Evelynâ€™s parents were Ethel Shaw Elliot and James Elliot. James was the brother of Will Elliot, a renowned pasture rider on the Oâ€™Connor Melon Creek Ranch. Evelynâ€™s paternal grandparents, Henry Elliot and Janie Elliot, were one of the few African American families that owned their own land. Evelyn married Nathaniel Youngblood, one of the tophands on the Welder Vidauri Ranch. She remembers that she and her children hardly ever saw Nathaniel. He was up at three a.m. and didnâ€™t come home untill well after dark, every day. Evelyn was a member of the â€śAâ€ť team for this project. Her stories, perceptions and absolute honesty about everything were an invaluable contribution.
LOC - Did anybody here, as little girls, want to marry cowboys?
Alice Cook - No
Rosie Jones - I did.
Ludie Youngblood - I married one but I didn't want one. I didn't want him to be a cowboy.
Evelyn Youngblood - I don't know I wasn't around 'em but I don't know how I got off into it. He said, you know he tell that tale about how he said he came through Refugio and rope me?
Dorothea Green - No
Alice Cook - Y'all were here when Whang (Nathaniel Youngblood) told that.
Evelyn Youngblood - He tell that tale. They asks him how'd he get me. He say he came through had some get off on their horses and go herdin' me around in the bushes and getting me ropin'. Tell that all the time. And I would tell 'em he's tellin' a tale