Four: "Well Nigh Dead"

David spent one of his longer stretches in New Orleans after a failed merchant venture to Haiti in 1829. He opened a dry goods store of his own and married Caroline Ditmar, but he soon grew restless and joined the Revenue Cutter Service. Kokernot later described the dashing and successful pursuit of smugglers over the following year, but the truth is both more sinister and amusing. He also revealed his dark side by suing his wife for divorce immediately after returning from a Revenue Cutter cruise of the Gulf of Mexico. The divorce went nowhere and neither did his Cutter Service career. He was dismissed and immediately prepared for another cruise, this time to Texas with a cargo of dry goods to sell. The trip was a disaster. A tale of shipwreck, death, and rescue follows, but the upshot is David connected with some of the heroes of the upcoming Texas Revolution, fell in love with the new land, and, best of all from his point of view, discovered there was a good market for New Orleans dry goods. He returned home after three months only to spend the next five months arranging his return to Texas. In March of 1832 he returned to Texas with his wife, daughter, mother-in-law, her two sons, and thousands of dollars worth of dry goods. He left behind enough ill will that he never returned, even for a visit, except briefly on duty in the Civil War.


David Reminisces
War Again!
To the Waters of Peach Creek
Tories Strike Back
Tory Chase
Revolution!
David and Caroline Kokernot's Children
Finest Looking Man I Ever Saw
Well Nigh Dead
Barbarous Strife and Drunken Debauch
"I Came to the United States with My Father"
"I Was Born in the City of Amsterdam"
Who Was David Kokernot and Why Should You Know Him?
The Author