Memories Of J. R. Massegee

I have written previously about the Comanches and the Warren wagon train massacre. This week’s article has a story about that event, he was there.

This oral history was recorded by W.P.A. fieldworker Maurice Anderson on January 17, 1938.

I was born in Tennessee, June 3, 1850, and my first remembrance of events was in Texas. I was living with my grandfather MASSEGEE. My father died in Texas when I was only a year old, according to my grandfather, and my mother died in the same state when I was only five. I received very little schooling, in the early days in Texas there were very few schools.

My grandfather lived on a farm in Texas. Before going to Texas he had lived in the state of Arkansas where he owned a small farm. My grandmother having passed away at an early date, this left only grandfather and me, so in 1860 we loaded what belongings we owned into a wagon and, working the only team grandfather owned, a large pair of horses, we left for Arkansas.


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