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Malinda FROST

Female 1820 - 1870  (49 years)


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  • Name Malinda FROST 
    Born 7 Aug 1820  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 May 1870  Houston County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lonesome Dove Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) James Manford Dwight, "Malinda Frost Dwight Hill - Her History and Her Family" <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txtarran/citizens/c_hill.htm>:

      Malinda Frost, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Frost, was born August 7, 1820 in Virginia. Samuel and Elizabeth had nine known children: Robert B., Matilda, Juliann, Joseph, Joel, Sarah Jane, John M. and Thomas. In 1833, the family immigrated to Texas as members of the Robertson Colony. Malinda is my great-grandmother.

      For all intent and purpose, Malinda's childhood was short lived, and because of that she never learned to read or write. She married George E. Dwight (b. abt. 1805) about 1833/34 somewhere in Texas. It is possible that they were married by Elder John Parker who was a baptist preacher and founder of Parker's Fort. George was from Mississippi and a miller by trade. While the marriage record has so far not been located, it is known that George and Malinda had a child at Fort Parker during the Indian attack and some books indicate that there were two children but documentation can only be found for one child. In James W. Parker's account of the events; he indicates Malinda had two children, but Rachel Plummer indicated the Dwight family consisted of one child. That child was Elizabeth Dwight (b. Texas) and according to the 1850 Houston County Census; she was born in the late part of 1834 or the early part of 1835. So it is possible that there was an infant born after her that did not survive.

      Malinda's family, along with her parent's family, was living at Parker's Fort, which was located on the headwaters of the Navasota River, sixty miles from the nearest white settlement. The nearest protection at that time would have been Fort Houston in Anderson County, near present day Palestine. Today called Fort Parker, it is located about two and one half miles northwest of the town of Grosebeck in Limestone County, about one mile from the river.

      In 1836 the fort was inhabited by a little over 30 persons. Most of whom were women and children. On May 19, between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 am, Indians attacked and the occupants were forced to flee or face certain death or worse. George Dwight took my Malinda out of the fort to the river bottoms, along with his father-in-law's family and possibly others. It was on that fateful day that Malinda's father and one of her brother's died by the hands of the Indians that savagely attacked Fort Parker, killing and taking prisoners of those that did not escape. According to the McLean Papers concerning the Robertson's Colony in Texas, (Volume IX; 03 Nov. 1834.) Samuel Frost and his son Robert stayed at the fort to buy time for the Dwight and Frost families to escape to safety on the river bottoms during the Parker Fort Massacre.

      Without food and no means of procuring it, and without shoes and the proper clothing for such a journey, Malinda would have to make that fateful journey through the howling wilderness that was no more than a trackless and uninhabited country; literally covered with venomous reptiles and ravenous beast, while fleeing a savage and relentless foe that only hours ago, killed and mutilated her father and older brother and leaving their lifeless bodies. James W. Parker and his family, along with the Dwight and Frost families, traveled on foot for 5 days. On the sixth day, James Parker told my great-grandfather to stay with the survivors. A group of 18 people, of which 12 were children. Parker left alone to get help, in the belief that he could get to help back faster if he traveled alone.

      George and Malinda moved around for a while and found themselves in Houston County, on Elkhart Creek, where George owned and operated a water mill. It is there George died and left Malinda a widow with six boys and one girl. Their family consisted of:

      1. Elizabeth (b. 1835)

      2. Robert Brooks (b. 1837, Houston County, Texas - d. July 18, 1902, Texas)

      3. Adrain A. (b. 1840, Houston County, Texas)

      4. Francis Marion (b. 14 March 1844 - Aug. 21, 1920, Willow Point, Wise Co., Texas.)

      5. Ellery G. (b. Houston County, Texas)

      6. Joel J. (b. 22 Mar 1849, Anderson County, Texas - d. 20 Nov 1919, Grapevine, Tarrant County, Texas) Occupation farm labor. Married Salitha Emma Elizabeth Williams (b. 15 Nov 1853 - 5 Dec 1916, buried Lonesome Dove Cemetery) She was the daughter of James Williams and Permelia Henley. Joel was a member of the Lonesome Dove Church. . . .

      7. John Martin Harvey (b. 12/24/1851, Leon County, Texas - d. 09/06/1929, Clovis, New Mexico.)

      Malinda moved her family to Limestone County, near the old Parker's Fort from whence George and she had been driven years before by the Indians in what is known as the Parker's Fort Massacre. Sometime afterwards, Malinda met and married Allen Hill, who was a Campbellite. Her son Frank (Francis Marion Dwight, I) writes about his desire to hear the preaching of a Baptist preacher and Allen Hill would from time to time invite one of the Alex boys to come to their house to preach.

      When Frank came home from the Civil War, he found that his step-father, Allen Hill, had died. Frank took charge of his mother's family and brought them to Dallas County. While there he writes that they enjoyed the ministerial services of Elders W. B. Long and J. F. Pinson, Baptist preachers.

      Moving once again, this time to Tarrant County, near Lonesome Dove Church. Malinda Frost Dwight Hill died and was buried in the Lonesome Dove Church Cemetery which is in northeast Tarrant County near Grapevine, Texas. Frank soon married, took charge of his mother's younger children, joined the Lonesome Dove Church and was baptized by Elder A. J. Hallford. In a few months his wife was happily converted and joined the church. In time his mother's three youngest children were saved and also joined the church. . . .

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Malinda Frost Hill
      Birth: Aug. 20, 1820
      Death: May 17, 1870

      "AGE 49 Ys 9 Ms 10 Ds"

      She was the daughter of Samuel Frost who was killed by Indians during the Parker's Fort Massacre on May 19th, 1836. She and her husband George E Dwight escaped with the other survivors to Fort Houston. Allen Hill was her second husband.

      Family links: Children: Joel J. Dwight (1849 - 1919)

      Burial: Lonesome Dove Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County, Texas, USA

      Maintained by: Marsha Newton Kirchmeier
      Originally Created by: Sherill Thatcher
      Record added: May 24, 2006
      Find A Grave Memorial# 14394447
    Person ID I40354  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 

    Father Samuel M. FROST,   b. Abt 1795,   d. 19 May 1836, Limestone County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth DINKINS,   b. Abt 1795 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Oct 1814  Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F17307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 George E. DWIGHT,   b. 1805, MS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1873, Tarrant County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ellery G. DWIGHT  [natural]
     2. Joel J. DWIGHT  [natural]
     3. John Martin Harvey DWIGHT  [natural]
     4. Francis Marion DWIGHT  [natural]
     5. Elizabeth DWIGHT  [natural]
     6. Robert Brooks DWIGHT  [natural]
     7. Adrian DWIGHT  [natural]
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 11:01:14 
    Family ID F17313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Allen HILL,   bur. Lonesome Dove Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 11:01:14 
    Family ID F17314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999: Name: Betsy Dinkins Gender: Female Spouse Name: Samuel Frost Spouse Gender: Male Marriage Date: 1 Oct 1814 County: Washington State: Virginia.