John L. King

Letter, 1850

Submitted by Linda McCormack , April 1999.


November 4th 1850    State of Texas Karens Co

Dear friends,

I have again undertaken a few lines to let you all know that we are all well at this time.  I will state something about the health of our country. 

This part of our country is healthly and crops is good corn is worth 75ct per bushel flower is worth $15 per barrel beef 3 and 4 dollars per hundred.....now I will say something about the indians. They have infested our settlement stolen horses and held some few they have come in a few miles of this place  they rove about in small companies stealing and killing where opportunity offers. some 3 weeks ago 3 companies of our troops (can't make out a word here) the rio grande river and the indians attacked them there was about 700 and fifty indians and they had a battle and killed about 80 of the indians and wounded about 100 the indians had declared war. Our country is settling very fast with polanders and german dutch we have in this place about 5 languages  the polanders dutch spanish french and english. I would like to see old Tennessee again and all the acquaintances and friends there...mee and Chamberlain, another brother-in-law of George McFarland, owns a track of land on santonia river joining the town tract. We are divided into three classes the macanie stock raiser and farmer the stock raiser verry seldon raise a ear of corn...nothing more at present but remains your friend till death. John L. King


Linda's great grandparents, were Samuel Joseph Glasscock and Hannah Margaret King Glasscock who were married in Burnet County about 1879. Hannah was born there April 17, 1860.  Linda's grandfather, Louis Abner Glasscock, was born in Burnet County Dec. 12, 1882.

Hannah's parents were John Lewis King probably born in TN and Elizabeth Barton King also born in TN. 

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