the United States after it acquired the Natchez District. There
is included an impressive section of 'Unrecorded Land Claims."
The author has also assembled valuable historical "Notes" about
numerous families, and they are presented in alphabetical order
at the end of the book.
This huge collection of abstracts of official records is Mrs.
McBee's second venture of this type. The book is a product of
the tireless work of a patient researcher, and it facilitates the use
of a wealth of material that is a "must" for the historian of the
Natchez District and the Old Southwest generally. The lawyer
would also find this material enlightening, and many genealogists
will discover in it a gold mine of information. Actually, for one
whose chief delight is drama, tragedy, and pathos, this collection
of abstracts would afford tremendous satisfaction.
The faults of the book are few and minor. The Draper MSS.
(p. 594) are not listed and further identified in the bibliography.
In fact, some would prefer a more conventional bibliographical
form. However, the general value of the work is obvious. The
index is complete. The format is attractive. The large and hand-
some volume is a fortunate addition to the printed source
materials on the Natchez region and the Old Southwest.
JAMES H. MCLENDON
Mississippi State College
Captured by Indians: True Tales of Pioneer Survivors. By Howard
H. Peckham. New Brunswick, New Jersey (Rutgers Univer-
sity Press), 1954. Pp. xvii+238. Illustrations and index. $5.00.
This volume consists of fourteen authentic accounts concern-
ing white captives of American Indians. The threat of Indian
attack and possible capture were among the greatest perils in the
Westward advance of the American frontier.
Dr. Peckham has undertaken to retell the various accounts he
has selected, ranging all the way from Mary Rowlandson of Massa-
chusetts (1676) to Fanny Kelly, savior of Fort Sully in 1864.
Daniel Boone, of course, appears, while Texas and the South-
west are represented by an account of the Parker family, made
Comanche captives at Parker's Fort (near present Groesbeck) in
1836. This is primarily the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed May 26, 2016.