The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 77
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The Old Journal of Littleton Fowler.
date 1825, from Anthony Lockwood, the step-son of the lecturer,
Symmes. The letter mentioned tells of the large crowds that
greeted 'Captain Symmes nightly in Boston, New York, Philadel-
phia, ,and other cities, to hear him lecture on his "Theory of Con-
centric Spheres," or a hole through the earth, from pole to pole.2
Miss Missouri Lockwood married Dr. J. J. Porter, in Newport,
Kentucky, and came with him to Texas to make their fortune, in
1835. He became a merchant at the old mission village of Nacog
doches, but he soon met an early ,and shocking death. A large bear
had been captured and chained to a tree near the -old stone fort.
Late at night, Dr. Porter was returning home, when all others
were 'asleep, when he walked into the arms of the powerful beast,
and was killed before his cries could bring help. His wife, who had
accompanied him to Texas to seek riches, remained, to subsequently
marry a missionary, and share with him his many and varied labors,
becoming herself the first Protestant woman missionary of Texas.
For years she was his constant companion, traveling on horse-
back over Indian trails to minister to sick and dying emigrants and
settlers, or to help 'bury the dead. Many a time she fashioned a
simple shroud of a sheet, or a curtain, by the light of a tallow dip,
while her husband helped to nail together a rude coffin for some
pioneer who had died in T'exas' wilds, far from home and kindred.
This remarkable woman, the exponent of all that was good, beau-
tiful, and true, of native refinement and great culture, possessing
rare piety and broad Christian humanity, lived out her life of rich
deeds well beloved throughout all East Texas as "Aunt," or
"Mother" Woolam, the wife of the venerable Metho.dist preacher,
John C. Woolam. She survived her missionary husband nearly half
of a century. Her memory is cherished as something beautiful and
precious by all her descendants and kindred. Truly, it was a priv-
ilege to know her.
The foregoing facts may seem to be too much 'of a personal
nature, but they belong to a sketch of the missionary and to Texas
history; old letters and journals, which establish every proof, are
in possession of the author of this sketch.
Quotations from the journals of the missionary are now begun
on his departure from Alabama for the mission field of Texas:
2 Published at Cincinnati, 1826.
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