Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Tom H. McNelly]
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Mrs. Florence Angermiller P. W.
232 Pioneer Experiences. UVALDE COUNTY, DISTRICT #10
TOM H. McNELLY
With a telephone by his bedside, Tom McNelly has not lost touch with his home town, but rather keeps abreast of times as thoroughly as the up-and-going. Having been confined to his bed continuously for the past three years, he finds life rather interesting and talks with candor and enjoyment of the old days when he first came to Uvalde.
“I guess we are Irish for my mother said we came from Ireland and it took three weeks to make the voyage across the water. They settled in Virginia where I was born. My birth date was December 13, 1858. I don't remember the trip to Texas for I was only two or three years old when they decided to move west. But my family took a boat at New Orleans, leaving my father at the mouth of Red River to bring the five or six-hundred head of sheep across country to our new home. We came on around by boat to Galveston and then up to Houston where we took ox-wagons for Lavaca County. We got there by the time my father did. We settled within about eight miles of Nallettsville and there is where I learned to handle sheep.
“Herding sheep became second nature to me. I was red-headed, bare-footed, had plenty of freckles and never owned a pair of shoes till I was nine years old. Well, I didn't need any and after a kid goes barefoot a long time, shoes really are hard to wear. Of course we were proud of our shoes in those days for we didn't get a pair very often.