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34 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
with their ax in one hand blazed out the way
for those that came later on, and with their trusty
rifle in the other they protected their wives and little
ones from the attacks of the wily savage, knowing
no fear save the fear of their God. Here in the
wilderness in 1846 the first Baptist Church was organized
near Farmers' Branch, by Rev. David
Myers, with only five members. They, a few of them,
met together with their wives and children and invited
the blessings of Almighty God down upon
them, and placed themselves under His protection.
These old people, may God bless them! most of them
have passed over the River. But I will say they
are the kind of people that I like to meet with yet.
I like to shake their hands when they come, the
up and down motion, you can feel the whole weight
of a great heart press down upon your hand. They
are the kind of people I should like to have around
my bed when I press my dying pillow. And when I
cross over the River, if I am so fortunate as to
reach that Heaven of rest, in which I have a living
and abiding faith, I shall expect to meet them there,
because I believe the virtuous, the true, the honest
and brave will ne'er go unrewarded.
In regard to the descendants of John and Mary
Jackson-they are getting rather numerous. There
is probably in all about 145. Those of Mr. Lionel
Simpson are not near so numerous, and among them
there are farmers, merchants, stockmen, a lawyer
or two, a banker, and I do not know one among
them but what is good for his promises, and will
say I think there is not one of the descendants of
either family that has not made a good citizen. It
may not become me to say this, and I am sure I
do not say it boastingly, but still, I am proud of it.
I say it because fate seemed to be against us in the
beginning, and our neighbor boys seemed to make
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/m1/48/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .