During a recent interview on television, Martha Stewart showed how to make large “all-day” cookies that could easily be made at home during the time of quarantine.
Flour, butter, oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts, etc., etc. – the thick dough had to be mixed with a sturdy beater.
Martha Stewart said, “Using a mixer makes the task easier but you can mix it by hand. Pioneer women didn’t have electric mixers but they still made cookies.”
These pioneer women were so important in the settling of our country, but they often seem almost forgotten.
In research, the name of a great-great-grandfather is often easy to find, while the name of the great-great-grandmother is not listed.
Even in the 1900’s, newspaper accounts frequently identified a woman by her husband’s name – Mrs. John Smith, for example – not by her own.
These pioneer women were the ones to help plant and harvest the crops in the land. They used the produce to cook and can or to make the cloth which they then made into clothes. They milked the cow and churned for butter.
They taught the children using the Bible, both Scripture and their ABC’s. They nursed the sick, and they fought off the Indians.
They usually gave birth to several children, and they helped deliver the babies of neighbor women when necessary.
Sarah Wilson Crockett is one of the pioneer women of Robertson County, and facts are known about her.
She was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, near Carlisle in 1766.
She married Samuel Crockett on Sept. 25, 1787, and they were in what would become Robertson County the next year.
Both her husband and her father were veterans of the Revolutionary War. Amazingly, the names of both her father and mother are known – Nathaniel and Elizabeth Brown Wilson.
There is also a Historical Marker on Highway 49 West between Springfield and the intersection of Betts/Flewellyn Road. The marker tells of Crockett Station, where Samuel and Sarah Crockett lived.
It is known as a station because it served as a fort as well as a home during the era when Indian attacks were frequent.
The Crocketts, parents of 11 children, are listed on the roll of Charter Members of Mt. Zion Methodist Church, and church history says that the church was organized in their home.
Later, Crockett and Patrick Martin gave two acres of land for the church building.
Samuel Crockett also gave seven acres for the building of what is now Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Sarah Crockett lived until May 30, 1847. Both she and her husband are buried in the cemetery at Mt. Sharon.
Other Crocketts lie buried in the vicinity. The headstone of Nancy Crockett, for example, is on a farm near the Historical Marker. Her headstone stands alone there.
In the Eagle’s Eye is sponsored by the Robertson County Historical Society. Call 615-382-7173 for more information.