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Carter-Coggin FEUD, June 1882, Llano Co. Texas
Posted by: Karylon A. Russell (ID *****2015) Date: January 11, 2009 at 14:22:58
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I am interested in locating anyone who can help fill in some of the GAPS regarding a feud between two families in Llano County in the summer of 1882. The feud came down as the Carter-Coggin Feud, but other families were also involved. Aligning with the Carter brothers were the Perry brothers, Wm. & Wyatt, plus Jack Herridge and son, John Herridge. Siding with the Coggins were two Hatley brothers, George W. Patrick, J.Cook, several members of the Coggin families of Andrew Jackson & John R. Coggin, brothers, plus their kinsman from the Conner family.

The feud erupted during District Court Day in the town of Llano, just one block from the courthouse square. Around 15 men, both sides led by former Texas Rangers, began firing at each other behind one of the town's leading stores. When it was over, two men lay dead and several wounded. This fight included MORE participants, more bullets fired, and lasted longer than the famous gunfight at the OK Corral.

All men turned themselves in to the authorities, all were charged and posted bond of $1000. NOTHING ever came of any of it---too many witnesses for one, making it difficult to determine exactly what happpened, including knowledge of which side fired the first shot. The incident was reported in area newspapers, and traces of the feud continued on into the future in smaller encounters. The PROBLEM: Family members must have come to not be proud of their involvement in the shootout, as I have found NO DESCENDANTS who have any degree of knowledge about the incident. Knowledge of it does not seem to have been passed down in either the Carter or Coggin faction, even though the Coggin family is said to still have the bullet that was removed from their 17 year old Johnny Coggin, one of those killed that day.

I do historical research in Llano County and would like to publish some articles, etc. on this GUNFIGHT. I am also related to several of the participants as my ggggrandmother, Lucinda Null Arnold, was the oldest sister of the WIVES of two of the Coggin men and the wife of Jack Herridge.

The Herridges remained in Llano Co., as did Carters and Perrys, but not long after the incident, the Coggin men moved on to area around greater Fisher Co. TX. One of the Coggin sons ended up in El Paso.

Not many places in America today can make claim to such an extensive, wide-spread GUNFIGHT in the heart of the mainstream part of town.....not even Tombstone.

Karylon A. Russell, P.O. Box 823, Llano, TX 78643

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