By John R. Erickson
One department of Erickson’s relatives arrived in Texas in 1858, settling in Parker County, west of Weatherford. one other department, good Quaker farmers from Ohio, helped identify the 1st Anglo cost at the Llano Estacado in 1881, close to present-day Lubbock.
Erickson’s kinfolk interacts with major ancient figures, corresponding to Cynthia Ann Parker, and comprises participants of the Estacado Quaker colony. there's the tale of Martha Sherman, who died by the hands of the Comanche, and the story of the infamous outlaw Tom Ross. Prairie Gothic additionally comprises Erickson’s encounters with well-known Texas writers, equivalent to John Graves and J. Evetts Haley.
Burrowing deep into his West Texas roots, Erickson found humans of substance and powerful personality, made that method partly by way of the demanding situations they confronted in a harsh atmosphere. He has created a desirable mixture of family members and neighborhood historical past. Excerpts from journals, letters, and different unique resources improve the narrative.
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Oddly, Martha Sherman was buried in Parker County which had been named in honor of Cynthia Ann’s uncle Isaac, a member of the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Congresses of the Republic of Texas, and a member of the ﬁrst State Constitutional Convention in Texas. Isaac Parker died in Weatherford and may even be buried in Willow Springs Cemetery, where Martha Sherman was laid to rest. (Fulmore 1915:88-9) Odder still, Martha Sherman and Cynthia Ann Parker were actually related by marriage. Mrs. Charles Haydon, Martha’s granddaughter, recalled, “Cynthia Ann Parker was a second cousin of my father on his father’s side.
It was raining heavily as ﬁve warriors dismounted, drove the family out, seized Mrs. Sherman, tied her to the ground, violated her, and shot two or three arrows into her body. ” (Haley 1936: 49-50) This was the story Mother had told me years before, only now I had a place and time: Parker or Palo Pinto County, Texas, in November of 1860. Later, armed with that information, I went to the Texas Archives in downtown Austin and began poring over crumbling newspapers, ﬁles of letters, books on frontier history, and microﬁlm records.
He acquired eighty square miles of land in Crosby and Lubbock Counties, then traveled through the Midwest, selling his Texas land to adventurous Quakers at ﬁfty cents per acre. In the spring of 1879 he and three families left Indianapolis and established their colony in Crosby County: Estacado, Texas. We have the recollections of one of the early settlers, J. W. Hunt, who saw the High Plains as a child and later became the founding president of McMurry College in Abilene: “With vast wonder, [we] beheld the virgin land.