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20 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
they were the worst liars that ever came to England.
During the severe winter we ground our corn with
a hand mill, and would kill prairie chickens and
rabbits, and occasionally a wild goose, and we lived
on cornbread and wild game, and after the hard
spell of weather was over Father and the boys
began to get out timbers to build a house, and when
the spring came we went out to search for the cattle,
and found all of them. We got them together, and
it was not many years before we had a very fine
herd of cattle. The investment proved to be a good
one, and if it had not been for those cattle we would
have suffered much more than we did.
Time passed, and the rough work we had to do,
such as splitting rails and hauling them out of the
woods, building the fences and plowing the ground,
began to tell on the good clothes we brought from
the old country. We began to look very seedy, and
the buttons came off, and they were patched all
over. Mother and sister could not spin or weave,
as the pioneer women could, and we had no money.
I had a nice frock coat made out of rich navy blue,
with four rows of buttons in front, and I wore it
so long the neighbor boys would say when they met
me, "That is the beatenest coat I ever seen. You
had it on the first time I ever seen you."
We attended the camp meetings in 1849 and 50.
The people came from all quarters for forty or fifty
miles, and the campers were very liberal, providing
for them. The Webbs, Knights, Cochrans, Wests,
and a number of others had camps on the ground.
Our clothing was so bad in 1851 that we gave up
all hopes of attending the meeting, but my father
and mother wanted to go, and he said he would provide
a way for us boys to go. There was a little
country store at Farmer's Branch, and he went
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/34/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .