TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. IV. JANUARY, 1901. No. 3.
The publication committee and the editor disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to the Quarterly.
THE REMINISCENCES OF MRS. DILUE HARRIS. II.1
Stephen F. Austin arrived in Texas in September. He had been
a prisoner in Mexico since December, 1833. He did all in his
lMrs. AdBle B. Looscan has kindly contributed some notes to this part of
the narrative which are printed over her name. Concerning Part I of the
Reminiscences Mrs. Harris says, in a letter to Mrs. Looscan: * * * "In
my reminiscences of the Roark family I copied from my father's journal.
Brown's account of the affair is not correct. Those men, Spears, Cox, and
Collins Beason were killed by Indians near the time Elijah Roark was mur-
dered. McCormick was probably in San Antonio when Leo Roark arrived
there. At the time it was impossible to get correct news. It would be
months before events happening near San Antonio would be heard of at
"Those four men Mr. Brown gives an account of, Spears, Cox, Beason, and
McCormick, were from the Colorado. Beason's father settled where the
town of Columbus now stands. The place was called Beason's Ferry.
Santa Anna crossed the Colorado at Beason's Ferry. When I moved to
Columbus in the year 1845 the Beasons were living there, two brothers,
Abe and Leander Beason, two sisters, Miss Mary Beason and Mrs. Bluford
Dewees. Mr. Dewees wrote a book on early days in Texas. * * * All
these people have passed away leaving but few descendants. * * * In
the QUARTERLY [for October, p. 123] the printer makes me say father
advised the English people to go to California. It should have been Colum-
bia. * * * My husband's name was Ira A. Harris, not Ira S."
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