The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898

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NOTES AND FRAGMENTS.
THE KILLING OF - ROGERS.*-Rogers came very near being
killed by the Indians on the Colorado in February, 1839, at
the same time with Mrs Coleman. When they appeared he and
a young son of Mrs. Coleman were working in a field near the
house. The boy was captured and was never recovered, but Rogers
.succeeded in making his escape.t
In 1840 Rogers was stopping at Kenney's Fort on Brushy creek.
This fort had been built by Thomas Kenney,+ and was the first
white settlement in that quarter. One day in the fall, when the
buffalo began to come in, Rogers and a man named Ladd went
hunting north of the place towards where Georgetown is now lo-
cated. By and by they discovered some twenty Indians on the
divide about half a mile away. Immediately they ran for timber,
which was about four hundred yards distant. Rogers, being rather
an elderly man, fell behind and was overtaken, speared to death,
.and scalped. This enabled Ladd to reach one of the dense thickets
which then skirted the stream, but which have since disappeared.
The Indians followed, but failed to find him. Then they un-
saddled their ponies, kindled a fire, and ate in plain view of him
as he lay concealed amid the undergrowth and afraid to stir. When
they had finished eating, they prepared a target at the edge of the
thicket, and much to his discomfort began to practice with their
bows and arrows. Fortunately he was not struck, and as soon as
they were gone he returned at once to the settlement, or fort, as it
was called, and reported. Thereupon a party went out, hunted up
the body of Rogers, and buried it.
The grave is now under the plow. As nearly as the place can be
located, it is on the farm of John Palm.-J. W. Darlington, Taylor.
THE FREEDMAN IN THE LEGISLATURE.-On the adoption of the
Constitution of 1868, my old body-servant, Tom, who had been
* Mr. Darlington cannot recall the initials.
? See Wilbarger's Indian Depredations, p. 147.
$ See Indian Depredations, p. 265, for a short account of the building of
,the fort and an unsuccessful attack upon it by the Indians.

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