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But the details of her life have never been collected and told in one place before now, despite the truly remarkable life she led. Born March 7, , Marie was the daughter of a Confederate soldier and his Tennessee bride. Her father had been serving as a skilled horseman in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry when he was wounded in the right arm on September 9, The wound left him not only unfit for service, but in great pain the rest of his life.
He would come to depend greatly on his children to operate their farm in Mississippi, which the family had purchased from the Chickasaw Tribe before he entered the service. The Chickasaws were exceptional horsemen and breeders, and Holmes Willis Lemon hypothesizes that the small, stout and fast Chickasaw horses are the true and unheralded ancestor of the American Quarter Horse.
When Marie was in her early 20s, she left the Mississippi delta country to seek her fortune in the untamed cattle country of northern Texas, under the watchful care of her uncle, Colonel Aaron W. Coincidentally, we have featured Col. Dunn on Horse Nation before , clearing a hurdle on a trusty steed:. A syndicated story in details Ms. Dunn, who is a typical cowman, mounted a mustang horse to help the cowboys, and his niece insisted on going with him.
She could not be pursuaded that there was any danger in the adventure, or that her dress and sex placed her at any disadvantage. She insisted that if she could get a swift pony and a sidesaddle, she would show that she could ride alongside of the wildest steer and turn him, in spite of dangerous horns.
A pony was provided, and Miss Bynum ed the cowboys in pushing the steers towards the pen where they could be separated out. A big brown steer, all branded over, reared up and breaking out of the line, tossed his horns and started off like a deer. Miss Bynum whirled her pony and started after the animal. She did her work bravely. They saw her stop as the steer turned and balanced herself like a skilled equestrienne, and then head off the steer and turn him back. Soon she came dashing back alongside the steer and landed him in the bunch that was headed for the pen.
Although she was in eminent danger of being dragged off her mount by the horns of some steer striking into her riding habit, she was able to manage her skirts as well as her pony. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Public Domain. I am going to ride at the next round-up, and I expect to do much better.
She and her husband started a ranching mercantile and made private loans that helped establish Amarillo commerce. She also started a Ladies Aid Society, founded a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and made a fine philanthropist in her community.
To some it might sound like settling down, but in the era of quiet women, Marie was a force to be reckoned with. Marie Bynum Smith on Mercantile Wagon. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Public Domain. Portrait of Marie Bynum Smith. Leave a Comment comments.Woman want real sex Bynum Texas
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