A Random Gathering: My Mother's Ancestors
This is a story of four real families set into actual and fictional accounts of events leading to their coming together during the early days of the Oklahoma Indian Territory. The Byfords, Cashes, Lumpkins and Scroggins are my ancestors from my mother's side. Curiosity got the better of me and became the beginnings of their stories. For lack of data, I began to create my own. The events, locales, and family members described are real. Only the dialogue, some of the supporting characters and most of the action sequences are from an over-imaginative mind. A lot of what is written here was taken from stories passed down by word of mouth and recorded by my mother and others. Since there is no one left to refute or confirm these stories I offer them as they are. There is the story of the Scroggins brothers and how one was killed on the field of battle and was given full honors by his Confederate brethren and is actually recorded. Hezekiah Cash and his enlistment with the 2nd Mounted Arkansas Rifles. The story of my great grandfather Byford selling quarter horses to the Dalton Boys and Belle Starr while they were active in the Indian Territory. His run in with the outlaw Marion Odom supposedly happened as related here. There is the tale of George Lumpkins killing of a man accosting his sister at a barn dance and how he later died on the battlefield at Murfreesboro. Included also is the killing of two men in a knife fight by my great-great grandfather James Madison Lumpkins on the streets of Arkadelphia, Ark. The reasons behind some of the events are purely fictional on my part, the outcomes are supposedly true. For more information on the four families, please visit my website: www.tholmes.com.
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