The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 39
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
Judge Ellis, and Francis W. Johnson to Nacogdoches to see the
leaders of the Fredonians and endeavor to dissuade them from rash
measures. They were, however, unable to effect anything. After
their return to San Felipe the Mexican and colonial troops marched
against the revolutionists.
So large a proportion of the men of the colony was sent on this
service that Austin deemed it prudent to order my father with eight
men to range the country between the Colorado and Brazos along
the San Antonio road to detect any inroad of the Wacoes or other
northern tribes[.] This service he performed until after the ter-
mination of the Fredonian troubles. These men he had with him
were, B. Kuykendall, W. Kuykendall, Early Robbins, Thomas
Stevens, John Jones, James Kiggans, John Walker and J. Fur-
naish. At that time the San Antonio road, except at the point
where it crosses the Brazos, was from thirty to forty miles above
the outmost settlements.
(To be concluded in another book.)1
The Choctaws, Cherokees and other northern Indians frequently
came to Texas for the purpose of hunting deer and other game and
waging war against the various aboriginal tribes of the Province.
On our way down to the fort we met, at Allen's creek, nine miles
below San Felipe, a party of between twenty and thirty Choctaws
and Coshatties[.] A night or two previously the Choctaws of this
company, whilst traveling on foot, unexpectedly met a party of
Cokes on the prairie a mile or two below the Fort, and killed five of
them without sustaining any loss on their part. All the Cokes
except one, were on foot. The one who was mounted had a large
alligator tied to his saddle. As the ponderous reptile impeded his
flight he cut it loose and dropt it in the prairie. We passed by the
spot two or three days afterwards and saw the remains of both
Cokes and Crocodile.
John Tomlinson, the Alcalde for the Colorado, had previous to
this time, been killed by the Indians on or near the Guadalupe[.]
1See note, p. 47. If the reminiscences were ever continued in a third book,
it is not now among the Austin Papers.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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