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BRAGG/DESPAIN FEUD Duval county Texas
Posted by: Donna Richmond (ID *****3724) Date: January 11, 2010 at 20:35:13
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For over thirty-five years I have wanted to know the truth about the feud between the BRAGG and DESPAIN families. My grandfather Shelby Jacob (Red) BRAGG told me many tales as a child but I have always wanted to know the facts. I have searched high and low but would appreciate any information I can get.

I'm just back from a fact finding trip to Cotulla, Texas and found the following passage in a cookbook of all things,

"According to many witnesses, including Simpson DeSpain's ex-wife, on May 2, 1946 Jesse C. Bragg shot and killed Popeye and Molly's son Simpson Franklin DeSpain, Jr. in Duval county. In case No. 2678, a jury found him "Not Guilty" on May 15, 1947. when this happened, all the DeSpain family vowed revenge."
from The DeSpain Family Through the Years, Recipes - Recollections- Records

If anyone is interested in the rest of the passage or the references to other books/articles or if any one can shed any light on the subject for me, I would be more than willing to talk. Thank you so much, Donna Richmond


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