Mathias Costello, a native of Ireland, with his wife,
Margaret Buckley Costello, came to Texas and Palo Pinto County in 1876
from their home at Baltimore. They were the parents of four boys
and two girls -- one of whom, Mike Costello, is still
living. The other are Con Costello, Ed Costello, Will Costello and
Mrs. Mary McMillian and Mrs. Margaret Weldon. All of the children
lived around Pickwick for a number of years. They are of the
After arriving in Texas, the family lived as all other families arriving
in the area at that time, in a log cabin with dirt floors. One of
the hardships remembered by members of the family, was going 18 miles to
Palo Pinto on horseback, for a doctor when sickness struck. They
stated that sometimes the Brazos River was up and it had to be crossed
twice going each direction, making it a perilous trip. At one
time, Ed Costello started to Palo Pinto with the voting boxes following
and election and while crossing the river, the boxes started floating
away and Mrs. Costello had to sit on them to hold them down the balance
of the crossing.
The family has engaged in ranching all through the years and Mike
Costello now living in Palo Pinto, is ranching. Other descendants
include grandchildren, Miss Connie Costello, Miss Pearl O'Donnell and
Estes Weldon all of Pickwick; C. M. McMillian of Graford; Mrs. J. C.
Parsons, Myrtle Weldon Newman and K. C. Weldon all of Mineral Wells;
Jack McMillian of Weatherford; Mrs. Ella McMillian, Perry and Elmer
McMillian of Graham; Lee Ella Costello of Houston; Mrs. Fred Crosland of
Big Spring and a large number of great-grandchildren living in this
county and in the vicinity of Pickwick.
All early landmarks of the family are covered with the water of Possum
Kingdom Lake or are on Costello Island.