Seeking information on the Mann family of Coleman Co.
Clay Mann came to Coleman Co. from Parker Co. before 1870. He first lived with a cousin G. B. [Gideon] Mann.
Clay was a cow herder. He married Mary Elkins, daughter of Uncle Kin Elkins in 1879 and Clay had a ranch on Jim Ned Creek. I do know he owned the "24" brand and records indicate he registered it in 1881 Kent Co. The date may be right but not the location. He sold the cattle and brand to Brown & Scoggins of Kent/Garza.
Then Clay started the "80" brand and had a black cowboy herder working for him named Daniel Webster Wallace, later nicknamed "80 John". Wallace registered his D W brand in Mitchell Co., 1883. Clay moved his ranch headquarters to Mitchell Co., in 1886 and drove 26,000 cattle from Coleman Co. [?} with his big 80 brand.
Clay lived for only 39 years and died at the Brown hotel in Denver, Colorado in 1889. The problem is that Clay Mann was over shadowed by 80 John Wallace who became a millionaire Cattle king in his own right. So, Coleman County had yet one more early pioneer who has become a lost legend.
If anyone has any information I would appreciate the details as I am trying to preserve his life history in an article or book if I learn more about him.