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My great great grandmother Elizabeth Rhoades was listed on the 1880 San Saba Post Office, Coleman Co., census, living as a renter on a ranch in Precincts 5 and/or 6. Other renters on the same census entry were Thomas Holdermiss, Mr. Stetson, Ephraim Doagen, James Nunn, and George Clark. Her husband Thomas Jefferson Rhoades was killed either by Indians or bandits after their daughter's birth in 1869. Family stories indicate the Rhoades' lived away from the settled areas of Coleman County, and Thomas Rhoades was killed in a canyon. That is as much of the story as I have been able to piece together.
I'm trying to determine if this property could be the Flat Top Ranch owned by Richard Coffey located in Leaday, Coleman County. There was a Comanche Indian raid that killed many of the Flat Top ranch hands in 1871, and a Texas Ranger killed in the 1870's is buried in the Flat Top Ranch cemetery. Either of these scenarios might fit the story of Thomas Rhoades' death.
Two daughters of Elizabeth and Thomas Rhoades married two sons of Anderson Waldrip, a farmer and cattleman in the Coleman and McCulloch Co., TX, area in the 1870's and 1880's. I believe they lived at Waldrip in northern McCulloch Co. I'd like to know where these Coleman County precincts were in 1870 and 1880 in order to determine where Thomas Rhoades may have been killed. Any help will be appreciated.