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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Darlington was a member, under Captain
Tom Green, Colonel Caldwell and General
Burleson, did not reach San Antonio in
time to participate in the struggle, but
while in Austin, on his way to San Antonio
to meet General Vasquez, his horse was
stolen. Having enlisted, he had to purchase
another horse, which animal he had to "work
out" after his return. August 12, 1840,
Mr. Darlington with a company of citizen
soldiers, had a severe battle with the Comanche
Indians at Plum creek, in what is now
Caldwell county. The whites numbered less
than 200, and the Indians about 1,000. The
latter were armed with arrows, spears and a
few guns. The Indians stood only one fire
of the whites, which killed many of their
number, and only two white men were
wounded. This was a running fight of twelve
miles, in which many red men were sent to
the happy hunting ground, and which broke
the war spirit of the Comanche braves. In
the noted Webster massacre of 1839, Mr.
Darlington barely escaped death.
During a portion of the year 1842, Mr.
Darlington was engaged in working for his
second horse, but while in Austin it was
stolen from him. During that year General
Wall came in with a force of Mexican soldiers
with canon. The citizen soldiers marched
almost in a body to Salado creek, five miles
from San Antonio, where they were organized,
and placed under the command of
Matthew Coldwell. They there met General
Wall, where a desperate battle ensued, but
the Texans were victorious. They followed
General Wall to Hondo creek, and this was
the last raid the Mexicans ever made into
this State for the purpose ot fighting the
Texans. Mr. Darlington then returned home,
but in the same fall engaged in farming on
rented land ip Rusi cp.nty. Two years
later, in 1844, he purchased his first farm
in this State, but in 1845 sold his land and
returned to Travis county. He was there
engaged in farming and stock raising on
rented land until 1849; from that time until
1873 farmed on his own land, and in the
latter year purchased 520 acres four miles
from where Hutto is now located, for which
he paid $5 per acre. He now owns 520 acres
of land, 300 acres which is under a fine state
of cultivation, and the rest in pasture. On
the place are good buildings, and all farm
conveniences. Mr. Darlington has also.
given land to his children. In 1884 he
rented his farm and purchased a home in
Taylor, where he still resides.
During the late war Mr. Darlington
served as a private in a company of rangers,
commanded by Captain Graham. This company
was organized under the State Military
law, but the troops were only furnished
with amunition. They were stationed
on the northern border of Coryell county,
but were kept moving most of the time,
Major Erath having charge of the entire
command scattered along the border of the
October 19, 1843, Mr. Darlington was
united in marriage with Miss Ellen J. Love,
a daughter of Wade and Jane (Wilson) Love.
The father was a native of Kentucky, and was
reared to Tarm life. During the war of
1812 he was stationed in Canada, participated
in many of the battles fought in that
section, and remained on the Lakes and in
the Northern army for four.years. After
returning home he went to South Carolina,
and later moved to where Atlanta is now
located, where he followed mercantile pursuits.
He raised a company for the protection
of the settlers, was a great friend of
Chief McIntosh, and assisted in the land
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