Note: Abija Ross and family lived across the creek from the McLaurine family. He had two large dogs that had some experience in bear fighting. One night these two dogs chased a large wild cat up a large dead poplar tree in the horse lot; Ross built a fire near the tree and waited for the morning light to show the object. It was a large wild cat 60 feet up in the fork of the tree. His old flint lock was out of fix but he loaded up, primed up the pan and told his son when he drew sight on the cat to touch fire to the powder; so he drew bead and said, "Touch", which was done; the ball struck the cat and down he came only wounded and whipped both dogs. Ross and sons finally succeeded in killing the cat. This was a large wild cat and a big fight. Source: Old Times in Giles County Bradshaw Community.
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