[Mrs. Amanda E. Lockered]
FOLKLORE — White Pioneers
Miss Effie Cowan, P.W.
McLennan County, Texas
District No. 8
No of words 2,750
File No. 240
Page No. 1 Reference:
“Interview with Mrs. Amanda E. Lockered, Chilton, Texas
“I was born in Falls County in 1856. My parents were Newton B. and Susan [eathers?] Maxey. Father was born May 6, 1832 in Kentucky, while mother was born in Indiana. To them were born seven children, namely: Billie Maxey, of Marlin, Texas, Deceased; Steve Maxey of Chilton, deceased; John D. Maxey, Lorena, Texas, deceased; Mrs. Dicey Hyden, Chilton, Texas, deceased; Mrs. Mattie Shields of Mart, Texas, and Albert Maxey of Waco, are still living, the only two besides myself left of this large family.
“During the Civil War father served under the Confederate flag, and was stationed at Calveston, Texas. He was home on a sick furlough when the war closed. He came to Texas about the year 1851 or '52. There were five families who came through driving oxen to their wagon train. They were all from Missouri, and were the Dixons, [rahams?], [McCutchans?], Maxeys and [Weathers?]. The daughter of Mr. [Weathers?], Susan, being my mother. They crossed the Brazos river at the Falls of the Brazos, and located in the settlement now known as Chilton.
“Father built a log house south of where the depot now stands. He was the first white settler in the present town of Chilton. The nearby settlements were Durango to the southwest, and old Carolina to the south, and Mooreville five miles northwest. The county was wild and unsettled, we all lived in log cabins. The roads were just cow trails and when we needed any supplies we sent our produce— corn, hogs and later on cotton, to [Millikens?], where they were exchanged for farming implements, clothes and groceries.