Margaret Massingill Terrorized By Indians


Fredda Davis Jones

Hamilton, Texas: Nine-year-old Margaret Massingill was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Massingill, and she was in the schoolhouse the day that the Indians murdered her teacher, Miss Ann Whitney.

Margaret was not one of the “lucky” ones who escaped out the window and fled the Indians. No, the little girl was instead put under the schoolhouse floor. Unfortunately, her hiding place was under the loose floorboard on top of which Miss Whitney fell dead, her blood dripping into Margaret’s hair and onto her clothing.

When she was found that day after the killing, little Margaret Massingill was in shock. Her father, who was in the group of men who came to rescue the children at the schoolhouse, grabbed his daughter and shook her until she was able to tell them what had happened.

As we will see in the weeks to come, little Maggie was never really able to put this trauma behind her. Instead, it tortured her for the rest of her life. Today, brings you Margaret’s grandson, Nolan Massey, who tells her story.

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 and marketing small-town Texas.
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2 Responses to Margaret Massingill Terrorized By Indians

  1. Ginger Jones says:

    I don’t have any sound for Nolan Massey’s video so he may have said this same thing about Margaret (Massingill) Massey…..
    This is quoted from my grandpa, William “Will” Jesse Jeffery………..(Jan 8, 1889 – Feb 7,1982)
    “In the year of 1904 or 06 when John McCaleb was sheriff, I farmed for a man named Jones until Dick Massey hired me to stay with his mother, Margaret. Margaret was my own aunt. When she was small and in school, she was in an Indian raid. The Indians captured her and nearly scalped her. She was attending the school on the Leon River when the Comanche Indians struck. It left a deep impression on her to the point where her son, Dick, went to court and had her declared insane. There were no hospitals then, so they put her in jail. She was bad about trying to tear her clothes. I stayed in the jail with her for twenty one days. I ate and slept with the sheriff. Dick paid me a dollar and a half a day.”

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