I never forget what the sheriff of Gilmer said to me, ” I ain’t never seen no dead folks before.” I was at the Upshur county court house looking through the deed and title library; copying everything I could about Grandma Becky’s land. The land men were Lee Rayburn and Matthew Clark from Exxon, the well was Gladewater Gas Unit #5, Well 1; the well was producing millions of cubic feet of high-cost natural gas per day along with condensates. The remark from the sheriff, there is still a sherriff’s deed in effect in Upshur County on my land now, was in reference to who owned the land the well was on. The hundred or more claimants all had deeds and titles; by law Exxon-Mobil had to cure the title opinion. I realize today, thirty years later, that it wasn’t going to make any difference for our family. My great-great grandmother bought five hundred acres or more in Upshur County in the 1870’s, lock, stock and barrel. The fact that millions of years ago this land was called Pine Island is reflective to the pine trees all throughout East Texas. The heat ,pressure and lime stone over time created one of the juggernauts in oil; the East Texas Oil Field. Grandma Becky had brought land that is geographically in the center of what was twenty billion barrel’s or more of oil and trillions of feet of high cost natural gas in 1930.. This land had been a dangerous place for many reasons to her and her family. She provided work and refuge for, her family, the ex-slaves wanting work and freedom to begin a new life. The wrath of the Klu Klux Klan came down on her and the people living on her land; men,women and children were tortured, and killed. The torrent of oppression and hate for her is still evident today at the cemetery she rests in, her tomb stone bears this epitaph, ” The white woman who loved niggers!.” I wouldn’t be surprised, after all, the city of Gladewater made the uniforms for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, the Klu Klux Klan was supreme fear for the black people living in Upshur County. They could do whatever they wanted no matter who, when,what or where. The East Texas Oil Field was discovered in 1930. The price for a barrel of oil was fifty cents and the gas was burned off by the trillions of cubic feet every moment; terrible waste.. There was so much oil that a man could still get rich back in those days. It was a terrible thing to be black in Texas during those times; the farmers were forced off the land, the titled land owners had to sale or die. There were blacks who outright owned land in East Texas, the laws were different so it made it possible for a black man or woman to own land. When the word got out that oil was on their land it was the Klu klux Klan,crooked laws and lawyers who forced them out with their main weapon; fear. All my relatives that were still alive in Upshur County got drove out by the Klan, the land men, and crooked lawyers. The oil rigs were everywhere, side to side, pumping oil all over east Texas, but it was odd that Gladewater had land that was never drilled on by any producers. So when Exxon-Mobil bought a well in the fireworks went off and the black gold rush came there again. Lee and Matthew went on to be big executives with the Company, we signed an Oil and gas lease contract with Exxon-Mobil. they said; ” It will be years before you see any profit from the well; it has to pay off first.” I knew they were putting the fraud in place from the get go; the well were pumping high cost gas from 12,500 feet in the Cotton Valley Lime, by the millions of cubic feet daily, which is at this moment the center of a black oil rush in the East Texas Oil Field. but we had to wait for the well to pay off. It is thirty years later and the well still hasn’t paid off; we been robbed! This is where the story turns because it is two wells on Gladewater Gas Unit #5 now and we never did realize its full potential from the fair market value of the commodities; oil and gas. I have been offering lawyers this case since 1982, none will take on Exxon-Mobil, although I can prove the Breach of Contract. This predator, Exxon-Mobil, is the new Klu Klux Klan in Upshur County, waits and watches as my family dies while steadily stealing our money for the oil and gas from Gladewater Gas Unit #5, Wells 1&2. The legal system has only one recourse but to front Exxon-Mobil in Texas but they are not going to do it. The pay offs are so big as not to stir up anything that might bring a light on Gladewater Gas Unit #5, my Angel, Grandma Becky will get redemption. I will take this to the Supreme Court if necessary, the destiny killers will not prevail. I know about the hate being sustained by Exxon-Mobil and their boy from Wichita Falls; Texas, he want respond to my communications. They making all those billions, beating us at the pump, and they don’t know; I am not going away.
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