Merry Christmas to all our family and friends! As this season progresses, we think more and more about our families and our wanting to be with them seems to overwhelm our desires to stay where we are. We travel great distances just to be with our relatives during this season of the year. And so it was with the pioneers, who traveled great distances to be with their families and friends. Have you ever wondered what happened on their journeys? Have you thought about doing genealogy to trace your family tree? The Blanco Pioneer Museum would like to know if you or a family member is interested in learning more about genealogy or taking a class on genealogy. If you would be interested in doing some research on your family history ,please send a note with your name, address and phone number to Blanco Pioneer Museum, PO Box 13, Blanco, Texas 78606 attention Linda Howard. If the museum gets enough people who are interested, we will start classes on genealogy; please respond by December 30, 2012 so arrangements can be made for the classes. Genealogy class costs will depend on the number of people attending, so the larger the group the cheaper the classes.
This story was only one of many I found about our Lawhon family; it was first published in the Seguin Mercury newspaper and later republished by A.J. Sowell in his book “Texas Indian Fighters.” Prior to this, I knew very little about this part of the family history. The account was furnished by the Honorable William E. Jones and is as follows: “It is a painful duty devolving upon me to communicate to you the particulars of an Indian outrage just committed in this neighborhood. On Saturday morning last Mr. Jesse Lawhon, who has been living with me for nearly two years in the capacity of overseer and manager of my farm and stock, went out accompanied by one of my Negro men to drive up some oxen. About 11 o’clock the negro boy ran home afoot and barefooted and wet to the hips, and told me he feared that Mr. Lawhon had been killed by the Indians, that Mr. Lawhon and himself were riding together in search of cattle, and when descending a hill into the valley of one of the branches of Curry’s Creek, near the foot of the mountains, they were attacked by five Indians who emerged from the bed of the creek and rushed upon them at full speed. They did not discover the Indians until within forty or fifty yards of them. Mr. Lawhon wheeled and ran in the opposite direction, while the boy dashed towards home. A large Indian, mounted on an American horse, pursued the boy.”
Well, are you interested yet, dear reader? If you are, the story can be found in the Blanco Library in “Blanco County History” by John Stribling Moursund or in “Texas Indian Fighters” by A. J. Sowell. We await your response to our offer of genealogy classes!