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colony, only Mrs. Teal herself, Mrs. Sidick, a half-sister, who still
lives in the old neighborhood, and John Teal, a brother-in-law,
who is almost a centenarian, whose home is in Tilden, Texas,
only these three are left. Mr. Teal, her husband, died in 1853.
Long past her three score years and ten, she is still a loved and
honored member of her daughter's (Mrs. M. Murphy) household.
Though she has lived in Victoria ten years she does not like town
life; she says she loves nature's works too well to enjoy looking at
houses only; she likes freedom, plenty of room, air and light. Of
her ten children, she has two, Mrs. Murphy, her daughter, and
her son, James. Her eldest son, Nicholas, contracted measles in
the army, was given a furlough and went home to die, living one
week after reaching his home. During the war, two other sons,
John and Willie, lay dead in the house at the same time. That
was a trying time to the mother; so few people in the country,
they had to be buried by kindred hands.
Her cup of sorrow was not yet full-soon after the close of the
war, her daughter, Rose, just budding into womanhood, sickened
and died. Another daughter, Mary, bade good-bye to the world
and went into the Convent at the Mission. She was later sent
to Galveston, when, on account of her failing health, she was
transferred to Fort Worth. Not regaining strength, she was sent
still further north into Missouri, where she died eight years ago.
Still again was this much bereaved mother called upon to part
with another beloved child. Four years since, after years of acute
suffering, her daughter, Kate, passed away. Ten children had
been given her, eight had been taken away, yet this Christian
mother murmured not, but silently bowed her head, saying:
"Thy will be done."
[Original editorial note:] Since the above sketch went into the hands
of the printers, Mrs. Teal has passed from earth forever. After three
weeks of suffering she died on the morning of June 24, 1897, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Murphy, of this city. Her patience during her
sickness was wonderful; no one of her nurses heard a murmur or com-
plaint from her lips, only when asked by her faithful physician or anxi-
ous friends, "how she felt," did she speak of her feelings, then would
give a quiet answer. She was perfectly rational to the end, responded
to the prayers said around her dying bed, held the crucifix in her hands
and raised it lovingly to her lips. She knew she was going, but had no
fears. As a little child lays its head on its mother's bosom and goes to
sleep, so she, with the same trusting love, fell asleep in the arms of her
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