I think my ancestor met your John R. Taylor near Sherveport in 1848 as noted in excerpt from his journal. Also there is an interesting mention of a Mexican War veteran Taylor who travelled with my ancestor from the Trinity River to the Neches River.
" Wrote all the letters necessary & put her on board & gave the money into the hands of the Capt who was to send it along with Susan. And then intended to lay in some provision & leave Shreveport, and try my luck through the country- by Bellvell, Minden etc. as occasion & prospects would offer- - After buying my provisions & getting getting ready to start, I concluded that I would wait until morning to see the boat (which was to carry off Susan-) start.- So in company with a Mr. Guild who lives on the Brazos & a young Gentleman by the name of Ramsey, we visited the french settlement & Garden etc. & afterward took a fishing spree but caught nothing. I left my hook standing out, well baited for a big Cat-
Friday 21st April 1848
This morning at 8 o'clock the boat Satona sailed, & I went to camp with a view of starting, but met with a gentleman who told me that his name was Owen of Titus County Texas. That he was a merchant & on his way to New Orleans- & was waiting for the Steam Boat Victoress. Which had been ecpected down for several days, that on that boat there were two gentlemen who owed $2000- & that if I would wait until the arrival of that boat & if when they came he could get his money- He would give me the $2000 for my three boys.
I told him that he had too many "ifs" & conditions in his proposition & that I could not consent to wait- - Just at this time Tillmon came for me & told me there was a gentleman in town who wanted to buy Jim. I hunted him up found his name to be John R Taylor of Upshur County Texas. Offered him Jim at $600. & he told me that he had but $500. which he would give & no more.
I could no better, & I took his offer & sold him Jim, which is the first & only negro I ever sold. But I have the consolation to known that I sold him to a good man & one who will treat Jim well-My hook which I set out last night, caught a cat that weighed 42 pounds..."
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