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Seaborn GRAY. It was because of none other than Pat
Garrett that Nellie Gray Reily became a pioneer in Lincoln County. Pat
Garrett and Nellie Gray's father, Seaborn GRAY, were first cousins.
The Gray family lived in Grapevine, Texas having originally come from
Alabama by way of Louisiana. In 1855 Seaborn Gray was suffering from
tuberculosis. Pat Garrett had been out west and thought it was a good
climate for him to come to. He persuaded Seaborn to come to New Mexico.
It was good advice because in a couple of years he was perfectly
well. He lived to quite an old man.
The trip took about four months on the road from Texas to Little Creek.
They drove 500 head of cattle and when they got to Ft. Sumner they had
to lay over for ten days because the water in the Pecos was too high
to ford. They had no drinking water, so the cowboys got an old barrel
and dipped some water and got some prickly pears, beat them up and put
them in the water to make it settle and be good enough to drink. The
family went to Little Creek where Seaborn Gay filed on what is now the
town site of Capitan. A Post Office naming the town Gray was established
in 1894. Seaborn served as Postmaster until 11 October 1900 when the
town was renamed Capitan. He also served as County School Superintendent
and was a deputy sheriff. Seaborn Gray and William Reily sold
their land to W. H. Eddy for the railroad into Capitan around
1907. Sources: WPA Interview 1935, newspaper clippings, History of Capitan.
Contributed Barbara Branum