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Sarah A Talley Pannell
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1829
Brazoria County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1909
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

(Obit of Sarah Talley Pannell)
Saturday evening, June 26, at 5 p.m. Mrs. Sarah A. Pannell, widow of the late H. G. Pannell, breathed her last at the house of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary J. Wait of Fort Worth. She had been in feeble health for some time and her death was not unexpected. She was just rounding out her 80 years. Just three years ago, this month, she moved to the home of her eldest daughter in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Pannell was born in Brazoria county, Texas, October 24, 1829. Her parents, David Talley and Mary Elizabeth Talley, came to Texas from Kentucky with Stephen F. Austin, in 1827. They located on the beautiful plantation known today in Brazoria county as the Darlington plantation. It was called in the early days of Texas Horseshoe Lake, named for the lake that made a complete horseshoe. On this scene nature seemed to have lavished all her beauties to tempt man to make his abode with her. Spreading live oaks draped with bunches and streamers of moss. Rolling prairies stretching out from the calm liquid body of this clear spreading lake. The vast stretch of prairies before, the majestic old trees behind. It was amidst this beautiful scene that David Talley and his young bride, coming to Texas with hopeful hearts and beuyent spirit, erected their log home. The trials and vicissitudes of life in those days in Texas are nurtured such characters as the subject of our sketch, Mrs. S. A. Pannell. She was a character true from every viewpoint with a timidity and humility that makes women most beautiful, but true and courageous and strong in faith in God and man. Her absolute trust in God gave her an earnest hopeful spirit with which she faced all of life's duties. Her early training amidst the many dangers that surrounded lives in those early years in Texas, gave her a self-reliant and resolute spirit. Her mother died when she was 11 years old, leaving her care a brother several years her junior. While her father faced the sterner duties of life, this child was taking up the role of motherhood--a mission, looking at her life from its finish, that God seemed to have pecuilarly called her to fill.

July 16, 1844, she was united in marriage (in Harris Co., Texas) to Hugh George Pannell of Wheeling, W. Va. Houston the a mere village, was the home of this youthful couple. From this marriage 13 children were born, of whom only four survived. Mrs. Mary J. Wait of Fort Worth, Mrs. Bettie Buckner of San Antonio, Mrs. Alice V. Stroud of Alpine, Mrs. Sadie P. Hefiey of Cameron.

August 6, 1876, her husband, H. G. Pannell, died leaving her sole heir to his large estate. That she has been true to his trust and faithful in the discharge of her duty, her children and those who know her best, with one accord agree.

She lived all the years of her long and useful life in Texas, having watched her native state and Houston, the home of her mature life, grow from infancy to such glorious maturity. Her pride in her state and city was natural and right.

Her Texas history was from observation, and part of her life. She was born under the Mexican government and lived under five flags in Texas. The only time she was ever out of Texas was in April, 1836, when the news spread over South Texas of Santa Anna and his raid. The settlers left their homes in every conceivable way. Her father and uncles were with Sam Houston, making ready for the battle of San Jacinto. Her mother, with a younger brother, gathered her childen and what few household effects they were able to carry and left on a sleigh-- the wagon had been lent to a neighboring family and no time was to be lost. The sleigh proved to be a happy misfortune. The roads were heavy from recent rains and the sleigh went gliding on its way in places where wagons could not go. The went over into Louisiana. She loved to tell of her only trip out of Texas.

It was the needs of Texas in 1836 that was the magnet drawing to this Texas lassie the lover and husband, H. G. Pannell, then a young boy, reading of Texas and her struggles for independence,volunteered his services, and came to Texas as a soldier. He was one of the soldiers put guard Santa Anna. After the battle of San Jacinto he remained in Texas for several months. After returning to his Virginai home he felt the love of Texas so strong in his heart, and the faith in the future of Texas so staunch and sure, he came back to cast his lot with Texas.

Mrs. Pannell's life has been a mission of service. She was not only the mother of 13 children, but raised from early childhood two sets of orphan children, left in her merciful hands. She educated and started in a life of usefulness five grandchildren. At every turn in life the cry of duty seemed to sound its bugle horn, and at every cry she, in God's name, took up the work that seemed for her and went forward.

She leaves four children, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her life was full and fruitful and her passing out to sea was calm and peaceful. "Her trust was staid on Him." The passing of a life like Mrs. Pannell's is a benediction.

Her remains were interred at Glenwood cemetery, Monday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m. from St. Paul' Methodist Episcopal chruch, Rev. James Kilgore of Palistine officiating.
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Family links: 
  Hugh George Pannell (1816 - 1877)
  Reed Flint Pannell (1846 - 1882)*
  Mary J Pannell Wait (1847 - 1918)*
  George A Pannell (1852 - 1856)*
  Edward P Pannell (1855 - 1855)*
  Andrew J Pannell (1858 - 1884)*
  Alice Virginia Pannell Stroud (1861 - 1948)*
  Robert Lee Pannell (1862 - 1862)*
  Cora Lee Pannell (1864 - 1873)*
  William W Pannell (1865 - 1866)*
  Ida May Pannell (1869 - 1872)*
  Georgie Etta Pannell (1872 - 1878)*
*Calculated relationship
She in not dead but sleepeth

Glenwood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sect. C-4, Lot 164
Maintained by: Robert Hague
Originally Created by: Screwtape
Record added: Sep 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15702753
Sarah A <i>Talley</i> Pannell
Added by: Robert Hague
Sarah A <i>Talley</i> Pannell
Added by: Robert Hague
Sarah A <i>Talley</i> Pannell
Added by: Robert Hague
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May songs of the angels welcome you and guide you along your way. May the smiles of the martyrs greet your own as darkness turns into day. Every fear will be undone and death will be no more, as songs of the angels bring you home before the face of God.
- Robert Hague
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012

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