The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 235
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Esther Amanda Sherrill Cullins
During the Revolution, when Esther Sherrill's future mother
was Mary Mason, a girl of sixteen, she and her mother, left
alone but for a few of their negroes, proved themselves espe-
cially cool and courageous in dealing with the Tories, who raided
their premises on different occasions, stealing some of their
On January 10, 1821, Esther Amanda Sherrill became Esther
Cullins, when she married Daniel Cullins, a South Carolina
A dozen years or so later, notwithstanding extremely difficult
mail and transportation service, there were being broadcast
throughout the greater part of the United States glowing ac-
counts of the untamed Texas portion of the Mexican State of
Coahuila and Texas. These rumors struck a responsive chord
in the heart of Esther Cullins, in whose veins coursed the blood
of several generations of pioneers. She found herself dreaming
of this faraway El Dorado-a land of better opportunities for
her children than her native state could offer. Daniel, too,
caught the inspiration; he was fascinated by the description
of Texas' fertile soil, the forests of valuable virgin timber, the
numerous waterways, the unexploited mineral resources. He
thrilled to the tales of the abundance of wild turkeys, prairie
chickens, quail, deer, bear, antelope and wild hogs, and of the
immense herds of buffalo, mustang ponies, Black Spanish and
longhorn cattle of the prairies.
Accordingly in 1835 Esther and Daniel Cullins, with their
four small children, Daniel's brother, Aaron Cullins, and their
half dozen negroes, with a few household treasures, embarked
on the tedious and perilous journey to Texas-their "intriguing
Land of Opportunity." From New Orleans they traveled by
steamboat, landing at Washington-on-the-Brazos, whence they
proceeded by wagon, drawn by eight yoke of oxen, to their
destination, Viesca (also called The Falls), at the falls of
the Brazos, on the west side of the river near the present
Marlin. This hamlet, platted the previous year, was the north-
on the continent at large." It might be added that on a fateful June day
of 1776, "Bonny Kate" made an auspicious "home-run." Wandering from
the security of Fort Watauga to pick flowers on her father's near-by estate,
Daisy Fields, on the scenic Nollichucky, surprised by "Old Abraham" and
his band of Cherokees, she outran them to the stockade, and leaping over
the palisades, literally fell into the arms of her future husband, Colonel
John Sevier. History has accorded her much credit as the helpmate and
inspiration of her illustrious husband.
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