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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 17
concerning Stewardsville, the way, and how far. The
man looked a little surprised, and invited him to
alight, and said, "This is the place. You are right
in the heart of the city."
Father stayed with him until the next morning,
and talked about land claims, and how he could secure
a section of land, and the next day he came
down into the Farmer's Branch Settlement, and the
first stop he made was at David Myers', the father
of the late Rev. J. M. Myers, and there met Lionel
Simpson and Joseph Hildreth, two gentlemen that
crossed the sea with us in the same ship. They
bought horses at Shreveport and left us there and
came on to Dallas County. Lionel Simpson was a
live, energetic Scotchman, and made a fortune before
the War broke out. Hildreth was a different
type of man. He was brought up in the city, and
he dressed like a gentleman. He wore kid gloves,
and always liked to have some one to wait on him.
Father and Mr. Simpson frequently told him he was
not suited for Texas, and would never set the world
My father selected a section of land, and it can
now be seen on the map of Dallas County, patented
in the name of John Jackson. Father was very well
pleased with the settlement, and soon became acquainted
with the pioneers that had taken claims
and built their cabins, the Marshes, Webbs, Keenans,
Myers, Nixes, Perrys, Witts, Wests, and they were
very intelligent, honest and kind. They were a class
of people that would be an honor to any country,
and most of them had the tact that adapted them to
frontier life, and they all seemed to be happy and
contented, and would meet the new comers with a
hearty welcome, and would divide such as they had
with them. Father returned to Bonham and brought
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