The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 67
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Elizabeth Bullock Huling.
then holding the office of sheriff, under the Alcalde Almonte, and
Elizabeth went to live with his family in the early part of 1835,
participating with them in all the dangers and excitement of the
revolution. Many years afterward she gave the following brief
account -of her recollection of the "Runaway Scrape": "In 1836
came the terrible panic caused by the invasion of Texas by Santa
Anna. Most of the men were in the army. The women and chil-
dren and the few men who were at home went fifty miles to the
Sabine river, reaching a point called Salem. One of the refugees,
Mrs. Dulaney, had four small children. On her pony she fastened
a feather bed, and placing three of the children on it carried the
fourth in her arms as she led the pony. Mrs. Donahue, another
refugee, started from home in a wagon with a baby only nine days
old. While she was camping one night there came up a terrific
storm; the other women of the camp held blankets over the sick
woman for her protection from the elements.
"The refugees had driven some stock cattle with them and some
milch cows; the men split rails, of which they made pens to keep the
cattle. This was at a place called Cow Creek Bend, on the Sabine
River, near the Indian village of Biloxi. The Indians had deserted
their village only a few days before, but the houses were too filthy
for occupancy by white people. The refugees were in constant fear
of the return of the Indians with hostile intentions, as it was known
that the Mexicans were trying to incite them to warfare against
the whites. The young people, however, being free from care,
were never more happy, and regarded the whole affair as a holiday
It was while here that Miss Bullock formed the acquaintance of
Philip Smith, who was cultivating some of the Indian lands at the
village of Biloxi, and, before she had completed her seventeenth
year, she became his wife.
In the fall of 1837 the Mudd family, accompanied by Philip
Smith, his wife and child, moved back to. the village of Zavala,
where, within the year, the young wife suffered the double be-
reavement of the loss of husband and babe.
The years 1838 and 1839 witnessed a great influx of immigrants
into 'Texas, and this portion of the Republic shared the general re-
vival of prosperity in an eminent degree. There were many public
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