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D. W. Roberts was born in the State of Mississippi,
in Winston County, October 10th, 1841. His father,
Alexander Roberts, came to Texas in 1836, and helped
the Texans fight the battles of the Republic for nearly
four years, being in many engagements with the
enemy, the most noted of which was the Plum Creek
fight, which has gone into the history of Texas.
Soon after the Plum Creek fight, my mother prevailed
on father to take his family to some place of
safety, firmly believing that wholesale murder would
be their fate: (Father's judgment was waived) and
her love of family won her cause, and they went back
to Mississippi in 1839.
During their stay in Mississippi, I was born, making
that State my native soil, but father's love for
Texas had never subsided, and his turn came to persuade
mother back to Texas, where he joined his old
comrades again in 1843. I was about two years old
when they returned to Texas.
My father followed up the frontier, and I was
reared, and almost rocked in the cradle of Texas warfare.
When I was a small boy, I developed some very
peculiar traits of character, not peculiarly good, but
rather strangely peculiar.
We were fond of dwelling alone, to commune with
Nature's beautiful work. I had my favorite pecan
trees, and would conceal myself under them, to hear
the crows murmur to each other, while they were
gathering the splendid nuts.
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