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Lin Branum was born on a farm near Dallas on 9 August
1861 to Lindsey and Margaret Miller Branum. He died in Carrizozo, New
Mexico 3 May 1925. Lin and Nellie Anne Henley--daughter of Thomas W.
Henley and Nancy Melvina Williams Henley, were married in Nogal, New
Mexico 6 June 1894. To this union were born five children, Alice May,
Nancy Margaret, Rufus, Linza and Clinton. Lin was for many years was
an outstanding figure in ranching and cattle circles of New Mexico with
large holding in various counties of the state.
Lin started his career in west Texas where he worked on a cattle ranch
in Eastland County. He then came to New Mexico around 1877 and was employed
on the VV Ranch in Lincoln County, owned by James Cree. Lin, in the
meantime, accumulated some cattle of his own and located on the Three
Rivers. He worked for a year for the Goodwin interests. W. C. McDonald,
first Governor of New Mexico after statehood, also employed him for
several years. In 1897 he moved his cattle to the foothills of the Jicarilla
Mountains at Coyote Canyon near White Oaks and established the Steeple
M ranch. The Branum family remained at the Steeple M ranch for 24 years.
He sold this ranch to the Warden brothers and bought the I-X Ranch near
Carrizozo. He continued ranching until his failing health required him
to sell his holding and retire.