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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Anahuac. that mexico had Clsed Galveston as
aport of entry. Captain Spillman, the pilot said
his home was on Spillman island. he had agrown
son living there. said he would take the schooner
to Harris-burg in afew hours, if the wind and
tides, were was favorable.
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the passengers had all been sea sick, and were
willing to go any where to get on land. The wind
didnt rise that night. the next morning aterrible
storm came up. The vessel draged her anchor.
Captain Denmore sent the passengers down in
the hold. the vessel shipped water till the sailors
closed the hatch-way it was so dark we could
not see. in the evening the schooner ran on the
beach at Cloppers point near Virginia point,
grounded turned on her side. the sailors saved
women and children. the men carried Father out.
he was very sick. had been sick all the time. the
storm sub-sided. water went down the schooner
re-mained on shore. there were a small log house
near it was vacant. had a fire place but no floor.
the peopel took possession. men and sailors
carried the freight out of the schooner. we were
nearly starved. had not had any-thing to eat all
day. there were three negroes with us one man
and two women. they be-gan cooking. the men
put aplank across the house. sit the ends between
the logs for a tale. there we dined the first time
in texas. we slept that night in wet cloths. Captain
Spillmans son came that night with a small keel
boat and men to our assistance Father decided
to go to Harris-burg
page 2 1833 Cloppers point texas April 29 1833
mother and mrs. Johnson were the only white
women. Mrs. Johnson had no children. mr.
Johnson decide to wate for the return of the boat
to tak them to Mattagorda. the Captain said
Fathers family should go first. Mother spent the
morning drying our clothing, the freight was not
badly injured. by noon we were aboard bound
for Harris-burg. my Mothers brother James Wells
went with us. the trip up buf-falo bayou was very
pleasant. stoped at Linchs-Ferry. pasted a
steamboat sunk at the Junction of San Jacinto
and buf-falo bayou. arrived at Harris-burg in the
night. no one expected a boat at that time. (in
those days there were no telegraph lines or rail
April 30 1833 at Harris-burg. in the morning.
we were received with open armes by the good
peoples of Harris-burg. Father was very sick.
had to be carried. a mrs Bruster had him carried
to her house. she was a widow. uncle James
Wells went out to rent a house, none vacant, not
adray or wagon in the place. a mr. mr. Andru
Robbenson came to see Father, said he had a
new house a half mile from town. he could have.
said his old woman wanted to visit theire son,
Andru, living at san-filepe. mr. lightel had acart
and one yoak of oxen. mr. lightel moved us. he
wouldnt take pay for his work. said that was not
the way in texas. in the evening the men came
with the cart for Father Mother Sister and I. my
brother had been on the go all day.
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when we got to the house the kind ladys had
sent meal butter eggs milk and honey. had the
house in order and supper ready. Captain Spillman
returened to Cloppers point and carred Mr.
Johnson's family to Brazoria. I dont remember
the names of but a few of the passengers. my
Mothers, brother, James Wells came with us from
st. louise, Missouri. a mr. Bennet from kentucky
he had a sister in texas mrs. W. J. Russell She
lived near Columbia on the Brazos river. mr.
Bennet brought two slaves aman and woman.
Mr. Johnson and wife were young married
people. had one negro woman. (I never met them
agane. Mother met them in Houston in the year
thirty-seven, mr. Johnson took an actived part in
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