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Matilda Lockhart (son of Andrew Lockhart and Esther Briggs).

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Matilda Lockhart is a subject of an infamous episode of DeWitt Colony's encouters with Comanches.In her early teens, she was kidnapped in 1838 in a raid along with the Putman Children while gathering pecans. She was released by Comanches in the famed Council House Fight in San Antonio in 1840 and soon after died of pneumonia.


During her captivity Miss Lockhart said that sometimes she has to travel from fifty to seventy five miles a day on a bare back horse, and that seldom a day passed that she was not severly flogged. In the winter of 1839 aparty of these same Indians took up their quarters on the San Saba river, about one hundred miles above where the city of Austin now stands. Information of this rendezvous was given to Colonel John Moore, of Fayette co, who raised a party of about sixy men, and, accompanied by a party of LipanIndians he went to their encampment and attacked them when a desperate fight ensued Miss Lockhart was in the Indian camp when this attack was made and knowing it was made by white men she creamed as loud as she could. Hoping they would hear her and come to her rescue. The Indians suspeciting the cause of her screaming drowned her cries withtheir still louder yells and when she persisted one of them near by became so exasperated that he seized her by the hair of her head and tore out a large part of it. The father of the unfortunate girlwas with the attacking party under Colonel Moore, and it was with a heavy heart that he returned to the settlement without his daughter who had been a prisoner for over a year and whom he felt quite sure was in the Indian village.

Upon one occasion a party of Indians who Miss lockhart in possession came within one or two days travel of San Antonio and pitched their camp.As they knew she was aware of theirproximity to the white settlements and fearing she might attempt to escape they severely burned the soles of her feet to keep her from running away. Not a great while after this a treaty was made with the Comanche Indians under which Miss Lockhart was delivered up to the Texas Commissioners at san Antonio and subsequently sent back to her family but the once sprightly joyus young gilr whose presence had been everywhere like a gleam of sunshine penetrating the gloom of the wilderness was a mere wreck of her former self Her health was almost utterly ruined by the privatons and hardships had underone and the brutal treatment to wich she had been subjected by her savage captors when captured by the Indians Miss Lockhart was only about thirteen or fourteen years of age She was given over to the squaws whom she served in the capacity of a slave Their treatment of her was much more cruel than that of the bucks.The numerous scars upon her body and limbs bore silent testimony of reclamation stated that there was not a place on her body as large as the palm of the hand which had out been burned with hot irons. After lingering some two or three years she died {According to the author Brow, After Matilda "was restored to her family and adorned in civilized costume she speedily developed into one of the prettiest and most lovely women in the surrounding country becaming a favorite distinguished aliked for modesty sprightliness and affectionate devotion to her kindred and friends A few years later a cold fastened upon her lungs and speedily closed her life to the regret of the whole surrounding country.''--WLM}
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