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Mary Elizabeth Clark Millsap
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1872
Madison County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1969
McCulloch County
Texas, USA

//NOTE: Birth year incorrect on Death Certificate
(source daughter)

Name: Mary Elizabeth Millsap
Death Date: 09 Jul 1969
Death Place: Brady, Mcculloch, Texas
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Death Age: 108 years
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 11 Aug 1860
Birthplace: , Madison, Texas
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: William Barney Clark
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Sarah Mayse
Mother's Birthplace:
Occupation: Housewife
Place of Residence: Brady, McCulloch, Texas
Cemetery: Gooch Cemetery
Burial Place: , Mason, Texas
Burial Date: 11 Jul 1969
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2137520
Digital Film Number: 4030097
Image Number: 664
Reference Number: cn 51249
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

From OLD WEST, Spring, 1973, Letters to the Editor, by Mrs. Arvil Pierce of Brady, TX (P. O. Box 224):

I enjoy reading your pioneer stories. My own mother, Mary E. Millsap, was one of those early settlers but she overcame a handicap most of her contemporaries didn't have -- over thirty years were spent in blindness. Even so, she raised nine children and when she died at the age of ninety-eight she had twenty-two grandchildren, ninety-seven great-grandchilden, twenty-five great-great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-great-grandchildren. A native of Wilson County, Texas, she was born one year after Ulysses S. Grant was inaugurated. Mason county was the place she considered home and four generations of her family attended the same school in Mason before it was made into a museum. She often told of her earlier life and of rearing ten children among wild animals ad early-day outlaws in Mason County where she and Tom Millsap were married on July 11, 1887. She remembered waiting with one of her babies in a covered wagon camp while her husband and brother hunted for game in the woods. While they were gone, a panther stalked the camp and tried to take the baby, and she threw skillets and everything else expendable in her desperate effort to frighten the animal away. Finally, remembering that "cats" are afraid of fire, she snatched up a small brass kerosene lamp and lighted it. She carried her baby in her arms and walked about brandishing the lamp until the men returned to dispatch the panther. When she was seven years old, the Comanches made their last raid in that part of the state. Cynthia Ann Parker, captured by the Indians and then retaken from them in 1860, was a first cousin of her husband. Early-day outlaws were also a curse in that country, and sometimes chased the ranchers from their homes. The Millsaps left once, after finding a cardboard caricature of themselves being hanged by the neck "until dead, dead, dead." She lost her husband in 1928, but, despite thirty-one years of total darkness, continued to keep house for many years after she lost her eyesight. "You can hold your hand over the coffee pot to see if it's boiling and ready; you can touch brad to see if it's done." The one hundred and sixty-eight descendants she left behind will certainly ever forget Grandma Millsap!
Family links: 
  Thomas Smith Millsap (1860 - 1928)*
  Sarah Saletha Millsap Wolf Crouch (1888 - 1954)*
  Allia Millsap Smith (1894 - 1918)*
  Lona Mae Millsap Cavness (1901 - 1980)*
  Winnie Lou Millsap Metcalf (1910 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Gooch Cemetery
Mason County
Texas, USA
Plot: Old Section
Created by: Faulkner
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55875312
Mary Elizabeth <i>Clark</i> Millsap
Added by: BK Smith
Mary Elizabeth <i>Clark</i> Millsap
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 Added: Sep. 25, 2010

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