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Travis County Treasurer Killed in 1841

On August 7, 1841, the mutilated body of Travis County Treasurer, Thomas W.

Smith was found outside the town limits of Austin. Sheriff McFarlane said it was the work of Indians, the worst mutilation he had ever seen. The body was buried next to his son Judge James W. Smith in the old city cemetery. The first Travis County Judge was killed by Comanche Indians on January 21, 1841. The deaths of two Travis County officials and other Indian depravations fueled the runaway scrape from Austin. The population dwindled to less than a hundred. Read about it in the award-winning Comanche Trace, Book IV of the Westward Sagas series

written by fifth generation Austinite David A. Bowles

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