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2 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
The Experience of John and
Mary Jackson, that emigrated
from Devonshire, England, in
the year 1848, to Texas.
In the year 1847 the agents of Peters were
throughout England, trying to induce people to emigrate
to Texas, said Peters having an agreement or
contract with the State of Texas to furnish a certain
number of families as settlers in said colony. Peters
was given in said contract a certain time, and that
time expiring July 4th, 1848. The agents represented
this to be a wonderful country, and said that
those that got here first and made a good selection
could secure for themselves an estate equal to the
estates of the lords and noblemen of England. They
represented this country as having a delightful climate,
no chilling winds or driving snows, but one
continuous spring and summer, with all manner of
fruits and wild game in abundance, clear and beautiful
streams of water, with plenty of fish.
My father, having a lorge family and a very little
of this world's goods, decided to emigrate to Texas
to secure land for his boys, Stewardsville being the
objective point, and represented by the agents as
beino the capital of Peters Colony, and headquarters
of the land agents, and all information concerning
the colony could be had at Stewardsville. Early in
1848 we took ship at Liverpool in the Gypsy Queen.
The 1st of March we bade farewell to our dear
friends, and left the shores of Merry England for
the western wilds of a new world. My mother was
a weak and frail little woman, with a large family,
several small children and a baby in her arms, and
Here’s what’s next.
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/12/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .