Location: Red River County TX

Slave Narrative of Francis Bridges

Person Interviewed: Francis Bridges Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Red River County, Texas Date of Birth: 1864 Age: 73 Occupatio I was born in Red River County, Texas in 1864, and that makes me 73 years old. I had myself 75, and I went to my white folks and they counted it un and told me I was 73, but I always felt like I was older than that. My husband’s name is Henry Bridges. We was raised up children together and married. I had five sisters. My brother died here in Oklahoma about two years ago. He was a Fisher. Mary Russell, my sister, she lives in Parish, Texas; Willie Ann Poke, she lives in Greenville, Texas; Winnie Jackson, lives in Adonia, Texas, and Mattie White, my other sister, lives in Long Oak, Texas, White Hunt County. Our Master was named Master Travis Wright, and we all ate nearly the same thing. Such things as barbecued rabbits, coon, possums baked with sweet potatoes and all such as that. I used to hang round the kitchen. The cook, Mama Winnie Long, used to feed all us little niggers on the flo’, jest like little pigs, in tin cups and wooden spoons. We ate fish too, and I like to go fishing right this very day. We lived right in old Master Wright’s yard. His house sat way...

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Thompson Cemetery, Red River County, Texas

A cemetery transcription of the Thompson Cemetery in Red River County, Texas. This cemetery was located near the Red River south of the Bryarly community. It was abandoned and apparently destroyed or overgrown after it was copied about 1950. THOMPSON John W., 1856 – 1897. Louisa Goode, b. 1 J— 1875, d. 13 Aug. 1879. Three other graves marked only with...

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Malsberg Cemetery, Red River County, Texas

A cemetery transcription of the Malsberg Cemetery in Red River County, Texas. Once located on private property south of Clarksville, the cemetery was believed destroyed by cattle in the late 1950’s. MALSBERG Sabina, 1883 – 1921. Infant, b. & d. 2 Feb....

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Howell Cemetery, Red River County, Texas

A cemetery transcription of Howell Cemetery in Red River County, Texas. This abandoned cemetery located south of Clarksville near Shawnee creek no longer has any markers and is overgrown. This was copied circa 1964. HOWELL Albert, b. 23 Jan. 1846, d. Feb. 1889. Infant, b. & d. 11 Nov. 1918. Son of J. J. & M....

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Biography of Jones, Henry

Henry Jones, one of the “Old Three Hundred” of Austin’s colony was born in Madison County, Virginia, near the “Blue Ridge,” in 1798. In 1817, when but nineteen years of age, he left home in company with his brother, John, and went on a trip of adventure. They came down the Mississippi in a. flat boat to New Orleans, and there laid in supplies and ammunition and returned to the mouth of White River and was here joined by Martin Varner, Creason and two other young men of like temperament as themselves. They now laid their plans -to explore strange countries and became trappers and hunters and commenced at this place, trapping for fur animals, and killing deer, bear and other game for their pelts. In this way they remained two years, traveling over parts of Arkansas, Indians Territory and other places, part of the time being in camp on the Washita River, trading with friendly Indians. During all of these rambles, and having a good time generally, they had not met or been molested by hostile Indians. Finally, however, while in camp on a tributary of the Washita, they discovered signs of hostile Indians. They detected that these Indians were not friendly by seeing where they had killed deer and other game, but could never get sight of them; while, on the other hand, if they had been...

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