Wylie Kuykendall made his mark as traildriver

A portrait photograph of Wylie M. Kuyendall.

   Wylie Martin Kuykendall, pioneer traildriver, was born in Fort Bend County, Texas, on October 22, 1839, to Robert H. (Gill) and Electra (Shannon) Kuykendall. 
   He was the grandson of Robert H. Kuykendall, Sr., one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred.  
   He was named after a family friend and prominent colonist, Wyly Martin.  
   His mother died shortly thereafter, and in 1846 his father was presumed killed by Indians.  
   In 1849 Kuykendall left his home in Fort Bend County, riding on a mule behind his black servant, Lark, who eventually left him in Matagorda, where he lived for a while with his grandmother, Susan K. Tone.  
   He got a job punching cattle at the age of 10, and at 12 he was trailing cattle to Missouri for Bill Hurnden, who paid him $25 a month.  

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