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A Note ot awrie's ri#t to Northeast exas
FRED R. COTTEN
THE entries quoted below are from an article entitled
"Lawrie's Trip to Northeast Texas, 1854-1855," edited by
V. E. Gibbens. The article appeared on pages 238 to 253,
volume XLVIII, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The
entries deal with the Fort Worth-Fort Belknap road and persons
who had settled adjacent thereto. A petition was circulated in
the summer of 1855 in what later became Parker County asking
for the formation of a county. Some 225 names were affixed to
the petition. Through the efforts of Isaac Parker the county of
Parker was created in December, 1855.
The entries in the diary touching this area are:
Wednesday, January 3 . ... Started from the Fort [Fort
Worth] . for the land indicated by King as vacant. Stayed overnight
at the house of Mr. Snyder-about 30 miles from the Fort (NW).
Could find no one to accompany us. Turn'd back, went to see Mr.
Headley at the house of Mr. Forman, who invited us to dinner. Did
not find Mr. Headley, turn'd our course to Alton.
Tuesday, January 16.. Stop'd at Old Man Woody's on Ash
Creek. Stayed all night ....
Wednesday 17. Arrived at the house of Snyder on the Belknap
Thursday, January 18. Made for the house of Mr. Sewell. Weather
still continuing warm: has been warm ever since leaving the West
Friday, January 2o, 1855
Here I am in the middle of N. Western Texas at the foot of the
Upper Cross Timbers, on the ridge dividing the waters of the Trinity
and the Brazos on the road to Fort Belknap and about 45 miles above
Fort Worth, all alone with two horses and a buggy and a dog, await-
ing the arrival of Cantagrel, .. we separated on the upper branch
of the West Fork of the Trinity, to meet at a point on the road from
Fort Worth to Fort Belknap.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed October 2, 2014.