Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 118
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was very dangerous crossing the slough. the men
would bring one woman and her Children on the
raft out of deep water where men on hors back
would meet them. it took all day to get them to
the praririe. had to carrie cooked provisions to
them also to the negros.
page eight 8 March 1836 runing from the
the second day they brought out beding and
clothing every thing water soaked. had to take
the wagon and carts apart the Stafford wagon
was the last one brought out. the old negro man
uncle Ned staid in the wagon till every thing was
landed at the prairie. it took four days to get all
out of the water. the man who's oxen wer
drownded sold his cart to Father for ten dollars.
said he had seen enough of Mexico. would go
back to old Ireland. it was five days since we
crossed the trinity had not heard any news from
the army. the town of liberty was three miles
from where we Camped. the people there had
not left theire homes. they gave us all the help in
theire power. My little sick sister died and was
buried in the cemetery at liberty. after resting
few day our party continued theire jorny we staid
at liberty. Mother was not able to travel. she had
nursed an infant and the sick Child till she was
conpeld to rest afew day after our friends had
goin aman crossed the trinity river in a skifft. he
was the bearer of bad news. the Mexican army
had crossd the Brazos river. was betwene the
texas army and Harrisburg. Col. Fannin and his
men massacread. president Burnet and Cabine
had left Harrisburg and gone to Washington on
the bay. would go to Galveston island. the people
at liberty then left. there were many families
west of the trinity among them our nearist
neighbors Mrs. Roark & Mrs West
page nine 9 April 1836 the Battle of San-Jacint
We had now been at liberty three weeks. a Mr.
Martin let Father use his house. there were two
familise camped near Mr. Bright and his son-in
law patrick Reels from the Colorado river. One
thursday eaveing all of asddnt we heard areport
like distant thunder. the next report Father said it
was cannon that the texas army and Mexicans
were fighting.) he had been through the war of
1812. knew it was a battle. the Cannonadeing
didnt last last but afew minuts. Father said the
texas army must have been de-feated or the
Cannonadeing would not have ceased so quick.
we left liberty in a half-hour. the reports of the
cannon were so dis-tince Father was under the
impression that the fighting was near the trinity.
the river was ten miles wide at liberty. we traveld
nearly all night. sister I on horse back mother in
the cart. Father had two yoke of oxen now one
yoke belonged to Adam Stafford had straid Father
found them. the oxin were agreat help as we
had but one yoke of oxen and the roads were
very bogy rested afew hours to let the sock feed.
Mr. Bright and two families were with us. we
were sad and as wretched as we could be had
been five weeks from home. not much prospects
of ever returning. had not heard a word from
brother or the other boys. that were driving the
Cattle had buried the dear little sister at liberty.
page 10 April 1836 the battle of San Jacinto
hearing the news of the battle
Continued our journey through mud and water
camped in the eveing 50 or 60 youg men meet
us they were going to joine General Houston.
one of the was Havey Stafford our neighbor
returning from the United States with volunteers
Father told them there had been fighting. tha they
Could-not cross the trinity at liberty they brought
some good news from our friends. Mr. Stafford
had met his sisters Mrs Dyer & Neal. said there
was agreat deel of sickness but no deaths that
General Ganes of the United States army was
at the Necher with a Regiment of soldiers to
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