Elizabeth Brown “Eliza” <I>Thompson</I> Wakefield

Elizabeth Brown “Eliza” Thompson Wakefield

Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
Death 9 May 1871 (aged 71)
Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 79920670 · View Source
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Excerpt of letter from John A. Wakefield to his daughter, Mary Ann Willard, and her husband Alexander H. Willard, Jr. - dated 24 Dec 1855, Lawrence, Kansas:

"But I have forgotten that I started to tell you that 30 of these demons ["border ruffians"] entered my house at midnight opened the trunks by eschewing the locks pretending that they were hunting Sharps rifles but my wife had been too smart for them. She that day had buried our money in the earth. But to show their bravery they shot down from the upper story of the house down through both floors. Your mother has become a great heroine. She is known all over the Territory and nine men out of ten says that she aught to draw a quarter section of land for her bravery that night in defending a lone traveler who had stopped for the night. The pistol that had been shot down through the floors was cocked to shoot him, but she demonstrated so bravely against them taking the life of a lone traveler that they let him alone and shot off their pistol down through both floors. My wife kept sending me word every day not to come home. So I was fifteen days away from home although living in six miles. If I had went home I suppose they would have killed me as they did Barber* a near neighbor. And all this because we were from free states."

Letter courtesy of LSLeister.

* Thomas W. Barber:

Abraham "Abram" Thompson
b. c1776 in Virginia
d. 2 Oct 1819 in Washington Co, IL

Elizabeth "Eliza" Brown
b. c1776 in Virginia
d. Bef. 1850 in Illinois

Eliza's maternal Grandfather:
Hezekiah Brown (1738-1821)

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