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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
yard. Having accomplished her hazardous mission,
Mrs. Taylor resumed the floor, and soon discovered
an Indian in the outer chimney corner, endeavoring
to start a fire and peering through a considerable
hole burnt through the "dirt and wooden" jam.
Seizing a wooden shovel, she threw into his face
and bosom a shovelful of live coals and embers,
causing him to retreat, uttering the most agonizing
screams, to which she responded " Take that, you
yellow scoundrel!" It was said afterwards that
her warm and hasty application destroyed his eyesight.
After these disasters the enemy held a brief consultation
and realized the fact that of their group
of eleven, two were dead and partially barbecued,
two were severely wounded, and one was at least
temporarily blind under the "heroic" oculistical
treatment of Mrs Taylor. What was said by them,
one to another, is not known; but they retired
without further obtrusion upon the peace and
dignity of that outpost in the missionary field of
An hour later the family deemed it prudent to
retire to the river bottom, and next morning followed
it down to the fort. A small party of men
then repaired to the scene of conflict and found the
preceding narrative verified in every essential.
The dead Indians were there, and everything
remained as left by the family. Excepting Mrs.
Chapman, all of that family long since passed away.
Before the Civil War I personally knew Brown
Taylor, one of the sons, then a quiet, modest young
man, carrying in his breast the disease destined to
cut short his days
This all happened more than fifty years ago.
To-day two large towns, Belton and Temple, and
half a dozen small ones, and two trunk line railroads
are almost in sight of thespot.
Fall of Parker's Fort in 1836 -The Killed, Wounded and Captured
Van Dorn's Victory in 1858
Cynthia Ann Parker-Quanah Parker,
the Comanche Chief.
In the fall of 1833 the Parker family came
from Cole County, Illinois, to East Texas
two came .a little earlier and some a little later.
The elder Parker was a native of Virginia, resided
for a time in Georgia, but chiefly reared his family
in Bedford County, Tennessee, whence, in 1818, he
removed to Illinois. The family, with perhaps one
exception, belonged to one branch of the primitive
Baptist Church, commonly designated as Two Seed
Parker's Fort, or block-house, a mile west of the
Navasota creek and two and a half northwesterly
from the present town of Groesbeck, in Limestone
County, was established in 1834, with accessions
afterwards up to the revolution in the fall of 1835.
At the time of the attack upon it, May 19, 1836, it
was occupied by Elder John Parker, patriarch of
the family, and his wife, his son, James W. Parker,
wife, four single children and his daughter, Mrs.
Rachel Plummer, her husband, L. T. M. Plummer,
and infant son, 15 months old; Mrs. Sarah Nixon,
another daughter, and her husband, L. D. Nixon;
Silas M. Parker (another son of Elder John), his
wife and four children; Benjamin F. Parker, an
unmarried son of the Elder; Mrs. Nixon, Sr.,
mother of Mrs. James W. Parker; Mrs. Elizabeth
Kellogg, daughter of Mrs. Nixon; Mrs. Duty;
Samuel M. Frost, wife and children; G. E. Dwight,
wife and children; David Faulkenberry, his son
Evan, Silas H. Bates and Abram Anglin, a youth of
nineteen years. The latter four sometimes slept in
the fort and sometimes in their cabins on their farms,
perhaps two miles distant. They, however, were in
the fort on the night of May 18th.
On the morning of May 19th, James W. Parker
and Nixon repaired to their field, a mile distant,
on the Navasota. The two Faulkenberrys,
Bates and Anglin went to their fields, a mile
further and a little below. About 9 a. m. several
hqndred Indians appeared in the prairie, about
three hundred yards, halted, and hoisted a white
flag. Benjamin F. Parker went over to them, had
a talk and returned, expressing the opinion that the
Indians intended to fight; but added that he would
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