Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
INDIAN INFANT RESCUED FROM "TRAIL OF TEARS"
In May of 1838 General Winfield Scott invaded the Cherokee Nation situated in Georgia and forced the indians to foot travel over 1,000 miles. This trip, with little food or water, is now called the "Trail of Tears'' because well over 4,000 indians died and the bodies were simply left on the trail.
In the deadly winter of 1838, a traveling minister named Brady and his wife came upon many bodies. They heard an infant cry. They found a baby girl in the arms of her dead mother. They took the infant girl and raised her as their own. They called her Rebecca Ann Brady born about December, 1838 or January 1839. Rebecca married John Yerby Morgan and they later lived in Oklahoma Indian Territory.
Rebecca's grandson Oscar Alexander Taylor married Bessie Carolyn Loper, the daughter of Julius Jackson Loper and Josephine Moore.
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