Near Leander in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
the victims of the
of August 27, 1839
About thirty homeseekers
headed by John Webster
enroute to what is now Burnet
County, were attacked by a band
of Comanche Indians
After attempting to flee under
cover of darkness, they
were trapped in this vicinity
Mrs. Webster and her two children
were captured and later released
All the others were killed
Martha Webster then but
three years old was later
married to Marmaduke Strickland
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 9369.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
Location. 30° 34.975′ N, 97° 49.583′ W. Marker is near Leander, Texas, in Williamson County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leander TX 78641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leanderthal Lady (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Webster Massacre (approx. 1.6 miles away); Leander (approx. 1.6 miles away); Norton Moses Lodge No. 336, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 1.8 miles away); Leander Schools (approx. 1.8 miles away); Leander United Methodist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Leander Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pickle-Mason House (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leander.
Also see . . .
1. Webster Massacre, Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Council House Fight, Handbook of Texas Online. Mrs. Webster and her daughter reportedly escaped from the Comanches while camped near San Antonio to attend a council for prisoner exchange in 1840. That meeting in San Antonio culminated in the "Council House Fight". Mrs. Webster's son was returned as part of a prisoner exchange after the Council House Fight. (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. The Great Comanche Raid: Boldest Indian Attack of the Texas Republic, by Donaly E. Brice. Brice's book explains how events such as the Webster massacre (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
4. Historical marker for Casas Reales, site of Council House Fight. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
5. Link to the marker at Hornsby Bend. The Webster party started at Hornsby Bend, east of what is now Austin, TX (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,687 times since then and 98 times this year. Last updated on October 13, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.