The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 288
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the streams being high, he launched a pig trough on the Brazos
and floated down to the Gulf.
The water of Galveston in those days was very poor. Cisterns
were few. The shallow wells in the town were brackish; what
was gathered in barrels in the [sand hills in the] Gulf shore was
not much better. The rain water from the pond back of the
town would get muddy. When the steamer from New Orleans
came in, almost everybody rushed on board to get a drink of
Mississippi water, and the water jar would be soon emptied.
Hugh Wilson.--Hugh Wilson was the pioneer minister of the
Presbyterian Church in Texas. W. W. Hall had preceded him,
but he was only a licentiate. He acted as Chaplain of the Sen-
ate during a part of the First Congress of the Republic, and
then left the country and returned to Kentucky. But he organ-
ized no church and did no stated service of preaching. But Wil-
son went to Texas to stay. He had been associated with W. C.
Blair in missionary service among Choctaw or Chickasaw Indians
in Mississippi. He had a family, a wife and several daughters,
as lovely a family as I ever met with. He entered the Red Lands,
in 1837, and soon organized the First Presbyterian Church in
Texas near San Augustine. In 1838, he removed to Independ-
ence, where I first met with him in 1839. He had already gath-
ered a little band and organized a Church. He was then teach-
ing in the Independence Academy. During my sojourn in Texas,
I made him several visits, to assist him in preaching, and took
part with him in the organization of the Brazos Presbytery, in
1840. In response to his suggestion, four of us, i. e., Wilson and
McCullough and myself, ministers, and Elder McCorkle [John
McFarland], met in a small school house near Capt. Chrisman's
and soon completed the organization. The great evangelist,
Daniel Baker, came along while we were together, and spent
more than three weeks, including four Sabbaths, in preaching,
sometimes together and sometimes apart. I went as far west as
Fullers,' and Baker as far east as Washington. The results of
these labors was the professed conversion of some thirty persons,
many of whom united with the Presbyterian Church and some
with the M. E. Church. Wilson had rather a feeble voice and
8Tewas Presbyterian, IV, No. 11. May 2, 1879.
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