BOCKIUS, JAMES M. - Gonzales County, Texas | JAMES M. BOCKIUS - Texas Gravestone Photos


Billings Cemetery
Gonzales County,

Sergeant Texas State Troops
Confederate States Army
1830 - 1909

Doc Bockius was loosely connected with the Taylor-Sutton Feud in Gonzales County, TX, and with the Texas outlaw, John Wesley Hardin. He had been placed under arrest to prevent him from assisting Hardin after the May 1874 shootout. Doc was nearly lynched, but was saved by a friend who was a particularly large man. He placed Doc, who was small, on the back of his horse, hidden under his slicker, and rode out of town.
Source: "Doc Bockius Survived Civil War, Texas Feud" by Chuck Parson. 'Newsletter of the National Association and Center for the Study of Outlaw and Lawman History'. Vol II, #4 (Spring, 1977), p. 9-10; San Antonio Daily Express, 6/19/1874.

On May 10, 1884 James Monroe married Amanda Jane Billings, the widow of George Tennille, another person associated with the Sutton-Taylor Feud and with John Wesley Hardin. Doc was evntually able to put his reputation with the Feud and with Hardin behind him, becoming a law-abiding citizen. In 1890 James became Postmaster in Sedan, Gonzales County TX. He and Amanda lived in the old Tennille home in Sedan with the Post Office in a small room on the porch of their house. Mail was received and distributed three times a week.

Contributed on 6/30/12 by tomtodd
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Submitted: 6/30/12 • Approved: 7/5/12 • Last Updated: 3/25/18 • R1985-G0-S3

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