Title: RESEARCHER: "AMERINE - DAVIDSON FT"
Author: Gary Amerine, [email protected]
Note: a Conner Wright. I have read that Bill was an Indian but have not been able to actually figure out any of the Indian lineage or heritage.
Per Gary Amerine, [email protected]:
Legend has it, that the reason the Conner boys all came to Texas, was supposedly because of the Civil War , which started April 12, 1861 and lasted until April 9, 1865, was going on. As their dad came in for the day, with his wagon load of wood, he had been cutting, a group of Union Soldiers rode up into the yard and, one of the Union Soldiers shot Mr. Conner from the wagon seat and killed him. The boys were looking on. Makes one wonder if it was because he was an Indian and was killed solely for that purpose. As William never wanted anyone to know he was an Indian. The older boys killed all of the soldiers involved in this action, that they could. When the soldiers started getting hot on their trail, they fled to Texas, leaving their mother and sisters behind, as well as William C., with orders for William to kill the soldier that killed their dad. William was a young lad, he found out where the soldiers were bedded down for the night. Early in the morning he went to the farm, where they slept. He hid out by the barns, the riffle he had with him was too heavy for him to hold up, so he propped it up on the log fence near the barn, pointed it toward the house and waited. He waited for the soldier that killed their dad, to come out to feed the horses, he then fired the shot that killed the soldier. He then hooked up with a wagon train going to Texas. He cooked, washed dishes, or what ever they needed him to do to earn his way. At night he would sneak out meat and give to the Indians along the way. He register to vote on Nov 1, 1872 in Johnson County Texas and said he had lived in Texas at least one year.Bill married Clarissa in Johnson County Texas 8 Aug 1872.Clarissa and Bill had seven children, they were Dora, Dosha, Olar, Jessie, James (their only son) Martha and Mertie.Oct 14 1879 lived in Hill County, Texas.Bill paid taxes Oct 22 1879 in Hill County, TexasBill paid taxes Dec 14, 1880 in Hill County, TexasApril 23, 1881, he lived at Derdyn, Texas, Hill CountyBill paid taxes Nov 1, 1881 in Derdyn, Hill County, TexasJessie James died before he had this saloon. Jessie died December 3, 1882. I was told he did know Jessie and his brother Frank. They both grew up in Missouri near Webster Co.Sept 8 1883 bought cattle in Johnson County TexasJuly 26 1890 Bill lived in Healdton.Marshal of the Eastern District of Texas commanded to Summon W. C. Conner, to appear at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas at the City of Paris, Texas on the 13 of October, 1890 at 10 am on behalf of the United States and generally and particularly in cause No. 437 on the Grand Jury docket vs Frank Willingham. Eastern District of Texas, David E. Bryant , Judge of the District Court. He was told to bring the summons with him. J.J. Dickerson, U.S. Marshal (This I have the summons)His last child with Clarissa was born February 1891.He farmed for Lilly Trout the year of 1891 Pickens County, Chickasaw Nations, Indian Territory, (Okla.)He married Fanny Southwood abt 1891.Bill and Fanny had four children, they were twins Dollie and Molly, (Dollie died) Willie (a girl) and Buster.Bill bought groceries and supplies in Ardmore, Indian Territory, 25 July 1891.On 25 Dec 1894, William Conner was put in jail with a $1000.00 bond for assault with intent to kill. He was to appear before the District Court the first day of the next term at 10 am. (This I have the original appearance bond)In 1895 he owned land in Pottawatomie County, Tecumseh, O.T.Bill's second wife Fanny Southwood died in a house fire, about 1900.Clarissa died in 1902No children with wife #3 Catherine Cheatwood Conner. Married in 1902. Divorced 1908. Catherine's son Grover married Dora's daughter Maby.Bill never went to school, never learned to read or write. Signed his name with an X or sometimes a thumb print.Oct 25 1903 he borrowed money on 98 acres of rented land on Wild Cat Creek, 5 miles West of Foster, Indian Terr.March 14, 1904 he borrowed money on 2 horses, 5 cows, 40 acres on Wess Looney farm on Wild Cat Creek 4 miles West of Foster, ITJune 27 1906 he borrowed $1000 secured by 54 head of cattle, 2 mares and 80 acres of cotton.He was divorced from J. C. Conner 22 Oct 1908. I believe this would have been Catherine Cheatwood. I was told by a grand neice of his that he always loved Catherine, and that she thought he loved Catherine more than any of his other wifes.He lived at Royal, Oklahoma Oct 8 1909November 11,1911 he lived at Royal, Oklahoma.He owned land at Hope from 1908 to 1925. Hope is in Thompson School District 57. His address was Royal, Oklahoma. Bill lived 6 miles north of Royal on J.M. Littrell land in 1909.Tex Huddleston (#4) and Bill married in the summer 1909 before Everitt was born.Bill and Tex had Everitt, Joseph, and a baby girl. Tex died at her birth and so did the baby.She had two sons from two previous marriages, Bill raised them. They wereLouis Priest born July 25, 1898 and John Raines born January 20 1901.In 1910, he owned 4 horses, 2 mules, 33 cows, and some sheep along with a wagon. His furniture was valued at $10.Aug 18 1911 lived at Royal, OklahomaJan 15, 1912 school census showed Buster age 13 and Willie age 16 were going to school at District 57.Thompson.In 1915 he live at Hope. He owned 8 horse worth $400,19 head if cattle worth $475, 5 pigs worth $20, machinery worth $50, a wagon valued at $50, and furniture worth $25. His address was Royal, Oklahoma.No children with wife #5 Mary Ann Thompson. They were living together and borrowed money together in October 1916. Bill ran her off and divorced her because she drank up all of his whiskey when he was gone.Oct 17, 1916, William bought land from Lee Huffman, widow of AJ. Huffman located in Stephens County.LocatedSW 1/2 of theSW 1/4 of Sec 11 and N1/2of NW1/4 of NW1/4 and N1/2 of NE1/4 of NW1/4 Sec 14 2N 4W.He owned land at Hope from 1908 to 1927. Hope is in Thompson School District 57. His address was Royal, Oklahoma.May 10 1917 he leased 130 acres of royalty.August 13 1919 he borrowed $400 from Finerty Investment Company and paid it back $200 in 1920 and $200 in 1921.May 7 1921 William agreed to pay Jackson and Hammond, $15 for stud fee, when the colt stands and sucks.October 15, 1921 he morgaged 80 acres, and received a $645 loan, at the First State Bank in Lindsay, Ok.In 1922 through 1925, William Conner owned land in Stephens County, Oklahoma as follows:SE NE SW-S 1/2 SW-S 1/2 SE 170 ACRES SECTION 11 2N 1WN 1/2 NW-SENW-E 1/2 SW NW-NW SW NW 150 ACRES SECTION 14 2N 4WNE NE-E 1/2 NW NE-SW NW NE-SW NE-N 1/2 SE NE 130 ACRES SECTION 15 2 N 4 WOct 21 1925 he leased 80 acres of royalty.August 9 1928, he lived at Conditville, Oklahoma and banked at the First National Bank in Lindsay, Ok.August 22, 1928 he leased 10 acres of royalty.Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Ghost Towns, surname information gleaned from the book "History of Pottawatomie County" by Charles W. Mooney. (need to read)A Saloon on Every Corner:Whiskey Towns of Oklahoma Territory, 1889-1907Blake GumprechtThe Chronicles of Oklahoma 74:2 (Summer 1996), pp. 146-173.The wildest of all the whiskey towns was the town of Corner, so named because it was located in the extreme southeastern corner of Pottawatomie County, where the boundaries of the Chickasaw and Seminole nations met. Here, the meandering Canadian River played havoc with the square lots created by the township and range survey system, leaving numerous parcels of land smaller than the standard 160 acres. These parcels became known as "fractions" and were generally bypassed by the first homesteaders, who wanted as much land as they could get. It was on one such fraction that a man named Bill Conner built a saloon 40 feet from the territorial line in 1893.Conner, who a few years before had founded the town of Connerville south of Ada in the Chickasaw Nation, built his saloon in the briar-entangled bottomlands beside the Canadian River. Because of its remote location, the saloon became a haven for outlaws. The Dalton Gang, the Christian Brothers, and Bill Doolin are all believed to have been regulars at the Corner saloon. "It was wild country, broken by river bluffs, in black jack barrens -- remote, uncultivated, uninhabited," recalled one early settler. "There was no store, no blacksmith shop, no dwelling. In a rough, rawhide house was a saloon frequented by gamblers, refugees, robbers, landless resolutes and droughty (sic) cronies."Corner sat on a strip of land surrounded on three sides by Indian Territory, so the saloon was also a magnet for the rough and tumble cowboys, Indians and drovers who lived on the opposite side of the border. A second saloon was soon opened and, as in Keokuk Falls, the competition for the lucrative whiskey trade led to a deadly feud. The feud did not end until two years after prohibition when four of its participants were hanged by an angry mob in Ada after the murder of a U.S. marshal. The marshal, a man named Angus A. Bobbitt, had been one of Conner's partners in the original Corner saloon.Corner was the smallest of the Pott County whiskey towns. It had only three saloons and never acquired most of the typical characteristics of settlement, although a post office was established there in 1893 and a general store was opened around the turn of the century. Nonetheless, Corner developed a reputation for violence and lawlessness unsurpassed in Oklahoma Territory. The Oklahoma State Capital in 1905 reported that at least 50 murders had been committed in Corner. Earlier that year, the Shawnee Daily Herald reported that nine murders, 16 cases of attempted murder, and 81 liquor violations that had occurred during the previous 10 months were "directly traceable to Corner." Corner's image was so tied to the whiskey trade that newspapers of the day and early settlers often referred to the town as Corner Saloon.The only doctor in the area before the turn of the century treated hundreds of men who had been injured in barrooms brawls at Corner. The physician, Dr. Jesse Mooney, lived 10 miles south of Corner from 1892 to 1897, and, according to his son, treated "knifings, shootings, lacerations, gouged eyes, fingers bitten off, and once a man's ear bitten off." One night, he was forced to push two saloon tables together to make an operating table, so he could amputate the leg of a man who had been shot at close range with a shotgun. The drunken revelry continued unabated a few feet away.[[email protected]] 04/01/02
Note: Patti Wright Pritchard -- Bill Conner is my great great grandfather through his daughter Dosh
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