Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker

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.

Montague County, Texas

    Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker and three children, who lived in the Illinois Bend of Red River and in the northeastern part of Montague County, had been to visit a neighbor about six hundred yards away. When Mrs. Walker's brother was returning to his home in the Bend, he saw two Indians coming toward him, and they almost headed him off. The father's attention was then directed to the savages, and about that time one of his sons, said, "Sister is out that way."

    He then looked and exclaimed, "I see her coming." The father hurried to her rescue, and his appearance frightened the Indians away, but not until after Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker had been mortally wounded. But Mr. Campbell, the father succeeded in saving Mrs. Walker's three children.

    Note: Author interviewed W.A. (Bud) Morris and others who lived in Montague County at the time. Also corresponded with J.T. Campbell, a brother.

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

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