This Thomas Jefferson Crow was the elder Tom Crow’s nephew. His father was William Washington Crow who was killed in the Salt Creek Indian Battle. I wrote the NM Archives and paid them to reprint the trial transcript. Basically it says that Tom and another cowboy were herding cattle for their boss when a Mexican sheep farmer brought his livestock to drink from their stock pond. Tom witnessed the other cowboy shoot the Mexican without warning or provocation. Thomas was not convicted of murder because of the testimony of a witness on a passing train. No kidding! The man came from NY City to testify!
I found Tom's Arizona death certificate 16 June 1941 at Lower Miami, Gila County. He was born in Haskell County, TX, 25 Dec 1865.
Another entry I have addresses the death of John Crow, Wm W Crow's father:
During May of 1870, John Crow, who lived on Conner's Creek, about eight miles east of Graham, was plowing with oxen, named Ball and Bally and going from the house toward the creek. When he reached the turn of the row, and lifted his plow around, several Indians came charging after him. So John Crow ran toward his Spencer rifle, sitting against a fallen tree, some distance away. But he was shot down, and killed before he reached his gun. His race for life was plainly seen by his family at the house, not a great distance away. John Crow was the father of Wm. Crow, killed May 16, 1869, in the Salt Creek Fight. So both father and son were murdered by Indians within one year.
Note: Author personally interviewed John Crow, Jr., son of Wm. Crow; and others who lived in Young Co. at the time.
Further Ref.: Vital Statistics of the U. S. Census for 1870, which gave the month and year of this occurrence.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.
It is my understanding that the Indians began their trepidations when the state of Texas opened their land for settlement. The Crows were among many unfortunate pioneers who lost their lives and families. Nancy Green Crow, William's wife, died 12 May 1873 by the arrow. Her youngest children were adopted by the families of a lawyer and his brother.