The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 158
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Montgomery and Elisabet Ney, as parties of the first part, and
the then owners to buy Liendo for the sum of $10o,ooo, of
which sum $2,500 was to be cash. Notes were given for the
balance. The new owners did not know that the abolition of
slavery had ruined Liendo and had made it so unprofitable
that the net income was barely enough to pay the interest.
The entry of the new owners at Liendo is variously described.
One version is that Elisabet Ney rode a new side-saddle on a
newly purchased horse, while Dr. Edmund Montgomery, the nurse
Cencie, and the two children, Arthur and Lorne, followed in
a shiny new buggy. Another version is that the family had hired
a wagon in Galveston big enough to carry all their baggage plus
the family. Dr. Montgomery sat next to the driver, Elisabet Ney
next to him. It is also reported that she wore a Greek-style white
gown, was bareheaded, showing her beautiful auburn curls. A
young woman was in the covered wagon with the two boys, one
about two years of age, the other six months.
While the sale of Liendo quickly became the talk of the nearby
town of Hempstead, the purchasers themselves were even more
so. Was the whiskered Scottish doctor married to "Miss" Ney?
Or, were they living together in free love? Were the children
legitimate or illegitimate? Why did the two live aloof from the
townspeople? What were they trying to hide? Did they think they
were better than the local people? Why did the lady call herself
"Miss Ney?" To all these legitimate questions the newcomers
gave no answers. In fact they completely ignored the towns-
people. For this neglect they, and particularly their second child,
had much to suffer in later years, so much so, that mother and
son became estranged to such an extent that their lives were
deprived of the happiness which normally should have been
When Elisabet Ney came to Texas in 1873, she was practically
unknown in the United States. She had spent two years in
Thomasville, Georgia, where her first child was born. Her second
child was born in the state of Minnesota on October io, 1872,
while his parents were making an extended trip through the East
and the Middle West, probably in search of a new home, since
the climate in Thomasville did not agree with Dr. Montgomery.
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