• Texas Celebrates Its Pioneer Mothers


    A Slice Of Texas

    John William Baggett Family- John was the only Baggett son to live long enough to rear a family.

    John William Baggett Family- John was the only Baggett son to live long enough to rear a family, Joel murdered by Indians and James in an accidental shooting.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Being a mother has never been easy, and there’s just no way to paint it easy. Today, we pause to remember the price that so many mother’s paid in settling this great state we call Texas. The price was way, way too high, a price I would not have paid.

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    When the sun came up on what turned out to be a beautiful March day, she had no idea that the world as she knew it would never be the same…her family splintered beyond repair.

    It was 4:00 in the afternoon when she settled her supper on the stove and laid down to rest, her husband gone and her six children playing outside. Within minutes, the cry of “INDIANS!” shattered her tranquil day.

    Jumping to look out the window, she saw her 14-year-old daughter, Sarah, run into the yard and her three little children coming through the fence. Getting those four inside, the mother locked the doors, her two eldest, Betty and Joel, outside with the Indians.

    Knowing she would lose all of her children if she opened the doors, Mrs. John Baggett stayed inside while the Indians tortured her daughter and murdered her son, Joel. Today, the community of Baggett bears the name of the family who lost so much on March 3, 1860, in Comanche County, Texas.

    More information on the Baggett family, including photos such as pictured here, as well as on other Texans who need to be remembered can be found on Texansunited.com.

    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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