Pleasant Tackitt was the oldest son of Martin D. and
Cynthia Tackitt, born abt. 1832 in Pope County, Arkansas. He was named
after his paternal uncle, Pleasant Tackitt (1803-1866), who was a Methodist
minister, teacher, Indian fighter, Confederate officer, and
politician, and who became known as the "Fighting Parson".
Pleasant Tackitt was a farmer, who married Armilda S. Miller, the daughter of Emberson
Miller and Sarah Allred, abt. 1852 in Spadra Township, Johnson County,
Arkansas. They had two sons, who were born in Johnson County,
Arkansas: Emberson Milum Tackitt born 29 May 1853, and William Henry
Tackitt, born 20 January 1856.
Pleasant Tackitt's family, his widowed mother Cynthia Tackitt, and 6
of 7 his siblings, comprised "The Tackitt Train" segment of the larger
"Poteet-Tackitt-Jones Trains" group that all departed from Johnson
County, Arkansas in April of 1857. They traveled together 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. 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.
His two young sons survived the Massacre and were returned to their
maternal grandparents in Arkansas in 1859. Pleasant Tackitt's nephew
Felix Marion Jones also survived. Pleasant Tackitt, his wife Armilda,
his mother Cynthia, his sister Eloah Angeline
(Tackitt) Jones, and 5 of his 6 other Tackitt siblings (Marion,
James M. and
Jones M. Tackitt) were killed in the Massacre. Pleasant Tackitt was
25 years old when he died.
A.C. Wallner for the Mountain Meadows Association. All rights reserved.
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
PLEASANT TACKITT, 25
*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 Hill.
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MEMORIAL FOR PLEASANT TACKITT