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1854 Murder of J.M. Tomerlin

1854 Murder of J.M. Tomerlin

Posted: 1232057415000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Tomerlin, Winsett
Came across a site,, posted by Alfred Tomerlin that noted that James M. Tomerlin (1804-1854) (married to Sara Winsett) was murdered in Caldwell County, Texas. Does anyone know more of this story? Thanks so much.

Re: 1854 Murder of J.M. Tomerlin

Posted: 1247093102000
Classification: Query
According to the research of Thelma Tomerlin McGee this is what happened:

"5-29-1854----James W. Tomerlin was killed. James' son, William Jefferson, witnessed the shooting. According to him, William W. Montgomery fired from ambush, killing his father with a blast from his shotgun. Montgomery was found not guilty based on doubt as to the accuracy of the witnesses' identification of the killer. In 1863, Montgomery was hanged by Confederate soldiers as a traitor of the Confederacy." He had moved from Rusk County, TX to Caldwell County where he bought land in 1852. Thelma Tomerlin McGee has him listed as James W. Tomerlin. I have him listed as James M. Tomerlin. Both names are associated with Sarah Winsett. This fellow moved a lot in his life. At least 8 different locations from birth about 1804 to his death 1854. This information taken from the excellent books by THELMA TOMERLIN MCGEE on the TOMERLIN FAMILIES and RELATED FAMILIES. Hope this adds to your knowledge. Wilma
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