Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 92
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Mrs. Roark a widow lady lived two miles from
page 10 ten continued January 1834 the Roark
Mrs. Roark came to see mother. she had been a
widow four years. had a large family two grown
sons had twins daughters one daughter grown
two little children a boy named Andru a girl born
several months after the deth of the Father. the
family came to texas from Illinois in the year
1824. they traveld by land. had alarge wagon
and six mules. they came with Austin first thee
hundred emigrants. her husband, Mr. Eligah
Roark was murdered by Indians in december
1829 near Sanantonio. Mr. Roark his eldest son
leo and ayoung man were going to sanantonio
with a wagon-load of contry produce. it consisted
of butter cheese lard bacon soap candles and
various other things which they expected to
exchange for dry-goods and family supplys.
sanantonio at that time was the only market in
texas. The inhabitants were mostly mexicans.
they had camped for the night. it was the twemty
fourth of december. were neare the end of theire
journey. one man would keep guard while two
slept.) Mrs Roark could not talk about it but her
son leo who was with his father at the time and
made his escape he often spoke about it. allways
appeared to remember the horrible seen he had
passed-through during the Christ-mas hollidays.
page 10 continued January 1934
the Roark family continued
leo Roark said his Father kept the first watch
the other man second. he went on guard about
two oclock. put on his shoes and hat it was th 24
of December. they had been two weeks from
home. the wether had been wery warm. while
he was siting by the campfire the wind blowed
from the north. it was geting cold he put on his
coat took his gun and knife walked ashort
distance. there were alage log neare the road. it
was about one hundred yards from the camp.
his Father told the boys they must walk past the
log and turn back. he got to the log was afraid to
past it thought he would go back and wake his
father. the mules were staked near they were so
restless he knew there were something neare
them. before he got back the Indinas surrounded
the camp. he shot at them his shot woke the
men. they didnt get on their feet before they were
murderd. he tride to catch a mule that was tiede
to astake. could not get neare the mule laid down
his gun tride to cut the rope. be fore he could cut
it the Indins were so neare he had to run. lost his
hat knife and gun. was west of the camp. knew
the way to sanantonio
continued on page 11 eleven.
page 11 eleven January 1834
leo Roark narrative continued
said he left the rodes ran in to the mosquet
thicket. didnt look back or real-ize what had
happend till day-light. at sun rise he stoped to
rest. couldnt find water eat mosquet beens.
traveled all day. it was late in the eveing when
he found water. rested a few minutes. was afraid
to lie down he was so tired and sleepy. often
resting. continued his jurney. Arrived at a
sanantonio late in the night. fond the Mexicans
Celebrateing Christmas. next day got assistance.
returned to bury his Father. said when he arrived
at the camp it was a horrid sight. both men striped
and scalped wagon burned mules carried off
every thing carried off or destroyed. after they
buried the dead built a log pen over the grave to
prevent the wolves from diging them up. he
burning wagon had scard the wolves away. or
they would have devoured the dead. it was three
months before he got home. the family did not
heare of the death of mr. Roark and companion
till leo got home. he returned with a company of
mexican soldiers on theire way to nacogdoches.
the terribly tragedy of mr. Roark's death was a
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