Mills County “Demon Woman” Fights Indians

The following story was told to me by historian, Fain McDaniel. How I wish I knew the brave woman’s name who must have been absolutely terrified when the Indians came calling, finding her along with only small children at her side.

The woman was making soap, stirring the hot liquid over the fire, when through what must have been an unchinked log she saw an Indian watching her. I suppose it was without even thinking that she dipped a gourd completely full  of the soap and through it in the man’s unsuspecting face. Screaming, the Indian fell back, screaming something that apparently mean demon woman to the others who could not get away fast enough.

It wasn’t until the next morning that the woman realized that the danger was not all gone for when she went to gather wood from the woodpile, there was the injured Indian, blind and crazy from the pain. The poor woman was forced to fight and finally kill the man with her ax before being freed from danger.

And as I’ve said at least a thousand times on this site, Rickey Jones and I would simply not have made it if he had been one of those men who always seemed to be gone while I waited at home, trying to keep our children alive.

And if you happen to know the identity of this woman, please share it with us!

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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