Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 94
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had been wene a prisonor confind. returne home
in the year 48 forty eight. his wife diede soon
after his return home Early in 49 Joined a
compnny of gold seekers bound for Calafornea.
died there in the year 51 or 2 leaving one Son
James Roark lying near Corpus chiste.
of 13 finish
the Roark family Reminiscence Jan ith 1898
the good old mother died in the winter of of 36
during Christ-mas mother & Father were with
her to the last the eldest Married Mr. Cote.
Andrew died near Houston leaving awif and
several Children. Mary the younges died soon
after the Mother. She was borned four months
after the Father was murderd by the Indins the
twins girls louse and lucinda went to Sanfelipe
after theire mothes death to with theire Aunt mrs
kelley I never meet them agane supose they have
long cince past-away.
O where are the friends of my Childhood
O where are the friends of my youth.
Page 14 February 1834
On afarm in Texas
we had plenty of milk butter honey venison and
small game. when one man bucherd abeef he
devided with his neigbors. we had been six weeks
on the farm. mother sister Ella and I had not
been from home. mother promised us we should
soon go and visit Mrs. Roark Children. one
sunday she said Brothe Granvill should take us
and send Mrs. Roark to spend the day at our
house. we were delight with our visit. the twin
girls were nine years old. could spin and weve.
the youn men leo and Jackson wer not at home.
Mrs. Roark came back in the evening and sent
us home. to my great delight I found alittle sister
had arrived while we were gone. the thing next
in order was nameing the babe. I wanted to name
her louisiana. Father said we all should vote for
aname. Mother Brother and sister voted missouri
Father for texas. the majority ruled she was
named missouri. it was now time to plant corn.
no seed corn near than fifteen miles. Dr. Jothan
Hunter sent Father word if he would send up to
his place he could get corn. uncle James and
Brother went. Dr. Hunter let them have five
busels. told uncle to plant half the corn. said
there might be cold wether that would kill the
page 15 Febrary 1834
Ben Fort Smith and his Negros.
one Cold day we could see in the direction of
Galveston bay alarge croud of people. they were
comeing to our house. mother said they were
Indians. we were badly frightend. Brother ran
to the field for Father and uncle James. by the
time they got to the house the travelers were
near. Mother wanted to leave the house and go
in the woods. Father said no that probable they
had been shipwrecked as it was only 30 thirty
Mils to the bay. when they got near the house
there were three white men and alarge gang of
negros. one man came in and interoduced himself
as Ben Fort Smith. Said he lived Near Major
Binghamns. wast lost and nearly Starved. asked
Father to let him have two beeves and some
bread. Father told him that he didnt own the Cattle
but as it was acase of necessi-ty he would kill
two beeves and send for Mr. Dyer the Agent.
Father killed the beeves helped to skinn them.
one man made afire near some trees away from
the house. as soon as the beeves were skind the
negroes acted like dogs they were so hungry.
with the help of Father and uncle they keep them
off till the meat was broild. didnt let them have
as much as they could eat. Father didnot have
bread for them.
page 16 February 1834
Ben Fort Smith and his African Negroes
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