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I am looking for information on an outlaw, Big Jim French. He had a daughter in 1873 with a woman Martha Robertson, in Texas. Her name was Mollie French. She was raised by a family named Thomas in Denton county, Texas. Thank you
 
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Is this the Jim French that ran with the Martin gang?
 
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Big Jim French, a.k.a. Frenchy, was an outlaw who gained fame as part of the Billy the Kid legend. Researchers delving into that mess, have for years, based on the remembrances of an old timer present, been representing French as a half Cherokee from Keota, Indian Territory. A whole bunch of knot heads from Arkansas and Oklahoma in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, tried to promote Cherokee, James K. French, a member of the Cook gang, as Big Jim. Glenn Shirley finally proved that James K. was too young to have been involved in events in Lincoln County, New Mexico in the mid-1870's. The reference to Keota is based entirely on a letter purportedly written by Big Jim French in the late 1870's; however, Keota did not exist in the late 1870's. There is a Jim French, and family who lived about 4 miles northwest of present Keota in 1896. The family seems to have lived in the northeast quadrant of the Choctaw Nation circa.1875-1899 and was involved in dang near everything including assault with weapons; horse theft; hog rustling; kidnap; cattle rustling; and whiskey running. I have an article coming out (hopefully) in Wild West magazine in December, 2004 exploring the Keota connection. The rest of the family's doings might be a good Oklahombres Journal feature (hint, hint, hint.)
 
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Hey - what does (hint hint hint) mean?
 
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