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Sarah Ellen "Sallie" Garrison Briscoe
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Birth: May 27, 1838
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1867
Parker County
Texas, USA

Miss Sarah Ellen Garrison married I. Brisco on 10 July 1867 at Mesquiteville, Jack County, Texas by Thomas Williams, Chief Justice of Jack County. Jack County Marriage records, Volume 1, page 70

Her children were taken into captivity never to be seen again.

Killed by Indians in 1867

Their daughters, 14 and 16
two smaller children
carried away in captivity
their fate unknown

Isaac Briscoe first settled five miles north of Jacksboro, where he remained for some time. Joe Fowler, who was driving home the oxen when the Indians charged the residence of Calvin Gage, married a daughter of Mr. Briscoe. Jim McKinney, also married a daughter of Mr. Briscoe. Near the close of the Civil War, the savages became so troublesome, Isaac Briscoe, then living with a second wife, considered it unsafe to remain in the territory north of Jacksboro. So he moved to the old Shirley place, about three-fourths of a mile north of Agnes, and about 15 miles north and west of Weatherford. Here Mr. and Mrs. Briscoe and their two daughters and sons settled to be secure from the savage onslaughts. One morning in May or June, of 1866, the wild demons of the plains dashed upon their frontier cabin, and none were left to relate their sad experience. It has been supposed that Mr. Briscoe had found a temporary shelter from the summer sun under a grape arbor, near the house, when the Indians appeared. He and his wife were both massacred, and their three children carried into captivity. Only a few local citizens knew the horrors of this awful crime. Mr. and Mrs. Briscoe were not only murdered but their bodies were maimed in many ways, and scalped in the most horrible manner. Mr. Jim Mayo, who lived about one mile east of the Briscoe residence, discovered their dastardly deeds, and sent his son, Tom, to the home of Mrs. Lucendia Caldwell, to notify her of the presence of the savages. Mrs. Caldwell furnished Tom Mayo a pony and then sent him and her son to the home of Mrs. W.H. Allen to notify this frontier lady the Indians were raiding. The extent of their depredations, however, at this time was unknown. Other runners were also sent in other directions. R.E. and A.C. Tackett, brothers and members of L.L. Tackett's company of rangers, and perhaps others, were soon in their saddles, in quest of the savages. They hurried to the home of Sammy Stacks, whose horses the Indians were stealing. As usual, the Indians divided, and when the Tackett brothers reached the Stacks home, they charged the Indians, who were after horses in a nearby field. One Indian had placed a rawhide rope around a horse's neck, and was in the act of leading her away. A.C. Tackett charged this Indian and almost ran over the savage, who fell over the fence. R.E. Tackett jumped from his steed, laid his gun on the fence, and fired. But about this time, thirty or forty savages came charging toward the whites, who were forced to retreat for their own protection.

The Briscoe children were carried to Oklahoma never to return to their former community. Two Briscoe girls and one boy were carried into captivity. About 1867 or 68, however, an army officer in Oklahoma wrote to the officer in command at Ft. Richardson to the effect that some children by the name of Briscoe, who formerly lived in Parker County, had been recovered from the savages. Billy Briscoe, a son of Isaac Briscoe and his first wife, went to Oklahoma to find his sister and brother, but when he reached his destination he was told that the Briscoe children had been sent to an orphans home.

Note: Author personally interviewed: Joe Fowler, who married a daughter of Isaac Briscoe; A.C. Tackett, mentioned above; Jno. Frazier, Dole Miller, and others, who lived in this section at the time.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

When the local settlers learned of the Brisco family massacre, messengers were sent to warn those living in the surrounding areas. Volunteers gathered to pursue the Indians. Soon the posse overtook the band which was in the act of stealing a settler's horse. The settlers' pursuit was abandoned when it was found that the band outnumbered the few frontier defenders. However, because the warning was effectively given throughout the area, the settlement was spared further killings on that raid. Nevertheless, several homes were pilfered by the raiders before they left the county. Like the family of Cynthia Brisco McKinnney, Isaac Brisco and his wife were buried together in a single grave in the Old Goshen Cemetery.

Two years later, a Kiowa chief, Timber Mountain, traded Eliza and Isaac to the sutler at Fort Dodge, Kansas for merchandise. The younger sister was not ransomed along with the two older children, but had either died or remained with the Kiowas. The ransomed captives were placed in the care of Mr. Hugh Bradley, United States guide and interpreter, who fed and clothed them at his own expense for an extended time. One year after the ransom of the children, A.G. Boone, U.S. Indian Agent for the Kiowas and Comanches, was still attempting to locate someone who knew of the childrens' family. On April 1, 1869, Boone wrote to the Commission of Indian Affairs, in Washington, and inquired as to what should be done with the ransomed captives. By letter dated April 27, 1869, the Commissioner requested Texas Governor E.M. Pease to try to locate friends or relatives of the captives and inform them that the children had been found. The Commissioner requested that if friends and relatives could not be found the governor advise as to the desired disposition of the children. An historian of the North Texas frontier stated that Eliza and Isaac Brisco were never returned to the former home-that when their twenty-five-year-old brother, Billie Brisco, went to the Indian Territory to bring the children home he found that federal officials had given up on ever finding the relatives and had placed the children in an orphans' home.

Of the brothers, sisters, and parents of Joe and Elizabeth Brisco Fowler, the Indians in three different attacks killed eight, wounded five, tortured one, and captured five. In spite of the heartache at the hands of the raiding Indians experienced by the determined young pioneer family, Joe and Elizabeth apparently still considered that the advantages of living on the North Texas frontier outweighed the risks, so continued to live there throughout the remaining years that Indians raided the settlements.

A Cry Unheard, by Doyle Marshall.

See Garrison Family Histories for more information.
Family links: 
  Isaac Briscoe (1788 - 1864)
  Hester Kyle Briscoe (1796 - 1867)
  Isaac Jefferson Briscoe (1820 - 1867)*
  John Briscoe (1841 - 1867)*
  Isaac Briscoe (1862 - 1867)*
*Calculated relationship
Goshen Cemetery
Parker County
Texas, USA
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Sarah Ellen Sallie <i>Garrison</i> Briscoe
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