Pvt Thomas Lafayette Doran

Pvt Thomas Lafayette Doran

Birth
Alabama, USA
Death 21 Dec 1878 (aged 34)
Junction, Kimble County, Texas, USA
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).Thomas Doran served in Co. H of the 24th Texas Cavalry, known as the "Second Texas Lancers". The 24th Texas Cavalry fought in General John Bell Hood's ill-fated Tennessee campaign in the latter part of 1864. The county was in its infancy when Thomas Doran arrived in Kimble. He lived near the site sometimes called "Doran's Bluff". Tom Doran must have been disilusioned by the effects of the War Between the States, and he was quick on the trigger and alert to anyone who chanced to challenfe his beliefs and ideals; consequently, he was sometimes involved in violent incidents. One of the led to his untimely death when he was killed outside the Double 00 Saloon in downtown Junction during the Christmas season of 1878. The townspeople buried Doran near the bluff that overlooks the graves of Doran and other frontiersmen in the cemetery that time forgot. But, today, we have revived the cemetery and the memories of those who lie here. All was not bad in the life of Tom Doran. When Indians killed Isaac Kountz and Sam Speer (Doran's neighbor) two years before Tom's own death, he bacame one of the messengers who spread the alarm -- a Paul Revere in Kimble County in 1876


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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 Pvt Thomas Lafayette 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) .