Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 93
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
great source of sorrow to all the people in the
neighborhood, and left his family all most desti-
page 12 twelve February 1834
by the first of the month ther was a scarcity of
corn. the people had to do with out bread and
save the corn for seed. Father had five bushel of
corn ground in Harris-burg before he moved. the
men in the neighborhood laughed at him fo not
saveing seed corn he gave Mrs. Roark half the
meal inexchange for sweet potato and pumpkins.
all the farms on oyster-creek had been overflowed
in June 33. that year there was no cotton rased.
the schooner didnt come to Harris-burg that fall.
there were no flour coffee bacon or lard in the
country. Mr. Stafford made sugar. his sugar cain
cane was not under water. the sugar was as black
as tar. had to be carrid in abucket. Father went
to Mr. Staffords to see a sick negro. mother gave
him abag to get sugar. Father was going in his
every day cloths, mother would have him put on
his best cloth, when he got back he was holding
the bag at arm's- length. his clothing coverd with
molasses. mother hung-up the bag with abucket
underneath. we then had sugar and molasses.
Mother had rice tea dryed-apples and white
sugar. she had brought from new-orlens. She was
keeping for hard times and sickness. said she
would use the rice as bread was geting scarce.
Pge 13 rem note Jan 1, 1898 ninty eight
Reminiscence of friendes of my child-hood.
first the Roark family at the reunion of the
Veterans at Dallas in the year 1886. in the list
giving the names of those persons murderd by
Indians called our martryed dead the statement
was made EliJah Roark and his son leo was
murderd by Indians near sanantonio in the year
1829 that was amistak. the Father EliJah Roark
and ayoung man were murderd at that tim but
leo Roark es-caped and diede in the year ninty
91 or 2. I lived near the Roark's 3 years went to
school with the two brothers. Jackson and leo
Roark they both passed through seens of horror
in texas, mexico and Calafornea after leo
escaped from the Indians. he was in several
fights with Indians. he was at sanantonio when
Gen. Cos was Captured by the texans december
year 35. was in the grass fight also at the battle
of Conception under Ben Milam. was at the
sorming of sanantonio and capture of Gen. Cos.
would have remaind with Colonel Travis at the
al but was sick and retured home. was in the
battle of San Jacinto April 21 1835. he was
married to miss Peveyhouse. in th year 38
thirty eight. was the Father of alarge family at
Jan. 1. 1898. I dont know if he has any
decendants living he was agood man and brave
peas to his ashes
page 13 note Jan Ith 1998
Jackson Roark's adventures were eqel to his
brother leo. he was in the Sumervill expedition in
the year 42. after the disbanding of Summervill
army on the rio grand he Joined an organization
under Col. Fisher for the invasion of Mexico in
december 42. he with other men from Houston
and Harris County were Captured by Mexicans.
he and Henry Woodland helped to overpower
the Mexican guard was recaptured at mier. drew
awhite bean. was marched to the City of mexico
with others among Jhon Shipman who died in
mexico. after witness the Slaughter of his
companione and hard-ship of amexican prison
was released arrived in Houston from New
Orleans in the fall of 44 forty four he then setteld
in Colorado County. Married Miss Hellen
McNeal in Columbus January 46 helped organize
aCompny. Marched to the rio-grand Joined
General Taylor. went through all the hard-ships
of that campane. was at the capture of the City
mexico. wisited the prison of Pereteio where he
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