The Family Saga: A Collection of Texas Family Legends

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Family Saga as a Form of Folklore 7
1 From the Old Sod to the New World 25
1 William and Cindrilla 27
2 Ben James Comes to America 27
3 Sailing in a Little Boat 29
4 The Voyage Over 30
5 Our Lost Grandfather 32
6 Coming to the Colonies in a Press Gang 32
7 Gussie Gets Her Man 33
8 "Made in America" 34
9 The Bonfire of Home 36
10 My Frugal Dad 37
11 The Stanglin Family 38
12 Illegal Entry 39
2 Gone to Texas 43
1 A Delicate Condition 44
2 Captain Jack Nash 45
3 The Legend of Billy Hicks 45
4 The Bear at the Spring 47
5 The Rawhide Fight Brought Us to Texas 49
6 The Fergusons Travel to Texas 50
7 Brothers 53
8 The Red River Crossing 54
9 Tennessee to Texas 55
10 Looking for Land 57
11 C. A. Lee Escapes to Texas 59
12 Gone to Texas, 1940! 60
3 The Civil War 65
1 Granma and General Sherman 66
2 James Ware's Hanging 68
3 A Woman's Strong Love 69
4 Swimming the Swollen Stream 69
5 My Grandmother's Trip 72
6 Uncle Levi 73
7 Letters from Ezekiel Cobb 75
8 An Old Tintype and A Faded Journal 76
9 Ephriam Dial in the Civil War 78
10 The Civil War and the Scudder Family 80
11 The Last Ham 82
12 Civil War Casualty 84
13 The Aftermath of the Civil War 86
4 Indians 89
1 Josephus and Frank Browning 91
2 Lye Soap 92
3 A Night to Remember 93
4 Another Indian Story 94
5 Experiences of Calvin and Nancy Fisher 97
6 A. J. Walker and the Indians 98
7 A Fat Man's Misery 100
8 Gramma Garrett 101
9 She Put it in Writing 101
10 A Renegade Rifle 102
11 A Tale Grandpa Told about Indians 104
5 Animals, Wild and Domestic 107
1 Bears and Wild Beasts 108
2 Thomas and the Rattlesnake 113
3 Papa John and the Bull 114
4 Do Unto Others ... 115
5 Catching Wild Mustangs 115
6 A Snake Story from the 1930s 117
7 The Bear Knife 118
8 Hog Stories from the Davis Family 119
9 Susannah and Her Angora Goats 121
10 Wild Goose 123
11 The Goat on the Courthouse Square 125
12 Wagon Yard Trades 126
13 Big Boy Whatley: Horse Trader 127
14 Cookin' a Possum 128
15 Hog Drovers 128
16 Grandma Anderson and the Milk Cow 129
6 The Church, Preachers, and Religion 133
1 The Church at Piney 135
2 Ice 137
3 Grandpa and the Preachin' House 140
4 Ferguson's Boys 140
5 Watt Moorman and the Methodist 141
6 Father Parisot's Saddle 141
7 Aunt Ocie's Church Story 143
8 Country Preacher 144
9 Redemption and Fried Chicken 146
10 Pa Gunn's Conversion Experience 147
7 Ghosts and the Supernatural 149
1 The Pennington Ghost 150
2 Restless Spirits 151
3 Brother Murder 152
4 Uncle Fate's Jealous Wives 153
5 Tales from Mr. Hatcher 155
6 Death Omen 157
7 Grandfather's Ghost 158
8 Return from Death 159
9 The Legend of a Dream 159
10 The Ghost of Ghosty Brnach 160
11 Mystic Magnolia 161
12 Crazy Women in the Rafters 163
8 Feuding and Fighting 167
1 The Mitchell-Coker Feud 168
2 Dutch Joe and the Wolf's Tail 168
3 Jones-Smith Feud 169
4 The Sullivan Family Feud 170
5 A Neighborly Dispute 172
6 Aunt Elm at the Courthouse 173
7 Legends of the Regulator-Moderator War in Shelby County, Texas 175
8 Legend of a Ranger 179
9 Grandad McCall and the Outlaw 180
10 The Bedsprings Feud 181
11 Feuding Aunts 182
9 Hard Times 185
1 Blowing Away in the Panhandle 186
2 Uncle Lyndon Hartman 188
3 Claude Rumage 190
4 Getting Gold for the Hard Times 191
5 Sharecroppin' 194
6 The Sharecropper's Cow 197
7 Stolen Corn 198
8 A Dollar A Day 199
9 Hard Times and Low Pay 199
10 Possum and Sweet 'Taters 200
10 A Brush with History 203
1 Santa Anna's "Suicide" 204
2 Galveston Storm 206
3 Hanging Bill Longley 207
4 Gideon Lincecum and Choctaw Chief Pushmataha 207
5 Davy Crockett 209
6 The Mayor and President Roosevelt 210
7 Forever Ford 211
8 Grandma Walker and John Wesley Hardin 212
9 Dor! 213
10 Sousa and Mr. Sam 214
11 Passing up a Brush with Fame 215
12 Bonnie and Clyde 216
13 Villa Raid 218
14 Meeting Prince Charles 219
11 The Wars 221
1 Son of the American Revolution 223
2 Isom Parmer, Saracen, and the Battle of San Jacinto 225
3 C. A. Lee: What Side Was He On? 226
4 Soldier Boy 228
5 Daddy's World War I Story 231
6 A Heroic Veteran of Foreign Wars 232
7 When the Telegram Came 233
8 My Longest Day 235
9 My WWII Bride 237
10 My Sister Joins the Marines 239
11 The Rain in Korea is Awful Cold and Wet 241
12 A Light in the Darkness 244
12 The Cycle of Life 249
1 Herschel and Leo 250
2 Voodoo Child 250
3 Almost a Bastard 251
4 Jane Holder 252
5 Susannah and Alex Auld 252
6 Aunt Rosa's "Sweetheart Story," 254
7 The Outhouse Letters 254
8 How My Grandparents Met 254
9 Masculine Modesty 256
10 The Locket 256
11 Thanks to a Psychic in Shanghai 258
12 Always Hopeful 260
13 Pap Paschall and Burial by Sewing Machine 262
14 Shrouds from Sheets 262
15 Rushed Burial 262
16 Allen's Last Roundup 264
17 Arthur Scudder and the Green Pecans 264
18 John Doe 266
19 John and Lizzie Ross 266
20 The Last Poker Game 268
13 Family Matters 271
1 Aunt Mary 272
2 A Calf for a Candy Stick 272
3 Almost a Catastrophe 272
4 The Hanged Cousin in Greer County 273
5 The Best Christmas Ever 274
6 A Tough Old Woman and Her Colt 275
7 The Day Grandpa Peterson Jumped into the Well 277
8 Cured with a Hot Iron 278
9 Dad's New Pickup 279
10 Lev and Hy Ainsworth 280
11 Patch 281
12 Blue Eyes 282
13 Uncle Henry 283
14 Carol 284
15 Daddy Was Our Black Sheep 285
16 "Oh, Molly Hair!" 286
17 Uncle George and the Family Whipping 289
14 Family Characters: Heroes, Black Sheep, and Eccentrics 293
1 Cousin Ad and Cousin Net 294
2 Gus Hooks of the Big Thicket 295
3 Gideon Lincecum's Christmas Ritual 296
4 Mariner Wilcox and the Fabulous Fib 298
5 William Fletcher Crowell 300
6 Grannie's Old Pickup Truck 301
7 Cut Off at the Knees 303
8 My Ancestor Was Hanged When he Was 14 Years Old 303
9 Patman Takes in Washing 305
10 Martin Parmer - The Ringtailed Panther 306
11 The Blackburns 310
12 Meeting Grandpa Owens 313
13 Uncle Mule! 314
14 The Shootout at Sunset 315
15 Miscellaneous 319
1 Naming the Town of Rockne 319
2 Whizzerville! 320
3 E-Heart - [actual symbol not reproducible] 320
4 Family Folklore: Names 321
5 A Cure for Free 322
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