Clipped From The Paris News
Fleeing- Trom Indians After the settlers' houses on the north side of the river had been bumed by Captain Combs lo clear the country for the Indians Indians from the southeastern states, (ho settlers cnme lo the south side o? the river, and there were subject for some time to Indian raids. Once when there was a report that Indians were coming, Claiborne Wright put his wife and daughter and their Negro girl slave on a rude raft, and with him and his oldest son swimming and pushing the raft from each side and tbe trailer boys holding on behind they crossed the river and hid in the canebrake on the north side until the men returned to the south side and found the reported Indian raid was a false alarm. For several months after arrival the famib' had lived in a leanto and shack at Mabbitt's place and in 1817 built a log cabin on Pecan Bayou not far from the trading post., In 1818 they moved further up the river and built a house on a higher bank and the. next year moved still further west and built on what was known as Jonesboro Prairie when the town of that name was established. Arkansas Territory was organized in 1819 and all the southwest southwest part of it was Miller county. United States claimed to the Sabine river, instead of the Red, and Miller county exercised jurisdiction over the land, at least as far west as what is now the western boundary of Lamar county. The county scat was at Sb&wneetown, on the north bank of Red river, now a "deserted "deserted village" in McCurtain county, Oklahoma. Claiborue Wright was elected sheriff of Miller county in the 'twenties and served until his death in 1830. In 1820 Claiborne Wright, who then lived at Jonesboro, traded his Pecan Bayou place to Colonel Nathaniel Robbins for two horses and two cows and their calves. At Jonesboro that year another son, Alexander W. Wright, ,was born and the same year Claiborne Wright's wife died. Three years later he married again and the two sons of this marriage were John, born in 1824 and Ashley, born in 1S26. The daughter, Henrietta, Henrietta, married Judge Gabriel Martin in 1825 and went to her own home. Claiborne Wright and his wife arc buried in the old cemetery at Shawneetown, Oklahoma, in graves from which the markers have long since disappeared. William Wright, the oldest son, died in 1833 and there is no record of Adam M., or of John and Ashley available.