NAME: Preston
COUNTY: Grayson
CLIMATE: Warm winter, hot summer
Winter, spring, fall
COMMENTS: Most of the town is under water.
REMAINS: The cemetery.

The origin of the name Preston is not known. The name of the town's most famous resident, however, is not lost to history for it is very much a part of the history of the Civil War. Her name-Sophia Suttonfield Aughinbaugh Coffee Butts Porter, Confederate spy. The town had its beginning as a trading post in 1837 on the Red River. By 1845, a considerable population had made Preston their home and its founder, a Holland Coffee, made once married Sophia his wife. Coffee built Glen Eden, a plantation type mansion for Sophia. He died in 1846 and Sophia continued to make Glen Eden her home despite two subsequent marriages. It was at Glen Eden Sophia entertained Union officers and gathered much important military information that she passed along to Confederate officers. She survived the Civil War and died in 1897. In the late 1930s, the Army Corps of Engineers purchased all the land in the area in preparation of the construction of the Texoma Dam. The site of Preston is under water but its cemetery is intact. SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenoweth

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