A Priest, a Prostitute, and Some Other Early Texans: The Lives of Fourteen Lone Star State Pioneersby Don Blevins
This unique collection of short biographies of the Lone Star State’s most colorful characters includes headliners Father Miguel Muldoon, the Irish-Spanish Catholic priest and diplomat who helped convert Protestants in order to settle Austin, and six-foot-two prostitute and hotelkeeper Sarah Bowman, who fought as bravely as a man among the Rangers and was
This unique collection of short biographies of the Lone Star State’s most colorful characters includes headliners Father Miguel Muldoon, the Irish-Spanish Catholic priest and diplomat who helped convert Protestants in order to settle Austin, and six-foot-two prostitute and hotelkeeper Sarah Bowman, who fought as bravely as a man among the Rangers and was buried with full military honors. These are just two of the pioneers who helped build the state amidst wars with Seminoles and Mexicans, gold rushes, and cavalry formations. These fourteen vivid accounts of extraordinary lives are like no other history of Texas and will reach a wide audience of readers who love to read about real people.
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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.”
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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