We had an out building we used for a carriage
house and from it we removed all the plunder
cleaned it up and used it for a place of accomodation
of those who were compelled to attend court. We
were also oblige to give up four rooms of our house
for bedrooms; we took all the beds down and
spred them on the four rooms floors. We reserved
two rooms for our own family. We were much
crowded during those times but we put up with
it without a frown. Those four rooms were so
fully taken up that there was not less than
twenty persons who occupied each room. The first
mail I ever went after was at old Sherman.
Father told my brother to go for the mail. He was
afraid to go alone and I went to the post office
with him; we thought it would be a great thing
to get to see the post office and when we got there
we saw an old crippled man who was postmaster
and the post office was kept in an old blue coat
pocket the coat was hanging up in the old
shanty behind the door on a hook." Mrs. King
is a very intelligent lady and the manners
in which she related the reminescenses of old
times afforded us with a great deal of interest.
The incident as related by Mrs. Sopha Poter are
also very entertaining. She say's, "It was in 1838 that
Col. Coffee and Mrs. Poter were married and came
to this county which at that time was Fannin co.
Col. Coffee was the first representive from Fannin Co.
In coming to this county they came by horse back
six hundred miles leaving Independence Washington
County Texas, and coming by way of Nachidoshes
to avoid Indians. They settles where Mrs. Poter
now resides near old Preston on Red River. The
nearest house to them at that time was old
Warren where a few settlers were fasted together.
They built a fort and lives in it for five years
garded by a few settlers and the Texas Rangers.
While living in this fort fifteen wild
Indians came one night and dug up thress of the
prickets and just as they got them up Col.
Coffee having business at old warren called up
(??) and the Indians hearing
Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/. Accessed December 20, 2013.