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INDIAN IVARS A ND PTIORRv._ , n, , ...r X.
On this occasion the men took the Indian and
whipped him, the whipping taking place near the
house of a Mr. Murphy. Just one year after
a party of Caddos came, found Mr. Murphy alone
with his sled to haul rails, and mending his
fence. He had nothing to do with the whipping,
but' they killed him, took his scalp, and had a war
dance over it at their village, as reported by a
trader, who said it was done for revenge, which
must have been the case, as they did not even take
away the horse. Mrs. Murphy heard the gunshot
and went to see what was the matter. The Indians
were gone, but she found her husband's body.
She was entirely alone and carried water to wash the
body, covered it and took the horse from the sled
and rode two miles to her nearest neighbor to give
For the first year after Mrs. Gordon came to
Texas, unless the vessels were brought with them,
the people had none but gourds. For some years
all the cloth was made from cotton, the seeds i
picked out with the fingers, then spun and woven. s
In those days there were cotton pickings, but not c
like those of this day. In the long winter li
evenings people would meet at a house and pick ii
out seeds. Then it was ready to spin for making b
The pioneers had no chairs, but made stools. fil
Beds were made fast to the wall. For seven years ol
Mrs. Gordon never saw a plank floor, as all floors ar
were made of puncheons
that is, lumber hewn
out of logs. For a number of years there were no nu
wagons, and people moved in canoes. The men A!
wore clothes made entirely of deer skins, the skins ho
of deer and cattle being tanned in a trough. The dr4
nicest shoes were made of deer skins, and our sub
LLAZ.IA).V tJ 1 T,ountry and its population. For many years her
ife was not connected with any religious denomnation,
but her life and its example could have
een followed to good purpose by many of those
hlo claimed to have passed through the purifying
res of repentance. In 1864 she joined the Cathlic
Church, of which she was thereafter a devout
id consistent member.
The love for this good woman is shown by the
imerous namesakes she has in the States of
rkansas and Texas. She gave land, lots and
uses to many poor, but dleserving, people. Huneds
reverence her memory.
She died in .June, 1895,and is buried at Clarksville.
T. C. WESTBROOK,
Capt. T. C. Westbrook, born at West Point,
Mississippi, October 1st, 1842, of well-to-do and
highly respected parents, representatives of the
fine old Southern aristocracy of the halcyon (lays
before the war, had the advantage in youth of careful
training and thorough education, graduating
with the rank of Captain from the Military Institute,
at Frankfort, Ky., when seventeen years of
of age, and soon after came to Texas with his stepfather,
L. W. Carr, who located with his family on
the rich alluvial lands of the Brazos river bottom
near the town of Hearne, in Robertson County.
-Mr. Westbrook entered the Confederate army in
the spring of 1862 as a soldier in Company B., enlisting
for three years, or so long as the war might
last, and was stationed with his command first on
Galveston Island, then at Virginia Point, and then
at Camp Speight, Texas, near Millican, where the
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/230/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .