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Randolph W. Farmer
Hardin and Brosius
Wed Dec 12, 2018 13:34

J B Brosius and his brother Bill Brosius had old family conbectiins to the Hardin family. Their grandfather, J. B. Anderson was more of a father figure to them than their own father, George W. Brosius, who travelled extensively. George Brosius listed his occupation as “hides and wools” which meant he was a buffalo hunter, at least for awhile - from the 1870 census until his death in 1885. So he wasn’t much of a presence in his sons lives.

The Anderson family migrated from South Carolina into Tennessee where they were neighbors of Benjamin Hardin, one of John Wesley Hardin’s ancestors. From there J. B Anderson moved to Graves County, Kentucky where his daughter married George W. Brosius. Some of their neighbors in western Kentucky were members of the Ringo family. The Anderson family founded Graves County and the county seat of Mayfield, where Bill Brosius was born August 1,1858.

Sometime in 1859 J. B Anderson and extended family including his daughter, new son-in-law and grandson Bill Brosius relocated to Honey Grove, Texas in Fannin County, bringing substantial property in livestock and slaves with them. The Andersons were well to do but George Brosius and his little family are found in J B Anderson’s house in the 1860 census.
Which is why many would-be researchers overlooked the only William Brosius in Texas in 1860.

Anyway John Wesley Hardin grew up in Fannin County with Bill Brosius and J. B. Brosius who was the next boy born to George during the Cuvil War. John Wesley Hardin killed his first man when he was 15 years old. Things got so bad in Fannin County after the war that J. B. Anderson went bankrupt and the Brosius family broke up for awhile.

They regrouped back in Graves County where they’re found in the 1870 census in a little community called Kansas, Kentucky. I asked the Anderson family historian about the founding of Kansas and was told that it was just a mailstop for the Brosius and Anderson families who named it. Thomas Harper, a man whose name is connected to Curly Bill in Arizona became a partner in a saloon with Bill Brosius’ family in Kansas, Kentucky.

In my book I detail how Bill and J. B. Brosius left their parents in Kansas to come back to Texas around 1871-1872. Charles Siringo left his home in Texas when he was 10 years old to become a cowboy - it was common in those days. Hence the term cow-BOY.

Back in Texas they reconnected with old friend John Wesley Hardin who by that time was becoming a successful trail driver of cattle to Kansas and Wyoming. Hardin had to go on the run after killing someone in Kansas after one of these trips. All of this is detailed in my book.

  • Alias P'Smith and Bockiu'sgobby git, Wed Dec 12 12:46
    RWF ... RB just beat me to that other Smith photograph because of my search ... try as I may, I can only find "former Gang member" J. B. Brosius listed in Hardin's self-serving autobiography, where... more
    • Thanks a million Gob.K.t.K., Wed Dec 12 16:57
      Hopefully I am allowed to assume that "Dr. J. B. Brosius" was older than 12, which will completely cancel out Randy boy's despicable con-game - that of foisting falsehood about him being Curly Bill's ... more
    • Hardin and Brosius — Randolph W. Farmer, Wed Dec 12 13:34
      • Re: Hardin and BrosiusSteve Gatto, Wed Dec 12 14:41
        Didn't Doc Bockius give an interview to a newspaper reporter while in the county jail after being arrested?
        • Re: Hardin and Brosiusgobby git, Thu Dec 13 05:48
          As I still can't figure out Chronicling America ... From the Austin Daily Democratic Statesman of June 16, 1874 "[Prisoner Bockius] graduated from a medical school in Philadelphia. Otherwise, he knew ... more
          • Answer in front of your gobRandolph W. Farmer, Thu Dec 13 08:32
            "He survived the lnching of three of his companions because he was helped by a fellow Mason." J. M. Bockius was innocent, like he said. Hardin identifies J. B. Brosius as the person rescued from the... more
            • Guilt By Associationgobby git, Thu Dec 13 09:47
              RWF ... it would be impertinent for me to disagree with ANYTHING you say ... specifically the Masonic implications and the racial and political aspects inherent in your book ... except for the... more
              • Thanks, but...Randolph W. Farmer, Thu Dec 13 11:47
                Speaking guilt by association, was J. M. Bockius found guilty of driving stolen cattle for Hardin? Uh, no, he wasn’t. Sometimes the justice system works the way it’s supposed to work. Bockius was... more
                • Disassociationgobby git, Thu Dec 13 12:43
                  "His detention meant J. B. Brosius got off scot free" I have the book ... this isn't what is said in there ... or anywhere else ... one person, a thirteen year old, one name, J.B. Brosius ... luckily ... more
                  • I’m anonymous by accidentRandolph W. Farmer, Thu Dec 13 13:35
                    Don’t know if you picked up on it - but with Frank Anderson indicted for stealing a horse at the same place and time as J B Brosius getting hoisted up by a large man on horseback and escaping by... more
                  • Thank youAnonymous, Thu Dec 13 12:52
                    Lots of stuff gets edited out of the finished product due to space considerations. I understand that. For instance, I think I remember some stuff I had in there about Medicine Lodge, Kansas which... more
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