1859: Dr. J.R./J.W./ Brantley, killed in TX. by Baltzell brother....
(1) Texas Items.
The Gonzales Inquirer mentions a difficulty occurring in that place between Dr. J.R. Brantley and Messrs. David and William Baltzell. Mr. David Baltzell was slightly wounded, and Dr. Brantley dangerously wounded, and we have understood, has since died. The affair is to undergo judicial investigation.
Source: The Colorado Citizen, Columbus, Texas, Saturday, March 5, 1859; Pg. 2
(2) Fatal Rencontre.
We regret the necessity of having to record another very sad affray which occurred on the evening of Wednesday, the 17th inst., in the town of Gonzales. It will be remembered that about six months ago, Dr. J.W. Brantley was shot and killed by Mr. William H. Baltzell while he (Brantley) was stabbing Baltzell’s older brother, David. Since that time Brantley’s friends have entertained very hostile feelings toward the two Baltzell’s. We learn from a gentleman present at the time that on Wednesday evening, as William left the dining-room of the Keyser home after supper and just as he entered the hall in company with another gentleman, he was attacked by a manby the name of N. McCoy, who struck him a severe blow on the head with a sling-shot, evidently with the intention of murdering him. David Baltzell, seeing his brother thus attacked, fired at McCoy but without effect when McCoy immediately turned upon him and shot him through the head, and then made his escape. Baltzell lived about an hour. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and was followed to his last resting place by a concourse of citizens, who seemed deeply afflicted at the irreplaceable loss.
Source: The State Gazette, Austin, Texas, Saturday, August 27, 1859; Pg. 2