Alec Barekman was kin by marriage to John Wesley Hardin. And when Wes went on the run after his first killings as a teenager, he hid out with the Barekmans. Alec wasn’t a great role model, teaching Hardin various card games and how to bet on horse races. He also showed the youngster how to round up cattle.
Barekman was with Hardin when he killed Brown County Deputy Charles Webb. Texas Rangers went after the group and in a gunfight on June 1, 1872, Barekman and another man were killed.