Suddenly, as he passed, Jim whipped the knife blade against Doran's throat. Doran ducked, the blade slashing at the under edge of his chin. Doran then raised his head and the flesh under his chin dropped down like an apron (as someone who helped sew him up put it). Deaton had drawn blood and the feud between the two was not settled. Everybody in Junction City knew that there would be more trouble. Six months later they met just outside of the same saloon and one word brought on another. Some construction work was being done on the building, and Deaton grabbed a piece of loose lath with which to strike Doran, but the latter shot him with a 'needle' gun and killed him on the spot. The feud was ended. There was no trial, remembers one man, as it was a plain case of self defense, and why bother the man with a trial? Trials cost money.

Tom Doran's preliminary hearing was conducted under an arbor, and during the course of the proceedings, Mrs. John J. Smith, who had been at these proceedings, recalled that Jim Deaton's widow made a dramatic appearance on the scene. Brandishing a loaded gun, she made her way through the crowd and announced that she wanted to kill that man Doran. Several men relieved her of the weapon, order was finally restored, and the proceedings resumed. (See: Fisher, O.C., "It Occurred in Kimble", Anson Jones Press, Houston, 1938, pp. 229 - 230).


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  • Created by: Bobby Jones
  • Added: 29 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24954156
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas L Doran (9 May 1844–21 Dec 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24954156, citing Pioneer-North Llano Cemetery, Junction, Kimble County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bobby Jones (contributor 46981737) .