Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Margurite Rast]
Mrs. Edgerton Arnold, P.W.
McLennan County, Texas
District No. 8
No. words 1394
File No. 240
Page No. 1 Reference
Margurite Rast, Waco, Texas—Term Theme, Texas History, Baylor University
1930. PIONEER WOMEN OF TEXAS:
“Of interest to all the people of Waco and McLennan County, is the story of Mrs. Neil McLennan, wife of Neil McLennan, the first pioneer to build a home near Waco. Mrs. McLennan was born in Scotland and came to North Carolina with her parents, where she married Neil McLennan, also of Scotland. In 1820, she and her husband, and three small children, with some relatives and friends, moved to Florida. While it was still under Spanish rule. After fourteen years in Florida, they decided to come to Texas. The men went into the forest, cut down logs, and made a schooner large enough to hold several families.
“Their's was a thrilling voyage across the Gulf of Mexico. On the way, they were captured by pirates. A storm arose and the McLennan's boat kept knocking against the pirates boat. Fearing their boat would be wrecked, they released the schooner, much to the delight of the McLennan's when the light of day broke over the waters.
“Without further mishap, they landed at the mouth of the Brazos, sold their schooner, came to Fond's creek, near Fort Nashville, near the present town of Camaron, in what is now Fall's county. They found the Indians malicious and murderous.
“Time and time again, Neil McLennan had to throw down the plow and flee with his family to the Fort at Old Nashville, twelve miles distant. Most of the way was marshy and often they had to wade in water knee deep, and be frightened to death for fear the baby would cry and call attention to them.