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From: Polly Rash <>
Subject: Re: Marks and Brandings
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 07:58:14 -0500
Livestock--horses, cattle, etc. were branded with a branding iron with the
pattern of the owner. Marks were notches in the animals ears to signify
ownership. In earlier times, the animals, especially cattle, roamed free and
unfenced. When a stray was found by another person, he returned the animal to
the owner whose brand he recognized. It was a good honor system.
The Hood County TX genealogy society has their book of marks and brands online
with a list of the owners.
> Today he listed a few things that were in their county newsletter mostly from
> various tax rolls he suggested I look into. The last entry he made was
> written as "Marks and Brands" and was as followed:
> Could someone tell me what Marks and Brands is about? I've never heard of
> it. Milas GUNTER is my 3rd great grandpa