The Murder of Junction City Town Marshall Dan Wiley

Written by Gene Barron One of the most sensational criminal cases to come before court in Union Parish in several years was the case of Taylor Cullins being tried for the murder of Junction City Town Marshall, Dan Wiley, on February 2, 1929. Cullins, who had been drinking was causing a disturbance in front of … Continue reading The Murder of Junction City Town Marshall Dan Wiley

FAMILY HISTORY OF WILLIS FRANKLIN LINDSEY

Written by Margaret Florence Moffett Provided by Edna Liggin Among the early settlers of Ruston was the family of Willis Franklin Lindsey. He brought his family down from Shiloh, Louisiana, in 1895. Shiloh was a thriving little town situated between Bernice and Farmerville. The Lindsey family was quite large by today's standards. There were three … Continue reading FAMILY HISTORY OF WILLIS FRANKLIN LINDSEY

The Family of Edna Liggin, Unofficial Parish Historian

Written by Maradee Liggin Cryer I grew up in Union Parish. We lived about seven miles from Bernice, Farmerville and Dubach. My roots are deep there as most of my ancestors came into Union and Lincoln Parishes in the years between 1844 and 1892. Exactly 100 years after my Liggin ancestors moved from Alabama to … Continue reading The Family of Edna Liggin, Unofficial Parish Historian

ALEXANDER WILSON UPSHAW & ZILLEANN FRANCES BARRON

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Alexander Wilson Upshaw was born about 1826 in Walton Co., GA, the son of Richard Upshaw and Rebecca Elder. Little is known about his early life as his father left very few records. It appears they lived in Walton County until about 1840, and sometime between 1840 and 1850 Richard Upshaw died. By … Continue reading ALEXANDER WILSON UPSHAW & ZILLEANN FRANCES BARRON

Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson After spending the night of Wednesday, 4 May 1881, at his father's home near Shiloh, the next morning Elijah H. Ward arose early and visited his father's bedside. E. H. Ward said "...my father...appeared to be very feeble. He was lying on the bed when I left him...". Elijah H. … Continue reading Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

The Murder of Union Parish Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor

Written by Gene Barron In the 1970's it was common practice of the Union Parish Sheriff's department to make arrests on Saturday nights. Their reason was that the perpetrator would be subjected to spending two nights in jail before they would be able to get out of jail on bond until Monday morning. When attorney … Continue reading The Murder of Union Parish Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor

Killed in Action

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Since the earliest Europeans arrived in what is now Union Parish, young male residents have answered the call to defend their homes, state, and country. The War Between the States remains the conflict during which the largest number of Union Parish soldiers perished, both in battle and from disease. This … Continue reading Killed in Action