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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: 
June 22, 1937
Name: Jackson Thompson (Creek)
Post Office: 
Checotah, Oklahoma
Residence Address:   
Date of Birth:  1872
Place of Birth: 
near Pierce, Creek Nation
Father:  
March Thompson
Place of Birth:  
Information on father:
Mother: 
Mary Brewer
Place of birth:   
Information on mother:
Field Worker:
James S. Buchanan
Interview #

I (Jackson Thompson) was born in the year of 1872 near the town of Pierce, Creek Nation. My father was March Thompson, full blood Creek, who was the son of Manual Thompson. My grandmotherís name I never knew.

My mother was Mary (Brewer) Thompson, Creek. My motherís parents died when she was very young and I never knew anything of them.

I was reared in the vicinity of my birthplace and educated in the Asbury mission. After leaving the Asbury mission I attended the Texas Normal College at Denton, Texas. After attending the Texas Normal, I accepted a position as a clerk in the general store of W. E. Gentry & Company at Checotah, which position I held for about five years.

In 1897 I engaged in the general hardware business at Checotah and continued in that business until 1934 when, due to business depression, I discontinued the business.

In 1924 I was selected by the Creek Nation as member of a committee to select legal council for representation of the interests of the Creeks before the court of claims in Washington, D. C. There were fifteen cases filed against the government in this movement. We succeeded in obtaining judgment in two cases that were tried. The first, known as the "boundary line" case, which was to establish a line between the Sac-Fox and Creek Nations, the other was the case involving the question of disbursement of tribal funds without authority.

My father March Thompson was quite active in tribal affairs. He was prosecuting attorney for the Eufaula district of the Creek Nation for many years. He also served as District Judge under the Creek government for several years. After retiring from the judgeship, he served in the House of Kings (Senate of the Creek government) until his death in 1908. 

In 1908 I was married to Susana Grimes, daughter of Billie and Desie Grimes, Creeks. Two children were born to us. The oldest daughter, Irene, born in 1900, died in 1916. Our younger daughter Mamie was born in 1912.

A postal card colored picture of the Jackson Thompson home in Checotah is attached to the duplicate copy of this manuscript.

Submitted to OKGenWeb by Marylee Jones Boyd, August 2001.