Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 126
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
page 32 June 1836 School near Stafford point
we were well pleased with the teacher. his name
was Bennet. we were with out paper. wrote on
slates. the first copy Mr. Bennet wrote seemed
to amuse our mexican servant. he picked up the
pencel wrote a few words handed the slate to
mr Bennet. the mexican wrote french. the teach
was afrench scholar he and the mexican had a
long Conversation in french. the mexican was a
Colonel under General Santa Anna. said he and
Santa Anna were not far-apart when the battle
began. the Mexican army were resting. Santa
Anna sleeping not expecting an attack by the
texans. the Cavalry had just finish watering theire
horses. Santa Anna servant was rideing Allen
Vinces fine black stall-ion. useing acommon
saddle. said the last he seen of Santa Anna was
to mount the horse dressed in ordinary Cloths.
we had trated the mexican the same as anegro
servent. made him milk churn wassh and do all
drudgery beside working in the corn-field. he
said he was well off. had ahome and family in
mexico. he didnt stay with us but afew days
after he let us know he was agentle-man. I don't
remember his name. we calld him Anahuac after
the town Anahuac that was the mexican port of
pag 33 July the fourth 1836
a Bull fight
Father and the men arived home the last of June.
it threee week from the time they left Mr. William
littles till they landed at Brazoria. sold theire
Cotton for agood price, bought family supplies.
Father didnt forget his promis but got sister and
nice Bonnets the men Employed Mr. Bennet to
teach. built ashed on one side of the log cabin.
we used the year before for aschool house
ablack-smith had rented the log house and opend
ashop. the black-smith mr. tompson said when it
rained he would quit work and the Children could
use the shop. there were only 8 eight scholar.
Mr. Dyer sent three boys William Harvey &
Foster. Mrs. West two girls Permeila and
Cemanthe. Mr. Bell would not send his Children.
he and Mrs. West keep up theire quarrel. brother
Granvill and William Dyer were the largest boys
in school. we had been in school afew day when
we had quite an adventure with two wild Bulls.
there was no fence around the log house. the
cattle fed near one day two large bulls were
fighting. got near the house. the teacher said for
the Children to go in the shop. We ran to the
door couldnt get it open climbed up the side of
the house and with the help of the teacher and
boys got on the Roof by the time we
page 33 Continued July 1836
by th time we got on the Roof the Bulls were
under the shed it was fun for the boys. but the
girls were scard. the Bulls pawed the ground.
fought bellowed boys laughing and hollooing .
girls crying. the boys said we would have to stay
on the house all night if no-body came forus. the
teacher was as help-less as a child had been
raised in Mobeal-Allabama. after the boys had
theire fun they got down and ran the cattle off.
the Bulls quit fighting went away bellowing the
next day the men built afence around the school
house. our texas boys have agood joke on Mr.
bennet. said if he had showed fight the Cattle
would have run. Mr. William Stafford owner of
the Stafford plantation is back in texas he and
family have been living in the United State since
the year 34 thirty four he came back by water
landed at Galveston. had not had aletter from
texas since April. his Daughters had wrote while
they were on the Sabien river. he hear at
Galveston that all the buildings on his plantation
had been burned by the Mexicans. he will not re
build gave his land and Cattle to his sons Adam
& Harvey and married daughters. Mrs. Dyer
and Neall. will move the negros to Eastern texas
this winter the negros have built several small
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