The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 368
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son, and my father, J. J. Turnham. All the families built cabins
and cleared up a few acres of land to plant in corn. The first
event of note that happened in the new settlement was the
killing of a man named Wiley, who had lately joined the com-
munity. He was a teacher and was waiting for a house to be
erected in which he might teach the few children, among whom
was a future governor of Texas, L. S. Ross. One day John
Sullivan was priming an old flintlock gun when it was acci-
dently discharged, killing Wiley. His was the first grave in
the old cemetery.
In July, 1841, there came an overflow that drove all the
settlers to higher grounds and swept away the crops and houses
in the bottom. Captain Ross moved his family to the spot now
used as a city park in Cameron and built there the first house
ever erected in the future city.
My father moved to the south side of the river and built his
house on the bluff where the south piers of the bridge now
stand. At that time there was a strip of lowland there that has
since caved into the river.
In 1842 William Wilson, father of Goodhue Wilson, came
into the settlement. When we saw them coming, we thought it
was a body of Indians, and hasty preparation was made for
defense or flight, as might be found most advisable. After a
few trying moments we began to rejoice greatly as we found
it was friends coming to join us in the wilderness. The Lamkin
family was with the Wilsons. After our scare had subsided,
we were much interested and amused as we watched the ap-
proaching procession. In those early days means of transporta-
tion were limited, and yet it was vitally necessary that the
pioneer take with his family into the wilderness every thing
needed to provide clothing and food; and so some of the Wilson
and Lamkin servants were carrying spinning wheels, some had
lambs in their arms, as a flock of sheep was being brought
along, and others had useful household or farming utensils.
Luxuries these brave and hardy people might not have, nor
would they be greatly missed, but all the things needed for
frontier life they brought with them.
Wilson located on Little River about three miles above Cam-
eron on the land now owned by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie
Wilson, while Mr. Lampkin settled in South Bend just below
Cameron, where some of the family still reside. In this same
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