Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 1, January, 1998 Page: 41
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Documents, Letters, Reminiscences, Etc.
lashes on his bare back, be branded on the right
hand with the letter T and pay said cost. But
the prisoner being unable to pay the cost of
said suit, the court did by the authority vested
in them by the law, exonerate the said prisoner
from the cost, and discharged him from cus-
Judge W. B. Dewees immigrated to
Texas in 1822, with the first three hundred of
Austin's colony; he made Colorado county his
home, and, with short intervals, has resided
there ever since, except while serving in the
army of 1836. He has held several offices of
trust in Colorado county and town. He died in
Columbus in 1878, at the age of seventy-nine
years. Col. J. W. E. Wallace, one of the Texas
veterans, came to Texas in 1830, served in all
of her wars, died in Columbus in 1877, at the
age of eighty-one years. John P. Borden is an-
other of the old settlers; he came to Texas in
1829, fought in the battle of San Jacinto, was
first lieutenant in Capt. Mosely Baker's com-
pany, and is at present living at Borden Sta-
tion, eight miles from Columbus. Mr. Wm.
Hunt immigrated to Colorado county in 1833,
was one of the heroes of San Jacinto, and is
still living in Columbus.
Thrall says: "J. W. Kinney came to
Texas in 1833, and is said to have been one of
the first preachers who labored in Colorado
county; he was negligent, even careless, in his
dress. With unkempt hair, homespun or buck-
skin suit, his shirt collar open, his appearance
was anything but clerical. Many anecdotes are
told of the surprise experienced on first hear-
ing him. A methodist lady, of intelligence and
refinement, heard one Sunday morning that
there would be preaching in town, and order-
ing her carriage, rode in. Soon after entering
the room, in which seats had been placed for
the occasion, Mr. Kinney came sauntering in,
and took a seat at the table prepared for the
speaker. He was just in from a surveying expe-
dition, dressed in buckskin hunting shirt and
breeches, and red cow hide boots. If possible,
he looked worse than common. As the lady saw
the preacher, her heart sank within her. "Is it
possible," said she, "I have come to Texas to
hear such a looking human, as that, preach?"
Her first impulse was to leave the house, but
she finally concluded to remain, and endure
the mortification as well as she could. Scarcely
had the preacher commenced his sermon, be-
fore he poured forth one of those sudden bursts
of eloquence with which he was accustomed to
electrify his audience. From that time to the
close, the preacher had the undivided attention
of his hearers, interrupted only by tears and
sighs. When in his prime, he could stir the hearts
of men, as the leaves of the forest are swayed
to and fro by a passing tornado. He died in the
Mr. Dillard Cooper is one of the old
settlers of Colorado county. He is one of the
survivors of Fannin's massacre, and was slightly
wounded at the battle of Coleta. He has a fine
memory and can recollect with distinctness ev-
ery particular of his capture and escape, which
will be given elsewhere.
The pranks of the Texas boys some-
times bordered upon the ludicrous. Mr. C., a
universalist, visited the town of Washington.
In his sermon, he announced to his hearers that
the devil was dead. After the congregation had
been dismissed, and before the preacher had
left, a public meeting was called, and resolu-
tions of condolence and sympathy tendered to
the speaker on the death of his venerable fa-
ther. After this had passed, another was pro-
posed, appointing Wash Secrest administrator
on the devil's estate; this went by acclamation.
Wash Secrest was one of the old settlers of Colo-
rado county, and is said by Thrall to have been
one of those brave, generous and reckless men,
frequently met on the frontiers of a country.
He was a noted fighter, and commanded a spy
company at the battle of San Jacinto. Before
the battle, through some misunderstanding of
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