Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 34 of 322 (Transcription)

the mill thought it was some vice to slay them
took fright and run away. COl. Coffee
had to guard his horses while the servents went
plowing corn to keep the Indians from stealing
them he had frequently gone to parties on horse
backforty miles and been guarded by the
Rangers once on the return came to a sw(?)
stream and swam it on horseback saw three
smokes which were Indian signals. They
had lived ten years (?) house with a
(?) floor their table consisted of a good
lot with legs in it. The first guild I had in
Grayson Co. I picked the cotton out with my fingers
and Col. Coffee laid the guils off with a sq(?)
and guilted it. I then made me a rag
carpet and put it on the puncheon floor (?)
lot mailed up to the house for my wardrobe
and on viewing my guilt carpet and wardrobe
I was the happiest woman in Texas. Often at
night the Indians would come around and
imitate wolves a while the men stood at the (?)
on guard during the night. I would make
coffee for them to keep them awake the first p(?)
ing we had was under a tree and the men
would stack their guns as to have the con(?)
while the others stood guard to give notice if the Indians
came I could give a good many other items
but will defer doing so until some other time.
We regret that on account of Iill heal th (?)
George Dougan could not attend the Old
Settlers Reunion, his name rightfully (be?)
to the list of the old settlers of Grayson co. for some
unseen cause we did not get his name Col. G. came
to this state from Mo. 1835 and while this State
belonged to Mexico he has been a citizen of G.
ever since that time the Col. is the first
settler that ever located in the county where
living he came here while Samuel Washington
who was killed by the Indians in 1838
in what is now Fannin Col. The other man's
name was Ridley who returned to Mo. where he
soon died there the above future parties were
the first white men that ever located from
within the trinity whay is now G.C..

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Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1., book, 1879 - 1899; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/m1/34/transcription/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.