Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 34

Lone Star Tabernacle where the old church once stood / Mel W Rhodes 32 younger boys] Fremont and Tommy were preventing their escape,” wrote local author Doyle Marshall in A Cry Unheard. “In a desperate attempt to, at least, save themselves, Harvey and Joe released the hands of their little brothers and, in spite of their serious wounds, doubled their speed toward the thicket and plunged headfirst into the cane patch, where they quickly disappeared from view.” From the cover of the cane, the older boys watched as two of the marauders jerked their young broth- ers up onto their horses and shot off like rockets. For some time Harvey and Joe could hear their brothers’ heart-rending cries for help. After a time, the wounded boys heard voices and feared they too were about to be captured, but it was the boys’ fathers — Thomas Sullivan and Upton O. Blackwell — searching the brake. After tending Harvey’s and Joe’s wounds back at the house, their fathers drummed up a search party to give chase and hopefully retrieve the stolen children. They soon came across a small cowbell, something Tommy Sullivan generally kept close. No doubt its ringing proved inconve- nient for the child stealers. “After following the raiders for about twenty miles to a point south of Weatherford, the horse of the lead rider suddenly snorted and shied at the smell of blood,” Marshall wrote. “At the edge of the timber lay Tommy’s body, ‘bruised and mangled almost beyond recognition.’ Tommy’s younger brother, John Wright Sulli- van, tearfully recalled to his children in later years the heartache experi- enced by his family at finding that the Indians had taken the little boy’s life and mutilated his body and that the crows had pecked out his eyes.” Continued on page 76