Near Mount Vernon in Franklin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
On April 10, 1841, while Ripley was away, a band of Indians attacked his farmstead, killing first his eldest son who was plowing in the field. Mrs. Ripley and five children were killed trying to reach a canebreak and one infant died when the house was burned. Two of Ripley's daughters eluded the Indians and made it to a neighboring farm. Charles Black and Charles S. Stewart led a group of settlers north in pursuit of the band. Near the Sulphur River, they encountered Indians, who may or may not have been involved in the massacre, and attacked them, killing several.
The Ripley family massacre was an isolated incident in this area, but it proved to be a rallying point for increased frontier defenses and for support of the anti-Indian policies of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar. The attack also influenced the formation of a militia unit under the leadership of Gen. Edward H. Tarrant
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9849.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 10, 1841.
Location. 33° 10.727′ N, 95° 9.042′ W. Marker is near Mount Vernon, Texas, in Franklin County. Marker is on U.S. 67, 1.1 miles west of County Road NE2080, on the right when traveling west. Located just west of the Ripley Creek crossing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon TX 75457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gray Rock Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Roadside Park (approx. 2 miles away); Rutherford Drugstore (approx. 4.1 miles away); Site of the Merchants and Planters National Bank (approx. 4.2 miles away); Franklin County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rockhill Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Monticello Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 7 miles away); Henry Clay Thruston (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Regarding Ripley Massacre. The attack resulted in an expedition against the Kickapoo Indians.
A descendant of Mary Ann Ripley family history says that although the marker says
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