Grayson County TXGenWeb

Some Early Grayson County History

Bird's Eye Views of Texas Towns  

Firsts in Grayson County
Dallas Morning News
9 May 1895

Denison, Tex., May 8. -- J.S. Searcey, the oldest resident of Grayson County was in the city to-day from Bonham in the interests of the Protective association, which looks after stolen horses.  Capt. Searcey came here fifty years ago. He was the first to locate in Denison and purchased the first bale of cotton ever bought on the streets.

  • Sports Car made at the Washington Iron Works in Sherman
  • People
  • Walter William Kinney - played for the Red Sox
  • Belle Starr & Grayson County Connections 
  • The Paul Revere of Texas ~ Sophia Porter
  •  Edna Browning Gladney ~ child welfare advocate
  •  Electra Waggoner Biggs
       Artist and the Buick Electra was named for her.
       View her Tombstone in West Hill Cemetery
  • Interview with J. D. Shannon, early settler

  • Many early Grayson County happenings and things of interest are in the
    Vaden family book


    Immigration to Texas

    This from Michael Alan Reese of Houston
    Did You Know?

    Jesse Gent Nash (1822-1897) & wife, Mary Louisa (Marsh) Nash (1826-1896), who founded the
    Mary Nash College of Sherman, were the parents of Alexander Quincy Nash. Alexander and his wife
    Martha Smith were the parents of John Forbes Nash, Sr., born about 1892 in Sherman, Grayson County,
    TX.  John Forbes Nash, a graduate of Texas A&M College, moved away to Bluefield, Mercer Co., West
    Virginia. He married Margaret Virginia Martin and they are the parents of
     JOHN FORBES NASH, JR.  the winner of the Nobel Prize Economics and the subject of the
    book and now a movie, A BEAUTIFUL MIND.
     Jesse Gent Nash

    Ranch History

    T Anchor Ranch in west Texas, owned by Jot Gunter, William B. Munson, Sr., & John S. Summerfield
    (cattle drives from Grayson Co. to the T Anchor Ranch)

    Stories gathered in the 1930s concerning ranching, with mention of the Sanborn and Gunter Ranches

    Sanborn Ranch in Western Grayson
    Connections to the inventor of barbed wire ("bobwire")

    Henry Bradley Sanborn, businessman and rancher, the 
    "Father of Amarillo"

    Texas Day by Day, each day in history of Texas
    Texas History Quizzes

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