Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 104
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Father got home late Saturday eveing we
Children were up early next Morning. was so
happy over our new shoes coudnt sleep. uncle
James and the boys laught at us. Fathe said he
had no Idea new shoes would run us crazy.
Mother said she was not surprised it had been
such along time since we had any new Clothing.
when we came to Harris-burg in the year 33
sister and myself were the only little girls that
had nice shoes. there was ashoe-maker living in
Harris-burg named Paddy Brown. his shoes were
so ugly I said I wouldnt weare Paddy Browns
shoes. the neighbors would Joine and tan deer
and cow hides. but it was rought leather whe my
nice shoes wore-out I had to ware the paddis as
we called Paddy Browns shoes.
page 32 October 1834
the people are all very busy gathering theire crops.
it is the first year that Fathre ever engaged in
farming. is well satisfied. say if he was the owner
of awagon he would be one of the aristocra-cy.
says our neighbors are divided in to three classes
those that own wagons are the aristocracy the
second class own carts as he has asleigh he
belongs to the lower class. M. Cotie is afrench
man owns abig wag-on and six yoke of oxen.
hauls-freight from Brazoria to sanfelipe says
Father is the only grandee among the people as
he rides in asleigh. ther is no one that makes
wagons or carths. there is awheel-wright. he
has aturning lath but cant do heavy work. som
of the men saw wheels from logs and make
avehicle called atruck. Father is haveing work
don on the hous will take of the old roof and
have it repaired. all th men and boys in the
neighborhoo will help. the young men says if
mother will let them dance they will put the new
roof on and clean the yard in one day. mother
con-sented all the men came except Mr. West.
he will not have any thing to do with his neigbore.
it didnt take long to repaire the house. the boards
were three feet in length six inches in width. the
boys went down in Mr Shipman settlement and
fetched four young ladies. they with mrs. Roark
three daughters were enought for dancin. Mr
Adam Stafford had sent anegro woman the day
before to do the Coocking. before it was dark
the dancin began. the girls and young ladis all
had new dresses and shoes.
page 32 cotinued October 1834
I sup-pose I was the hapyes Child in the world
that night. all the young men danced with me.
there were five little girls aged from twelve to
eight and as there were only six young ladies
and three married ladies to dance the little girls
came in for agreat-deal of attention. Father asked
the young men why there were no weddings.
said he had been nealy ayear among them and
there had been but one wedding. that was Mr.
William Nell and miss Mary Stafford. one young
man said they were waiting for the priest to come
from Mexico as it would bee to much trouble to
be married the second time. when there was no
priest among the people those who married had
to sign awiting contract. to re-marry when the
priest came round. it often happend the priest
would perform the marriage Ceremoy for the
parents and baptize the Childre at the same time.
the priest would spend three or four days in
aneighborhood. the people would gather. then
there would be religious service weddings
dancing feasting and agood time generally. I often
wished the priest would come around so that there
wood be awedding in our neighborhood. all
pleasures must end. our ball came to an end
very unex-pected to me. two of the girls and my
self about four oclock in the morning went to
anout house used for stor-ing Cotton. sit down
to talk I laid down went to sleep. the next thing
I knew the sun was up every body goine home
and Mother calling Sister I and to break-fast.
page 33 November 1834 The Bell and West
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