M-335: Jane Wilson Indian Captivity Documents
INTRODUCTION: This collection is the original manuscript account
of the rescue of Jane Wilson from Indian Captivity. The collection
consists of two manuscripts, one letter by Lt. Colonel Philip St. George
Cook regarding the captivity, and an original manuscript deposition by
David Webster, witnessed and signed by Colonel Cook.
CREATORS: Philip St. George Cook (1809-1885), David Webster
SCOPE: The collection consists of two manuscripts, one letter
by Lt. Colonel Philip St. George Cook written in 1853, and an undated
deposition taken by David Webster and signed by Colonel Cook.
SOURCE OF COLLECTION: This collection was purchased by the Mercantile Library in 2011.
Jane Wilson (originally Jane
Smith) married James Wilson in 1853 and shortly thereafter left Texas
for the California gold fields. James Wilson was killed in an
altercation with Indians near El Paso, and Jane, pregnant at the time,
decided to return to Paris, Texas, with her two younger brothers-in-law.
Near Abilene they were again attacked and this time taken captive, this
time by Northern Comanches. Jane was a captive of the Comanches for
nearly a month. Eventually she escaped and hid for several weeks before
she encountered a band of New Mexican traders. She eventually travelled
with them to New Mexico, where she gave birth to a baby boy in Santa Fe
in December, 1853.
Cook, Philip St. George, 1809-1895
Tyler, Ronnie C. Douglas E. Barnett and Roy R. Barkley. The New Handbook of Texas. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996. Print
Wilson, Jane Adeline. A Thrilling Narrative of the Sufferings of Mrs. Jane Adeline Wilson, During Her Captivity Among the Comanche Indians. Rochester: D.M. Dewey, n.d. Print.
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