The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 110
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As soon as I obtain Capt. H. W. Davis'22 affadavit of the death of
your Brother in the Army I shall be able to prove out his claims.
Your gun is still here where it has remained the last six months.
Capt. [John] Chenoweth23 has promised to take it to Louisville and
have some repairs made, from whence you can get it. I thought your
trunk was shipped last September, but I was mistaken. I placed it in
charge of a gentleman a few weeks since on board Schr. Texas for
this port. I have not heard since from the vessel, about which I begin
to feel considerable anxiety as I have sixty five bales of cotton and
other articles at stake. If the vessel arrives in time I shall send the
trunk by Capt. C. also.
I have never been to Brazoria since you requested me to do so,
and I am generally so hurried in going that it is allmost impossible
for me to do so. I will try to, however, and attend to it.
Miss Frances O. Menefee is married to T. B [arton] Peck24 formerly
of the regulars. I was truly glad to hear from George Traxus [?] and
if you meet him again give him my respects and say that I shall be
in the white settlements the coming summer. I parted with his
Brother John just before I left. He was in good health.
I have applied for the locations and commissioned the deputy
surveyor of San Patricio to survey the lands to which your Brother's
estate is entitled and if I can only get the papers in time I hope to
be able to surrender the administration when I come home.
The northwestern frontier is considerably troubled by Indians.
Several skirmishes have recently occured there, with various success
to both parties. The government is concentrating a more effective
force, and I think in a short time peace will be restored, a result
more desirable for the frontier citizens and the public weal.
Can you not write me a very little news about my former home.
My friends, when they do write, appear quite to forget giving me any
of the passing events. I shall be detained here nine days yet, which
is irksome to me in the extreme. I have so long lived in the woods
and on the frontiers, that I become tired of the city in a very few
days. I think I could spend a few weeks in old Kentuck very
pleasantly. Your friend,
CLARK L. OWEN.
22H. W. Davis was appointed captain of a frontier regiment on January 24, 1839.
23Chenoweth, a San Jacinto veteran, was later in the year 1836 elected captain
of the "Zavala Guards," 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade, from which he resigned
October 1, 1836.
24T. Barton Peck was born in Massachusetts on February 8, 1805, and was
reared in New York. From there he went to Indiana where, in the summer of 1836,
he joined the "Indiana Blues," a company of volunteers recruited for the army
of Texas by Joseph H. D. Rogers. Peck's appointment as a captain in the regular
infantry was approved by the Texas Senate on May 22, 1837. While stationed on
the Lavaca River, he met Frances Overaker Menefee, daughter of Thomas Menefee,
and on March 1o, 1838, they were married.
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