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Juliet C Ewing Fretwell

Birth
Ireland
Death 3 Aug 1878 (aged 57–58)
Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas, USA
Burial Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 50527338 · View Source
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Juliet C. Ewing married Captain Hugh Orem Watts in 1840. They were married just 21 days, when her husband, Captain Watts, was killed during a raid by the Comanche Indians on Linnville August 8, 1840. Juliet was kidnapped by the Indians and taken to Plum Creek where she was wounded during the battle. Texas history tells the story that had it not been for her corset, she probably would have died from the arrow wound.

She returned to Linnville and then to Port Lavaca, Texas where in 1842 she married Dr. J.M. Stanton. They opened "Stanton House" the first hotel in Port Lavaca, Texas. Records indicate they divorced about 1844.

On May 23, 1852, Juliet married John R. Fretwell.



Obit-Gonzales Inquirer Aug. 24, 1878

At Lavaca, Texas, August 3, of paralysis, in the fifty-third year of her age, Mrs. Juliet Constance Fretwell, wife of Dr. John R. Fretwell.

Thus passed away one of the old landmarks of Western Texas. Mrs. Juliet Fretwell was well known to Texans as the noblest among the many noble women of the trying days in Texas history. Her charities have been felt on every hand. Her life has been pure and upright, and death marks for her a sweet repose.-Victoria Advocate.

Mrs. Fretwell was very well known by many of our old citizens. She bore a very conspicuous part in the early days of Texas history; was captured by Indians, and shot with an arrow. Her death will be greatly deplored.

Gonzales Inquirer August 24, 1878


(Additions to the first paragraph of the obit: "At Port Lavaca, Texas, August 3, died of paralysis, in the fifty-third year of her age, Mrs. Juliet Constance Fretwell, wife of Dr. John R. Fretwell". (By Frances Gililland just to give more clarity.)


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  • Created by: Frances McDaniel-Montier Gililland
  • Added: 1 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50527338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Juliet C Ewing Fretwell (1820–3 Aug 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50527338, citing Port Lavaca Cemetery, Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Frances McDaniel-Montier Gililland (contributor 47165797) .