Rita Ownby Holcomb Author

Bringing my ancestors to life.

Judge James Thompson was appointed the first Chief Justice of Grayson County and was the first Postmaster at Preston. His home was moved to the village in 1990.

Son of Jesse & Anna (McDonald) Thompson.

Before he was seven years old his family moved to Cherokee County on the Tennessee River in what is now Alabama. Thompson grew up among Cherokees, becoming affluent in their language and ways.

Married to:

1st. Margaret McNary (1818) A quarter blood Cherokee, of the Long Hair Clan. The Thompson family joined the Cherokee Migration to what is now known as Oklahoma. They opened a Trading Post on the Arkansas River. Margaret died in 1839.

2nd. Nancy Shuntally in 1843. Nancy died in childbirth 2 years later.

3rd. Martha Jane Gresham Caruthers (widow) in 1846.

He was a Cherokee Trader-Texian-Seccessionist.

He migrated Circa 1840 ,to Washita Bend, TX (Preston Bend, TX).

He owned a ranch with over 3,000 acres which provided horses for the Butterfield Stage Line whose route crossed his property. He also operated a ferry across the Red River.

The story of the house being saved from the flood waters of Lake Texoma is as interesting as the Judge’s life. Read about it for yourself!


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