Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 99
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
to make acoffin near-er than Harris-burg.
Mother had alarge dry goods box. Mr. Bell used
it to make acoffin. Mrs. West didnt have any
thing nice to bury the Child in. Mother had some
nice Clothing. she lost two Children in St. louis
in the year 31. one was ababe. the other a boy
four year's old. she used my little brother's Cloths
to lay-out the Corpse. the next day we all went
to the funeral. mrs. West and Children rode in
the cart with the corpse. mother and Mrs. Dyer
and thiere Children rode in mr Dyer's cart the
men went on horse back. they bured the Child
near Mrs. Roark's. Father mersse Bell Dyer
Cotele and and sam Bundick fild up the grave.
there were no singing praying over the dead. it
was late in the eveing when we got home. Mrs
Roark had preparde dinner for us befor we left
her house.she had agood dinner but no bread or
coffee. mr. West and family would not take
dinner with her.
page 24 continued May Mr. West seems to be
Mother asked mrs. West to stay all night with
us. it was dark and avery bad road and a Creek
to cross. mrs. West declined. Bell and West had
to travel the same road as they lived near each
other. mr. Bell stupped at our house. he told
Father he believed it was West's in-tention to
mur-der him. said when the accident happend
he was plowing near the fence. heard the
Children screaming. Couldn't see them the timber
was so thick when he got to the road the oxen
were walking and feeding on the grass. he
stopped there. the Children said theire brother
had fell-out. he went back, got to the child Just
as the Father did. West said he was gatheing
moss. had seen adeer. was trying to shoot it.
asked him to go for the Dr. had not spoke aword
to him while he was makeing the coffin and
burying the Child. Father told him he didnt think
West was aman that would commit murder. Bell
didnt appeare to be sat-isfide. went home by mr.
Dyers. did not pass the road near West's any
more though the distance was three miles by mr.
Dyers. thus Ended the second act in the Bell
and Wests tragedy.
page 25 May 1834 Ben Fort Smiths african
We had quite an excitemet and a con-siderable
fright in the last few days. Father and brother
were in Harris-burg haveing work done by the
black smith. there came aman with aletter from
mr. Smith Notifying Father and the men in our
neighbor hood that one of his Afracan men had
ran-away. they had folowed the Negro to Mr.
Shipmans. there they lost his track. the negro
had alarge knife he had stolen al-so a flint an
steel for striking fire. uncle James Wells was at
home at the time but the next day Mr. Stafford
snt for him to help rase the Cotton-gin. mother
requested him to come home be-fore night as
she was afraid of the run away negro as he would
pro-bably come to our house to get some-thing
to eat. uncle said if she fasten the doors no one
could get in the house was atwo-storey house.
was built of hewed logs brick chimney two doors
and three window all fastend in side with hevey
wooden shuters. the doors were made of heavy
timber puto-gether with wooden pins with wooden
bars across. not any Iron used. only in the fire
place and nailing down the floor. when uncle
James left he said if he didnt get home she need
not be un-easy for the negro would be afraid to
come near the house. we didn' worry much about
the negro till late in the evning. Mother said if
she could fasten the doors out side she would go
and stay all night with
page 25 cotinued
with Mrs. Dyer as Mr. Dyer had moved out of
the botton and built anew house one mile from
our house. mother milked the cows before night
fetch in water and the ax barricaded the doors
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