From 28th September 1840 until 18th November 1851, Nicholas Adolphus Sterne kept a diary of his daily activities, which is a valuable source of information on the period of the Republic of Texas . . . the names of some of our kith 'n kin are scattered through these pages . . . and regarding this date in our family history . . . the 20th day of May . . . here are the words Sterne penned in his diary in the year 1843 . . .
Saturday the 20th May  fine weather for traveling -- left after Breakfast, called to see my old friends ELISHA ROBERTS and his wife, arrived at Sabine Town at 5 P. m. stopped at the House of Judge Hotchkiss, met with Mr Pemberton, Mr Peck, and Mr Austin, was introduced to Mr Clapp partner of Austin, they appear to do good Business they have the only Store in the place, wrote a letter home to be send in the mail to morrow morning --
This Elisha Roberts, an early Texas alcalde, is a 4th great-grandpa to the keeper of this family history blog . . . Elisha lived until the 3rd of October 1844 . . . and his wife, Patsy, died on the 18th of December 1845 . . . both were buried near their home in San Augustine County, Texas . . . in 1936 a Texas Centennial marker was erected at the site . . .