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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press May 1,2013 Whhth a death sentence anging over his ead, John Dunn Hunter spent another sleep- less night on May 7, 1827 praying for a last-minute reprieve that would spare his life. More often than not, the blame for the clumsy at- tempt to seize East Texas from Mexico is pinned on the brother empressarios, Haden and Benjamin Edwards. But in truth the brains behind the sloppy scheme was none other than a former Chero- kee captive, whose dream of a tribal homeland wound up costing him his life. With the 1824 publication of his best seller Memoirs of a Captivity Among the Indians of North America, John Dunn Hunter caught the public fancy on both English-speaking sides of the Atlantic. Claiming he was kidnapped in childhood by the Cherokees, Hunter described in gripping detail his years among the exotic aborigines. Thousands of readers in the United States and Great Britain read the IIS WEEK IN spellbinding saga from cover to cover. At the peak of his popular- ity, Hunter suddenly stepped out of the limelight in order to save his former keepers from savagery, or so he said. He soon disappeared on his mysterious mission of mercy. For Richard Fields, the half-breed chief who led the tribe to Texas in 1820, the white messiah could not have come at a better time. Maybe the famous author could convince hard-headed Mexican officials to recog- nize the Indians' right to a chunk of Texas. Hunter spent most of 1826 on the Mexico City merry-go-round pleading the Cherokee case before an endless series of bored bureaucrats. By revealing his personal plan for the relo- DURAN Phillip Duran of Kyle, Texas, was born in Van Nuys, Cali- fornia on February 25, 1976. He died Sunday, April 28, 2013, when a large vehicle hit and killed him while he was jogging on FM 1626 and Koehler's crossing in Kyle. Phillip embraced surfing in the ocean, snowboarding in the mountains and taking in the scenery while jogging the countryside. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed rev- ving his loud pipes. Phil lived life to the fullest, always in the moment and was a true kid at heart. He graduated from Moreno Valley High School in 1994. He served his country honorably from 1997 - 2001 in the Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal. He was primar- ily stationed in California at Camp Pendleton and spent some time in 29 Palms Marine Corps base. His loyalty extended be- yond the service to those he kept close. After the Marines he began a successful career as a low voltage contractor, special- izing in fiber optic cable and computer networking. Phil most recently accepted an electrical apprenticeship,with IES. Phillip is survived by his mother, Rebecca Duran, brother, Chad Benninghoff (wife Lafissa and children Taylor and Jake) of Kyle, Texas, friends all over the country and his grandmother, Betty Clawson ofWaynesboro, TN. Preceding him in death are his grandfather, Ralph H. Cum- mins and uncle, Stephen B. Cummins of Indiana. Addi- tional survivors include Uncle Tim and Aunt Kay Cummins of North Judson, IN, Aunt Mary Wright of Mishawaka, IN, Aunt Debby Terry of Waynesboro, TN, many loving cousins, uncle Lucien Duran of Van Nuys, CA, father, J.E. Duran of California and his three children Michael, Haylei and Shandra Duran. Kyle Police Department continues their criminal in- vestigation. A funeral date has not been determined. Though his smile is gone forever, and his hand we cannot touch, still we have so many memories of the one we loved so much. His memory is our keepsake with which we will never part. God has him in his keeping; we have him in our hearts. GALINDO Elizabeth Ann Galindo, age 55, of Kyle, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Memorial Services were held Saturday, April 27, 2013, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel in San Marcos. RAMSEUR Jackson Forrest Ramseur, of Buda, passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 20 on Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was at home sur- rounded by his family and friends. Jack is survived by his parents, Mark and Lori Ramseur, sister and brother, Carson Ramseur and Tucker Ramseur, grandparents Arthur and Kathryn Ramseur and Carel and James Thornton, as well as numerous other relatives and close friends. He attended Hays High School in Buda as part of their wonder- ful special needs program, and was nurtured and loved by his teachers, aides, support staff and classmates. People who never met Jack- son prayed for him his entire life. People from all over the world held him up before God in prayer to make his life as Publicize your engagements, weddings, anniversaries, new babies or birthdays to the Hays County community with an ad in the Hays Free Press. $105 ad includes text and photos. 512-268-7862 or cation of several transient tribes to the northernmost province, he inadvertently painted himself into a politi- cal corner. The last thing the apprehensive authorities wanted was another wave of homeless warriors. The discouraging report from Hunter was the last straw for Fields and his rest- less braves. Buying much needed time to solicit sup- port, he persuaded his red brethren to postpone going on the warpath for two more weeks. As expected, Hunter found the Edwards brothers extremely receptive to his harebrained proposal. From their point of view, an armed uprising offered a sure-fire way to prevent their eviction from Texas and to establish a private empire. Promising the Edwardses the backup of a horde of Indian allies, Hunter encouraged them to strike hard and fast. Benjamin Edwards and 30 followers took Nacogdoches by storm on Dec. 16, 1826 and defiantly declared the Republic of Fredonia. Four happy and as comfortable as possible. He was a joy and an incredible blessing to all who had the privilege of meeting him, knowing him, and loving him. He is now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the king- dom of heaven." (Matthew 18:4). A celebration service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the First Evan- gelical Free Church of Austin (4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin, TX 78749). His fam- ily wishes for this to be a true days later, Hunter showed up with Fields and an assort- ment of lesser chiefs, and a pact was signed which for- malized the united front. But the revolt never got off the ground. Under the firm leadership of Stephen E Austin, Anglo-American colonists condemned the reckless rebellion. The press in nearby Louisiana took the same critical line and effectively dammed the flood of volunteers counted on by the Edwardses. Throughout East Texas, the brothers' high-handed conduct in past disputes came back to haunt them as their neighbors wished them only the worst. Hunter fared no better with the Cherokees, who had come under the influence of the ambitious chiefs Bowles and Big Mush. Mustering a mere 30 braves, Hunter hurried back to Nacogdo- ches, where half went home in disgust after finding the drunken Fredonians fighting among themselves. Working overtime to avoid needless bloodshed, Austin and the U.S.-born celebration, not only of his life and the impact it had on so many, but also for the joy of knowing he is flee from pain and in heaven, able to run, dance and rejoice with God and all those who went before him. In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made to 'The After Sunday Project' (www.theaffersun- There is a special link for donations in Jackson's name. Additional information will be posted on the funeral home's website, www.allfaith-, as it becomes available. Mexican agent, Peter Ellis Bean, coaxed the central government into granting amnesty to the conspirators. Bean wrote to the rebels, "It is not too late. We have it in our power to forget past errors." Displaying more bravado than good sense, the doomed insurgents spurned the peace offering. The cagey Bean knew bet- ter than to put all his dip- lomatic eggs in one basket and secretly slipped into the Cherokee camp behind the backs of Hunter and Fields. A private talk with Bowles and Big Mush set the stage for a slick double-cross. Returning for a final frantic appeal for reinforce- ments, Hunter and Fields were taken prisoner. With their Indian comrades out of the picture, the handful of Fredonians fled across the Sabine River. The rebellion was done for. As for Richard Fields, his fate was sealed. Only over his dead body could the rival chieftains climb to the top of the tribal pecking order. Hunter, however, posed a unique problem because the Cherokees were understand- ably hesitant to execute a white man. All doubt was dispelled, when the Mexicans insisted justice had to be color blind under the unusual circum- stances. Hunter was hauled before a Cherokee court, convicted of a convenient charge and condemned to death. On May 8, 1827, the Indians handed their self- appointed savior a one-way ticket to the happy hunting grounds, and the muddle- headed mastermind of the Fredonian Rebellion was put to death by his fickle friends. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions at P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or haile@pdq, net. Harrelt FOntal [ Funeral Direct0t Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii~ili~iiil iiiiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiii i!iiiiiiii!i!iii~iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii~ ii,!i61iY 1 1 iiiiiiiii~!~!ii~i~iiiiiiiiii~i~iii!ii iii!~ii~iii!iiiiiiiiiii!i~iiiii~!i!~i~ Texas Lehi | LP See Solution, see pg. 2C 1 ACROSS 1 TX "Dandy Don" show:" Monday Night Football" 5 TX Nolan Ryan threw this 6 this town is gateway to Lake Texana 7 TXism:" piece" (distant) 8 Spurs point guard Stdckland ('90:92) 9 "Ben ........... 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