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in this effort had gonee about tlhree-fourtlhs of
a mile, when they were overtaken and driven
back to the fort, and the old gentleman was
stripped, inmurdered, scalped and horribly
inn tilated. Mrs. Parker was stripped, speared
and left for dead, but by feigning death
escaped, as will be seen further on. Mrs.
Kellogg was spared as a captive. The result
summed up as follows: Killed--Elder John
Parker, aged seventy-nine; Silas M. and Benjarnin
F. Parker; Samuel 1. and his son
Robert Frost. Wounded dangerously--Mrs.
Johln Parker, old 'Granny' Parker, and Mrs.
Duity. Captured--Mrs. Rachel Plummler,
daughter of James W. Parker, and her son,
James Pratt Pluminer, two years of age;
Mrs. Elizabeth Kellogg; Cynthia Ann Parker,
nine years old, and lher little brother, John
Parker, aged six, children of Silas M. Parker.
Tlhe remainder made their escape, as we shall
6t When tle attack on tlhe fort first coIImmenced,
Mrs. Sarah Nixon made her escape
and hastened to the field to aivise her father,
Husband and Plumniner of what had occurred.
On her arrival Pllinmmer hurried off on horseback
to inform Faulkenberry, Bates and Anglin,
who were at work in the fields. Parker
and Nixon started to the fort, but the former
met his family on the way and carried them
some four or five miles down the Navasota,
secreting them in the bottom. Nixon, though
unarmed, continued on toward the fort, and
met Mrs. Lucy, wife of Silas Parker (killed),
with her four children, just as they were interrupted
by a small party of mounted and
foot Indians. They compelled thle mother to
lift her daughter Cynthia Ann, and l'er little
son, John, behind two of the mounted warriors.
The foot Indians then took Mrs.
Parker, her two youngest children and Nixon
on toward the fort. As they were about to
kill Nixon, IDavid F'aulkeluberry appeared
with his rifle and caused then to fall back.
Nixon, after his narrow escape from death,
seemed very inuchl excited and immediately
went in search of his wife, soon falling in
with Dwight, his own and Fr )st's families.
Dwight and family soon overtook J. W. Parker
and went with him to his hiding place in
the bottom. Faulkenberrv, thus left with
Mrs. Parker and her two children, bade her
follow him. With the infant in her arms and
leading the other child, she obeyed. Seeing
them leave the fort, the Indians made several
attempts to intercept them, but were held in
check by the brave man's rifle. Several
mounted warriors, armed with bows and
arrows, strung and drawn, and with terrific
yells, would charge them, but as Faulkenberry
would present his giun, they would
lalt, throw up their shields, sight about,
wheel and retire to a safe distance. This continlled
for some distance, until they lhad
passed through a prairie of some forty or fifty
acres. Just as they were entering the woods
the Indians mllade a furious charge, when one
warrior, iniore l darilg than the others, dashed
up so near that Mrs. Parker's faithful dog
seized his lhorse by the nose, whereupon horse
and rider summnersaulted, alighting on their
backs in the ravine. At this moment Silas
Bates, Abram Alglin, and Evan Faulkenberry,
armed, and Plummer, unarmed, cane
up, causing the Indians to retire, after which
the party made their way unmolested.
" As they were passing through the field
where thle mient were at work in the morning,
l'lummer, as if aroused from a dream, demanded
to know what hlad become of his
wife and child. Armed only with a butcherknife
he left the party, in search of his loved
ones, and was seen no more for six days.
The Faulkenberrys, Lunn and Mrs. Parker
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/230/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .