[Mrs. Mary Green]
the leadership of General George Dibrell in April 1863, remaining in the service till 1865, and merged from the conflict safe and sound. In 1870, owing to conditions in the old Southern states, he immigrated with his father and brothers and some friends, to Texas, locating in Johnson county, near Alvaredo. Later they moved over to Parker county, settling on Bear Creek,where Mr. Green met a fairhaired, blue eyed girl,who was also born in Tennessee, where the home of the S. P. [?] had been in Warren county.
The first years of her life the romped with her sisters and brothers along the banks of Rocky River, where wild grape vines grew so rank, their vines being strong enough for swinging and where beautiful trees gave pleasant shade. There she learned to love the [beauties?] of nature. A large spring gushed from the rocks in the hills feeding the stream with pure, sparkling water, providing also a place for wading swimming and fishing.
Her home was a large log house, plastered inside with white lime, and its comforts and conveniences were everything desired at that time, when conveniences such as we know today were unheard of. The rooms were high and wide. The heating arrangements were a " stacked chimney”, built of rock and this was located between two rooms, with a grate or fire place on either side, and " dog-irons”, also called “andirons” upon which were laid the logs of wood. These firplaces afforded such convenience and pleasure, since all the cooking for the family was done here. Tall “pot racks” held pots and kettles made of iron, copper and brass, which were used for boiling foods, and a built-in oven with coals of fire heaped upon it, was used for the baking of many delicious morsel.
The wide hearth was always warm and cozy for warming one's feet.
A large compartment was used for stacking the wood supply, and it was situated right behind the chimney. The fire was never allowed to die down.
When father Lowry heard the call of Texas frontiers, seeing the [advantages?] of this great state where land [was?] cheap. he loaded [his?] family and household goods and started to Texas in 1872, and settled in Parker [county?], about 15 miles west of Ft. Worth, on the banks of Bear Creek, where the surrounding territory reminded them of their Tennessee