Clarence Wesley Duffer

M, ID# 8401, b. 24 September 1911, d. 4 January 1975
  • Last Edited: 5 Mar 1998

Family: Cora Ethel Whitley b. 18 Dec 1906, d. 3 May 1966

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming George William Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Sherron as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 5 Mar 1998 (giving only the date).
  5. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 5 Mar 1998 (stating that he died in Jan 1975 and not naming the place).

Cora Ethel Whitley

F, ID# 8402, b. 18 December 1906, d. 3 May 1966
  • Last Edited: 7 Apr 1998

Family: Clarence Wesley Duffer b. 24 Sep 1911, d. 4 Jan 1975

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Pauline Odell Duffer

F, ID# 8403, b. 1 March 1915, d. 7 October 1946
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming George William Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Sherron as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

James E. Duffer

M, ID# 8407, b. 1840
  • Birth*: He was born in 1840.3
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Flemming Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Rutledge as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Eva Jane Duffer

F, ID# 8408, b. 1844
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Family: R. T. Newcomb

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Flemming Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Rutledge as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

R. T. Newcomb

M, ID# 8409
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Family: Eva Jane Duffer b. 1844

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

John D. Duffer

M, ID# 8410, b. 1847
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Flemming Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Rutledge as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Sarah Ann Duffer

F, ID# 8411, b. after 1850, d. before 1860
  • Last Edited: 28 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Flemming Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Eliza Ann Rutledge as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Abner T. Duffer

M, ID# 8412, b. 17 August 1839, d. 20 November 1915
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Lucy A. Rogers b. Aug 1851, d. 11 Jan 1915

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Mary Arminta Duffer

F, ID# 8413, b. 28 December 1840, d. 6 January 1916
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Patton Troutt b. 11 Jan 1834, d. 18 Aug 1909

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Nancy J. Duffer

F, ID# 8414, b. October 1842
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

John Lucious Duffer

M, ID# 8415, b. 19 December 1844, d. 22 October 1918
  • Note*: He was a prosperous tobacco farmer in Sumner County, Tennessee until his plantation was destroyed in the Civil War. He moved to Eastland County, Texas in 1864 and settled on the Leon River, about ten miles south of Ranger. He farmed and ranched cattle, hogs, horses, corn, and hegari and had an apple orchard of 100 acres. His house was the first in Eastland County to have glass windows, and he and his first wife were issued the first marriage license recorded in Eastland County.6
  • Last Edited: 22 May 2004

Family 1: Mary Susan Bowlin b. 16 Nov 1852, d. 18 Nov 1887

Family 2: Mattie _____ b. 19 May 1849, d. 2 Apr 1904

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 35 (giving the date but not the place).
  5. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving her name as Marry [sic] S. Duffer, not giving the date or place, and identifying her as wife of J. L. Duffer).
  6. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  7. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 140 (not giving the date, and identifying her as wife of J. L. Duffer).
  8. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35.
  9. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father).
  10. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming J. L. Duffer as his father).
  11. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father).
  12. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father).
  13. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father).
  14. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming J. L. Duffer as her father).

Willametta F. Duffer

F, ID# 8416, b. August 1848
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as her mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Leander W. Duffer

M, ID# 8417, b. October 1854, d. June 1940
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Lula Barton b. Mar 1871, d. 1956

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Leander W. Duffer as his father).

Charles S. Duffer

M, ID# 8418, b. 17 January 1857, d. 1935
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Delia Dowell b. 1860, d. 1943

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Edward Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Emily F. McClary as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Charles S. Duffer as this child's father).
  5. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Charles S. Duffer as his father).

Delia Dowell

F, ID# 8419, b. 1860, d. 1943
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Charles S. Duffer b. 17 Jan 1857, d. 1935

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Delia Dowell as this child's mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Delia Dowell as his mother).

_____ Duffer

?, ID# 8421, b. November 1888
  • Birth*: He was born in November 1888.3
  • Note*: The name and gender of this child are unknown.
  • Last Edited: 29 May 2000

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Charles S. Duffer as this child's father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Delia Dowell as this child's mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Carson Duffer

M, ID# 8422, b. July 1892
  • Birth*: He was born in July 1892.3
  • Last Edited: 15 Jun 2003

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Charles S. Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Delia Dowell as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Omie Duffer

?, ID# 8423, b. November 1894
  • Birth*: He was born in November 1894.3
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Charles S. Duffer as this child's father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Delia Dowell as this child's mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Lula Barton

F, ID# 8424, b. March 1871, d. 1956
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Leander W. Duffer b. Oct 1854, d. Jun 1940

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Lula Barton as his mother).

Philos Duffer

M, ID# 8425, b. November 1897
  • Last Edited: 5 Mar 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Leander W. Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Lula Barton as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Les A. Duffer

M, ID# 8426, b. January 1899
  • Last Edited: 5 Mar 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Leander W. Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Lula Barton as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Wayne Spencer Duffer

M, ID# 8427, b. 24 April 1900, d. November 1977
  • Last Edited: 6 Mar 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Leander W. Duffer as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Lula Barton as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 6 Mar 1998 (giving only the date).
  5. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 6 Mar 1998 (not naming the place of death but stating that he lived in Mangum, Oklahoma when he died).

Mary Susan Bowlin

F, ID# 8432, b. 16 November 1852, d. 18 November 1887
  • Last Edited: 22 May 2004

Family: John Lucious Duffer b. 19 Dec 1844, d. 22 Oct 1918

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year and place).
  2. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 35.
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving her name as Marry [sic] S. Duffer, not giving the date or place, and identifying her as wife of J. L. Duffer).
  5. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  6. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving only the date).
  7. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (giving only the year and not naming the place).
  8. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  9. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming M. S. Duffer as his mother).
  10. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  11. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  12. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  13. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming M. S. Duffer as her mother).

Mattie _____

F, ID# 8433, b. 19 May 1849, d. 2 April 1904
  • Last Edited: 7 Feb 1998

Family: John Lucious Duffer b. 19 Dec 1844, d. 22 Oct 1918

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year and place).
  2. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 140 (giving only the date).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 140 (not giving the date, and identifying her as wife of J. L. Duffer).
  5. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year).
  6. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 140.

Henry E. Duffer

M, ID# 8434, b. 24 May 1875, d. 15 October 1877
  • Last Edited: 8 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father).
  2. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 35 (naming J. L. Duffer as his father).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  4. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  5. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming M. S. Duffer as his mother).
  6. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  7. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year and place).
  8. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving only the date).
  9. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35.

Ora Bell Duffer

F, ID# 8435, b. September 1877, d. 1953
  • Other Names*: Ora Duffer, Ora Bell Duffer Jones, Ora Duffer Jones, Ora Bell Jones, Ora Jones.
  • Note*: They built a home on land she inherited from her father but in 1920 moved into Eastland.9

Additional Resources

• Her Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of her grave marker, is here.
  • Last Edited: 12 Apr 2014

Family: Tom A. Jones b. 1874, d. 20 Nov 1929

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father).
  2. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  4. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  5. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for Ora Bell Jones, memorial no. 50497407, viewed on 23 Dec 2013 (giving the year but no other information).
  7. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (not giving the date or place).
  8. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for Ora Bell Jones, memorial no. 50497407, viewed on 23 Dec 2013.
  9. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above.
  10. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as this child's mother).
  11. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as his mother).
  12. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as her mother).

Tom A. Jones

M, ID# 8436, b. 1874, d. 20 November 1929

Historical marker, Cisco, Tex.
  • Scrapbook*: “VICTIM LYNCHED BANDIT DIES
       “MARSHALL RATLIFF HANGED BY EASTLAND MOB TUESDAY NIGHT
       “LATEST CRIME OF SHOOTING OFFICER IN ESCAPE ATTEMPT ENDS CAREER
       “EASTLAND [Tex.], Nov. 20 [1929].—(AP)—Deputy Sheriff Tom Jones, wounded by Marshall Ratliff, bank robber, who was lynched here last night died in a hospital at 11 o’clock this morning.
       “Conscious until the end, Jones bade farewell to his fellow Eastland county officers here shortly before he died.
       “Shortly after Jones’ death, District Judge George Davenport called the county grand jury into special session to investigate the lynching. It will convene at 10 a. m. tomorrow.
       “After hope for recovery of the officer had been given up, county officers who had served with him grouped about his bed and grasped his hand.
       “To Tuck Kilborn, jailer, who was in the prison when Ratliff tried to escape, Jones said:
       “‘Tuck, I stayed with you to the last, but I have to go now.’
       “The officer’s 8-year-old son, Billy, also was at the bedside as the end approached. His father admonished him to be a ‘good boy.’
       “The widow and mother today received a letter from Mrs. Rilla Carter, mother of Ratliff, from Houston, expressing her sympathies over the shooting.”.7
  • Note*: He was a deputy sheriff of Eastland County and died of wounds received in an attempt by Marshall Ratliff to escape from the county jail. Ratliff had been one of a group that had held up a bank in Cisco, Texas on 23 Dec 1927 in what has become known as the "Santa Claus bank robbery," in which several hundred shots were exchanged among officers, the four bank robbers, and citizens, leaving several wounded townspeople, two dead officers, and two dead robbers. Ratliff had been dressed as Santa Claus in the robbery and, wounded, fled with hostages. He was caught within a few days and was sentenced to death. After his escape attempt failed two years later, he was lynched the next evening as Deputy Tom Jones lingered before dying about a few hours later. His last words were to his eight-year-old son: "Be a good boy, Billy."8,4,9,10

Additional Resources

• An article about the Santa Claus Bank Robbery from The New Handbook of Texas is here.
• His Find A Grave memorial, which includes a picture of his grave marker, is here.
  • Last Edited: 25 Jul 2015

Family: Ora Bell Duffer b. Sep 1877, d. 1953

Citations

  1. [S961] Find A Grave, online at http://www.findagrave.com, memorial for T. A. 'Tom' Jones, memorial no. 50497427, viewed on 23 Dec 2013.
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (not giving the date or place). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  4. [S369] Walter F. Pilcher, "Santa Claus Bank Robbery," in The New Handbook of Texas (Austin, Tex.: Tex. State Hist. Ass'n, 1996), vol. 5, pp. 883-84.
  5. [S370] A. C. Greene, The Santa Claus Bank Robbery (New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), p. 249.
  6. [S961] Find A Grave, online, above, memorial for T. A. 'Tom' Jones, memorial no. 50497427, viewed on 23 Dec 2013 (giving the date but not the place).
  7. [S1207] Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Tex., online archive at http://corsicana.newspaperarchive.com, 20 Nov 1929, p. 1, col. 8 (reprinted here with consent of the Corsicana Daily Sun, with obvious typographical errors corrected). The first headline probably was meant to read BANDIT LYNCHED VICTIM DIES.
  8. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above.
  9. [S370] A. C. Greene, The Santa Claus Bank Robbery, above.
  10. [S1207] Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Tex., online archive, above, 20 Nov 1929, p. 1, col. 8.
  11. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as this child's father).
  12. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as his father).
  13. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as her father).

Mary E. Duffer

F, ID# 8437, b. 16 January 1880, d. 15 May 1881
  • Last Edited: 8 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father).
  2. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 35 (naming J. L. Duffer as her father).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (naming John Lucious Duffer as her father). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  4. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  5. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (naming M. S. Duffer as her mother).
  6. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as her mother).
  7. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year and place).
  8. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving only the date).
  9. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35.

Spencer Wayne Duffer

M, ID# 8438, b. 14 March 1882, d. 14 June 1900
  • Last Edited: 22 May 2004

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father).
  2. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  4. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  5. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the month, year, and place).
  6. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I (Stephenville, Tex.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 35 (giving his name as S. L. Duffer and not naming the place).
  7. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the year and place).
  8. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving only the date).
  9. [S365] Shirley Brittain Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, comps., Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions Volume I, above, p. 35 (giving his name as S. L. Duffer).

Albert Lucious Duffer

M, ID# 8439, b. 9 April 1885, d. 21 March 1976
  • Last Edited: 20 Mar 2004

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father).
  2. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162, (naming John Lucious Duffer as his father). This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Mary Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  4. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," above, (naming Susan Bowlin as his mother).
  5. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (giving only the month and year).
  6. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 5 Mar 1998.
  7. [S312] Social Security Death Index, online at http://tinyurl.com/AncestrySSDI, viewed on 5 Mar 1998 (stating that he died in Mar 1976; not naming the place of death but stating that he lived in Brownwood, Texas when he died).
  8. [S11] Index to Texas Death Records (Austin, Tex.: Tex. Dept. of Health, Bur. of Vital Statistics), typescript, 1976, vol. 1, p. 444, file 16380.

Meta Jones

?, ID# 8440, b. August 1898, d. before 1989
  • Birth*: He was born in August 1898.3
  • Death*: He died before 1989.4
  • Last Edited: 16 Mar 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as this child's father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as this child's mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Thelbert D. Jones

M, ID# 8441, b. February 1900, d. 4 December 1954
  • Note*: He was a founder of the Eastland County Farm Bureau, and he and Lena bought 1,000 acres from his mother in 1941 and raised cattle and goats on it.5
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as his mother).
  3. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.
  4. [S11] Index to Texas Death Records (Austin, Tex.: Tex. Dept. of Health, Bur. of Vital Statistics), typescript, 1946-55, vol. 11, p. 5480, file 59693.
  5. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Jewell Jones

?, ID# 8443, d. before 1989
  • Death*: He died before 1989.3
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as this child's father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as this child's mother).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Bertha Jones

F, ID# 8444, d. before 1989
  • Death*: She died before 1989.3
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as her mother).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Hazel Jones

F, ID# 8445, d. before 1989
  • Death*: She died before 1989.3
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as her father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as her mother).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

T. A. Jones

M, ID# 8446, d. before 1989
  • Death*: He died before 1989.3
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as his mother).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Billy M. Jones

M, ID# 8448, b. 1921, d. before 1989
  • Birth*: He was born in 1921.
  • Death*: He died before 1989.3
  • Last Edited: 9 Feb 1998

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Tom A. Jones as his father).
  2. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997 (naming Ora Bell Duffer as his mother).
  3. [S368] Mrs. James Ratliff, "Duffer-Bowlin," in Eastland County History (Eastland, Tex.: n.pub., 1989), p. 162. This article includes a photograph of the "Duffer-Bowlin family," fourteen adults and children that presumably include John Lucious Duffer and Susan Bowlin.

Patton Troutt

M, ID# 8449, b. 11 January 1834, d. 18 August 1909
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Mary Arminta Duffer b. 28 Dec 1840, d. 6 Jan 1916

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.

Lucy A. Rogers

F, ID# 8450, b. August 1851, d. 11 January 1915
  • Last Edited: 29 Dec 1997

Family: Abner T. Duffer b. 17 Aug 1839, d. 20 Nov 1915

Citations

  1. [S335] Kathy Wilcox, computer files sent to Roger Bartlett, 25 Nov 1997.