Mary Elizabeth Lee & Isaac Gann Come To Hamilton County, 1864

Mary Elizabeth Lee Gann

Mary Elizabeth Lee Gann

According to my very limited research, Isaac Gann was born in 1836 in Angelina County, Texas. He married Mary Elizabeth Lee in that county in 1860. Mary E. was born in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana in 1844.

The couple moved to Hamilton County, Texas in 1864, where they lived out their lives. While reading through a November 1924* issue of Frontier Times, I came across an article about Mary Elizabeth’s 80th birthday party, and I thought I would pass some of it along to you. The info was complied by a C.V. Allen.

The celebration took place “Under the spreading branches of the leaves of the trees at the park at Gann’s Bridge on the Leon River” with a host of guests from her children down to her great-great grandchildren near the very spot where the young Mary Elizabeth and Isaac had settled 60 years earlier.

According to Mrs. Gann, the Ann Whitney schoolhouse that was attacked by Indians was not far from their home and on the day of the murder, the screams of the children could be heard there. I can’t even imagine just how cold her blood must have run at those sounds; however, at the age of 80, she still  retained one of the arrow spears taken from the body of the dead teacher. On the day of her birthday, Mary Elizabeth Gann still had her faculties and still told of Hamilton County history.

“She told of how on moonlight nights raids by Indians were dreaded, and how the horses were brought near the house and guarded; of how the men were compelled to go to Waco, eighty miles, in ox wagons for supplies and of how anxiously their return was awaited by the women and children; of what a happy event it was when a pioneer minister would come through the country wearing pistols for protection from the Indians, and hold services for the spiritually hungry settlers.”

Mary Elizabeth Lee Gann died in Hamilton County in 1932.

*There is much more article along with children’s names, etc. in this issue. Photo

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