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Near Mount Vernon in Franklin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ripley Massacre

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Ripley Massacre Marker
Inscription. Ambrose Ripley and his wife Rachel (Wood) brought their family to Texas in 1837, settling near here in what was then Red River County. They established their home near the Nacogdoches Road (Cherokee Trace) and a stream now known as Ripley Creek.

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 and Cols. James Bourland and William C. Young to rid the area of Indians.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9849.)
Ripley Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. Ripley Massacre Marker

 
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. Touch for map. Located just west of the Ripley Creek crossing. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon TX 75457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Henry Clay Thruston (approx. 10.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant (approx. 10.6 miles away); Titus County C.S.A. (approx. 10.6 miles away); Titus County Confederate Monument (approx. 10.6 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 two sisters survived the massacre, that only one sister, Mary Ann Ripley was the only survivor besides her father, Ambrose Ripley. Mary Ann did not survive by running to the neighbor's house
View from marker east towards the Ripley Creek crossing. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
3. View from marker east towards the Ripley Creek crossing.
- she hid in a hollow log while the Indians attacked.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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