Time Line

1818………………………………………..
–Lafferty came to Texas the first time.  [His father had just died in 1817.]
Source:  The Rober/Abney

1823……………………………………….
–“15 January 1823, they [Lafferty and party] reached the old mission of San Jose, on a large ditch or canal connecting with the San Antonio River, and a few miles below the town of San Antonio. “
Source:  The Rover / Abney

–Lafferty “takes up his abode in Nacodoches” and participates somehow in the Fredonian Rebellion
Source: The Rover /Abney 
 
1840………………………………………..
–Lafferty’s brother, Austin R. Lafferty dies in Arkansas.  He is involved in some lawsuits (against the brother’s wife) while attempting to settle his brother’s estate.  LD and family are not listed on the 1840 census anywhere.  They are in Ruddell Township, Independence Co up to 1839 and in Carrollton, Carroll County, AR in 1850.

1846………………………………………..
–Albert Glenville Lafferty leaves home in Arkansas to fight in the Mexican War; then afterward, goes to California with gold rush crowd.

1847………………………………………..
–Margaret born to LD and Elvira in Arkansas

1848………………………………………..
–L.D. Lafferty purchases two “town farm lots” in Sequin, Texas.

1850………………………………………..
–Last child (daughter Frances) born to Elvira and L.D. Lafferty in Arkansas
Source:Family Bible records; U.S. Census

1851………………………………………..
Mary Lafferty born in Arkansas to L.D. Lafferty and unknown mother
Source:Lafferty-Cox Agreement 1862

1853………………………………………..
–Rev. Henderson S. Lafferty builds a Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
Source:Church Historical Marker
Burr Lafferty born to L.D. Lafferty and unknown mother
Source:Lafferty-Cox Agreement 1862

1854………………………………………..
–Henderson Lafferty purchases two town lots in Helena, Karnes County, TX

1855………………………………………..
–January 9:  Old Lorenzo leaves Arkansas
Source:The Rover/Abney; letter of December 1874.

1856………………………………………..
James C. Lafferty born to L.D. Lafferty and unknown mother in Indian Territory
Source:Prison Records; U.S. Census records; Lafferty-Cox Agreement 1862
–October 4: Bond transaction in San Antonio; L.D. Lafferty buys and sells/leases land along the San Antonio River in the vicinity of Mission San Juan Capistrano and the San Juan Acequia
Source:Bexar County Archives

1857………………………………………..
Leon Lafferty born (likely in San Antonio, Texas) to L.D. Lafferty and unknown mother.  Was this child named for the Leon River?
Source:Lafferty-Cox Agreement 1862

1859………………………………………..
Severe six-year drought begins in Texas.
January 6:  John Henry Lafferty born (likely in San Antonio, perhaps on the Mission San Juan property) to L.D. Lafferty and unknown mother
–August:  Indian attack on L.D. somewhere near Rio Grande River (near Eagle Pass?), likely on the Pendencia Creek near ranch of Levi English
Source:  The Rover/Abney; Lafferty letters
–(Mary is 8 yrs, Burr is 6 yrs, James is 3 yrs, Leon is 2, John Henry is 7 months)
–September 21 – Article in San Antonio Herald about Indian attack mentioning Lafferty

1860………………………………………..
–August 10:  Maverick County census enumeration date; deserted settlement along the Pendencia “on account of Indians”
(Mary is 9 yrs, Burr is 7 yrs, James is 4 yrs, Leon is 3 yrs, John Henry is about 18 months)

1861………………………………………..
–April 12 – Civil War officiallly begins
–John Annis Lafferty comes to Fort Clark.  He spends part of 1861-2 there.
Source:  Memoirs/Pioneer Chronicle

1862………………………………………..
–February 4:  L.D. Lafferty-Jesse Cox agreement in Kinney County.  Mentions children listed.  Mentions leaving for 2 years. Mentions ranch on the Palo Pintos Creek 7 miles from Fort Clark.
(Mary is 11 yrs, Burr is 9 yrs, James is 6 yrs, Leon is 5 yrs, John Henry is 3 yrs)
–L.D. moves into Ft. Clark for safety
Source:The Rover/Abney
–The last time that L.D. sees or hears of family for 12 years
Source:Lafferty letters
–Cattle herd leaves Karnes County area bound for Arkansas to feed hungry Confederate soldiers.  Would this trail drive to Arkansas be a reason why Lafferty leaves his ranch and asks Jesse Cox’s help in caring for stock?
Source:Karnes County TXGenWeb site

1863………………………………………..
–Lipan raiding party on the Nueces River; recovery led by Capt Levi English.  Rover book relates a similar incident with parallel names and events, including old Lorenzo as a hero.  No other account puts him in this incident, although all accounts name specific individuals who were involved.
Source:  The Rover/Abney; Early History of Uvalde and Surrounding Territory/Anthon; Texas Indian Fighters/Sowell

1864………………………………………..
Severe six-year drought finally ends in Texas.

1865………………………………………..
–April 9:  Civil War officially ends; Reconstruction will begin in Texas.
Carrizo Springs founded in 1865 by a group of fifteen families from Atascosa County led by Levi English.  His own ranch is said to have been located on the Pendencia Creek.
(Mary is 14 yrs, Burr is 12 yrs, James is 9 yrs, Leon is 8 yrs, John Henry is 6 yrs)

1866………………………………………..
–Indian incident near Richland Springs on Onion Creek; “Mr. Lafferty” receives arrow in skull, per historical marker.  (There is an Onion Creek in Uvalde County also.)
–December 12:  Federal troops return to Fort Clark for Reconstruction Period.

1868………………………………………..
–May:  Henderson Lafferty is recorded as performing a marriage in Guadalupe County.
–September 26 – Mary Lafferty marries Robert Embery in Uvalde County
Source: County marriage records
(Mary is 18 yrs, Burr is 15 yrs, James is 12 yrs, Leon is 11 yrs, John Henry is 9 yrs)

1869………………………………………..
–“The author hereof first met the subject of this sketch in Attascosa County, Texas, in the spring of 1869, at which time he learned the principal facts herein narrated.” 
Source: The Rover/Abney
–Cholera epidemic in Texas.  Many died in the vicinity of McMullen/Atascosa Counties.
Source: Wikipedia

1870………………………………………..
–Henderson Lafferty dies in Dewitt County; buried in Concrete, TX
Source:Methodist Monthly accessed online

1873………………………………………..
September:  Financial strife filters down to Texas via the “Panic of 1873

1874………………………………………..
–February 7:  Letter received from son, A. G. Lafferty and answered from Corpus Christi, TX.
–October 20:  Debt judgement against L.D. Lafferty in Nueces County.  Sheriff seizes 2.5 acres of land.  (No record of land purchase in Nueces County records.)
–December 5:  Letter received from son, A. G. Lafferty and answered from Corpus Christi, TX.
–(Date unknown):  L.D. Lafferty sells town lots in Sequin, TX.
(James is 17 yrs, John Henry is 14 yrs)

1876………………………………………..
–April 24: Letter received from son, A.G. Lafferty and answered from Goliad, Texas

1878………………………………………..
–August 22:  Bill of Sale in McMullen County (filed in Atascosa County) for horses sold by J.H. and L.D. Lafferty to L.D. Yarbrough and C.C. Davis.
Source:  Bill of Sale from Atascosa County Courthouse
–October 3:  L.D. and J.H. Lafferty occupy property on Bear Creek, Uvalde County, for purposes of homesteading and patenting a grant.
Source:  GLO Pre-Emption files accessed online
–October 4:  L.D. Lafferty makes application for survey of Bear Creek property; states that he is head of a family
Source:  GLO Pre-Emption files accessed online

1882………………………………………..
–April 1:  Proof of settlement on Bear Creek property filed in Uvalde County
Source:  GLO Pre-Emption files accessed online
–June 29:  Request for Patent of claim on Survey 249 in Uvalde County by Heirs of L.D. Lafferty (deceased) made by J.H. Lafferty.

Source:  GLO Pre-Emption files accessed online
–July 19:  J.H. Lafferty marries Maggie Cox in Uvalde County, Texas
Source:  Marriage License

1890………………………………………..
–November 19:  J.H. Lafferty named Constable of Pct 3 in Reagan Wells, Uvalde County, TX
Source: Constable Bond

1892………………………………………..
–August 2: James Lafferty seeks payment for his half of land that was patented by LD and John Henry.
–September 20:  Ben Maples, married to Serilda Cox, is murdered by James C. Lafferty  at the home of J.H. Lafferty in Reagan Wells.
Source: Official records of the trial

1893………………………………………..
–August 1:  James Lafferty convicted of the murder.
–December 1:  James Lafferty received for incarceration in Huntsville Prison.

1896………………………………………..
–September 12:  James Lafferty killed in Huntsville Prison by guard.

1918………………………………………..
–John Henry Lafferty dies in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas.

1922……………………………………….
–Death certificate is filed for a mysterious Lorenzo Dow Lafferty.  Informant is the son of John Henry.  No information ties to anyone in the family.