Clipped From The Paris News
WtT 11, BACKWARD GLANCES A. W. PLANTATION OPERATION IN EARLY TEARS Hamilton's Pecan Point P!«e* Produced Abundantly and U§«d Larger Supplies Colonel Robert Hamilton was one of the wealthiest and most prominent and influential citizens of Red River County in the early days. , He had large hold^ ings, including some at' Pecan Point, on Red River, part of which he bought from the Widow Polly 1835, Ann Graham, in for one hundred March, dollars he passed away and was administered by cash and a Negro girl eight years old. A year later he went down to Washington on the Brazos, and there with some other men he signed the Declaration of Texas Independence. Some years later his estate Matthew Watson, also a Pecan Point landowner and prominent ciitzen. A grandson of Matthew Watson, Living today in Valliant, Oklahoma, has some documents relating to this administration. Among them Is one showing transactions for the estate in 1853, which should be of some interest as showing on what a scale the big Red River plantations were operated. This document 5s a statement rendered by Hamilton Mackender & Co., of New Orleans, of the sale of 82 bales of cotton, that were received April 5, 1853, by Steamer Frances Jones from the Hamilton plantation, then under care of Watson. The cotton produced $2,760.25 net, and the various deductions were shown. The New Orleans aflents paid $63.58 on a draft for taxes to th« State and County. Two draft* for wages of the overseer, J. J. Hurt, for $437.75, were paid. Supplies for the plantation, shipped per Steamer R. M. Jones, totaled $1,438.24. An additional bill for supplies was $29.58. Freight charges on these supplies, sent by boat, were $199.91. The notary who took the affidavit to the accounts was paid 32, and the balance in cash $589.21, was paid Administrator Watson. The statement was endorsed, "Settled in Full," by Machender & Co. In 1860 Matthew Watson bought in Shreveport some molasses, sugar and tobacco, probably for use on his own plantation, as the bill is to him without reference to Hamilton. It is a printed billhead of the Steamer LECOMTE, which ran on the upper river, the legend under a small picture of a running horse In one corner of the billhead reading, "Regular Red River Packet. C. Johnson, Master." Dated January f), 1860, the Items were for freight from Shreveport to Pecan Point on 10 half barrels molasses, $7.SO; one hogshead sugar, $1; one box tobacco, 75c; 1 Jack and feed, So. Passage for self and servant. $30, s total of $44.25, which was receipted in full by S, Smith, clerk for the Steamer Lecomte.