Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 106
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West to help repair the house he said it was im-
possible as he had two bales of cotton picked
out laying on the ground. would have to haul it to
the gin as mr. Stafford had promised to have it
gined that day. Early next morning uncle James
came for Mother. said mrs West accused all the
men in the neigborhood of murdering her husband
she Mrs. Weste said she had suspected West
wuld kill Bell but didnt supose the neigbors would
murder her husband Bell helped to carry the
corpse home. waited near the house till the men
had prepared the corpse for burial. went with
them to mr. Stafford's to make th coffin. Bell
was the only carpenter in the neighborhood.
Mother mrs. Dyer di all they could for Mrs. West.
Father was not able to go out the next day. they
burial was at Mrs Roarks. the funeral came by
our house Mrs. West and Children rideing in the
cart and siting on her husband coffin. Mr Dyer
sent his cart for her to ride in. she would not ride
in it. the men carried the prisoner too Harris-
burge. he was tried before Judg David G. Burnet
and acquited. when the men returned they were
very much discourage. Mexico had sent aship to
block-ade Gaveston to compel the people to ship
theire cotton through the port of Anahuac. the
schooners would not come direct to Harris-burg
as Mexico had threatend to garrison that place.
this order from Mexico worked agreat hardship
on the people as it com-peld them to haul theire
cotton too Brazoria the principal commercial town
in Texas. all the men in the neigborhood as soon
as they got home prepared to go too Brazoria.
Mr. Cote will haul cotton for Mrs. West father
and Mrs. Roark. he has alarge wagon. it is as
big a schooner. he came over land with the Roark
family from missouri in the year 24) this is the
fourth act in the Bell & West tragedy.
page 35 December 1834
Father and the other men started for Brazoria
the 25 of November say they will be home in
three weeks. not a white man left in neighborhood
except Adam Stafford a negro man drove his
wagon. Harvy Staffor the cart. messrs. Dyer
Neal and Bell were theire one drivers. Father
drove the sleig loaded with peltry. he waited for
those who lived above too come on. when the
carivan arrived it was alaughable sight to us
Children. when we were living in St. Louis
Missouri had seen twenty and thirty larg wagons
at atime with six or eight mules going to Santa
Fe and military poste on the frontier. it was early
in the morning when the wagons came in sight.
all had loaded the day before at the Stafford gin.
Mr. Cote in the lead. his wagon had been painted
blue had canvess cover, it was an imposing sight.
with six yoke of oxen. the Stafford wagon next.
Fathers sleight in the rear. uncle James had hired
Mrs. West cart and oxen to haul his cotton and
gone the day before to go with the Messrs
Shipman. Mrs West is not disposed to have
anything to do with her neigbors. she has no
relatives in texas. has foure little girls. too small
to be any help. she would hav drove her cart &
oxen and hauld her cotton too Harris-burg if she
could have put abale of cotton on the cart Mr.
Cote told her he would haul it and not clarge her
acent. would get what supplies she needed would
bring receipts and money to show how he
disposed of the cotton.
page 35 contined December 1834
the men had been but a few days from home
when alarg trib of Indians came and camped
betwene our house and Mrs Roarks. two or thee
hundred men women and Children. thy came in
the night. had alarge drove of Indinan ponieys
one squaw came too the house to buy corn said
they were good Indians. she could speak Engliss.
said they lived at the waco willage at the falls of
the Brazos river, were going too Harris-burg to
sell hides had agreat many Buffalo hides and
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