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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
go back and try to avert it. His brother Silas
remonstrated, but he persisted in going, and was
immediately surrounded and killed; whereupon
the whole force sent forth terrific yells, and charged
upon the works, the occupants numbering but three
men, wholly unprepared for defense. Cries and
confusion reigned. They killed Silas M. Parker on
the outside of the fort, while he was bravely fighting
to save Mrs. Plummer. They knocked Mrs.
Plummer down with a hoe and made her captive.
Elder John Parker, wife and Mrs. Kellogg attempted
to escape, and got about three-fourths of a mile,
when they were overtaken, and driven back near to
the fort, where the old gentleman was stripped,
murdered and scalped. They stripped and speared
Mrs. Parker, leaving her as dead
but she revived,
as will be seen further on. Mrs. Kellogg remained
When the Indians first appeared, Mrs. Sarah
Nixon hastened to the field to advise her father,
husband and Plummer. Plummer hastened down
to inform the Faulkenberrys, Bates and Anglin.
David Faulkenberry was first met and started immediately
to the fort. The others followed as
soon as found by Plummer. J. W. Parker and
Nixon started to the fort, but the former met his
family on the way, and took them to the Navasota
bottom. Nixon, though unarmed, continued on toward
the fort, and met Mrs. Lucy, wife of the dead
Silas Parker, with her four children, just as she
was overtaken by the Indians. They compelled
her to lift behind two mounted warriors her nineyear-old
daughter, Cynthia Ann, and her little boy,
John. The foot Indians took her and her two
younger children back to the fort, Nixon following.
On arriving, she passed around and Nixon through
the fort. Just as the Indians were about to kill
Nixon, David Faulkenberry appeared with his rifle,
and caused them to fall back. Nixon then hurried
away to find his wife, and soon overtook Dwight,
with his own and Frost's family. Dwight met J.
W. Parker and went with him to his hiding-place
in the bottom.
Faulkenberry, thus left with Mrs. Silas Parker
and her two children, bade her follow him. With
the infant in her arms and the other child held by
the hand, she obeyed. The Indians made several
feints, but were held in check by the brave man's
rifle. One warrior dashed up so near that Mrs.
Parker's faithful dog siezed his pony by the nose,
whereupon both horse and rider somersaulted,
alighting on their backs in a ditch.
At this time Silas Bates, Abram Anglin and
Evan Faulkenberry, armed, and Plummer, unarmed,
came up. They passed through Silas
Parker's field, when Plummer, as if aroused from
a dream, demanded to know what had become of
his wife and child. Armed only with the butcher
knife of Abram Anglin, he left the party in search
of his wife, and was seen no more for six days.
The Indians made no further assault.
During the assault on the fort, Samuel M. Frost
and his son Robert fell while heroically defending
the women and children inside the stockade.
The result so far was:Killed
Elder John Parker, Benjamin F. Parker,
Silas M. Parker, Samuel M. Frost and his son
Mrs. John Parker and
Captured -Mrs. Elizabeth Kellogg, Cynthia
Ann and John, children of Silas M. Parker, Mrs.
Rachel Plummer and infant James Pratt Plummer.
The Faulkenberrys, Bates and Anglin, with Mrs.
Parker and children, secreted themselves in a
small creek bottom. On the way they were met
and joined by Seth Bates, father of Silas, and Mr.
Lunn, also an old man. Whether they had slept
in the fort or in the cabins during the previous
night all accounts fail to say. Elisha Anglin
was the father of Abram, but his whereabouts do
not appear in any of the accounts. At twilight
Abram Anglin and Evan Faulkenberry started
back to the fort. On reaching Elisha Anglin's
cabin, they found old mother Parker covered with
blood and nearly naked. They secreted her and
went on to the fort, where they found no one alive,
but found $106.50 where the old lady had secreted
the money under a book. They returned and
conducted her to those in the bottom, where they
also found Nixon, who had failed to find his wife,
for, as he ought to have known, she was with her
father. On the next morning, Bates, Anglin and
E. Faulkenberry went back to the fort, secured
five horses and provisions and the party in the
bottom were thus enabled to reach Fort Houston
without material suffering. Fort Houston, an
asylum on this as on many other occasions, stood
on what has been for many years the field of a wise
statesman, a chivalrous soldier and an incorruptible
patriot-John H. Reagan-two miles west of
After six days of starvation, with their clothing
torn into shreds, their bodies lacerated with briars
and thorns, the women and children with unshod
and bleeding feet, the party of James W. Parker 2
men, 19 women and children
at the old San Antonio and Nacogdoches crossing
of the Navasota. Being informed of their approach,
Messrs. Carter and Courtney, with five horses, met
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