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Outlaw Relative - John Marion Custer

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Re: Outlaw Relative - John Marion Custer

Posted: 1278895241000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Custer, Woods, Croft, Holliday...

My name is Ronald Woods and I am related to John Marion Custer. He is my Great Great Grandfather through his daughter Martha Jane Custer. She married William Woods. I have been researching my whole family for a few years off and on. I am not sure of a Custer reunion, but we had a Woods reunion about 2 or 3 years ago. Most of the Woods family that I grew up knowing are all descendants from John Custer as well.

My Grandpa, Robert Woods, and his brothers and sisters, lived with Johnnie Mae Custer for a brief time back in the 1930s.

John Marion Custer is particularly interesting as he was a true cowboy who rode the cattle trails back in the old days. I have a couple of pictures of him in his older years and I have found him in old newspapers from San Antonio. He also submitted a brief telling of his adventures on the cattle drives in a book called "Trail Drivers Of Texas" by J. Marvin Hunter.

My main interest in him at this point is in finding out why he rode under the alias of Bill Wilson. He says in his story that he got into trouble and had to ride under the alias because the law was after him for some time. I have always wanted to know what happened and why he was able to go back to living a normal life and start using his real name again.

I once heard of an old picture of John all duded up with his guns on from his hey day, but have never seen it.

Anyway it is nice to hear from you and check out my tree as well. I usually keep it set to private, but if you are interested I will unlock it for a time and maybe you can find some neat things in there.

Ronald Woods Jr.
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