Texas Jack Vermillion

"Shoot your eye out Vermillion"  

Born: 1842 in Russell County, Virginia. He was the second of 12 children born to William Vermillion and Nancy Owens.

In 1861, he joined the Confederate cavalry under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart. After the war Texas Jack married Margaret Horton on September 6, 1865 in Sullivan Co, Tennessee. They moved to Missouri shortly. A daughter was born named Mary and a second child followed. His name was unknown. Within a few weeks, diphtheria rambled across Missouri killing Margaret and the child while Jack was away from home. He married for the second time in Big Stone Gap, Virginia 1883. He met and married Nannie Fleenor. They had two children, son Opie and daughter Minnie Bell. As portrayed in the movie, Jack killed a man who accused him of cheating while playing cards. Unlike the movie, the gunfight was viewed as unfair and Jack became a wanted man. It was on the wanted poster that his name first appeared as "Texas Jack Vermillion". He joined up with a Soapy Smith Gang in 1888 or 1889 and was involved in a shootout. He disappeared from known gang movements but was reportedly in another gunfight in 1890. Jack killed another man but shortly after the killing, Jack and family moved 60 miles east to Mendota.

Death: In 1911, Jack died quietly in his sleep. Its been reported that he stood at 5'2 weighing 125 lbs, but, its never been confirmed.  

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