Eight: Tories Strike Back

As soon as a court system was up and running after the Texas Revolution, Harrisburg County indicted David Kokernot for grand larceny. Probably it was for his actions against his neighbors during the war, when he impressed their horses for the army's use. Often these horses were "lost in the service" within two days, and some claimed they were lost in Kokernot's corral. The penalty for horse theft was thirty-nine lashes, branding with the letter "T," a fine, and prison. The Kokernot family quickly moved from their home on the San Jacinto River to a much larger tract in adjacent Liberty County, on Cedar Bayou, and, despite three years' effort, the sheriff never found Kokernot to serve his summons. At the new home David was still surrounded by his many enemies, who attacked him repeatedly. Jacob Winfrey made multiple attempts to gain reimbursement for a horse taken by Kokernot and, despite submitting impeccable paperwork, was refused by the republic. Another group of neighbors accused Kokernot of taking one cattle and he barely escaped conviction thanks to an impassioned defense by Sam Houston.

When the son of a local ranching family married the Kokernots' oldest daughter, the newlyweds probably inherited some of the anger directed at David Kokernot. The couple immediately announced they were leaving for Gonzales County. That set off a small stampede, as the Kokernots and two more families formed a wagon train and cattle drive that left in the spring of 1849. All arrived safely except the Kokernots, who left the group at the Colorado River, fifty miles short of their destination.


David Reminisces
War Again!
To the Waters of Peach Creek
Tories Strike Back
Tory Chase
David and Caroline Kokernot's Children
Finest Looking Man I Ever Saw
Well Nigh Dead
Barbarous Strife and Drunken Debauch
"I Came to the United States with My Father"
"I Was Born in the City of Amsterdam"
Who Was David Kokernot and Why Should You Know Him?
The Author