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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
slaves here. the man drove the cart and as Mr.
Bundick had no Children we were as
Comfortable as Could be Ex-pected. we had to
leave the sleigh. sister and I had grieved the day
before all day about Colonel Travis. had big cried
when our brother left us. was afraid Mrs. Weste
would be left at home. slpt well the first night but
had afresh out break of grief whe the sleigh was
abandon but had the satisfaction of seeing Mrs.
West and Children. Mr. Cote would not go to the
army. hauld five families in the big blue wagon
with his six yoke of oxen. hauld provision negros
beding and all the plunder that the others could
not carry. we all sarted at sun up.
page 4 four March 1836 Runaway Scrape.
Camped tha first night near Harrisburg about
where the railroad depot now stands next day
crossed the Vince bridge. arrived at the San
Jacinto river in the night. there were fuly 5000
people at the ferry. the planters from Brazoria
and Columbia with theire slaves were crossing
we waited three day before we crossed our party
consisted five white families. My Father Doctor
P. W Rose Mr. Dyer Mr Bell Neal and Bundicks
families. Father and Mr. Bundick were the only
white men. th others were in the army there were
25 or 30 negros from Staffords plantation. they
had alarge wagon five yoke of oxen horsees and
mules were under an old negro man named uncle
Ned. all to gather black and white made aparty
of fifty 50 people. it was all-most ariot to see
who should cross first we got over the third day.
traveld afew miles came to abig prairia. it was
12 miles to the next timber and water. some of
our party wanted to Camp others said that the
Trinity river was rising and if we delade any time
might not get across. we hurryed on got about
half across the prairie when uncle Neds wagon
boged. the negro men drve in the carts trie to go
around the big wagon. one at time till the four
carts were fast in the mud. Mother was the only
white woman tha rode in a cart. the others travel
on horseback. Mrs Bell four Children Mrs Dyer
thee children and mothers four rode in the carts
all them that traveld on horse back had gone on
to the timber to let theire horses feed and get
water. they suposed theire families would get
page 5 March 1836 The runaway scrape
would get there by dark. the negros men put all
the oxen to the wagon but could not move it had
to stay there till morning with out wood or water.
Mother gatherd the white Children in our cart.
they behaved very well and went to sleep one
little boy Eli Dyer kick and cried for uncle Ned
and aunt Silve till uncle Ned came and carried
him to the wagon. the child slept that night in
uncle Ned arms. Mother with all the negro
womand an children walked six miles to the
timber. found our friends in troube. Father and
Mr Bundick had gone to the river. helped with
the ferry boat. late in the eveing the boat grounded
on the east bank of the Trinity river. didnt get
back till morning while they were gone the horses
had straid off an they had to find them before
they could go to the wagons. those that traveld
on horse were supplied with provisions by other
Campers. we that said in the prairis had to eat
Cold corn bread and cold boiled beef. the wagon
and carts didnt get to the timber till night. had to
be unloaded and puld out.) Note. writting in the
of those people men woman and Children I dont
know that there is living at this time any of them
but my brother Granvill Rose. he is seventy five
75 years old and I seventy three 73. My brother
was not with us when we cross the trinity. he
was helping mr Stafford the cattle.
page 6 six Crossing the trinity river March 1836
At the Trinity river men from the army began to
joine theire families.) I know they have bee
blamed for this in history but what else could
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