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Cordelia LEE

Female Abt 1858 - 1872  (~ 14 years)

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  • Name Cordelia LEE 
    Born Abt 1858  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Census 21 Jul 1870  Jack County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Precinct 1 
    Died 9 Jun 1872  Throckmorton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: in an Indian raid 
    • http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwh81 :

      While the imprisonment of chiefs Satanta and Big Tree momentarily curbed his raiding, he [Whie Horse] and Big Bow engineered another attack on a wagon train in what is now Crockett County on April 20, 1872, which resulted in the death of seventeen Mexican teamsters. On the way back from that foray, White Horse was wounded in the arm during a skirmish with Capt. N. Cooney's Ninth Cavalry troops. On May 19 White Horse's younger brother, Kim-pai-te, was killed in a fight with L. H. Luckett's surveying crew near Round Timbers, twenty-five miles south of Fort Belknap. That event prompted White Horse to organize a revenge raid, and on June 9, with the help of Big Bow, he attacked the homestead of Abel Lee on the Clear Fork of the Brazos, about sixteen miles from Fort Griffin. Lee and his fourteen-year-old daughter Frances were fatally shot, his wife scalped and murdered, and the remaining three children carried into captivity. Soldiers trailed them, but the Kiowas escaped back to the reservation and held a scalp dance that went on for several nights. The Lee children remained captives for a few months before they were ransomed.


      Other sources say that Rebecca Lee was killed and that John, Millie & Susannah were taken prisoner and ransomed several months later.

      http://www.forttours.com/pages/lee.asp :
      Before the war, Mrs. Dodson built an excellent frontier home near the mouth of King's Creek, in Stephens County. She had her negro slaves plant a hedge of bois d' arc timber under the banks of the Clear Fork. Mrs. Dodson, herself, peddled produce at Fort Belknap and Camp Cooper.
      During 1871, this building was occupied by Pro. Abe Lee, a singing school teacher, and his family. On the 20th of June, while Satanta and Big Tree were imprisoned at Fort Richardson, Mrs. John G. (Emily) Irwin, who had been visiting at the Lee home, returned to her own residence, for the creek was rising, and cut her visit short for fear she would be unable to cross the small foot bridge.
      Mrs. Irwin had been home only a few minutes when shots were heard. It was Sunday, and now noon, or shortly afterward, and Professor Lee was sitting on the south side of his home, which faced south, when Indians slipped up the bank of King's Creek, and shot him. A young man was in the house at the time to see Miss Susan Lee, about eighteen years of age, and when the Indians appeared he disappeared and ran out the back door, through a corn patch, to the north. Corn was in tassel at the time. Cordelia Lee, about 14 years of age, attempted to follow him, but she was shot down with a big gun, and died where she fell. The Indians also killed Mrs. Millie Lee. Susan, about eighteen, Frances, a girl about ten and Johnnie Lee, who was about nine, were carried into captivity. The Clear Fork was usually high, when this tragedy occurred. It was three days before John Irwin, Johnnie Hazellett, and Den Murphy's cow outfit was able to cross and bury the dead. They were buried on the north side of the house, about fifteen steps from the back door. The Indians also killed a milk cow and a bulldog. All were scalped, excepting Cordelia, who was found in the corn patch. As usual, the Indians ripped open the feather beds, took the ticking and stripped the house of such other articles that seemed to suit their fancy. Susan Lee, Johnnie Lee, and Frances Lee were carried by the savages to Oklahoma, but later released, and conveyed home by a government escort.
      Note: Author personally interviewed: John Irwin, who helped bury the dead: Chess Tackett; Geo. Tackett; Lish Christesson: J.B. (Bud) Matthews, and other early settlers who lived in that section at the time.
      The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.
      From Ty Cashion's book, A Texas Frontier:
      ...Settlers along the Clear Fork of the Brazos had long escaped the most sanguinary raids, but finally they suffered an incident comparable to the nightmares endured by pioneers inhabiting the Cross Timbers. Emerging from the banks of the swollen river, a party of Comanches crept silently toward the John Lee home east of Fort Griffin as the unsuspecting family was enjoying a Sunday respite. The warriors shot the patriarch as he sat on the porch, alerting the others inside. A young suitor visiting Lee's daughter Susan bolted from the house and disappeared into a corn patch, followed by a younger daughter, Cordelia. The young girl did not reach safety, however, nor did Mrs. Lee. After killing the woman and abducting Susan and the family's two remaining children, the Indians headed northward. The water, rising ever higher, prevented neighbors from crossing the river; all they could do was view the carnage from the opposite bank and speculate as to who had been killed.
      [McConnell, West Texas Frontier II, no. 711; Wood to AAAG, July 6, 1872, RG 393, FG, LS.]
    Person ID I9251  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2014 

    Father Abel LEE,   b. Abt 1825, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1872, Throckmorton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Milly MILLS,   b. 1821, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1872, Throckmorton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 23 May 1844  Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F2817  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1858 - Missouri Link to Google Earth
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    Precinct 1 - 21 Jul 1870 - Jack County, Texas
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  • Histories
    Abel Lee Indian massacre article
    Abel Lee Indian massacre article
    Note: contains some inaccuracies

  • Sources 
    1. [S3776] Texas, Jack - 1870 - roll 1593, Precinct 1; page 446B; dwelling 77, family 88; Abel Lee household; viewed; 7 July 2014.

      Abel Lee, 47, AL, laborer, PP-$150
      Millah Lee, 49, Indiana, keeping house
      Robert Lee, 20, MO, laborer
      Nancy A. Lee, 15, MO, at home
      Susana Lee, 14, MO
      Cordelia Lee, 12, MO
      Millah F. Lee, 7, MO
      John Lee, 5, MO

    2. [S1680] Missouri Marriage Records - 1805 - 2002, Marriage record for Milly Mills & Abel Lee.

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