Hi Patricia. Your email sounds a lot like a description of my grandfather Homer, with a few different details. Homer was a blacksmith and farmer, who moved his family from Bertram to Briggs, then to Vernon probably during the Depression. His wife Josie died from appendicitis in 1932 at the age of 47. The story passed down in the family is, a couple of months after Josie died Homer got into an argument with an acquaintance who had borrowed one of his guns but wouldn't return it. Homer went home, got another gun and went to the acquaintance's home, where the argument continued. The two men shot and killed each other. Homer was 50 when he died. He was never a Texas Ranger, but he was a big man and known in the family to have a quick temper. He died 20 years before I was born so unfortunately I never met him or my grandmother Josie. They had 8 children. Only 1 of them is still living but he was 4 years old when his parents died so he has no memory of them. I'm curious to know more about the beautiful woman from Louisiana you mentioned who was French and Indian. Could you tell me her name? I look forward to exchanging emails with you, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll email you sometime in the next few days to give you more details about myself.