History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

HISTORY 4
fear of being punished. In October I gave
birth to my second son. I say October, but
it was all guess work with me, as I had no
means of keeping a record of the days as
they passed. It was a beautiful and healthy
baby, but it was impossible for ilte to procure
suitable comforts for ilvself arnd infant.
The lndians were not as harsh in their treat
lnent toward mie as I feared they would be,
but I was apprehensive for the safety of my
child. I had beein with tlieml six months alnd
had learned their language, and I would
often beseech my mistress to advise me what
to do to save my child, but she turned a deaf
ear to all my supplications. My child was
six months old when my master, thinking, I
suppose, that it interfered with my work,
determined to put it out of the way. ()One
cold morning five or six Indians caine where
I was sucking ily babe. As soon as they
came I felt sick at heart, for my fears were
aroused for the safety of my child. My
fears were not ill-grounded. One of tlhe Indians
caught my clild l)y tlie throat and i
stranigled it until to all appearances it wam
dead. I exerted all my feel,!e btrengrh to
save my child, but the other Indliatls held Ile
f;,st. The Indian who had strangled tle
child then threw it up into the air repeatedly
and let it fall upon the frozen ground until
life seemed to be extinct. They then gave
it back to me. I had been weeping incessantly
while they had been murdering my
child, but now my grief was so great that
the fountain of my tears was dried up. As
I gazed on the cheeks of my darling infant
I discovered some symptoms of returning
life. I hoped that if it could be resuscitated
they would allow me to keep it. I washed
the blood from its lace and after a time it
began to breathe again. But a more heartrending
scene ensued. As soon as the In

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dians ascertained that the child was still
alive, they tore it fronl my arms and knocked
me down. They tied a plaited rope around
its neck and threw it into a bunch of prickly
pears and then pulled it Ibackward ianl fI,)'ward
until its tender flesh was literally torn
front its body. mOne of the Indi:an- who w%.as
lmoulnted on a honre t hen tie the endl of tl}\e
rope to lhis .addle and galloped aron:'(l inn a
circle until my little innocent was not only
dead but torn to pieces. One of tlhemni untied
the rope and threw the remains of tle cliild
ilto iny lap, and I dig- a hole in tlIe earth
and buried them.
'After performing the last sad rites f1',
tlhe lifeless remains of my dear babe, I .,at
down and gazed with a feeling of relief upon
tlIe little grave I lhad made for it in tlhe
wilderness, and could say witli David of old,
,' You can not come to mie, but I niuit go to
you ;" and then, and even now, as I record
tlhe dreadful scene I witne-,ed, I rejoiced
that my babe llad l assed from the sorrows
amId sufferings of this world. I shall hear
its dying cries no more, arnd, fully believing
in and relying on thle impute.- rigltteousiJess
of God in Christ Jesus, I feel that my innocent
babe is now with kindred spirits in the
eternal world of joys. ()h that my dear
Savior mlay keep mne through life's short
journey, and bring me to dwell with my
children in realms of eternal bliss !'
Mrs. Plummner has gone to rest, and no
doubt her hopes have been realized.
" After this she was given as a servant to
a very cruel old squaw, who treated her in a
most brutal manner. Her son had been
carried off by another party to the far West,
and she supposed her husband and father hadl
been killed in the massacre. Her infant was
dead and death to her would have been a
sweet relief. Life was a burden. and driven

Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed September 16, 2014.