When I was a very little girl, about 8 or so, my Mother (who was not a Parchman)delighted in telling me that I had a relative (on the Parchman side of course) who was a horse thief.I thought this was a very exciting story at the time.Later my Daddy told me this was total nonsense and I was very disapointed to say the least to lose this horse thief relative.
But, wait.Many years later I was reading some old family papers and I found a deed where a great uncle and his wife deeded a whole lot of land that she had inherited from her father to a lawyer in return for defending said great uncle from charges of "oh yes, stealing livestock!"
This was in Bee County Texas which is about 90 miles south of San Antonio.I forget the exact date, but if I remember right it was in the 1880's or 1890's.So maybe there is some truth to this story.I guess the lawyer was successful though, as the gentleman in question who was born in 1864 lived to be 78, dying in 1942, so no hanging.
He wasn't a Parchman either.And for that matter neither was his wife.His wife was the sister of my grandmother who married my grandfather I. W. Parchman and they were both Ryans by birth.Just in case any of his relatives are hanging out here, I won't mention his name, but it was definately not Parchman and his only relationship to any Parchmans was by marriage.
But the time and place somewhat matches, so maybe this is fellow that you heard about.