History and Tales from 5 generations in Central Texas

Featuring Lizzie Johnson Williams
The Texas Cattlequeen

Lizzie Johnson Williams
Texas Cattle Queen
Teacher, Writer, Investor, Rancher
First Generation of the Shelton Family
in Austin
1845 - 1924

Lizzie Johnson Williams is known as the Texas Cattle Queen. She was an Austin school teacher who became a successful business women in the historic Texas cattle industry. She kept books for early cattle drives, wrote articles for the popular Frank Leslie’s Magazine, invested in land and cattle, and became a Texas legend. She had her own cattle brand and owned vast cattle ranches throughout Texas. Lizzie was the only woman in Texas history to accompany her own herd of Texas longhorns up the Chisolm Trail.



Women in Texas, Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale, Texas A&M Press-

New Publication:

Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, Edited by Sara R. Massey, Texas A&M Press

Winner of the 2006 Liz Carpenter Award presented by the Texas State Historical Association


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