The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 83
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Notes and Fragments.
Wistzner, Christian.a Woods, Norman.3
Woods, Montville.2 Woods, Zadok.4
Mrs. Sinks adds the following notes, written during the years
Nearly forty years have passed since those jurors were impaneled.
Judge, clerk, sheriff, lawyers, and jurors have nearly all gone to
the unseen land. Each, as the law provided, was then at least
twenty-one years of age, and many of them were older. The
youngest would now be near the grand climacteric generally allowed
to man. A number of them perished in the flush of early man-
hood. In 1842 the clerk and several of the jurors yielded up their
lives in the sanguinary Dawson fight. One was shot in the deci-
mation of the Mier prisoners, some perished in prison, and some
escaped to die peacefully at home. One and all were soldiers when
needed, offering their lives to build the foundations of present
prosperity. The Red Fork fight, in which the Texans were com-
manded by Col. John H. Moore and Capt. Tom Rabb, and the
fatal Dawson massacre stand eminent as part of the history of the
county. Each took his share of the vicissitudes of the pioneer
settlement, bearing its privations and bravely standing on its
defense, and Fayette may well cherish with pride the memory of
her early sons.
There were only two presentments by the first grand jury, one
for breach of the revenue laws, and the other for horse stealing.
There were but two cases on the civil docket, and both were dis-
missed at the cost of the plaintiff. A fine of one hundred dollars
was entered against each of the six absent jurors, to be made final
at the next term of the court, unless satisfactory reasons to the
contrary should be given. Thus it will be seen how the dignity of
the law was upheld;--four cases, and fines for non-attendance of
jurors amounting to six hundred dollars!
At this term of the court two applications for admission to the
bar were made and granted, one by Thomas W. Cox, the other by
Willard Wadham. The judge appointed as examiners James R.
1San Jacinto soldier. [The name is spelled "Winner" in the published
lists. The names of Winm. Crisswell, James S. Lester, and Joel W. Robison
of this list also appear in the roll of those taking part in the battle of San
Jacinto, though Crisswell is spelled there with one s.-EDITon QUARTERLY.]
'Killed in the Dawson fight.
'Died in Perote Prison.
4Killed in the Dawson fight. Father of Montville Woods. [Brown says
(History of Texas, II 227) what seems to mean that Zadok Woods was
father of Norman B. Woods and of Gonzalvo Woods, who escaped from the
Dawson massacre.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.]
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