So glad to meet a member of Mary Ann's family.Her story is both interesting and sad.There are two versions of what happened to Micaja Jesse "Cage" Christian.The first is according to Mary Ann herself:
Mary Ann and Cage lived in the McDade, Texas, area in Bastrop County, which was a rough and dangerous town in the 1880s.Shootouts and hangings were not uncommon.In fact, you might want to check the stories of the Christmas hangings at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmdhms/wanted.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~txmdhms/wanted.htm.
In 1887, Cage was invited to a meeting of "neighbors" held out in the woods.It turned out to be a meeting of vigilantes who were planning to dispose of a Negro in the community.Two men were appointed as executioners.Shortly afterward, details of the meeting began to be spread about the community and Cage Christian was accused of having spread the story.A little later, Cage and Mary Ann were out riding horseback, with Mary Ann up behind Cage on the same horse.They were overtaken by a group of men.Cage stepped to the ground and was shot dead before he was able to tell his side.
Another version appeared in a local historical journal a few years ago with a different take on the story.According to the article, "Buck" Christian had been denied membership in the Grange Lodge and had burned down a school out of spite. A group of vigilantes came upon him and his wife Mary, riding together on the same horse, and shot him.Personally, I prefer to believe Mary Ann's version, because some of the details of the article don't ring true when compared to family legend passed down.
After her husband's death, Mary Ann moved in with her bachelor brother Joe and together they raised several orphaned nieces and nephews.Noah Harris was the husband of their niece Rosa DeLean Mobley (daughter of their brother Edward). (The census taker must have been confused about Noah's last name.)
Mary Ann and Cage did not have any children.She never remarried.She lived to be 95 years old and lived her last years in a nursing home in Elgin, Texas.She is buried in the Ridgeway Baptist Cemetery in Paige, Texas.
I have transcribed an article that was published in the newspaper back in the 1950s, wherein Mary Ann was interviewed and tells the story of her husband's death.See the page for Hezekiah Mobley on my website at http://www.wilcoxen.com/family/Mobley/mobleyhm.htmhttp://www.wilcoxen.com/family/Mobley/mobleyhm.htm.There is a link under Mary Ann to the article.
I don't know where Cage is buried.He is not buried with Mary Ann.The historical journal article claims that he was buried in an unmarked grave in McDade, but I can't verify that.
If I can be of any further help, let me know.It must have been an awful shock for Mary Ann to have her husband gunned down before her eyes.I always wondered if his family back in Georgia had ever found out what happened to him.