Could Your Taylor Family Be Mills County “Demon Woman” ? 19th Century

Fain McDaniel is one of the Comanche County historians who has given a lifetime to the study of days gone by in Texas. He told me the following Mills County story long ago.

I wish I knew first names, but all I know is that a family with the surname of Taylor lived on the frontier in what is Mills County when the warning came that Indians were in the area. While Mr. Taylor began to mold bullets, Mrs. Taylor churned butter, something I have never quite understood but as it turned out, thank goodness she did!

Sure enough, just about the time the butter was ready, the first arrow hit the cabin door. While Mr. Taylor tried to hold the attackers off with his rifle, suddenly the Indians were shooting fire that had flames shooting from the Taylor’s roof.

Mrs. Taylor quickly had a hole cut in the roof, jumped onto the table, and had the children bringing her water to throw onto the flames. Of course, this was just what the Indians wanted.

When the water was gone, Mrs. Taylor asked for the milk and when it was gone, she screamed for the children to bring her the buttermilk. By this time, the Indians were on the roof and making their way toward the poor woman. It must have been an extremely cold day because when Mrs. Taylor hurled the entire tub of buttermilk into the faces of the Indians, the cold caused the pieces of butter to clot and stick, blinding the Indians where it landed in their eyes.

Within seconds these Indians were screaming something akin to “Demon Woman,” and all of the attackers were running for their lives, leaving the Taylors very, very thankful that they were such a superstitious people!

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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