A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 94
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERS,'N,
These incidents serve to show the severity
of the efforts of those old pioneers in
winning these lands from savage control.
The old Burnet colony never gathered its
remnants together again, and the Indians
made a hard fight.
THE MEROER COLONY.
It was not until 1844 that the colonization
in this region was put on anything
like an effectual footing, although this was
not conspicuous for its success. On January
29, 1844) President Sam Houston
made a colony contract, covering Navarro
county, with Clarles Fenton Mercer and
associates. The part of the south boundary
pertinent to Navarro county only is given
here. Beginning on the Red river opposite
the mouth of the False Washita, "and
running thence due south sixty-five miles;
thence by a straight course to a point on
the Rio Trinidad, or river Trinity, on the
bank thereof, opposite the lower or southern
bank of Cedar creek, where the said
creek unites with the river Brazos," and
north to the boundaries of the Peters
colony. Then settlers came in-but very
slowly, just how slowly, it will be interesting
to learn from the pen of one of then.
Captain C. Fouty, near Re postoffice,
came in October, 1845, and is probably
the oldest one now living of so early an
arrival. He says in a recent letter: ' I
was not the first settler of Navarro county.
The first settlements were made in the
spring of 1845. I came in October of
that year. About twenty families were
here when I arrived. They were D. R.
Mitchell, Owen Humphrey, - Morrell,
Ethan Melton, "Bill" McCabe, John
Wellch, Wm. Watkins, Sam " Bowman,
John Hilburn,- South, Corbin Jones,
James Jones, Wiley Jones, J. B. Moore,
Jack Sharp, - Gainor, "Jake " Hartsell,
' "Dan " Hartsell, with a few other names
forgotten. None of these pioneers are
now living that I know of."
Captain Clinton Foutv, the oldest living
resident of Navarro county, Texas, was
born in Pike county, Illinois, August 20,
1829. He was a son of Henry and Sarah
Logan (Nesbitt) Foucy, natives of Virginia
and Kentucky, who were married in the
latter State and who later moved to Pike
colinty, Illinois, locating on Government
land where now stands the town of Griggsville,
Pike county, and there engaged in
fartning. Mr. Fouty was one in a family
of eight boys, seven of whom drifted
southward, but he remained in Illinois,
where his death occurred in 1831-'32.
Some time after the death of Mr. Fouty
his wife married a Mr. E. Nash, and in
1844 the family removed to Texas locating
for one year in Red River county, but in
1845 they removed to this county and located
near Richland station, and at that
time the county contained only twenty
families. Dresden was the outside settlement.
In those days milling was done by
mortar and pestle, but after the first year
steel mills were used and a few years later
horse-In ills were in trod need, and considered
quite a progression. Indians and buffaloes
were plentiful over the plains and all kinds
of game abounded. Mr. Nash did not
care for hunting, and as that was the way
to fill the larder in those days, this duty
fell to our subject. Mr. Nash became a
successful farmer and stock-raiser. Hq and
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/96/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.