Nine: To the Waters of Peach Creek

Four wagons and at least two hundred head of longhorn cattle set out from Liberty County in the spring of 1849. Besides the Kokernots there were two Barber wagons and George Maley's wagon, carrying altogether four women—two pregnant—three toddlers, and three teen and pre-teen girls. L. M., at thirteen, was old enough to drive cattle with the four men. At the Colorado River, fifty miles short of their destination, something happened to cause the Kokernot wagon and cattle to stop. The Barbers and Maleys continued to Gonzales County, where each family established a ranch, but the Kokernots settled in the town of Columbus.

There David converted to Methodism and, with the help of the Sons of Temperance, abandoned alcohol. After four years he rejoined the rest of his family in Gonzales County and purchased the farm next to John Barber, who was married to his daughter Elizabeth. Promptly after David Kokernot's arrival, John and Elizabeth tacked up a "For Sale" sign and soon moved seventy-five miles south to Refugio County. David remained in Gonzales and settled in, far from his tormenters in Liberty County, to raise his remaining children and greet the grandchildren that soon flooded his home.


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