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In Defense of Mrs. Mann
By ANDREW FOREST MUIR
Few people in America have been known merely by their
surnames in conjunction with titles of courtesy. Among these,
however, was a woman, the most famous in the Republic of
Texas, known as Mrs. Mann to the ragged army of the San
Jacinto campaign and to the irreverent crowd who heard of
her from it and from the published accounts of her escapades.
So unfamiliar was her first name that its spelling is ques-
tionable; equally valid evidence indicates that it was Pamelia
and Permelia, but Pamelia was the more often used. Of the
woman's age and personal appearance, unfortunately, there
is no record. We know her only through her dramatic per-
formance, but the portrait nevertheless is detailed and well-
Frontier women were less homogeneous than frontier men.
A majority of the men had become dissatisfied, for a variety
of reasons, with more settled communities and had come
voluntarily to the frontier; many of the women were dragged
there by their husbands and fathers. In frontier Texas, on
the one hand, were ladies torn from the luxuries of New
Andrew Forest Muir is a native of Houston and a graduate
-B.A. and M.A.-of The Rice Institute. He has been Fellow
in History and Tutor in English at the University of Texas,
'and served for a time, before he went into the military service,
as acting director of the San Jacinto Museum. At present he
is Master of American History in the Iolani School, Honolulu,
the alma mater of Sun Yat Sen.
He became curious about Mrs. Mann--a folk character
since the days of the Revolution, noted especially as the
woman who took her team away from Sam Houstom-in 1939-
1940, when he was reading the minutes of the 11th District
Court and found her figuring in a number of cases. He de-
termined then to find out what manner of woman she was.
The result is the first documented account of this noted char-
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Collection of popular folklore from Mexico and Texas, including ballads, personal anecdotes, folktales of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians and other miscellaneous legends. The index begins on page 141.
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