Hi, for starters, go to Google.com
Search window and type in John Chisum
or Chissum, and scan all entries- two give the family history of Chisum-
chisholm- Chissum- and some spellings must be Old Irish and/or Indian
Note John Simpson Chissum , a farmer and rancher, drove his and
neighbor's cattle from Broken Bow, Okla, to Chicago Market- up the
Shawnee Trail or the Prehistoric Pig Trail and/or the Wire Treail. he
lived and died in Broken Bow.
Another John Chissum was County Clerk at Paris, Texas and took the
contract to build a new Courthouse. he left for Collin and Denton County
ranching- the movie LONESOME DOVE was loosely patterned after him- there
is a Lonesome Dove Baptist Church east of Denton in Collin County.
This John Chissum drove cattle through Parker and Erath Counties to
Ballinger, San Angelo and Concho Valley. In Erath County a John Wylie had
joined him and they were partners in the Concho Valley, driving their
cattle on Goodnight- Loving Trail southwest to Pecos River, then north
into Colorado and Wyoming. Most of the time they did not drive the
cattle, but delivered them to Col. Goodnight and Charles Loving and
would either sell to them or pay them by the head to deliver the cattle
to the Indian Reservation market where Buffalo had been killed- and
usually Indian Agents distributed the cattle to camps or slaughter
houses . THIS WAS NOT SAM HOUSTON'S FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE WHO CAME TO
TEXAS FOR HOUSTON TO NEGOTIATE WITH TEXAS INDIANS TO NOT TURN AGAINST
TEXANS IN BATTLES WITH MEXICO.
This Jesse Chisholm was not a Trail Driver, but marked a Wagon and ox
cart trail from the Red River to Yukon, Oklahoma ant on to Abilene Kansas
where he had a store which supplied Trail Drivers. The McCoy Trail
through Waco going North - or through McGregor- and other towns farther
west became known as the Old Chisholm Trail, as , north of the red river
they joined Chisholm's Trail. Note that dozens of these families were
listed in U.S. Census records in several states in Google References.
Some of these Wiley or Wylie families still live in Erath County.
May not be much help. but my 89 year old Aunt Mary Wyly ( Capt. U.S. ARmy
Nurse Corps, WW2, South Pacific) of Selden and Tarleton attended Nurse's
Training with NITA FAIR , appx. 1917. her brother TOM FAIR was Walnut
Springs Postmaster in 1960's and his son became an Ag Teacher at Texas
A&M. I heard he had left teaching for a better job.
I stored some Chisum- Chissum- Chisholm , and related muddy water- maybe
you will see something to help.
Charles A. Wyly