The great influx of settlers arrived after Annexation and formed small agricultural communities. Later because of the vast stands of virgin pine timber in the area, the economy became based primarily on logging and lumber manufacture.
A real effort has been made to include at least one or two families from each county, but inasmuch as the courthouses in Liberty and Sabine Counties were destroyed by fire in 1874, this was not feasible. There are also still other families in southeast Texas whose histories deserve to be preserved for posterity.
However, the 29 families included in this work have been well researched for accuracy and authenticity. Except for the Bevil’s, no family named in Wilson’s recollections is included among these colonial settlers, but he seemed to have known only Jehu’s branch, and the family became widely known. It is hoped that the accounts of these families will give the reader an idea of the excellence of these early colonists. The narratives, except rarely, do not carry the families beyond the third generation and the chapters are arranged chronologically.
The author, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, holds an M. A. degree from the University of Texas and is an authority on the history and folklore of Southeast Texas.
Illustrated. 200 pages. Hard Cover.