Born in Chambers County, Alabama on June 5, 1850, Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett was one of seven children born to John and Elizabeth Garrett. Three years later, Pat’s father, John Garrett, purchased a Louisiana plantation in Claiborne Parish, where young Garrett grew up.
A tall, thin angular man with prominent cheekbones, Garrett left Louisiana for Dallas County, Texas at the age of 19. There, he worked on the large LS Ranch in west Texas as a cowboy and cattle gunman when rustling was rampant in the area. From there he joined up with W. Skelton Glenn as a buffalo hunter. He soon got into a disagreement with a fellow hunter over some hides. The altercation soon led to gunplay and when the other man drew on Garrett, Pat shot him dead.
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