on the Land: An Anthology of Texas
Historical Commission, 1984, p. 79.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 1997
along the Navidad River in Lavaca and Jackson Counties called it "The
Comes," for, though no one saw it, there was always evidence that
nights from as early as 1836, people would find food missing from
cabins, even though an intruder would have had to step over sleeping dogs to
Families stopped fattening hogs, because a fat hog would inevitably be
a scrawny one. Though valuables such as watches or money were
taken, sometimes tools would disappear only to reappear later, beautifully
Occasionally searchers would find a camp, but "The Thing" never
while they waited.
1851, residents of the county captured a solitary African who wore no
spoke no English. Later that year, a sailor who spoke the man's
dialect came traveling through. Turned out, the man was a prince who'd
into slavery as a child. After reaching Texas,
he and a companion had
but the companion had died from exposure after a few years.
Man of the Navidad was sold into slavery in
Victoria and lived in
and Victoria Counties until his death in 1884.
1860 Census - Crescent Village (Hynes Bay) -
Marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, daughter
of Seaborn Lewis
1870 Census - Refugio Post Office - Refugio