Mrs. Cynthia Tackitt was born abt. 1808 in Tennessee. She was the widow
of Martin D. Tackitt, who had died between 1850-1857 in Johnson
County, Arkansas. Her husband, Martin D. Tackitt, was the son of Lewis
Tackitt & Mary Elizabeth Basham, born abt. 1810 in Tennessee. Cynthia
and Martin D. Tackitt were married about 1828 and resided in Pope
County, Arkansas before moving to Johnson County, Arkansas.
With her daughter, Eloah Angeline (Tackitt)
Jones, son-in-law, John Milum Jones
(and his half-brother Newton Jones),
and two Jones grandchildren, who comprised "The Jones Train", widow
Cynthia Tackitt and six of her other children began the journey west
to California. Cynthia and her son, Pleasant, his wife Armilda S.
(Miller) Tackitt and their two children,
Tackitt, James M. Tackitt and
Jones M. Tackitt, along with her other
daughter Matilda Tackitt, comprised "The Tackitt Train" segment of the
larger "Poteet-Tackitt-Jones" Trains that all departed from Johnson
County, Arkansas in April 1857. They traveled through Washington
County, Arkansas and camped there on the Indian Line (in Oklahoma) for
ten or fifteen days a few miles from the lands of Francis Marion
Rowan, who was the husband of John Milum Jones' niece Elizabeth Jane
(Wilburn) Rowan. Before they reached Mountain Meadows in Utah, "The
Poteet Train" segment broke off from the group to head to Nevada to
look for gold, while "The Jones Train" and "The Tackitt Train"
segments continued on to Mountain Meadows.
Cynthia and Martin D. Tackitt's son, William H. Tackitt, had remained
in Pope County, Arkansas with his wife Martha Ann Frances (Walker),
and their family.
grandsons Felix Marion Jones, Emberson Milum Tackitt and William Henry
Tackitt, survived the Massacre and were returned to relatives in
Arkansas in 1859. Her grand daughter
Sophronia Jones, age 4, was also killed in the Massacre. Cynthia
Tackitt was a 49 year old widow when she died.
© 2008 A.C. Wallner for the Mountain Meadows Association. All rights
IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF
MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS EMIGRANTS LED BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT.
ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA. THIS
EVENT IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE.
CYNTHIA TACKITT, 49
*Please note that the names of the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows
Massacre that appear here are those who we have personally researched
and verified as actual victims. In some cases this list will differ
from the names that were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill
virtual flowers - MMA FIND A GRAVE
MEMORIAL FOR CYNTHIA TACKITT