Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

Tomas and Victoriano Frausto

Tomas Frausto at Fort Clark Victor (Victoriano) Frausto's resting place is a cemetery in Del Rio, Texas. In the background gravemarker of Thomas (Tomas) Frausto who died October 16, 1902. ORIGINAL STONE - Translation: Tomas Frausto died the 24 of Oct. of 1902, at 56 years of age. Dead to strangers but you live in the hearts of your sons.

Mexican Recruits in the Seminole Negro Indian Scout Detachment

Text and Images submitted by Robert Frausto

My name is Robert Frausto, I am the great grand son of Tomas Frausto.
His brothers, father and son were Mexican recruits to the Seminole
scouts at Fort Clark in Brackettville. Their names were Victoriano,
Gregorio and Jesus. They are buried at the old cemetery in Del Rio.
While I was in Del Rio a couple of years ago I found this photo and
thought you might like it. Tomas was from Viecas, Mexico and joined the
scouts in the early 1870's. He was only a scout for a year or 2 then
left. His brother stayed a bit longer. This is my great great grandfather
Victoriano.

Thought you might like them for your files. Kind of like a foot note to
the Seminole Scouts.

Robert Frausto

There is a copy of the photo of Tomas at the museum in Del Rio, along with a brief family history. I was in Del Rio a few years ago, but haven't been to Fort Clark since I was a teen-ager, over 30 years ago. I've been in New Mexico now for 15 years or so, but still feel a connection with the history and that part of Texas, home. Thanks for posting it and I look forward to seeing it.

Robert

FRAUSTO, Thomas

Born: Mexico
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Complexion: Copper
Height: 5' 5"

Enlisted May 29, 1878 at Fort Clark, Texas by Lieutenant Hall for one year at age 33. Discharged at Fort Clark May 28, 1879 with rank of Private.

Buried El Cemeterio Viejo de la Cruz, Round Mountain, Del Rio. Early report listed Thomas as paterfamilias (father of family) of Gregorio and Quirino since it did not list Vector who was listed as 49 and since they all enlisted the same year it appears Vector may have been the paterfamilias.

FRAUSTO, Vector

Born: Mexico
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Complexion: Copper
Height: 5' 7"

Enlisted May 7, 1878 at Fort Clark, Texas by Lieutenant Bullis for 1 year at age 49. Discharged at Fort Clark May 6, 1879 with rank of Private.

Probably the father of Gregario, Quirino and Thomas. Not listed as buried in El Cemeterio de la Cruz, Del Rio, Texas as they were.

REFERENCE: Seminole, Lipan, Cherokee, Creek Indian Scouts Enlistment Records at Fort Clark, Texas. Researched by Donald A. Swanson. Ames-American Printing Co., Bronte, Texas.

Category: Western Frontier | Subcategory: Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts | Tags: Cherokee , Fort Clark , Brackettville , Texas , New Mexico , 1870
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