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Famed gunfighter’s family settled in Ennis


Details are sketchy about the Old West outlaws believed to have plied their trade in Ennis’ early days but the family of one famous gunslinger was among this city’s pioneer residents. John Wesley Hardin, the legendary gunfighter, never set his spurs –– or waved his .44-caliber –– in Ennis but an uncle and aunt lived in the burgeoning railroad town, and in 1885 his mother died here while visiting relatives. Known as the “Forty Something Killer” –– not a reference to his age but to the estimated number of men he murdered –– Hardin was one of eight children born to a Methodist minister and his wife. Rev. James Gipson Hardin was also a schoolteacher and later in life became a lawyer, while the former Mary Elizabeth Dixson was known as a gracious hostess. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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