Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 36 of 322 (Transcription)

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John Jennings a gray haired vetern was
requested next to speak. Ms. J imigrated to
the State of Texas 1847 he said that he came
to Texas very poor and had never regretted his
choice he complemented the ladies that
were present and said that they would
very well if they had a good man to help
them along. Mr. J. is a forceable speaker and
has an easy and graceful way of expressing
his thoughts he recountered some of the trying
ordeals through which the early Texans
passed his description of what many had
passed through brought tears to their eyes
at the conclusion of his remarks. John Harris
arose and being so full of emotion hs spoke
out at the top of his voice where is old Jack
want to shake hands with him. Jak found him
out and a cordial handshaking (they)
had. Robert Wheat next related his experience
he came to Texas in the fall of 1838 his father
settles in Red River near Clarksville Mr. (?)
thoughly that it was a crying shame that no
monument was never erected to the memory of
noble Houston, cry of shame, shame was rep(?)
by the audience the speaker reminded them
that the seven brave men who scrificed
their lives on the battle ground of San Jacinto
had nothing to mark their grave and the
neglect was very great and that a monument
should be erected to their memory. He retold
the misfortunes they had suffered by the (?)
depridations of the Indians they would
fire to the prarie grass and that he(?)
not been in the state but a short time
when everything we had was burned with
he say's that a man who could not make
wagon out of a hide rope was not but to in-
flicted to any office he followed Indians
often when they told children spied
out and crawled around their tents and
related the difficulty they had with
horse thieves (isu)holy useless to envoke the
law for they would (al?) manage to (?come)

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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/m1/36/transcription/: accessed September 25, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.