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Jimmy Washingtonwas murdered by his half brother John, who fled the county and state to escape justice. For an account of this killing, see the notes under John... Later, according to the papers I have, his young widow Mollie sued the Washingtons (over Jimmy's death?), although the documentsdo not state the case,andshe settled for a payment of $1000 and court costs.I assume these settlementsare related to the shooting, but the papers do not clarify this. (District Court, Cooke Co., 16 Nov 1896.)
He was killed four days after their marriage.
From a posting caught by Ella Brown, op. cit. on the Cooke County site, we have
Jim Wheat(View posts)Posted: 5 Sep 2002 7:58AM GMT
Shot His Half-Brother.
GAINESVILLE, Tex., Jan. 11. -- News reached here Saturday that John Washington shot and instantly killed his half-brother, Jim Washington, Friday afternoon in Delaware Bend, this county. The trouble originated over the partition of some land. Jim had but recently attained his majority, and a few days ago, was married to the daughter of Judge Jobe (ed.this should be Sobe, a nickname) Love of the Indian Territory. Prior to this, John had occupied the land, a part of which, Jim claimed. Since his marriage, Jim had begun the erection of a house on what he thought to be his land, and this was the occasion of many angry words between them. Tuesday, all parties were in this city and took Jake Brazelton, the county surveyor, out to run the dividing line. It was while doing this, that the killing occurred. It seems that there was no immediate provocation for the killing. Jim Washington was walking along with a stone on his shoulder when John shot him, the ball striking above the right hip and lodging in the abdomen. John Washington then turned on Brazelton, the surveyor, who ran and escaped in the woods.
There was great excitement in this city when the news reached here, and as no one had seen Brazleton since the shooting, it was reported that he had been killed in the woods. A party was being organized to search for him, when news came Saturday night that he was at Dexter, unhurt. Washington fled during the night, but officers are in pursuit. All parties are well known in this section of Texas and throughout the Indian Territory. The Washington family is one of the oldest, most respected and wealthiest in northern Texas.
January 11, 1892, Dallas [Tex.] Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
Jimmy's gravestonein Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke Co., is inscribed"James Russel [sic] /son of Mr and Mrs J. R. Washington/ born Aug. 8, 1870 / Murdered Jan. 3 1892."
And the Cooke County list of burials at Rootsweb has this for the Howard Cemetery in the Delaware Bend of Cooke Co....
WASHINGTON, Hugh Russell3 Nov 1884 - 16 Nov 1889 (Howard)
WASHINGTON, J.R.- died 17 Feb 1899 (Howard)
WASHINGTON, James Russel8 Aug 1870 - 3 Jan 1892 (Howard)
WASHINGTON, Sarah E.9 Aug 1838 - 5 July 1862 (Howard)
Who is Hugh? A son of James R Washington, Baba's younger brother who died young? And was James later moved to Gainesville where there is a stone in Fairview Cemetery?(Yes-- his stone (and remains?) were moved to Fairview along with his father who is there nearby.
It was my talking of Jimmy's death that upsetmy mother whenI asked Lillian Washington Marshall in 1963 of the murder.My grandmother Baba-- Lillian--seemed still distraught after many decades over her brother's murder. They were very close.She named her firstborn son James, and on his early death, her verynext also the same-- after her brother. I knew him well, my Uncle Emmet-- James Emmet Russell Marshall--a fine man and an independent oilman, offered an appointment-- Land Commissioner--in Texas by Lyndon Johnson, and turned it down from hispreference to do otherwise.