Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 50 of 322 (Transcription)

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Geo F Lindsay, 1859, Missouri; age 37; Sherman in 1867.
Mrs G F Lindsay, 1854; Tennessee; age 31; Sherman in 1867.
Mrs. Bettie Randolph, born in Grayson in 1847.
Mrs Jennie Chaffin, born in Collin county in 1855; Grayson in 1870.
Mrs Mary A Jones, 1850; Tennessee; age 43; Victoria county; Sherman in 1858.
Mrs A J Jones, 1853, Missouri, age 62; near Sherman 1853.
R W Jones, born in Grayson county in 1857.
Burrell Perry, 1853; Tennessee; age 76; in Grayson 1853.
R V Baxter, born in Grayson county in 1858; age 23.
J W Bridges, 1861; Georgia; aged 48; in Sherman 1848.
Mrs Margaret Bridges, 1857; Illinois; age 35; in Sherman 1857.
Mrs Mary Million, born in Nacogdoches county in 1853; age 28.
A H Trueblood, 1853; Mississippi; age 50; in Grayson 1853.
Blackman Perry, 1853; Tennessee; age 40. Grayson in 1853.
G. T. Perry, 1853; Tennessee; age 37 Grayson in 1853.
Mrs L G Reynolds, 1853; Tennesee; age 31. Grayson in 1853.
R S Harrison, bron in Walker county in 1849.
Mrs A A Buckman, 1855; Illinois; age 33. Located in Grayson county in 1855.
John Goode, 1853; Kentucky; age 58. Grayson in '53.
Hugh Kirkpatrick, 1852; Kentucky; age 84. Grayson county. Mr K. is not quite 21 years in Texas, but we record him because he was the oldest man on the ground.
Robert Bell, 1838, Tennessee; age 67. Nacadoches county first; Grayson in '52.
Nelson Wells, 1852; Missouri; age 82. Grayson.
G D McPhaill, 1842; Arkansas; age 39. Fannin county.
Mrs S E Gill, born in Grayson in 1856. Resides in Sherman.
J R Cannon, 1852; South Carolina; age 51. Grayson.
John Hendricks, 1845; Missouri; age 84. Grayson county. [Caried] the chain to survey Sherman town site.
W R Dean, 1852; Kentucky; age 38. Grayson.
C Blackwood, 1857; Kentucky; age 73. Sherman. Now a resident of Gainesville.
W G Reynolds, 1849; Kentucky; age 64. Grayson.
Nancy J Collins, 1857; Kentucky; age 41; Sherman.
Mrs M E Wells, born and raised in Cass county, in 1838; Grayson in 1856.
Calvin Jackson, 1845; Arkansas; age 63. Grayson.
W M Shannon; born in Grayson in 1849.
Uncle Sam Moore, 1859, Tennessee; age 72. Collin county. Grayson in 1861.
C C Tolson, 1855, Missouri; age 47. Grayson.
Mrs. Rebecca Sadler, 1859, Tennessee; age 43. Lamar county. Grayson in 1860.
Mrs T Blain. Born in McLennan county in 1849. Cooke in 1859. Sherman in 1862.
Mrs W W Dickerman. Born in Bowie county in 1837. Grayson in 1854.
James King, 1857, Kentucky; age 60. Grayson county.
Mrs S R Burgess, 1853, Missouri; age 45. Ellis county. Grayson in 1857.
Mrs Elizabeth Bond, 1852, Arkansas; age 56. Sherman.
J P Kerr, 1854, Alabama; age 27. Walker county. Grayson in 1871.
J Haning. Born in Grayson in 1850.

Roll of the Dead.

The following members of the Old Settlers organization of Grayson county, Texas, have passed over the river and are resting under the shadow on the unknown shore:

John A. Fitch.
E. J. Harvey.
C. Wimberley.
Geo. C. Dugan.
W. P. Kerr.
Geo. A. Wheat.
Ambrose Hardin.
Reuben Cother.
B. W. Bradley.
W. H. [ ]

Evening Programme.
At two o'clock, after all had refreshed themselves with free ice water and a healthy repast from their lunch baskets, the happy crowd again gathered around the speakers' platform, where they were treated with a most splendid address by Mr. Wm. Woods, of Denison. It was the universal remark that M. W. made a most admirable "talk," full of spirit and patriotism. We were unable to catch any of his speech, as our tent was during the time besieged by pleasant faced matrons who desired to have their name enrolled among the pioneers of Texas and Grayson. But the verdict of the attentive listeners was entirely and decidedly complimentary. Following Mr. Woods' splendid speech, felicitous addresses were made by Judge Wilkinson, J. H. Dills, Uncle Billy Wheat, and Y. S. McKinney.
This ended the speaking for the day.
In another part of the ground a cotorie of happy young people were "tripping the light fantastic" on a splendid platform, while others enjoyed themselves with swinging, chatting, promenading, etc.
Refreshment booths are numerous, and good ice-cold lemonade, without the pink circus tint, sells at five cents a glass.
Up to a late hour last night the dancing and chatting continued, and then many sought their couches in regular old-fashioned comfortable camping style.
To-day the grounds will be filled with a very large, happy and enthusiastic crowd.
Second Day.
By nine o'clock yesterday morning the Old Settler's picnic ground was swarming with a great throng of cheery-faced people, and old and young seemed intent on making the last day of the third reunion one of unalloyed pleasure. In the absence of any other pleasure the Sherman cornet band discoursed some enlivening air, and among others rendered most sweetly the "Sweet Bye-and-Bye," with variations, making the leaves of the trees throb with sweet melody. The sun beamed forth very vigorously, and there was but little breeze, making it rather sultry on the ground, but the crowd did not seem to mind it one bit, but chatte4d and laughed with a gaiety indicating complete contentment.
At precisely 10 a.m. Mr. Beall, of Corsicana, was introduced to the audience by Jesse Loving, and proceeded to deliver an interesting address, holding the audience entranced during his very masterly effort. His address was certainly the {italicized}au fait{/italicized} literary treat of the occasion.
He said he came from the praires of the beautiful Navarro to take part in the pleasant associations of the hour.
He hoped for the charity that would excuse the want of classic elegance. He could not erect a column of argument that would hide the weakness of words.
He would briefly sketch the history of the commonwealth. The name "Texas," we are told, is derived from an Indian tribe, a portion of the Cados. The tribe is gone, disappeqared amidst the wars of stronger tribes. He bounded the dtate geographically--embraces 274,000 miles of territory--five times the size of New York, 370 miles of coast. Circumferences of state 4530 miles.
The first setllers were the [Astecs], who [ ]. Spain first claimed [ ] landed and claimed it for France. Spain in the end [ ]-premacy by planting miss-[ ] the Ri Grande. This rem-[ ] American Settlers came in, [ ] began, under Houston, L-[ ] others, the struggle of rep-[ ]against monarchy. At la-[ ] alighted on the banner of [ ] San Jacinto. The civic hon-[ ] about the brow of Houston [ ] Texas entered the union [ ] sovereign states. True to [ ] proved by here hand in the [ ] which she was represented [ ] field from Gettysburg to [ ] Sketching the advance of [ ] agriculture, manufactures, []-tants, he [presentd] accurate [ ].
Amongst others he pres-[ ] following:

In 1849, 135,800.
In 1880, 1,600,000.
In 1860, 272 miles in order.
In 1881, 3176 miles in order.
Thirty thousand hands [ ] an expense of $90,000 daily.
In 1836, there were 3 newspapers.
In 1881, there were 225.
In 1856-7, 86,000 bales of co-[ ] exported at Galveston.
In 1880-81, 700,000 bales were exported at that port.
The crop of 1880-81 for the [ ] 200,000 bales.
Scholastic population in [ ] 350. Appropriation, $757,350-[ ].
During the recital of the [ ] the speaker held the fixed [ ] the crowd.
He then eloquently depicted [ ] resources of the state. His [ ] to the water power was bea-[ ] description and eloquent in [ ]. He then referred to the advan-[ ] religious interest in building and gathering the talent of [ ] into the pulpit. He then [ ] the benelovent orders and the [ ] of charity. Here is the dev-[ ] of men we need--God-fearing [ ] heroes who fear God and bear [ ]-ner of freedom against oppresion [ ] thought it not out of place [ ] something at the expense [ ] friend Gov Roberts. He then [ ]-ed Gov. Roberts' position [ ]-ing the request of the go-[ ] Ohio. He concluded that [ ] had done enough for his [ ] and he would vote for someb-[ ]. He then paid a fitting tribute [ ] learned professions of the states [ ] addressing the gathered vet-[ ] feeling eulogized the soldiers [ ] state. Beginning at the Alam-[ ] bloody memories, he passed [ ] described the scenes of the [ ]. With the gallant Albert [ ] Johnston as the leader, and [ ] brigade ever ready to fill the [ ] the officers and men of Texas [ ] wavered. "How many [ ] They all died the death of [ ] and brave men." "They sank [ ] post of duty." In this ref-[ ] the soldiers the gentleman [ ] eloquent. His reference to [ ] county called forth rounds of [ ]. What has Texas to be proud [ ] everything God has given any [ ] mountains hide the wealth of [ ]-conda. Her rivers hide [ ] banks wealth untold, the pra-[ ]-tiful and rich, climate gentle [ ] and healthful as California, [ ] but not least, the woman

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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/m1/50/transcription/: accessed October 25, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.