The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, Yuma

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Sanguinetti Gardens in Yuma, AZ at 7 p.m. on January 17, 2017 and again at 10 a.m. on the 18th. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes that stood him in good stead when he met Cochise and quickly earned his trust and respect. Tom fearlessly rode alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace and friendship blossomed through the months that Cochise spent near the Canada Alamosa Reservation. At Cochise’s side when the chief lay dying, the Chiricahua said they would meet again “up there.” Tom went on to more adventures including sinking the wells for Tucson’s first water company, owning the famed Brunckow Mine and a 1/9th share of the Copper Queen. Doug’s biography of Jeffords is due in the spring of 2017 from TwoDot Books.515-cWqvT0L._SX500_ Thomas-Jeffords

About dhocking

Doug Hocking is an independent scholar who has completed advanced studies in American history, ethnology and historical archaeology. He grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and attended school among the Indios and paisanos of the Rio Arriba (Northern New Mexico). He retired from the military as an armored cavalry (scout) officer. His novels immerse the reader in the times, terrain and cultures of 19th century New Mexico. Doug lives near Tombstone with his wife, dogs and a feral cat. He writes both fiction and history and is currently working on a biography of Tom Jeffords and has two historical novels in print: Massacre at Point of Rocks and Mystery of Chaco Canyon. His articles have appeared in True West, Wild West, Buckskin Bulletin and Roundup.
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