The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 520
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of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center a manuscript his-
tory of their family. From that material the following informa-
tion has been drawn.
Born Kate Broocks at Sterling, Texas, near Calvert in 1871,
Mrs. Bates was the decendent of a family constantly involved in
the course of Texas history. One of her grandfathers, Travis G.
Broocks, led the troops sent by President Sam Houston to restore
order in Shelby County and end the Regulator-Moderator War
in 1844. John Pelham Border, her other grandfather, served as a
private in the Texas Revolution, and as a Confederate officer in
the Civil War. Her father, Lycurgus W. Broocks, had also been
in the Southern army, rising to the rank of captain.
During her youth Miss Broocks lived with her grandmother,
Mrs. Catherine Border, who after her husband's death married
former governor Oran M. Roberts, then a professor of law at the
University of Texas. From her grandmother Miss Broocks ac-
quired a love for music and became an accomplished pianist. In
1893, at Marble Falls, she married William David Bates, a law
graduate of the University of Texas. During the following years
Mrs. Bates raised a son and two daughters, while becoming known
as an excellent instructor of music, prior to her retirement in
1929. In her later years she maintained an interest in current
events through the newspapers, and an interest in Texas history
through membership in the Texas State Historical Association
and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Mrs. Bates was
the subject of a Junior Historian article in December, 1957, fol-
lowing her death at Houston earlier that year.
Mrs. Merle Duncan of Waco, Texas, president of the Associa-
tion, sent to the office a copy of the February 19, 1961, Waco
Tribune-Herald, which includes a full page article by Tom Caul-
field, entitled "Bosque John Leaves A Legend for Waco." It is
an account of Bosque John McLennan's capture by Indians in
1836 while still a child, his return to the family of Neil McLen-
nan in 1845, and his later experiences as a scout with Sul Ross'
Rangers prior to his death in 1866. Accompanying the article are
five pictures, of Bosque John McLennan, Neil McLennan and his
arrival in central Texas, and letters of the period concerning both
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