Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 91
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
we came to amound that was high and dry. Mr.
lightel said he would camp. hobble the oxen
turned loos so then they could feed. mr. lightel
got the pine knots to make a fire. he had a flint
and steel but couldnt srike fire in them days there
were no matches. every man carried a flint and
steel. the guns all had flint's-locks. the men came
back. Father had killed adeer. he soon mad a
fire. the young men went to the timber to get
fire-wood. they had to stand in the water cut
down a tree cut it up tie it on their saddles and
walked back while the men were gone Father
skind the deer got it read for coockng. we were
wating for the wood mens return when all of a
suddent the wolvs began howling. they
surrounded the camp. mr. lightle drove the oxen
back tiede them to the cart. the wolves were
after the venison. Father would have shot one
but said if he kild onr others would eat it and
then kill the oxen our woodsmen got back made
a big fire the fire scared the wolves. they ran a
short distance sat down faced the cart barked
and houled all night. the men had to hold theire
horses to keep them from runing off. one of the
men had amare and colt. he couldnt catch the
colt it would kick at the men run off and back to
page 9 ninth December 29th 1833
on th road from Harris burg to Stafford point
Father had two hounds dogs for hunting they hid
under the cart. one of the men advised Father to
kill the dogs and feed the wolves. Mother sister
and I slept in the cart brother and dogs
underneath. the men sit up to guard the stock.
Bray's Bayou was near. we were surrounded
by wolves and water there was a large sycamore
tree near. it stood in the water. was as white as
snow. the buzzards roosted on it. we could heare
the owls hoot all night. Mother said it was a night
of horrors worse than the two days and nights
on the bar at Galveston. said the owls were singing
a funeral dirge. the wolves and buzzards were
waiting to bury us. att day light the wolves and
owls disap-peard. we continued our journey
Mother rode uncle James horss uncle staid with
the cart. Father went ahead to get another yoak
of oxen. he met us at Stafford point with the
oxen. we had to go four miles farther got to the
house at one o'clock. mother and brother were
there. the young men went to mr. Stafford
plantation two miles in the bot-tom on
oyestercreek. there wee a family in the house. a
mr. West had lived on the place five years. had a
wife andfour children. had built a house on
oyestercreek a short distance. he was our nearest
neighbor. he moved nex day. had two daughters.
one ten. the other eight years old. was delighted
to have them for play mates.
page 10 ten January 1st 1834 four
the new year opend fair and bright no cold
wether. Mr. lightel staid afew days with us to
rest. then returend to Harrisburg. Father said he
felt like he had lost his best his friend. sister and
I crid when he bade us good-by. he wouldnt let
Father pay him for moving us. but Mother sent
his wife som coffee sugar and dryed apples.
Father had brought from new orleanes. I never
met Mr. lightle again. we were very lone-some
the first few days. not ahouse in sight. it was
agreat change from st. louis and new orleans.
we had four near neigh-bors. Messrs. West and
Bell William Neal and C. C. Dyer.) Neal and
Dyer marrid sisters. they were Mr. Staffords
daughters. yhere were two brothers Harvey and
Adam Stafford both grown. Father and uncle
commenced plowing. Father had had no
experience in farming. had been a surgon in the
united states armey in 1812. emmigrated from
Virginia to Georgia in the year 1816. to Missouri,
before Missouri was admited in the union. Mother
had been raised on a farm. she knew how to
spin and weave, there were a wheel wright living
in the neighborhood. he made Mother a spining
wheel. she had cards. I soon learned to spin.
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