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VOLUME VIII

1. [p.136]  Samuel McCarley received a grant from Stephen F. Austin in 1831 on Spring Creek, the boundary between present Harris and Montgomery counties. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 3.

2. [p.136]  No soldier named Henderson has a service record that identifies him as the man Gray encountered on this occasion. Gray later described Captain Henderson's departure from Texas, suggesting that he did not stay around to claim his military bounty.

3. [p.137]  This woman was the widow of Crawford Burnet, no relation to the Texas president. She lived with her sister, Sarah, who was married to Crawford's brother, Matthew Burnet. The widow Burnet's husband had applied for land in Austin's colony in 1829, but no grant was ever recorded. The Burnet tavern on Big Cypress Creek remained in operation as late as 1841. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 3.

4. [p.137]  Isaac Batterson operated the flat as a ferry at the Sims Bayou crossing under orders of President Burnet and received a militia exemption. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 4.

5. [p.137]  Jane (Birdsall) Harris was born in New York on September 21, 1791, and married John Richardson Harris in 1813. After a residence in Missouri, where he met Moses Austin, Harris came to Texas in 1824. In the next five years he laid out a town site, established a trading post, and built a mill. He died in 1829 from yellow fever contracted during a New Orleans trading trip. Jane Harris came to Texas in 1833. She left Harrisburg for Galveston during the Runaway Scrape but returned and with Mexican prisoner-of-war labor built a new house to replace the one destroyed by the Mexican army. She operated an inn at Harrisburg until her death in 1869. Webb, Handbook, vol. 1, p. 775.

6. [p.138]  Thomas Earle was one of the earliest settlers in this region. In 1831 Nathaniel J. Dobie's father, William, had received a one-quarter league grant as a widower (his wife, Dolly Neblett, daughter of Sterling Neblett, had died previously). The Dobie land was located on Middle Bayou (now Armand's Bayou) southeast of Harrisburg. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," p. 4.

7. [p.138]  Joseph Atkins and his wife rented from G. M. Patrick, who did not secure his title until after the Revolution. Patrick had lived at Anáhuac in 1831-32 but spent most of his time at the home of James Morgan (Morgan's Point), whose niece he had married. On April 30 Santa Anna and the other Mexican prisoners of war from the San Jacinto engagement were moved to Patrick's Buffalo Bayou property (three miles from the San Jacinto battlefield) to escape the stench of decaying bodies. Henson, "Notes on the Gray Diary," pp. 4-5;

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
Copyright 1997 William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas