I'm searching for the location of the death of Thomas Jefferson Rhoades. I believe he was listed on the 1878 Coleman County tax rolls; however, he may have been killed as early as 1870. Family stories indicate he was killed by bandits or Indians. These stories say the family lived away from settled areas, and the killing took place in a canyon. Two of his daughters married into the Anderson Waldrip family between 1878 and 1882. This family is part of the Waldrip family for which the town of Waldrip in northern McCulloch County is named.
His wife 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.
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.
I'd like to know where these Coleman County precincts were in 1870 and 1880, and I'd like to determine if there are any existing stories of Indian raids in McCulloch County that might fit the information I have. Any help will be appreciated.
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