The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 39
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IHistory of Fannin County, 1836-1843
who were to elect their own officers, were to hold themselves in
readiness for instant service. The act provided:
The members of said companies shall at all times be prepared
with a good substantial horse, bridle and saddle, with other neces-
sary accouterments, together with a good gun and one hundred
rounds of ammunition; and in addition to this, when called into
service, such number of rations as the captain may direct . . .
The captains . . . may, when they deem it prudent, detail
from their companies a number of spies, not more than five to act
upon the frontiers of their several counties.
In return for their service, the minute-men were exempted from
the payment of all poll taxes, from the tax imposed by law on a
saddle horse, and from the performance of road duty. The volun-
teers were to be paid one dollar a day for all service rendered
. . . provided that the members of the companies shall not
receive pay on any one expedition for a longer period than fifteen
days; and, on the several expeditions within one year after their
organization, shall not receive pay for a longer period than four
months in the aggregate, excepting the spies.2
The second series of Indian troubles began in the spring of 1841.
On March 14, 1841, while John Yeary,3 his little son, and a
negro slave were working in a field near present-day Bagby, a
party of fifteen Indians approached his cabin occupied by his wife
and daughter. The younger woman discovered the marauders
when they were some thirty yards from the house and with ad-
mirable presence of mind closed and bolted the door. The
Indians, yelling hideously, attempted to break down the door but
did not succeed before the arrival of Yeary, the boy, and the slave,
who had been attracted by the commotion. The savages as soon
as they noted the approach of the rescuing party left off their
hammering at the door and sallied forth to meet them at the fence
thirty feet from the house. There a sanguinary fight ensued.
2DeShields, Border Wars of Texas, 357 f.
'John Yeary came to Texas from Northwest Arkansas in 1839. He
had been a captain in the United States Army, and for nine years prior
to his arrival in Texas he had been in charge of the mowing and baling
of hay which was used for the cavalry horses at the various army posts
in the Southwest. He resigned his commission in 1839 and led a party
of six families to Fannin County. He settled northeast of present-day
Ladonia across North Sulphur. In 1845 he moved to Farmnersville, in
Collin County, then called Sugar Hill.-W. S. Adair, "Red-haired Aunt
Object of Indian Attack," the Dallas Morning News, July 24, 1927.
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