The Experience of Mrs. F.A. Lasater and Her Children in Jack County

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Jack County, Texas

    During 1868, Mrs. F.A. Lasater, who lived about fifteen miles south of Jacksboro, and on the east Keechi, in Jack County, started to the Newt. Adkinson Ranch, about eight miles north. Mrs. Lasater, herself, was riding a race horse, and accompanied by her sons, Marion, and Luke Lasater, and a granddaughter, Mary Ann Burns. After going about three miles from the house, and crossing East Keechi to the west side, they discovered several Indians about one-fourth mile away. Mrs. Lasater, her sons and little granddaughter, made a dash for the brush, and when Mrs. Lasater whirled her race horse, the little granddaughter fell off, but hit the ground running. Marion Lasater was armed with a double barreled shotgun, and a six-shooter, and Luke Lasater was armed with a six-shooter. When they retreated to the timber, the Indians yelped and rode around for a considerable length of time, but finally went away. After remaining in the brush for about two hours, and when dark came, Marion Lasater slipped out and went back to the Lasater Ranch for his brothers, A.M. and Green Lasater. When they returned, the Indians had already gone.

    Note: Author interviewed A.M. Lasater.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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