overtook came up with 2
persons going to the army crossed the
Navidad thence [through?] [postoaks?] some
miles. Passed Foleys Plantation on the
thence to the Lavacea at Mrs Hall=
=ams where there is a store and grocery
and blacksmith shop
The Lavacea is about Equal to the
Bernardo having no bottoms being
pararie on the stream with post
oaks bank near. Went 8 miles this
evening to Mr Tandey's where we got
corn for our horses with out charge
Mr Tandey is from Washington County
and a Brother in Law to Mr Heck
The country except on a few small pararies
of black land, is very poor
Wednesday [May 27 1846?]
This morning travelled 15 miles to a
creek and [stopped?] and got our dinner
I having killed a deer of which we
took the hams. Finding fish in the
creek we burned some needles and
bent them for hooks and making some lines,
we caught a fine lot of large trout
and pearch broiled them for dinner
they being very fine indeed. Camped
in the Victoria pararie
May 28th 1846
Arrived at Victoria at 10 oclock
find it situated on the east side of the Gaudaloupe
River the pararie coming to the River
Victoria is a thriving Town containin

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San Jac Descendant

Washington Green Lee Foley (1780-1874), Lavaca County pioneer, immigrated to Texas in 1838. The mill, gin, blacksmith shop, and cluster of slave huts were listed on Ferdinand von Roemer's map of Texas as Foley's Settlement and were described by William Bollaert in 1843 as "a very fine settlement and good cotton and corn plantation." Foley was wealthy and made extensive loans to settlers and merchants in the area, including one for $1,000 to Gail Borden to finance his "meat biscuit."