Reminiscences of Mrs. Annie Fagan Teal 317
REMINISCENCES OF MRS. ANNIE FAGAN TEAL
IMRS. T. C. ALLAN
[These "Reminiscences" are contributed by Mrs. Thomas O'Connor, of
Victoria, Texas. They were published in Victoria in 1897, in a local
magazine, entitled "By the Way." 'By the Way" was published by Dr.
Geo. McA. Tyng, and he consents to the republication of the article in THE
QUARTERLY. The "Reminiscences" were compiled originally by Mrs. T.
C. Allan. The notes in the present edition are supplied by Mrs.
In 1816, when two years of age, Annie, daughter of Nicholas
Fagan, came with her parents from Ireland to New York, where
they lived four years, and then moved to Philadelphia. From there
they drifted to Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and later to
a point above the last named city, where they lived three years.
That country being thinly settled by whites, Sioux Indians form-
ing the greater part of the population, the climate cold and no
Catholic church near, the mother was anxious to leave and find
a home where her children could be brought up under the influ-
ences of her own church. New Orleans was selected, the trip be-
ing made in a flat boat. The mother died soon after arriving at
their destination, and the father and children were stricken with
yellow fever. Strangers in a strange country, their situation was
pitiful. But as in the days of the early Disciples a "good Samar-
itan" passed by-a wealthy lady, Mrs. Duplice, learning their
condition, sent a Mexican nurse to attend them. As soon as they
could be moved in safety she had the children conveyed to her
home, where she kindly cared for them until the father called
them home after a second marriage.
In 1829 the family came out to Texas on the Panoma, in
charge of Captain Prietta, a Spaniard, who got a special permit
to land them at Copano. Reaching there, he asked what could
have induced them to seek a home in so desolate a country with
only Mexicans and Indians for neighbors. He was afraid to go
.ashore, and said that was his first and would be his last trip to
the "wild" country. Mr. Edward McDonough and wife, father
and mother of Mrs. James Warden, came over on the same boat
from New Orleans. The Fagan party left Copano one beautiful,
bright sunny morning, traveled all day, and went into camp un-
der shining stars. During the night a "norther," a thing un-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101091/. Accessed April 27, 2015.