Fatal Affray in Sabine County
This newspaper article is found at the History Library, at the University of
Texas, in Austin.
Newspaper: Lone Star and Southern Watch Tower, Washington, Texas,
Saturday, April 5, 1851.
|Fatal Affray in Sabine County.
On Monday last, as a Mr. Lovin was returning from Milam to his residence in Sabine Conty, in company with his son William and nephew, (note:probably Adam Ard)...he fell in with a youth named Hoffman, at or near the Patroon bridge. Loving soon commenced abusing Hoffman by calling him, among other names, a theif. Young Hoffman (note:?John) remarked to the old man that his being drunk alone saved him from a whipping, and turned to speak to William Lovin when the old man drew a pistol on him and fired, the ball penetrating his body. Hoffman staggered back, with his rifle in his hand, when he received two other shots, one in the neck--supposed to have been fired by the young Lovins. He then raised his rifle, and fired at old Lovin, (who was running) shooting him through the body and killing him instantly. The report of the several guns having alarmed Hoffman's family who resided near the spot--several persons came to his relief and the fight ended. At last accounts Hoffman was still alive. The two Lovin's have been arrested. -- San Augustine Herald.
The above article was found by Suzanna Els Edwards and given to me, Leatha A. Betts.
Both descendants of Manuel Walton Loving, (the old man).