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Arrest of J.R. "Dock" Darwin for 'fence cutting'

"Fence Cutters Arrested.
THORNTON, March 16.--{Special.}--J. R. Darwin and Cal Davenport, charged with the cutting of wire fence of John Lewis, one mile west of this place, were arrested last night and bound over to appear before the district court, now in session at Groesbeck.
The Dallas Daily Herald (Dallas, Texas)
17 Mar 1885, Tue First Edition

Document courtesy of Emily Bankston, who adds:

"This incident may or may not have been related to fence cutting incidents that occurred across Texas in the mid 1880's, a backlash against the fencing of land that had been used free-range by cattle owners until then. Whatever the motivation, fence cutting was a serious criminal offense.

Cal (Charles) Davenport is the brother-in-law of James Robert Darwin. On the 1880 census, Charles Davenport, James Robert Darwin, and James Lewis are listed as neighbors. After James Robert Darwin's death at the cotton gin in 1889, times were hard for his widow and her family. In an ironic twist of fate, Martha remarried the same John Lewis mentioned in this article in 1895, probably for financial support. He died less than than two years later."


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