A Priest, a Prostitute, and Some Other Early Texans: The Lives of Fourteen Lone Star State Pioneers

Overview

Even before Texas declared its independence in 1836, pioneers from all walks of life wanted to cash in on the exciting new opportunities this land had to offer. Whiskey swiggin? Father Michael Muldoon was the first Catholic priest to serve non-Hispanics. Entrepreneur Sarah Bowman opened up numerous hotels, eateries, and brothels to provide comfort (in more ways than one) for gold seekers. And Three-Legged Willie became a legendary judge and lawmaker. Regardless of their reasons for wandering out West, the ...
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Overview

Even before Texas declared its independence in 1836, pioneers from all walks of life wanted to cash in on the exciting new opportunities this land had to offer. Whiskey swiggin’ Father Michael Muldoon was the first Catholic priest to serve non-Hispanics. Entrepreneur Sarah Bowman opened up numerous hotels, eateries, and brothels to provide comfort (in more ways than one) for gold seekers. And Three-Legged Willie became a legendary judge and lawmaker. Regardless of their reasons for wandering out West, the fourteen settlers profiled in A Priest, a Prostitute, and Some Other Early Texans stood out on their own, thus giving new meaning to the Lone Star State.
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"Beautifully written and impeccably documented, Blevins’ latest is a wonderful journey through the sands of time into the dust of a wild world in the process of changes, which provides an intriguing glimpse of the fire and heart behind the best and the worst stories of an America long gone."--Metro Spirit (Augusta, GA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745890
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,447,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Blevins has a master of education degree in Southwestern studies. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, Writers League of Texas, and the Coalition of Texas Authors. Don has written articles for more than fifty magazines, and his previous book releases include Peculiar, Uncertain, and Two Egg; From Angels to Hellcats; and Texas Towns: From Abner to Zipperlandville.
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Aylett was an adventurer, a soldier of fortune, as it were. He served as a filibuster, militia commander, Indian fighter, and even settled down for a period as a farmer, which he had to find dull and uninviting. While his physical dimensions are unknown, he must have been large and powerful in appearance. At least one report lists him as “six feet, six inches tall and weighing about 250 pounds.” Friends and neighbors in Virginia nicknamed him “Strap,” because of his size and prowess. This is a Southern term, bestowed on one whose physique would fit in with muscular weight lifters of today.It is said that Strap “hunted the strongest game with no other weapon than his bare fist; and the wildcat, wolf, and bear soon became scare in the Colorado lowlands” of Texas. He was apparently a kind man and unaware of what his muscular prowess could do, regardless how innocently intended: “he playfully slapped men on the back with such force as to cause bruises and injury. . . . he knocked men down without the least intention of doing them harm.”
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Table of Contents

Introduction1. ADAH MENKEN – Was She Really Naked?2. AYLETT C. BUCKNER – They Called Him “Strap”3. SOPHIA PORTER – Paul Revere in A Dress4. FATHER MICHAEL MULDOON – Muldoon’s Catholics5. MOLLIE BAILEY – She Played the Center Ring6. BASS OUTLAW – Ranger Little Wolf7. LIZZIE JOHNSON WILLIAMS – She Rode the Chisholm Trail8. WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD – “The Thing That Comes”9. SARAH BOWMAN – She Gave Solace to Many – In Many Ways10. THREE LEGGED WILLIE – “Jail is Unfit – Hang Him”11. MADAM CANDELARIA – Was She Really There?12. JAMES BRITON BAILEY – He’s Still Looking for His Jug13. MARTHA WHITE MCWHIRTER – She Who Was Sanctified14. MILTON FAVER – Peach Brandy was His SpecialtyBibliography
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