found this story in anon line family tree (Annie Stevenson)
. A story told down the McCall line is that Hugh and Rebecca were killed at their place of residence in TX at the time by white people dressed up as Indians. The reason for the killing is unknown. They just came into their 'camp' or 'home' area during the 1850's and murdered the two adults and took the two boys with them. The location of this happening is unknown. It possibly could be while they were moving from Sevier Co, AR to Texas. Supposedly these people raised these two boys from this time (after the 1850 census) until the oldest son, Pleasant Moment McCall, was big enough to take revenge for the killing of his parents. He was supposed to have killed these people shortly after the 1860 census where he and his brother were shown in two separate households in the Hopkins Co, TX census and was never heard from again. He possibly was killed in this massacre himself. There has never been a trace found of him anywhere since the 1860 Hopkins Co, TX census. Another variation of this story is that Rebecca's husband had to make a trip back to Ireland to take care of some business on his father's estate, and died or was killed during this trip. Anyway, he was not home when the above intrusion took place. Rebecca and the boys were taken hostage and made to work for their conquerors. Rebecca was supposedly frail and died shortly, but the two boys continued on as stated above. There has been no record ever found to substantiate any of the above. Hugh Matthew McCall, Jr. continued his life and married and had a family. But, no further records have been found on Pleasant Moment McCall, and none that I have found on Rebecca.
Note: 4-94: Lorena Franco found Pleasant living in Dallas Co, TX on the 1870 census living at a Tinshop as a worker. He was therefore still living at about age 24, and eight or nine years after the revenge story.
In view of the above, the following facts are presented. Rebecca's father's will administration took place in February 1849 (copy on file), and sister Manerva was already in Texas married to Bartley Nawls. Rebecca & Hugh are on 1850 Census for Sevier Co., AR having two sons. During a period of time (1854-1856) Texas was granting land to persons for all kinds of reasons (one of which was for serving in the Mexican War for Texas) to get Texas settled (called Settler's Grants). Hugh apparently received such a grant in 1854-55 through Pre-emption Certificate #55. The land was located in Hopkins County about 15 miles SE of Sulphur Springs. A survey certificate for Hugh McCall dated 20 Oct 1858 certifies that the land was first surveyed for said McCall on 23 Apr 1856, and that Hugh McCall was on this property three years prior to the present survey and cultivated the same in compliance with an Act donating land to actual settlers on vacant Public Domain. This Act was approved 15 Feb 1854, and the survey states that said McCall was a resident of Texas at the passage of the Act. Therefore, Hugh and Rebecca had moved to Texas by February 1854.
Rebecca apparently died between 1856 and 1860, as the two boys were in separate other households in the 1860 census. Also, in July 1860, Hugh was back in Sevier County, AR selling his Texas land to sister-in-law Manerva, who is now apparently married to a Mr. Stanfield. A copy of this "deed" from Hugh McCall to M. Stanfield is on file. It is a very strange document indeed!. Hugh apparently went back to Sevier Co to pull off this sale. He gets his brother-in-law James 'Jim' Dollarhide and a close friend, Mr. Rind, to witness for him in front of his nephew, Judge James S. Dollarhide, with proof of ownership in hand from "Hon. Green Crowder, Chief Justice in and for the said County of Hopkins and South of Texas." That land was still known as the 'McCall Place' in 1898 when it was again surveyed for sale to V. Gregory. Following Hugh's sale in AR no other record has been found on Hugh McCall. He may have gone back to Ireland as one story indicates. From these facts it appears that the second story above is more feasible.
Research References: DOL AR56,1,2,3,7,20,25 Hugh was a blacksmith by trade. Hugh sold his Texas land in Sevier Co, AR in Jul 1860 to sister-in-law Manerva Stanfield, who lived in Texas. One family story implies he may have gone back to Ireland? However, according to Lorena Franco, he was found in August 1860 census of Ouachita Co, AR living in the household of another family. This was a month before we find the two boys on the Hopkins Co, TX census living with two Houghton families.