• Texas Cowboy-Lawman Drove Cattle Herds, Mexican War Lieutenant-Confederate Captain Fought Indians

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    W.T. "BILL" JACKMAN (April 19, 1851-February 14, 1939) was sheriff of Hays County, Texas, from November 1892 to November 1912. Jackman was a cowboy and made at least 11 cattle drives up the Chisholm Trail. He took his first trail herd to Dodge City, Kansas, in 1870 for the Adams Brothers of San Antonio and San Marcos. He took another herd to Nebraska for Col. Ellison of Caldwell County in 1877 and again drove herds for Ellison and Jack Sherill in 1878. He worked in the cattle business until he was elected sheriff. In 1913, he was appointed postmaster of San Marcos, a post he filled through the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. Known as a great storyteller, Jackman was the custodian of the Trail Driver's Hall and Museum until his death.


    Confederate CAPTAIN JAMES G. STOREY was the county clerk of Hays County, Texas. In 1846, Storey and his three sons enlisted in the Mexican War and was Second Lieutenant in Captain Henry McCulloch's Company, which served on the Texas frontier against the Indians. Storey was discharged in 1847 and purchased a farm in Lockhart, Caldwell County. His was the third family to locate in Lockhart and one of the organizers of the Presbyterian Church. Storey moved to Hays County in 1853 and was elected District Clerk, a position he resigned to enlist in the Confederate Army. He was elected First Lieutenant of Company A, Wood's regiment of the Thirty-second Texas Cavalry in 1863. Storey was in several engagements in the Red River expedition against General Banks and Monet's Ferry and Yellow Bayou. He was promoted to Captain in March 1862 and served in eastern Louisiana. When he returned home, he was appointed County Judge by Governor A.J. Hamilton. He held that position until the Federal Government removed him. Storey served in the Texas State Legislature in 1880 and in 1888 he was elected County Clerk.


    2 pp, 8 1/2" x 14" Writ of Attachment, signed by Jackman as sheriff and signed five times by Storey as clerk. In part, "Plaintiffs allege that they entered into a contract in writing with defendant W.W. McDonald on Dec. 8th, 1896, appointing him as agent for them to sell their books. As a condition precedent to the execution of said contract, said defendant was required to give bond to plaintiffs in the sum of five hundred dollars to secure them against loss on account of books purchased and money advanced..." The part-print document has been written by Storey. The complaint is typed. Biographical research included on Jackman and Storey.


    Folds and toning, 2" x 7" stain in the typed area, not affecting the signatures. The document is strong and contains a very nice embossed Hays County, Texas seal. Great piece of Texas Americana involving a cowboy- early lawman and a Confederate Captain who was also active in the Mexican War, fighting Indians.


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