If a line is drawn from east to west through Cisco it would be smack-dab in the middle, 1200 plus miles both ways. Pioneers came through that part of Texas back in the 1800s and among them were the Parmer’s who brought with them farming and ranching skills … and a bunch of pigs many of which had escaped and became feral. Maybe that’s why there are so many wild pigs in Texas. My mama was a Parmer. Settling in Jack County and on to Eastland County some of the Parmer’s went south to neighboring Comanche County to find wives among some Comanche Indians there; at least part Indian, that’s what I’m told.
I am encouraged to know that one of the early Parmer’s, Martin Parmer, was an original signer of the Texas Constitution and his son, Toby, was one of the first Texas Rangers.
Some of the Parmer’s went to the south side of Eastland County to a little town just north of Comanche County called Rising Star. I think a group of families from the Andrew Agnew, Buckner and Messegee bunches gave off a whole lot of kids, intermarrying with only God knows who. Great-grandpa Parmer, Tobe, married Mary Jane Buckner in 1861 – she was born July 8, 1843 and died May 20, 1919 – and they had a caboodle of kids named William Lafayette (Uncle Will), Sarah (she lived to be 103), Eliza, Angelina, Martin Van Buren, Jr. (my grandpa, they called him Uncle Van), George and Myrtle. The Civil War left things in a mess with men going to war, people coming and going west and east trying to settle down or go to war. This gave the Comanche Indians a chance to run wild. Mama said they weren’t very clean either. Mama always liked clean. Continue reading “SINKING SAND/ SOLID ROCK: Hello Cisco # 2”