I have the book. John S. Roberts is my ggg-grandfather.
Robert Callier, according to the book, was a less than reputable individual to begin with. Although, he tried to become a reputable member of society as a result of Harriet's influence, he had previously involved himself with a Matthew Yocum and his gang that dealt with contraband slaves. In fact, when Robert Callier left Alabama for Texas he had stolen 10 slaves from his u ncle that he brought to Texas with him.
Robert Callier was killed by his own brother James, and Matthew Yocum. However, it was not over the contraband slave operations, it was because of Robert Callier's daughter Susan from his first marriage.
Susan had fallen in love with Matthew Yocum and her father did not approve. He forced her to marry a Charles Chandler, who was a local merchant and respected person in the community. However, Susan left Chandler for Yocum shortly after the marriage. It was then that James Callier and Matthew Yocum plotted to kill both Robert Callier and Charles Chandler. Robert will shot in the head and killed while in bed next to Harriet. Harriet was not injured.
They then went to Charles Chandler's house. However, he had already been warned that they were coming. Chandler shot and killed both Yocum and Robert Callier. The Yocum clan ran Susan off and since she forfeited all claims upon her father and step-mother, she ended becoming a courtesan and took up with the Mexican soldiers in Nacogdoches.
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