Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 129
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
stone passed down. the mexicans tride to catch
the boat with theire lariats. this Christmas 36 there
has been three death two in our neighborhood.
mrs. Roark died on Christmas day. Mr. Shipman
eldest son Edmon died afew day after amr.
Gorden died with consumption. all our neighbors
are preparing to move. Mr Dyer will move to
Fort Bend. Mr. Neill located land on brays bayou
ten 10 miles from Houston. Mr. Bell lives on
rented land will move since the cotton gin on
Stafford plantation was burned there is no use
for the farmers to rase cotton. they would have
to haul it 25 miles to get it gined. no one will build
agin till the trouble with Mexico is settled. Gen
Santa Anna is still a prisoner. Father seen him
afew days ago at Doctor Felphis near Columbia.
Stephen F Austin died Early in December but
we didnt heare the sad news till Fathe returned
page 40 forty February 1837
Father is planting corn. says there will be a market
for corn as ther will be agreat many people
Coming to texas this year. the planters from the
State of Missis-sippi and louisiana ar moveing to
texas. Congress has Appointed Judges and divide
texas in to Judical districts. Court will be held in
Houston in March as that tow will be the County
seat of Harris-burg County. Congress will meet
Houston in May. the land offic had Close at San
felipe by the Mexican goverment in the year 34
thirty four. Father and Colonel Travis the hero of
the A was in San felipe at the time Fathe didnt
locate land. the land offic will be opend the first
of June in Houston. Father is going to locate land
on Brays bayou five miles from Houston will
move there this summer. we are very sorr to
move having lived here since January 34 but as
Father will get a home and as Houston is near
the Change will be for the best. Mrs. West will
remane she has alarg stock of cattle. don't pay
any rent. she is satisfied Father advised her to
locate land but all land thats near has been grabed
by land speculators that have swarmed in from
the United Stats.
page 41 forty one March 1837 seve cour in
the first court held in the Re-public of texas under
the new regime was in Houston March 1837
Father has been at-tending Court. he Dr. P. W.
Rose was summons by the sheriff John W. More
the sheriff of Harrisburg Couty on the Grand-
Jury. the jury sit an alog under an arber of pine
bushes. the Sheriff John W More had been the
Alcalde under the mexican goverment. there has
been an-other act in the Bell and West tragedy.
Mrs West went before the Grand-Jury and had
Mr. Bell Indicted for the murder of her husband.
he Mr. Jospeh Bell was the first man tried in
Houston for murder. he was acquited. had been
tried at Harrisburg for the same crime before
Judg David G. Burne in year thirty four 34 and
pronounced not guilty. poor man. he has had so
much trouble he will leav this part of texas. Father
says he went out on brays bayou and cut his
name on a pine tree will camp ther soon and
build a Corn Crib so he can clam the land. one of
Mr. Woodruf step daughters Mis Mary Smith is
married she married Mr McClurey they are the
first cople to marry in Houston. the yung men in
Houston are prepaing to giv agrand ball on the
21 of April the dancin will be in the Capitol
building if they get the representativ hall so it
can be used
page 42 forty two Apirl 1837 Celebraten the first
anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto near
when Father returned from Houston after the
Grand Jury adjourned he said if possible he would
take us to the ball on the 21 of April in Houston.
had an invitation For Mrs. Rose and daughters
with Clinton Harris compliments written on the
back to say I was wild at the prospects would
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