Tuesday, April 14, 2020

My Favorite Cowboy Colorized

 In 2008, I posted a story about my Grandpa Jess Baldwin.  The original post included photos of Grandpa with some of his horses.  Recently I have been having fun colorizing old black and white photos with MyHeritage In Color and I thought some of the family would like to see the colorized versions of Grandpa's photos from the 2008 post.
This first photo comparison shows the comparison between the old black/white photo and the colorized version.  I like the colorized version much better.  The little white emblem in the bottom left corner indicates that the photo has been colorized. 

To see the original black and white photos, click here.

Grandpa and Joker
Colorized Comparison

Grandpa and Angel

Grandpa and Amber
Grandpa bought the above horse (name unknown) and saddle when he lived in California.
In this last photo comparison, you can see that the colorizing tool is not always perfect and made his hand the same color as his jeans, but everything else seems good.



Monday, March 23, 2020

Methodist Camp Meeting

Both Catherine and Mathias Martin belonged to the Lutheran Church in their native Germany, but joined the Methodist Church after coming to America.  Catherine's obituary states that "she was converted to God under the labors of George Miller and ever since was a member of the Evangelical Association."  Their son John S Martin was also an active member of the Methodist Church.

John S. Martin, his family, and his mother Catherine "Kate" Martin would attend annual Methodist Camp meetings.  These yearly meetings were held at Tindall's Grove.  In the 1896 photo shown below, the Martin family is in front of the John Martin Cabin at the Methodist Camp Grounds.  Showing the original black and white photo on top and the colorized version below.

Back row standing: John S. Martin holding Wilber, ?not known?, Christina Weiss, Mary Martin, ?not known?, Ahart Martin, Christina Martin Wittick

Front row: Elizabeth Martin, Emma, Elmer, John, Catherine Martin (mother of John)

The following article from the Dispatch newspaper (Moline, Illinois) features the program for the 1903 Methodist Camp Meeting.  As noted in the news article, John Martin was on the executive committee.  The camp meeting would last for a week.  The daily program was the same throughout the week with different people preaching each day.
The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois)
8 Aug 1903

Related Posts:
Mathias and Catherine (Castner) Martin 
John and Elizabeth Martin Family 
German Immigrant Ancestors 
In Living Color

Monday, March 16, 2020

"Churches, Schools, and Theatres Are Closed"



After reading the above headlines to a news article, one would think they were reading from a newspaper published today about the present-day Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic we are experiencing.   Our churches, schools, theaters, restaurants, sporting events, etc. are closed.  The public is being warned to practice hand washing,  "social distancing", and self-isolation to stop the spread of the virus.  

But, the above news article is not from present day.  The news article is actually from an Oklahoma newspaper written over a 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu Pandemic.  The Spanish Flu is said to have killed between 50 and 80 million people worldwide.

1918  Spanish Flu Commentary

American-Democrat (Anadarko, Oklahoma)
10 Oct 1918
The above newspaper was published in Anadarko, the county seat for Caddo County, Oklahoma.  In October 1918, we had family members living in two adjacent counties: the Leffel family lived in Grady County and the Baldwins lived in Kiowa County. The Spanish Flu would have caused great  concern to our family members and most likely caused the death of our great-grandfather, Charles Leffel.

On June 4, 1919 in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, our 68 year old Great-Grandpa Charles E Leffel died of influenza.  Since the Spanish Flu was still claiming many lives in the area during 1919, it's most likely that the influenza Charles died of was the Spanish Flu.

The above newspaper article in it's entirety can be found on Newspapers.com, if you have an account click here  


Related Links:
Charles E Leffel 

Wikipedia article about the Spanish Flu   

Saturday, March 7, 2020

1902 McNeil Reunion in Color

Last June I posted an article about the 1902 McNeil Reunion that took place in Smith County, Kansas.  I was excited when I found the original newspaper clipping (that matched the old one in our family bible) of the reunion in the Smith County Pioneer newspaper.  And, even more excited to find some  photos (posted by a McNeil cousin) that were taken the day of the reunion.  The original photos were black and white or sepia and seemed to have aged with time.

I love-love-love the new colorizing tool at MyHeritage and the 1902 McNeil reunion photos were some of the first old photos I wanted to colorize.   As you can see from comparing the the original and the colorized versions of the reunion photos, the colorized versions are much improved.

This first photo is of all the family members who attended the 1902 reunion.  According to the newspaper article of the McNeil Reunion, the photograph was taken on the front porch of the Nate McNeil home in the afternoon by Photographer Stone.  Grandma McNeil (Sarah Margaret Cole McNeil) is right in the center of the photo, resting her head back on the white pillow.

Original Photo of the McNeil Reunion 1902

Colorized Photo of McNeil Reunion 1902
(Back row: Martin M. Hatfield, Nancy McNeil Hatfield, Thomas C. McNeil, Mary "Stella" Reed Hoyt, George Hoyt, Addie Ball, Noah Ball, Alma Peterson Hatfield, Amos Reed, Charles E. Hatfield. Middle row: Minnie Newbrey McNeil, James "Harmon" McNeil, Verna McNeil, Susie Hoyt McNeil, Nathan H McNeil, Grandma McNeil (Sarah Cole McNeil), Levi Ball, Susan McNeil Ball, Albert Reed, Roxie Ellen McNeil Reed. Children: Clinton Hatfield, Lenard McNeil, Juanita Higby, Nellie McNeil Miller, Lester McNeil, Blanche Hatfield, Blanche McNeil Miller, Alfred Hatfield.)

The MyHeritage colorizing tool seems to help restore old faded photos.  The photo below was taken at the same time as the photo above.  It is a photograph of Grandma Sarah Margaret Cole McNeil with her six children. Her sons are standing in the back top row (L-R): Harmon McNeil, Nathan McNeil, and Thomas McNeil.  Sarah and daughters are sitting in the front row (L-R): Nancy McNeil Hatfield, Grandma Sarah Cole McNeil, Susannah McNeil Ball, and Roxie Ellen McNeil Reed.

Grandma McNeil and children
Original photo

Grandma McNeil and children
Colorized version
As you can see from the the comparison, the colorized version is clearer and more detailed than the original.  There is still some fading at the top of the photo but overall the quality of colorized photo is much improved.  Grandma McNeil is especially detailed as you can see from the below thumbnail of Grandma McNeil.
Sarah M Cole McNeil
1902

Related Posts:
1902 McNeil Reunion
Introducing MyHeritage In Color  
MyHeritage in Color Goes Viral 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

In Living Color

Recently MyHeritage.com added a new feature to colorize black and white photos. The colorizing tool from DeOldify is called "MyHeritage in Color".  I started by colorizing a few black and white photos I had previously added to my family tree on MyHeritage.

When I first saw a colorized photo of my Grandpa, I was stunned and had tears in my eyes.  My Grandpa Baldwin died almost 50 years ago and my memories of him had turned black and white just like the photos.  But, then after colorizing the photo he was right before me in living color!

Mabel and Jess Baldwin
Colorized comparison
Photos that have been colorized will have a small white icon in the bottom left corner of the colorized photo.  Some photos turned out better than others -- the technology for colorizing is not perfect.  But the colorized photos for the most part are accurate, easy (just click the colorizing button), and fast (a few seconds).  Downloading is available for the original photo, colorized version, or comparison (as I have used here.)  If there was grass or trees in the original photo, the color seems to pop, as seen in the photo below.
Jess Baldwin
Colorized comparison

Related Posts:
Introducing MyHeritage In Color  
MyHeritage in Color Goes Viral  
My Favorite Cowboy 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Top Posts of the Decade


The clmroots blog was created to share my family history research, photos, and stories.  Hopefully the stories and information found on this blog has also been of benefit to others interested in their family history and searching for their roots.

Here is a list of clmroots top 20 most popular posts. 
20. Jesse Stewart - Baptist Preacher 

Our Alamo Defender, Jonathan Lindley, has been the most popular post almost from the time it was posted.  It is always near the top of the Popular Posts list.  

When the History Channel ran their three-part miniseries on the Hatfields & McCoys in 2012, my Hatfield family posts shot to the top of the Popular Posts list.  And NO, I have not made a connection between our family and the feuding Hatfields.  



Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year 2020


Happy New Year 2020
and a Happy New Decade 





Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Mary "Polly" Huff Wilson

Mary “Polly” Huff Wilson
1840-1899
(Mother of our great-grandpa, Charles B Wilson)

Mary Polly Huff Wilson was the daughter of Matthew Huff and Theodota "Dotie" Day.  She was born on June 15, 1840 in the hills of western Virginia in Grayson County.  By 1850, the Huff family was living in the neighboring county of Carroll, Virginia.  Mary was enumerated as “Polly Huff” in the 1850 Carroll County, Virginia census.  Polly was a common nickname for Mary.   The Matthew Huff family starts on the bottom of page 339 and continues on the next page.  Polly is listed on line 3 the next page.
1850 Federal Census
Carroll County, Virginia, District 11

The Matthew Huff family left Virginia in 1857 and joined a large wagon train going to Texas.  Mary Polly would have been around 17 years old when her family, extended family, and friends loaded up their wagons and left for Texas.
Wagon Train
The Huff Family settled in Collin County in a community called Farmersville.  Not long after arriving in Texas, Polly met William B Wilson.  They were married on 7 December 1858 by J.M Chipman, JP in Collin County, Texas.
Marriage Record
William B Wilson and Mary Huff
7 December 1858, Collin County, Texas
Mary Polly and William became the parents of seven children: William David, James Ervin, Laura May, Doris Belle, Charles B, Rosa Lee, and Mary Lillian.  Information on the children can be found here

Family tradition states that Polly became blind in middle age.  Supposedly, Polly was never able to "see" her son, Charles Bee Wilson.  Charles said that he would often lead his mother by the hand because she could not see good enough to walk by herself.  Pardon papers for her husband, W. B. Wilson, refer to Polly several times as being blind.  One pardon request, probably written in 1889, stated that Polly had been blind for seven (7) years.

Polly's husband, William, enlisted and served in theConfederate Army during the Civil War.  After the war was over, William could not settle down to farming.  William picked up some bad habits while in the army -- playing cards, gambling, drinking.  After he got home from the war, William would go off gambling and drinking for months at a time, leaving Polly to care for home and children by herself. 
Mary Polly supposedly had beautiful red hair.  Not sure which side of her family she got her red hair from – the Huff/Thompson side or the Day/Cock side.  But the gene for beautiful red hair has passed down to grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on to this day to my own grandchildren.

Family tradition states that Polly was a sweet, kind, and gentle woman.  She would often laugh, never got mad, and was very patient with her family.  She was also very faithful and had a strong belief in God.  Polly gave a copy of her hymn book to her son Charles just before he left to be a cowhand on cattle drives.  The book was covered with a red cloth and had some random embroidery stitches on it.  To view a blogpost about the hymn book, click here
In 1870, Mary Polly and her children were living in Weston, Collin County, Texas with her in-laws, James and Martha Wilson.  Mary was 30 years old.  Her children William,  James,  and Laura are also living in the home with their grandparents.   This census would fit with the scenario of William leaving his family.  It is not known where William living in 1870.

1870 Federal Census, Collin County, Texas
Mary Wilson (highlighted) living in the home of her in-laws,
James and Martha Wilson.
The family was still living in Collin County in 1888 when William was convicted of horse theft.  He was sentenced to 5 years in prison but was pardoned in 1890.   The pardon papers states a hardship case for William B. Wilson's family: His wife, Polly, was blind, and he had a large family to care for. William also had an aged father to help provide care for. William escaped in January 1890 before the pardon was granted in May of 1890.

The Wilson family was living in Woods County, Oklahoma in the 1890's.  Granddaughter Maymie said the family lived at Griever, Woods, Oklahoma.  Four of the Wilson children were married in Woods County during the late 1890’s and early 1900’s: Rosa married Daniel Baugh in 1897, Mary Lillian married John Marrs in 1898, James married Melissa King in 1900, and Charles married Pearl Hatfield in 1902.  
Road Sign at Griever, Woods, Oklahoma
When Polly was on her deathbed, a message was sent into town to notify William.  He was in the middle of a poker game at the saloon.  William stayed to finish his game before going home.  Polly had already passed away when he arrived home.  She was just 58 years old when she died.

The following news of Polly’s burial was found in the Alva Pioneer newspaper in a section called “Chester Pickings", published on 24 March 1899.

Alva Pioneer (Alva, Oklahoma)
24 March 1899
Mary Polly apparently died and was buried during the week of March 12th -18th, 1899.  She was buried in the Chester Cemetery.  No headstone exists today, but there are several unreadable and unmarked headstones. 



Polly's son Charles B passed down treasured stories 
of  his mother to his children, who then passed them to their descendants. 

To view family on Ancestry.com, go to the Wilson Hatfield Ancestors tree.  cmyroots

Monday, November 11, 2019

Honoring Our Veterans

Since today is Veterans Day, I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to all Veterans and especially to the Veterans to have served from our family.  I love our Country and feel a deep debt of gratitude to all who have served and still serve in the military to keep this land free.

Below is a list of the wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War, with some known family veterans from each war.    If I have already written blog posts about a Veteran who served in the military, their name is the link to their information.  Links also provided to separate blog posts with compiled lists of all Revolutionary War Veterans and all Civil War Veterans.  These lists are far from complete, so leave a comment and add your family veteran.

Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Michael Box   John C Cock  
Joseph Day   James Goble 
Luke Johnson   Greef Johnson 
Samuel Leffel   John Leffel 
Samuel W Lindley   Simon Lindley  
 Britton Medlin 


Civil War

Henry R Stewart
Union Army
Little Rock National Cemetery
Five Coddington Brothers all served in Union Army
Father (front center) also served (his photo later added to original picture)

World War I

Charles W Leffel and Kerby Leffel
Brothers of our Grandma Mabel Baldwin
John Wesley Leffel
Wounded in Action
Service included campaigns in
France and Germany

William High Baldwin
US Marine Corps

William Martin "Vern" Wilson
Brother of our Grandma Maymie


World War II

Weldon Albert Baldwin
Army Air Corps
Jack Edward Taylor
US Navy, Aviation Machinist Mate
Recipient of Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross
Husband of our aunt Ethel

Carroll Leroy "Buck" Neff
Recipient of Bronze Star

Robert Ward Pitts
WWII Navy
Re-enlisted in Army
Husband of our aunt Ethel


Virgil Duane Lichliter
Sgt US Army  Korea
82nd Airborne
Husband of Aunt Glenda


Thomas Ernest Barker
US Army, Co A 128 Infantry

Troy Gene Barker

Leon A Killian
Recipient of Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star
for Heroic Action under fire in Belgium during WWII





Korean War

Charles Wilbur Martin
Korean War - US Army
Although I don't have photos for two of my uncles in their military uniforms, I still wanted to add them to the list of veterans.  Both served in the Korean War: Jesse in the US Army and Vernyle "Tommy" Thompson in the US Navy. Uncle Vernyle was a champion rodeo bareback rider in 1959.

Jesse Baldwin (left) US Army  --  Vernyle "Tommy" Thompson (right) US Navy


Other Wars and Peacetime Military:


Leroy Martin
US Navy

Texas Independence


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Remains found in Arizona Mountains

Mysterious Disappearance and Death 
of Thomas Box Jr 
Thomas Box Jr is the 1st-cousin once-removed to our grandma Mabel Leffel Baldwin.  See short bio at bottom of this blog post.
Thomas Michael Box, son of Thomas Box and Clarkey Carpenter, was born 1837 in Mississippi.  The Box family moved to Texas in 1845, then to Utah in 1857.  Tom and his father, Thomas, raised and sold cattle for a living.  The elder Thomas Box died near Farmington, New Mexico in 1881.  Thomas Jr disappeared from all records after 1882.  Or, so I thought....

Skeletal Remains found in the Arizona Mountains

On October 25, 1884, Daniel Waughtal reported to the authorities in Cochise County, Arizona that he had found skeletal remains in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about three miles west of "Silver Camp".  W. F Nichols, Justice of the Peace acting as Coroner for Cochise County called for an Inquest into the circumstances of the death of the person found dead.
1882 Map of Arizona Territory showing
Dos Cabezas Mountains

Coroners Inquest
The inquest was held on October 26, 1884.  The jury adduced from the testimonies of the witnesses (below) and exhibits used as evidence that the remains found belonged to Thomas Box.  Below is the final verdict of the jury. 
Cochise County, Arizona Coroner Records
October 1884
Transcription of above report:
Territory of Arizona
County of Cochise
We the Jury summoned to appear before W. F. Nichols Justice of the Peace acting as Coroner of Cochise County at Dos Cabezas on the 26th day of October 1884 to inquire into the circumstances of the death of the person found dead in the Dos Cabezas Mountains on the 25th of October 1884 having been duly sworn according to low upon our oath each and all do say after having viewed the remains of deceased and heard the testimony oral and documentary adduced That the name of deceased was Thomas Box aged about 40 years nativity unknown that he came to a violent death near the “Silver Camp” in the Dos Cabezas Mountians on or about the 18th day of April 1883 at the hands of party or parties unknown to the jury.
Dated at Dos Cabezas the 26th day of October 1883.
Sylvester Porter, P A Boyer, D P Lynch, J J Savells, E J White, H S J McCowgor


News reports of the Death

An Arizona Stockman Murdered

Arizona Stockman Murdered
Dodge City Globe, Dodge, Kansas
18 Nov 1884


Weekly Repblican
Phoenix, Arizona
13 Nov 1884
Arizona Citizen
Tucson, Arizona
15 Nov 1884

After reading the above news articles and the below transcriptions of the testimonies that were given by the witnesses, can you determine WHAT happened to Thomas Box Jr and WHO might have killed him?? 

Testimonies given at Inquest

1. Henry Dial
Territory of Arizona
County of Cochise
Henry Dial being duly sworn say my name is Henry Dial reside in Sulphur Springs Valley occupation Stock Raiser
Q: Do you recognize any of the articles found upon or near the remains of deceased that would lead to the identity of deceased?
A: I am satisfied that the pocket book now before the jury and found upon the body is the book of and owned by one Thomas Box.  I also believe the coat found near the remains to have belonged to Thomas Box.
Q: When was the last time you saw Thomas Box alive?
A: I saw Thomas Box alive for the last time about the middle of the month of April 1883 it was in Dos Cabezas where I last saw him.  I knew Charlie Smith and H.C. Reynolds whose names appear in the pocket book found on the body and know that they at one time were in the employ of Thomas Box.
H. Dial
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of October 1884.  W.F. Nichols, J.P.

 2. Daniel Waughtal
Territory of Arizona
County of Cochise
Daniel Waughtal being duly sworn say my name is Daniel Waughtal reside in Dos Cabezas occupation miner.
Q: Did you find the remains of deceased and if so state when and where and any other facts that you may know that will tend to establish the identity of the deceased.
A: I found the remains yesterday Oct 25th 1884 in the Dos Cabezas Mountains about three miles west of the “silver Camp”.  The remains were scattered around, bones separated and scattered and clothing torn and scattered.  The bones of deceased were entirely denuded of clothing and what was left of the bones were bleached.  Should think deceased had been dead about one and one half years.
Q: Who do you believe the deceased to be?
A: I believe him to be Thomas Box
Q: Did you ever find a horse belonging to Thomas Box in his lifetime and if so when and where did you find him?
A:  I found him between a quarter and a half of a mile from the mouth of the “Silver Camp” Canyon and about one and a half miles from where I found the remains after finding the horse.  I trailed the back track of the horse to within about a mile of the place where I afterward found the remains of deceased.  I first supposed the horse to have strayed from the Indians and afterwards learned that he was the property of Thomas Box.  I learned that Mr Box had left Dos Cabezas about three days before I found the horse.  The horse when I found him was in a bad condition, had apparently been without water for some time and was cut with spurs considerably and seemingly had been run pretty hard as the perspiration had dried upon him.  The horse had nothing upon him.  I found a saddle and a bridle and one spur beside the various articles of clothing near the remains of deceased.  I never saw any of these articles before I saw them near the remains.  When I found the remains of the deceased and also the horse I was at the time hunting.  When I examined the vest and shirt I discovered what I believed to be a bullet hole through both articles of clothing in the right front of the articles.  The scull of deceased could not be found.  Think probably wild animals or a rush of water down the canyon may have caused the scull off.  I did not know Thomas Box in his lifetime.
Daniel Waughtal
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of October 1884.  W.F. Nichols, J.P.

3. N. C. Scow 
Territory of Arizona
County of Cochise
N. C. Scow being duly sworn say my name is N.A. Scow reside in Dos Cabezas occupation Freighter
Q: Do you recognize any of the articles found near the remains of the deceased and if so state what they are?
A: I recognize the coat as belonging to Thomas Box as it was made of a peculiar clothe and the last time I saw him alive he had on this kind of a coat.  I could not swear that this coat belonged to Box but he Box had one on just like it when I last saw him.  The shoe that was found near the remains is similar to the pair that Thomas Box wore when I last saw him.  The saddle blankets found with the saddle are similar as Mr Box had.  I knew Thomas Box during his lifetime.  Saw him last alive about the 18th day of April 1883 in Dos Cabezas it was in the morning about 9 o’clock he was about to leave and was inquiring the shortest way to Safford as He brought some cattle from somewhere on the Gila river and sold them to Henry Dial.  I helped drive the cattle from Stockton Pass to Dos Cabezas.  I understood he received his pay for the cattle from Mr Dial and that he had the money on his person when he left here.
N. C. Scow
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of October 1884.  W.F. Nichols, J.P.

4. James Scow
Territory of Arizona
County of Cochise
James Scow being duly sworn say my name is James Scow reside in Dos Cabezas occupation Freighter.
Q: Do you recognize any of the articles found near the remains of the deceased?
A: I recognize the coat as just like the one worn by Thomas Box the last time I saw him alive. I knew Thomas Box in his lifetime saw him last on about the 18th day of April 1883 in Dos Cabezas as he was leaving for Safford he lived in Smithville. He had received the sum of about $1800 from Mr. Dial for the sale of cattle to Mr. Dial and was about to go home.  He required of me the shortest way across the Mountains and I directed him to go through the Silver Camp  From the head of “Silver Camp” there is a trail that goes to the Graham Mountains and from there a road leads to Safford.
James Scow
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of October 1884
W F Nichols JP

The original documents of the above transcriptions of testimonies given at Coroners Inquest can be found on Ancestry.com in the Source section of profile page for Thomas Michael Box.  To go to profile page, click here 


Thomas Box, Jr
Short Biography

Thomas Michael Box, son of Thomas Box and Clarkey Carpenter, was born 26 Oct 1837 in Chulerhome, Marshall, Mississippi.  The Box family moved to Henderson County, Texas in 1845, then to Utah in 1857 after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The Box family lived in Salt Lake City for many years, then moved to southern Utah.  Tom and his father, Thomas Sr, raised and sold cattle for a living, with a short stint trying their hand at mining near Panaca, Nevada.  Thomas Jr lived with his parents during his lifetime and there are no records showing that he ever married.

The Box family moved to the McElmo Canyon area of the Four Corners area, and then into New Mexico Territory.  Thomas Sr died near Farmington, New Mexico on 17 March 1881.  Tom was still single and living with his mother after his father's death in 1881.  In 1882, Thomas is mentioned in the Minutes of the Burnham Ward, San Juan Stake of the LDS Church when on the 4th of February 1882, when he was re-baptised and confirmed a member of the Church.  This was the last record found for Thomas Box.

Tom seems to have completely disappeared after 1882.  Although his mother and sister, Josephine (along with her family), were enumerated in the 1885 San Juan, New Mexico Territorial census, Tom could not be found.  

What happened to Thomas Box Jr after 1882 and where did he go?

It seems that after the death of his father, Tom Jr continued to raise and sell cattle.  He moved down to a Mormon community in Arizona near Safford called Smithville (now called Pima).  In April 1883, Tom sold a herd of cattle to Henry Dial of Sulphur Springs Valley, Arizona for $1,900 cash.  On his way back to Safford, riding his horse on a trail through the Dos Cabezas Mountains, Thomas Box was robbed and murdered.  He never reached his home and no one knew what happened to him -- some feared foul play.  According to a newspaper account, his disappearance was "shrouded in mystery".  But, since no "body" was found, his disappearance remained a mystery until skeletal remains were discovered in the Dos Cabezas Mountains on 25 October 1884.  A Coroners Inquest was held the next day on October 26th and the remains were declared to belong to Thomas Box.  Tom's murderer was never discovered.


QUESTIONS concerning the death of Thomas Box:

WHAT happened to the remains after the Inquest?  Were they properly buried?
WHO knew Thomas had money from the sale of the cattle, and who knew where he was going? 
WHY wasn't his disappearance in 1883 investigated? 
Was there a cover-up?  Coroner's report does not seem complete.  
There is more information in the Dodge newspaper than in local newspapers.  Why didn't the Arizona newspapers give a more detailed account?
Waughtal's testimony doesn't seem plausible.  There are too many inconsistancies.  
WHO killed Thomas Box??

 
***Another murder in the family took place in the Arizona Mountains.  In 1910, Fred Kibbe was murdered in the White Mountains on the Fort Apache Road.  Click here