Phillip G. Taylor, aka: Do’boy – Fighting in the Sutton-Taylor Feud


Phillip G. Taylor, aka: Do’boy (1843-1871)  A gunfighter and son of Creed Taylor, Phillip was with  his brother, Jack, when he killed to cavalry soldiers at Fort Mason, Texas. The Taylors were an anti-Reconstruction southern Texas family and staunch Confederate supporters and the killing of the soldiers gave the reconstructionist Suttons an excuse to go after the pair during the notorious Sutton-Taylor feud. On August 23, 1869, the Suttons, who were also law officers, ambushed the Taylor brothers as they were riding in the early morning near their father’s ranch. Led by Sutton “Regulator” Jack Helm, the group opened fire on the pair, and Jack and Phillip fought back. When the smoke cleared Phillip was wounded in the arm, but able to escape. However, Jack was killed, but not before he had hit five of the “Regulators.”

Phillip was again attacked the following month when he was at the house of a friend on September 7th. As Phillip, along with two friends named Keeleson and Cook were leaving the home of William Conner on the Neches River, they were ambushed by Sutton Regulators. Kelleson was killed, but Taylor and Cook retreated and fought back. However, when they ran out of ammunition, they were forced to surrender. Amazingly, they were not killed immediately and were able to escape that evening. The next time, Phillip would not be so lucky. In November, 1871, he was in Kerrville, Texas, where he was trying to get a job that belonged to a man named Sim Holstein. The two soon quarreled about it and when Taylor pulled his pistol and fired, he missed. Holstein; however, didn’t, pumping three shots into him. Phillip lived for six hours, bitterly cussing his nemesis before he died.


Kathy Weiser-Alexander, October, 2017.

Also See:

Feuds of the Old West

Gunfighters of the Old West

Old West Legends

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