George Washington Keefer and Caroline Virginia Searcy
The Family History Of George Washington Keefer and Caroline Virginia Searcy
George Washington Keefer was born March 23, 1815 in Ohio. His family moved to South Indiana. When he was a very young man, about 15, he ran away from home and secured position on a steamboat plying the Mississippi River. While unloading supplies and cotton at the Searcy Plantation in Louisiana, he met the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. Soon he fell in love with this girl, Caroline Virginia Searcy. On their honeymoon, Caroline and George set out for Texas in a wagon pulled by oxen. Other Couples joined them in their wagons. When they came to a spring or lake, they killed game to cook and rest. The Choctaw Indians were very friendly and gave them much needed advice and help. They taught Caroline to gather poke greens, sheep sorrel, and lamb's Quaker to cook. They taught her how to use the bark of Black Jack trees to dye cloth black, and to use the bark of the willow to dye materials. They taught George to kill wild animals for meat. They killed wild hogs, turkey, and deer. George Keefer received a grant for 640 acres of land which was located in Polk County. The certificate is dated November 12, 1846. It states that he had resided in the region for three years and performed all the duties required of him as a good citizen. He later sold this land and his family moved to Madison County, where 3 generations of Keefer's lived.
TXBOERNEBUNNYadded this on 20 Mar 2011
ldydriver0618_1originally submitted this to BREWER~2 on 16 Feb 2007
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