When they crossed the river Savannah
John Moses was only a lad,
A ferry in the eighteen-hundreds
Was the only crossing they had.
John Moses as a child was fearful,
Then his cap blew off in midstream;
What he did for a child came natural,
John Moses then started to scream.
The ferryman saw this disaster,
His heart was touched for the boy,
Took his captain’s hat, that master
put it on John Moses Leroy.
Peace was restored to the little boy’s frame,
How I love Dad’s family story,
About the day Great-Grandpa became
Captain John Moses Leroy.
-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013