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Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


Jeremiah M. York

Information from Norma Riddle Fisher to T.Mason on 26 March 2007.

My Aunt Alma said , "Jerry was an entrepreneur. considered to be shrewd, he always got there first, made money and moved on."
She said, " He was a lifelong Mason, high up in the ranks, he was "head" of the Bisbee Masons, they buried him with honor in their cemetery." I wrote to the Masonic Lodge in Bisbee two or three times, they never replied. At the Bisbee-Lowell Evergreen Cemetery he is registered as " having been moved from the 'old Mason plot' to the new Masonic plot, but his grave has no marker.

I saw an elusive record that said he lived on "Paluxy Creek, Erath Co". Could have been, as Jeremiah M. YORK filed an Indian (Comanche) Depradation Claim with the state of TX in the 1890's for "250 head of horses stolen by the Comanche Indians

They had left TX about 1898, were in the Sacramento Mts. of NM for a time, and then in Ft. Thomas, Graham Co, AZ, and then to Bisbee-Douglas-Rucker Canyon area. My Aunt Alma said, "my grandfather Jerry, never trusted Dick RIDDLE; he always kept his favorite daughter Sarah "Alice" near him."

In a lawsuit filed first about 1888 by Jeremiah York against the Department of Interior asking for compensation for 123 head of horses stolen by the Comanche Indians the night of 15 February 1868, is the following testimony given in court:

Later (March 1901) re-testifying for clarification of a point:
Q: When did your first wife die?
A: 1864
Q: When did your second wife die, if she did die?
A: In 1867, shortly before the raid of February 1868.
Q: Did you marry again?
A: I married the third time and my last wife is in the Insane Asylum, if she is living. In Terrill, Coffin Co, TX.
Cross Examination:
Q. Have you testified in this case before
A. Yes
Q. Did you make the same answers in that deposition?
A. I don't think I stated fully the number of times I was married and was not very explicit as to dates. I frequently sign my name J.M. YORK
signed: Jeremiah YORK
Notarized: John L. Alexander, 28 day of March, A.D. 1900.

Testimony of T.E. Keith given 26th day of September, 1901 at lawsuit by Jeremiah M. YORK filed an Indian (Comanche) Depradation Claim with the state of TX in the 1890's for 123 head of horses stolen the night of 15 February 1868. Keith is 54 years of age, farmer, of Curtis, Eastland Co, TX. "From (33 years ago) memory: ...was working for YORK, on verbal agreement, for , "one third of colt increase and bread for my family." Looked after them by day; penned them at night in corral. Horses were stolen; never recovered; left after raid and went to work for my father." "This loss left YORK with no visible means of support; it broke up the YORK ranch; he moved over into Comanche County and, later in the season went to work for my father as a hired hand. This was near the line of Erath and Comanche counties, and he made that section of the country his home until about ten or twelve years ago. (1889-1891)."

According to T.E. Keith: "Nick Keith, who is a better penman than me, did the writing of this paper, and we compared notes and dates for this claim."
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Present (next day after the raid) also were P.L. Kinsman and William Hardin and Jim Martin who went looking for horses.
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C.M. O’ Neal testimony: (Affidavit: April 14th, 1902, Ft. Worth, TX.)
"...were few settlers in that area.
.....lived about 10 miles from York. Was out looking for some cattle; saw the downed pen, stopped by. Talked with York, Tom Keith and Doc Inman about loss of the horses.
...Also, knew of a man, Jones, who lived six miles from York, who also lost horses about the same time."
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Charles F. Morrison: Affidavit: 22 August 1902, Tarrant Co, TX.
...lived about ten miles from YORK in Comanche County, TX...returning from Stephensville to ranch, stopped by...
...followed the trail next day, 7-8 miles to northwest,... accompanied by T.E. Keith, Nicodemus Keith and Dave Smith ( of Victor,Erath Co.)

COMMENT:
Thomas (Tom) Eli Keith was a brother to Sarah Ann Keith, Jeremiah's first wife.
P.L. Kinman was probably Parmer L. "Doc" Kinman m. abt 1855 to Matilda Elizabeth Tilda” Keith.
William Hardin was probably William C. Hardin, son of William Abijah Hardin and Martha York who was married to Annie Elizabth Eller.
Jim Martin was probably James Ely (Jim) Marshall who was married to Willie Ann Miller. James Ely was the son of Cyrena Keith, the daughter of John Birden Keith.
C.M. O'Neal was probably Cornelius M. O'Neal who m. 1853, Sarah Eveline Keith, sister of Nichodemus Keith.
Charles F. Morrison was likely Jeremiah's brother-in-law Charles Morrison who married Sirena Ann York, Jeremiah's sister.

The final disposition was that he would receive $4,495.00 of which his attorney, S.S.Burdett would be paid $759.00 for services rendered.
The testimony was a series of affidavits, given from memory, thirty-three years after the incident.


Sarah Ann Keith

1880 Erath Co., TX, census
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 60


Thomas Eli Keith

Veteran of an Indian war
Justice of the peace, Breckenridge, TX
County attorney, Stephens Co., TX
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 61

Following information from Norma Riddle Fisher to T.Mason on 26 March 2007.

Testimony of T.E. Keith given 26th day of September, 1901 at lawsuit by Jeremiah M. YORK filed an Indian (Comanche) Depradation Claim with the state of TX in the 1890's for 123 head of horses stolen the night of 15 February 1868. Keith is 54 years of age, farmer, of Curtis, Eastland Co, TX. "From (33 years ago) memory: ...was working for YORK, on verbal agreement, for , "one third of colt increase and bread for my family." Looked after them by day; penned them at night in corral. Horses were stolen; never recovered; left after raid and went to work for my father." "This loss left YORK with no visible means of support; it broke up the YORK ranch; he moved over into Comanche County and, later in the season went to work for my father as a hired hand. This was near the line of Erath and Comanche counties, and he made that section of the country his home until about ten or twelve years ago. (1889-1891)."


George Marion David Keith

Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book A, p. 46
Texas Ranger
Indian War pension
Co-author of "The KEITH Family"
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 62

CHILDREN: Informaton sent to T.Mason on 18 Nov 2008 by Lance Youngclaus.


John Marshall Keith

City marshall, Imperial, CA
Co-author of "The KEITH Family"
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 63


John Marshall Keith

City marshall, Imperial, CA
Co-author of "The KEITH Family"
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 63


Emily Alice Keith

Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book B, p. 222
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 63


Fair Ellender P. Keith

Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book B, p. 353
Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book C, p. 179
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 64


Fair Ellender P. Keith

Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book B, p. 353
Erath Co., TX, Marriage Book C, p. 179
MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 64


James Isaac Keith

MARSHALL's "Desc. KEITH & BORDEN," p. 64