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Mrs. J. Brown

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Parker County, Texas

    In the summer of 1861, Mrs. John Brown was killed by Indians. She had twin babies and had started to visit a neighbor near by, she was carrying one of the children, and a girl about grown (one of the accounts we have, say she was a daughter, but of this we are not positive) the other. On their way they were attacked by a party of Indians. The girl who had one of the children was some distance ahead, and had well nigh reached her destination. Mrs. Brown, at the sight of the savage monsters, in her fright, for the moment, apparently forgot that she was the mother of the two children, and clasping the child she carried in her own arms, tightly to her bosom, she ran hastily back to the house, crying "they shan't have mine, they shan't have mine." She finally reached the house, but the Indians soon came up, scalped and killed her on the spot, but spared the child.

The above story is from the book, Indian Depredations In Texas, by J.W. Wilbarger.

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