The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 99, July 1995 - April, 1996 Page: 352
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Friday, April 22, I left Mount Andrew, Barbour County, Alabama this
evening in company with Irving L. Miller and Green Beauchamp. Noth-
ing worth writing happened on our trip to New Orleans where we had to
remain two days for the Steamship Perseverance. On this day 26 we ar-
rived New Orleans in said steamship with about 200 passengers. Most of
them on the same business as ourselves, looking for a better country
than we left behind. On Saturday about 8 o'clock we arrived at Galves-
ton, a beautiful and flourishing town of about 7,000 inhabitants situated
on Galveston Island which is about 30 miles in length by an average of 2
in breadth, streets at right angles and some beautiful houses.4 Here we
left about one half of our passengers amongst them Miller who deter-
mined to go direct to Grimes County and meet us in Austin. At 4 o'clock
in the evening we left in the same steamship for Indianola5 where we ar-
rived at 8 o'clock on Sunday morning ist of May having had good
weather and a smooth sea the entire trip from New Orleans which we
have made in just three days. My expenses to this place from my starting
point have been $50.88. We met with much difficulty in getting from In-
dianola but on Monday morning four of us succeeded in having a two
horse wagon to take us to Victoria for $2o.oo. The entire route is
through a vast prairie, occasionally a house, when about half way we had
a tremendous storm of wind and rain beyond any I have ever seen being
as I thought in great danger of being blown away and then drowned by
the rain. In about two hours it slackened so we started but having lost so
much time and the prairie being so covered with water we could not get
to Victoria but stopped at Madame Terry's6 15 miles from Victoria. Left
the next morning and arrived at Victoria, to dinner.
I have neglected mentioning that at Indianola Mr. Beauchamp left me
for Lavaca or Port Lavaca about 7 miles east in a sail vessel with the in-
tention of visiting Mr. Alier Fitzpatrick's and arrived at Victoria in one
vessel but the rain having swollen the streams he found it impossible to
get to Mr. Fitzpatrick's and arrived at Victoria at about the same time I
4 The U.S. Census of 1850 reported Galveston's population as 4,177 United States Seventh
Census (1850), Galveston County, Texas, Population Schedules (microfilm; GC).
5 Indianola, located on Matagorda Bay and founded in the 1840s, had served since 1849 as a
landing point for Morgan Lines out of New Orleans and Galveston. See Walter P. Webb, H. Bai-
ley Carroll, and Eldon S. Branda (eds.), Handbook of Texas (3 vols ; Austin. Texas State Historical
Association, 1952, 1976), I, 883.
6 Madame Terry does not appear in the 1850 U.S. census schedules. However, we do find a
Mrs. Terry listed in the Victoria County Tax Roll for the years 1851-1855 (microfilm; GC). She
owned 500 acres of land worth $1,ooo in 1851. By 1855 her land was worth $2,5oo and she had
acquired three slaves, four horses, and 50 head of cattle, bringing the total value of her property
to $4,350. It is likely that she is the M.J. Terry, aged 42 and from Virginia, who appears in the
1860 U.S. census schedules of Victoria County Mrs. Terry had a 2o-year-old son who worked as a
stock raiser and two younger daughters. The Terry household also included a school teacher
from Connecticut Her personal estate was valued at $7,000 United States Eighth Census
(186o), Victoria County, Texas, Population Schedules (microfilm; GC).
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