In the middle of the nineteenth century my ancestor Isaac ‘Ike’ Story traveled to north Texas with other families from southern Illinois. Republic of Texas volunteers made early settlement possible through heroic acts at the Battle of Village Creek and the peace that followed soon after.
A mail route served the pre-Civil War community of Gorbet just north of Twin Wells. It connected Estelle in Dallas County to Bedford and Birdville in Tarrant County. That old mail route stretched across the Three Forks Region of Texas. These pioneer settlements are landmarks on maps to this day. Ike Story renamed Gorbet, Kit. He opened a general store and post office there. Our heritage goes back to those times and places. Pioneer families lived by faith in God and hope for the future. We do well when we follow their example.
Battle of Village Creek by Republic of Texas Volunteers
Prior to May 24, 1841 any thought of widespread Anglo settlement in the Three Forks area of North Texas was unthinkable. Just east of present day Fort Worth and on the west side of Arlington is Village Creek. Caddos, Cherokees and Tonkawas living along the banks of the creek posed a barrier to settlement by Europeans. The Republic of Texas knew this.