With Their Own Blood
A Saga of Southwestern Pioneers
Publication Year: 2013
At the heart of this saga is Larcena Pennington Page Scott, who is witness as her loved ones are killed and her family's livelihood and property stolen. Larcena lived well into the twentieth century to tell the story of her captivity by Apaches and her miraculous escape from the captors, of outlawry and murder along the Mexican border, of disease, hunger, and isolation, and of the unceasing depredations by hostile Apaches during the 1860s and '70s.
Using family letters, papers, and primary documents from all over the Southwest, Virginia Culin Roberts traces the lives of Larcena and her family. Roberts presents a real-life story of the rigors of surviving in a hostile and unforgiving land, transcending family history to provide a framework for telling the tale of the western frontier in the bloody Civil War and antebellum years.
Published by: TCU Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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...an Larcena Pennington at first glimpse - a brief mention of her persistent kind of people who dared to push America's frontiers fragments of their story. It was a pioneer saga that richly deserved to New Mexico Territory. It was not until the fall of 1856 and the village, but that was still largely Mexican in population and char ...
Part I: INDEPENDENT AND UNSUBDUED
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...pampered children of the twentieth century to conceive of what it plod with a wagon train across the mountains and the deserts. But hardship, challenge, and struggle - painful in themselves - can also unlock tremendous reservoirs in the human spirit, if that spirit is independent and unsubdued. That was the spirit they had, the ...
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...of danger as she bent to fill buckets at the cold clear stream fed by ten-year-old companion, Mercedes Sais Quiroz, were alone beside little girl by ox-wagon from Canoa ranch in the valley below. They had pitched their tents beside the creek. The two men were asso ciated in a logging operation in the high recesses of the large ...
2. The Penningtons
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...confident young couple ready to face frontier hardships together. miles from their native states, to the Gadsden Purchase where they child of frontier farmer Elias Green Pennington and his wife, Julia strength, a firm religious faith, and a cheerful, optimistic outlook on life. Her parents, both of English descent, originated in the ...
3. Woman of Courage
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...16, 1860, the day of Larcena's capture, when Bill Kirkland's mes senger galloped into Fort Buchanan on a sweat-lathered horse. He had ridden from Canoa ranch over the mountain pass to the small extend a line of soldiers across the Tontos' escape route and hoped, with the help of civilian searchers, to encircle the Indians and their ...
4. Rough Times on the Border
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...known. It is quite likely that her brother Jack brought him into the June, 1857, or to one of their later homes. Jack, an adventurous and gregarious sixteen-year-old, soon became a frequent and wel orphan boy." According to her, he lived at the Ake farm much of birth. He and his black-haired, blue-eyed, Scottish-Irish wife, ...
5. Murders and Marriages
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...of July celebration, Larcena's family moved into the old Gandara hacienda at Calabasas, a few miles distant from their farm. 1 It was the third of several places where the Penningtons dwelt between ened seriously or when a particular location offered an economic advantage. Presumably Calabasas was a more convenient base than ...
Part II: LEAN AND HARD AND HUNGRY
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...cause the pioneer fringe, the cutting edge, remained lean and hard their families without interference or restriction. Because they celebrated the Fourth of July!), and jealous of it, and determined ...
6. Lonely Graves
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...to try Larcena's fortitude. The worst of times were just ahead for dearly they paid for their foothold in the Gadsden Purchase. Will neers assembled in Tucson that in the 1860s the Indians "had held a carnival of murder and plunder in all our settlements while our you who has not seen a friend or a relative fall beneath the mur ...
7. The Great Exodus
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...strong body now cold and forever still on some remote hillside. She must have wondered what this grim frontier held in store for her and for the child growing within her. The religious faith she had learned at her father's knee now sustained her. "Hardships like these might easily have embittered a less courageous person," ob ...
8. Fisher Scott
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...rapidly from that direction, saw him and pulled up in a cloud of dust. They were hurrying to the relief of the Mimbres River set knew that his former employer was in grave danger, but he could not have known that his close friend Jack Pennington was in their sieged settlement. Finding that the Apaches had left it, they has ...
9. Nomads of War
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...reported the Tucson Arizonian of August 10, 1861, describing the after Jack and their former neighbors started for the Rio Grande: haps, in the case of the earliest settlement of Kentucky, cannot furnish a parallel. ... In this extremity our only reliance is in Curious as it seems, Elias Pennington took his family from Tucson ...
10. A Shattered Family
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...loyally together, had so far survived their misfortunes. With the exception of John Page, they had escaped the fatalities which had overtaken other early Arizona pioneers. Hardship, toil, and dan ger were always part of the Penningtons' lives. Perhaps they never were as well off as most of their frontier neighbors and felt no ...
11. New Love, New Life
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...quite othelWise" - united in marriage to a most excellent lady, long-time, trusted friends, Larcena and Fisher, finally agreed to spend the rest of their lives together. Fisher may have been quietly sure for a long time that as soon as he had his business going and could provide a suitable home, he would ask her to marry him. It ...
12. Mary Page
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Page turned fifteen. She was pretty enough to turn heads as she arm. Her white shirtWaist and ankle-length skirt fit gracefully over that her class would perform for the townspeople as part of that night of the tableaux," Mrs. Aguirre later wrote in her memoirs, "which ripened into a marriage and ended in murder for one, and ...
13. “Toward the Western Shore”
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Handy, Jr. came to Tucson to visit Larcena and Fisher, there were not enough of the earliest pioneers remaining in Arizona to crowd a small room. And for those old-timers, life, like the setting sun, was "fast dipping toward the western shore," as the Tucson Post phrased it.l Larcena and Fisher were still clear-eyed and vigorous, ...
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Scott died in 1915. It was about to be excavated in preparation for new business buildings on the site. Mary Ann's grave marker had disappeared, but a former caretaker located her remains for her half-sister, Georgie Forbes. Georgie and her husband had a small The Forbeses' interest in completing a historical sketch of the ...
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 25 b&w photos., Map.
Publication Year: 2013