Mary Janette McAnelly

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About Mary Janette McAnelly


Mary Jenette McAnelly was born on August 9, 1861, in John Redus Ranch, Medina, Texas, USA.

Mary married Pleasant Ernest McAnelly, II on October 11, 1881, in Medina, Texas, United States. Together they had the following children:

She died on November 12, 1908, in Devine, Medina, Texas, USA, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Devine, Medina County, Texas, United States of America.

The McAnelly Family History (As told by Phil McAnelly)[]

The McAnelly family first moved into the Devine area in the late 1870s, although Pleasant McAnelly, the old Texas Patriot [the first McAnelly to arrive], probably rode through this country in the 1830s before Texas was even Texas, as part of the group of men with Ben Milam that drove the Mexican army out of San Antonio in the Battle of Bexar. He was standing next to Ben Milam in the Veramendi house when Ben was shot in the head by a Mexican soldier. Pleasant picked him up and carried him into a back room. He later said, “When I saw his head fall back, I knew he was dead.” Pleasant later rode with the Rangers, Bigfoot Wallace, and Lon Moore. He was about twenty-five years old at the time. The large, wooden, bullet-riddled doors from the Veramendi house are still on display in the Alamo.

One of Pleasant’s sons, Pleasant Ernest (P.E.) moved into Medina County in the 1870s, and on Oct. 11, 1881, married Mary Jenette Redus, daughter of John and Sally (McLamore) Redus. John Redus, who was a rancher who owed a Ranch along the Hondo Creek from what is now FM 2200 between Devine and Yancey to Hwy 90 east of Hondo, some fifteen miles north. Mary grew up in the big rock house on the Hondo Creek that is depicted in the mural in Triple C Restaurant in Devine.

P.E. and Mary had eight children, all boys. In 1883, P.E. bought about 2,000 acres on the Hondo Creek between Devine and Yancey on what is now FM 2200. The Old Spanish Road between Eagle Pass and San Antonio ran through part of the ranch. They built a sandstone rock house just west of the Hondo Creek with rock quarried from the big hill on their land just east of the creek. The house still stands and can be seen about one mile from the creek on the south side of the road. The walls are 18 inches thick, which helped keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are four rooms, two big and two small, each with its own fireplace. One of the small rooms served as the kitchen; the others as bedrooms and living room. There was a big covered porch all the way across the front. A hand-dug cistern just out the back door provided cool water, while a windmill out in front provided water for the livestock and the garden. There was a water trough about five feet long, two feet wide, and eighteen inches high, hollowed out of a single piece of sandstone.

The couple raised cattle, goats, and boys. As boys will do, they spent many hours up on the roof, carving their initials, names, or latest love into the sandstone with a nail. Some can still be seen today. Of particular interest to me is the one that says “Gladden + Hallie” – my grandfather, Gladden Clyde McAnelly, and grandmother, Hallie Loraine Nixon, daughter of John Phillip Nixon. (Hallie’s grandfather, Captain Robert Thomas Nixon, (CSA) was the man for whom the town of Nixon is named.)

John Phillip Nixon was a large ranch owner in the Yancey area, and he had another ranch in the Tarpley area in northern Medina County. He raised cattle and horses – good horses. He was a founder of the American Quarter Horse Assoc. and owned the fourth horse ever registered, Nixon’s Joe Bailey, a beautiful stud that is still in the pedigree of many ranch horses in Medina County. Captain John Thomas Nixon also sold horses to the U.S Army at Ft. Sam Houston during General Pershing’s failed attempt to catch Pancho Villa in 1916. At one point, the army failed to pay for the horses, and some seventy years later, *my great-grandmother Frances Amanda Nixon found the bill and filed suit against the Army for the unpaid debt. She was finally awarded the money, at the agreed-upon price decades earlier of $35 each.

Going back to the P.E. McAnelly family of eight boys out on the Hondo Creek, when the boys reached school age, P.E. and Mary decided they needed a home in Devine so the boys could attend school. It was about ten miles from the ranch to Devine, and with no vehicles and only horses and mules for transportation, it was way too far to travel two times a day. So, they bought the property and built a house on what is now the corner of Hwy 173 and McAnelly Street, where the grey brick house stands across from the Dairy Queen and on the banks of Burnt Boot Creek. Mary would stay in town with the boys, while P.E. would travel back and forth to take care of the ranch. At that time, Burnt Boot flowed most of the time, and there was a big, deep hole right north of the present-day bridge under the big oak tree. That was the favorite swimming hole for many little boys in Devine, and according to my grandfather, Gladden, it is where he learned to swim.

As a citizen of Devine, P.E. was an active member of the Methodist Church, was Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge, and served on the school board for Devine. It was while he was DISD School Board President in 1908 that the “new” school on College Street was built. It was complete with an indoor gymnasium, cafeteria, woodworking shop, and a free-standing Homemaking Building where girls learned cooking, sewing, and home management. That school – known for years as the “Green Alamo” – now houses the VFW. The Homemaking Building served until recently as the DISD Administrative office, and it still serves as office space for DISD.

   *"Early Nixon's of Texas" by Pat Ireland Nixon, MD, Genealogies by Dr. and Mrs. Pat Ireland Nixon, Jr., Published by Carl Hertzog, El Paso, Texas 1956 Hathitrust Early Nixon's of Texas actually has the details about Old Billy and Frances Amanda Nixon filing suit for the bill against the US Government for the Horses not paid to Captain Robert Thomas Nixon, (CSA) Estate, it must've been a joint effort, evidently the some of the horses were also McAnelly horses not paid for in the lot to the government.
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Mary Janette McAnelly's Timeline

August 9, 1861
John Redus Ranch,Medina,Texas,USA
July 22, 1882
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA, Hondo, Medina County, Texas, United States
September 29, 1883
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA, Medina County, Texas, United States
October 20, 1885
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA
May 30, 1887
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA, Medina County, Texas, United States
February 15, 1889
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA, Medina County, Texas, United States
May 21, 1891
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina County, Texas, USA
April 15, 1894
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina, Texas, USA, Medina County, Texas, United States
October 22, 1896
Pleasant McAnelly Ranch, Medina, Texas, USA, Medina County, Texas, United States