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Thomas W. Cutrer

MCFARLIN, JOHN GREEN (1824–1917). John Green McFarlin, Texas Ranger and Indian fighter, was born on August 21, 1824, in Carroll County, Georgia, the son of William Angus and Nancy (Dunnam) McFarlin. He immigrated to Red River County, Texas, with his parents in January 1825. His father enlisted on February 16, 1836, as a private in Capt. William E. Howth's Company C of Lt. Col. Henry W. Millard's First Regiment of Infantry. This company was not present at the battle of San Jacinto. In 1841 the McFarlin family moved to Llano County and established a farm eight miles west of the site of present Marble Falls. Later that year John McFarlin joined a company of Texas Rangers under a Captain Talbert. He served for twelve months in Brig. Gen. Edward H. Tarrant's regiment during its campaign against the Caddo Indians in the area of what is now Dallas. In 1842 he took part in the so-called Prairie Fight between the sites of present Bonham and Sherman. After returning from the campaign he moved to San Marcos, bit a finger off a man named Knowlan, and was obliged to leave for Llano County, where he established a stock ranch some twenty-four miles south of the site of present Llano in January 1853. On September 23, 1853, he married Nancy Frances Jones, a native of Tennessee.

During the Civil War McFarlin reentered ranger service, in the company of a Captain McMillian in Colonel Morris's regiment. This unit, stationed primarily at Camp San Saba, was intensely involved in protecting the frontier from Indian raids. So frequent and fatal were these raids that, in 1867, McFarlin moved his family to Bertram, where he again entered the stock-raising business. There his wife died in 1894. McFarlin died in April 1917 and is buried in Bertram. A manuscript biography, The Adventures of John Green McFarlin, written in 1931 by his daughter Martha Nettie (McFarlin) Gray, is preserved in the Martha Nettie McFarlin Gray collection at the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.


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Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas W. Cutrer, "MCFARLIN, JOHN GREEN," accessed August 04, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmc55.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on March 6, 2020. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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