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Emmanuel "Mannen" Clements, Sr. Emmanuel "Mannen" Clements, Sr. (18??-1887) - A rancher, outlaw, and gunfighter, Mannen Clements headed up a violent and ruthless Clements family in McCulloch County, Texas. Mannen and his brothers, John Gibson "Gip," James and Joseph were brought up on a cattle ranch south of Smiley,Texas in Gonzales County, Texas.In 1871, John Wesley Hardin, a cousin of the Clements visited their ranch and participated in a cattle drive to Kansas with Mannen and James Clements. During the drive, Mannen killed brothers Adolph and Joseph Shadden, who had disputed his authority just as the herd crossed the Red River into Indian Territory. He was later jailed in Kansas by Bill Hickokbut was released at the request of John Wesley Hardin, who had become friends with Hickok.


In October, 1872, Mannen helped Hardin to escape from a jail in Gonzales County, Texas jail by slipping him a file, then pulling him between the jagged bars by a lariat. In the years that followed, Mannen, along with brothers Joe, Jim, and Gip participated in the Taylor-Sutton Feud, along with their cousin, Hardin. In 1877 Clements found himself in jail in Austin, Texas along with Hardin, Bill Taylor, Johnny Ringo, and members of the Sam Bass gang.   After John Wesley Hardin was sent to prison, Mannen was one of the few people that ever visited him while he was there. He also helped Hardin's wife Jane and their children.

By 1880 Clements was suspected of rustling, and he had accumulated vast horse and cattle herds on his McCulloch County Ranch. About two years later, Clements hired none other than Killin' Jim Miller to work on his ranch. While there, Miller becamegood friends with Emmanuel's son, Emmanuel "Mannie" Clements, Jr., as well as Mannen's daughter, Sallie. Miller and Mannie Clements would later find themselves embroiled in the Frazer-Miller Feud in Pecos, Texas.  

his past, Mannen Clements ran for sheriff of newly formed Runnels County in early 1877 in a campaign that was hotly contested. On March 29, 1887, Mannen was shot and killed in the Senate Saloon byBallinger City Marshal Joseph Townsend. Not long afterward, Townsend, riding home at night, was swept from the saddle by a shotgun fired out of the dark. The ambusher was never identified, but Jim Miller was widely suspected. Though Townsend survived, he lost an arm.


Old Lincoln County CourthouseFrank Coe (18??-1931) - As a young man, Coe drifted to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where he worked as a farmer and ranch hand. Frank and his cousin George, who regularly served together as the fiddlers at local dances, jointly invested in the county's first thresher. But just as their financial situation was improving, the Lincoln County War broke out, and both cousins found themselves fighting with the McSween faction. When the shooting subsided, the Coes moved to San Juan County, then left New Mexico completely.


In 1884 the Coes returned to Lincoln County, and Frank and his wife of three years settled on a ranch which in 1873 had been leased by the murderous Horrell brothers from Lampasas, Texas. Coe lived on this ranch until his death in 1931; he was survived by six children and his wife of fifty years.


George Washington Coe (1856-1941) - The son of a Civil War veteran who had migrated to a Missouri homestead from Iowa, George Coe went to Fort Stanton,
New Mexico in 1874 to work on the ranch of a cousin. By 1878, Coe had leased his own spread in Lincoln County, but the area was on the verge of all-out war, and Coe soon found himself arrested unjustly by Sheriff William Brady. While he was in jail, he was subjected to physical torture, and upon his release he bitterly determined to seek revenge. In the subsequent Lincoln County War he fought with the Regulators, figuring prominently in the gunfight with Buckshot Roberts and in assorted other shooting scrapes.




His activities in the Lincoln County War made him a wanted man and he moved with his relatives to San Juan County. Eventually Coe obtained amnesty from New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace, and, after brief sojourns in Nebraska and Colorado, he returned to Lincoln County in 1884, where he homesteaded what became known as the Golden Glow Ranch and also operated a store there. He lived the rest of his life as a family man and respected member of the community, living in peace until his death in 1941.


Chunk Colbert (18??-1875) - Colbert established a reputation as a gunman during the early 1870's, reputedly killing seven men in West Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. In the early 1870's, he shot and killed Charles Morris in Cimarron, New Mexico, after becoming convinced that Morris was a little too interested in Mrs. Colbert. However, he made a deadly mistake when he decided to tangle with the likes of a far superior gunfighter - that of Clay Allison.


On January 7, 1875, Colbert and Allison went to the Clifton House, an inn in Colfax County, New Mexico, after racing their horses in a quarter-mile trot. When the pair sat down for dinner, Colbert allegedly fancied that he could get the "drop" on Allison, who some say had killed his uncle nine years earlier. Guessing that there might be trouble, Clay was very cautious but, the talk was friendly as they enjoyed a large meal spread out before them. When they were seated it Colbert laid his gun in his lap and Allison laid his gun on the table. After the meal was finished Colbert suddenly reached for his gun under the table and leveled it towards Allison. The perceptive Allison followed suit and when Colbert's gun nicked the table, the shot was deflected and Allison shot him in the head. Later Allison was asked why He had accepted to have a meal with him and answered, "Because I didn't want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach." Colbert was buried in an unmarked grave behind the Clifton House.



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