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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Price, commanding a company of rangers, furnished
him one. Corpus Christi was an army
station and crowded with a floating population. It
was difficult for him to find board, lodging or a
place to preach. He finally found a place to get
his meals and. after considerable effort, he obtained
permission to sleep in a store house on bags of
shelled corn. Next he procured one of the theaters
to preach in on Sunday, but at night there were
theatrical performances held in the same room.
Owing to the breaking out of the Mexican war and
the removal of the army, the town was nearly depopulated
and Mr. Haynie returned to.*his home.
He died at Rutersville, August 20, 1860. His
wife, Elizabeth B., died October^4, 1863, at John
Caldwell's, Bastrop County.
Mrs. Caldwell was mother of eight children, viz.:
Margaretta, deceased; John Adam, deceased;
Mary, now Mrs. John H. Pope; Charles G.;
Walter H.; Lucinda P., widow of the late R. T.
Hill; Oliver B., and Orlando, all occupying
honorable positions in life.
. . .
Capt. Mifflin Kenedy was born in Downingtown,
Chester County, Pa., June 8, 1818. His parents
were John Kenedy and Sarah (Starr) Kenedy,
members of the Society of Friends.
The ancestors of Capt. Kenedy's father emigrated
from Ireland to Maryland as members of
Lord Baltimore's colony. They were Catholics,
but in the course of the next century some of them
embraced Protestantism. Capt. Kenedy's ancestry,
on his mother's side, is traced back to a very
remote period and boasts a long line of distinguished
men; among the number, mitred prelates
and paladins of chivalry, and last, those quiet
heroes of peace, the Quakers, who dared and suffered
all things for conscience sake.
The branch from which he is descended appear
in France, as Huguenots, early in the fifteenth
century, and were compelled to worship in fear and
seclusion in the forests and in the fastnesses and
gorges of the Pyrenees. At some time between
the massacre upon Saint Bartholomew's Day, in
1572, and the promulgation of the Edict of Nantes
by Henry of Navarre, in 1598, they escaped to
England. After a residence of some time in Great
Britain, they became Friends or Quakers, but they
had not yet found an asylum, where they could
worship the true God after the manner dictated by
their own consciences. Here they were made the
victims of hostile legislation, derided by a fanatical
populace and imprisoned in filthy dungeons, until
they looked toward the shores of America for
relief. In 1683, Mrs. Kenedy's progenitors,
George and Alice Maris, with their six children,
sailed as members of William Penn's first colony.
They settled at Springfield, twenty miles from
Philadelphia, in what is now called Delaware
County, Pa., and there many of their descendants
yet reside. The old homestead, originally
purchased from William Penn by George Maris,
still remains in undivided succession in the Maris
Capt. Kenedy's childhood was spent in the
quietude of a Quaker home. He attended the
common schools of the country, acquired the elements
of an English education, and was then, for
three months, in 1833, a pupil at the boarding school
of Jonathan Gause, a famous Quaker educator of the
time. I-e taught school during the winter of 1833-4,
after leaving the institution of Jonathan Gause, and
in the spring of 1834 (April 4) sailed on board the
ship Star, at Philadelphia, as a boy before the mast.
The vessel was bound for Calcutta and on the outward
voyage touched at the Madeira Islands, Island
of Ceylon, at Madras and other points of interest.
When homeward bound, the vessel encountered a
typhoon, or hurricane, in the Bay of Bengal, sprung
a leak, and, after safely weathering the storm, put
into the Isle of France, where she underwent necessary
repairs. While on the Isle of France, Kenedy
visited what are shown as the tombs of Paul and
Virginia, at a little hamlet called Pamplemouses,
high up on the side of the mountain, and also the
port-hole in the rock, where it was Paul's custom
to sit watching for the ship that would bring back
Virginia. This pathetic story is familiar to nearly
every one who is acquainted with French, English
or Spanish literature.
The Star soon resumed her voyage and, touching
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