Written by Gene Barron Public Servant George Miller Edwards March 1, 1887 - June 12, 1964 George Miller Edwards was the second child born to George W. and Bettie Miller Edwards of Marion. His career in law enforcement began when he became deputy sheriff under F. W. "Pat" Murphy in 1924. Sheriff Murphy was … Continue reading Public Servant George Miller Edwards
Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Allen Carr and his younger brother, Dr. William Cleaton Carr, arrived in what is now Union Parish with the first wave of Alabama settlers who followed Dr. Carr's father-in-law, Col. Matthew Wood, to the Piney Hills in January 1837. After the creation of Union Parish, both Carr brothers actively worked … Continue reading The Allen Carr Saga
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
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
Terry L. Jones, Civil War scholar, will talk about the famed "Louisiana Tigers" fighting regiment this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Union Museum of History and Art, 116 N. Main St., Farmerville. This is the last in the series of lectures associated with the "Civil War in North Louisiana" exhibit (ends … Continue reading Union Museum of History and Art
A few days ago Molly Liggin Rankin took a trip back to Shiloh and her childhood home. She came back with some some very good pictures and she is sharing them with you.
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
Written by Edna Liggin - 1939 Granddaughter of Mary Ann Chavers Matthews Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin Her father abided by the law, "The show must go on" and she abides by the one "Life must go on". Her father was Jesse Chavers, actor on a showboat of long ago that plied the muddy Mississippi. … Continue reading Mary Ann Chavers Matthews
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
Written by Edna Liggin Joseph Shaw, and his wife, Mary, lived only a mile or so from the little town of Shiloh on a farm, yet it was a farm so well managed as to supply almost all the needs of Joseph and his family. One of the earliest settlers of Shiloh, this man of … Continue reading JOSEPH SHAW AND MARY CATHERINE HAMILTON
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
Written by Edna Liggin It has been defined that to love one's neighbor as one's self is to seek the highest good for others just as we constantly strive to raise ourselves to a higher level of what is good. In this respect a long time ago a school teacher named Henry Hamilton began to be … Continue reading HENRY HAMILTON: SHOE MAKER, SCHOOL TEACHER
A few days ago I was going through some old obituaries that my mom had saved over the years. One was Maud Anna McGee Smith. Maud worked for my family many, many years ago. I was very young then but I loved Maud. I looked on Find A Grave to see if she had a … Continue reading Farmerville City Cemetery
Tressie Fomby Upshaw I have been keeping up with interest, the new way to shop, placing you order on your smart phone, paying for your order with your credit card, designating the time to pick it up and the store employees bring it to your car. That's a good thing, right? Saves you a lot … Continue reading Yesterday and Today
Union Museum of History and Art invites everyone to visit its exhibits and associated events that focus on the culture, history, and art of Union Parish and beyond. The exhibits rotate about every quarter, bringing fresh subject matter to the public. The current exhibit, "Civil War in North Louisiana," studies the American Civil War as … Continue reading Union Museum of History and Art
I had a Grandma who came from a large family. She was number 13 of 13. Grandma and all of her brothers and sisters loved to talk, to talk to each other and talk about each other. They also liked to visit. Grandma never liked to be alone, so after my Grandpa died she was … Continue reading The Reason Why
This was sent to me by a follower. I remembered that I had read it on the Union Parish Archives that Dr. Tim Hudson is the administrator of and want to give credit where it is due. Chuck Kinnison had submitted the article to the archives. WRITTEN IN 1926 AT THE AGE OF 84 YEARS … Continue reading THE MEMOIRS OF LOUISA GEORGE TOMPKINS
The Gazette November 24, 1897 Demetrius C. Coplen and Susan Adeline "Sudie" Moore were my 2nd great grandparents. It is believed that he died and is buried at Dresden, Navarro, Texas. However, I have never seen anything to prove it. I do know Sudie was in Union Parish in 1900. The article seems to imply … Continue reading Demetrius Colvin Coplen
Written by Dr. Tim Hudson David Arent was born in 1831 in Strasbourg, a German-speaking city in France near the German border. After his birth, Arent's family moved north to Bergzabern, in Germany, which his brother, Julius, was born in 1841. The Arents were Jewish, and David and his brother immigrated to America in the … Continue reading Mysterious Assassination
Written by Dr. Tim Hudson William P. Mabry settled near Shiloh in about 1855, living on a farm on the western edge of Union Parish. By 1885, he was a man of sixty years. Late on April 19th, W. C. Henderson, Walter Ferguson, Jack Melton and Calvin Skinner met at nearby Pisgah Baptist Church and … Continue reading Murder and Vengeance
Written by Dr. Tim Hudson William R. Manning arrived in Ouachita City in the latter 1860s with his wife, Virginia, and he obtained employment as a grocer. By 1875, they had two young children. For some time, Manning suspected that a local widower, a Mr. W. R. Reese, was engaging in "improper relations" with Manning's … Continue reading A Crime of Passion
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
Pearl Harris Just before bedtime a few days ago I heard an advertisement saying we should buy new pillows every two years. As I turned the covers back I looked at my pillows and they looked a little small. I tried to remember when they had been replaced. I determined it had been longer than … Continue reading Pillows Problems
The Banner February 14, 2013 By: Pearl Harris I've seen a lot of things disappear in my 94+ years - but I think this took me by surprise - Quit teaching "cursive writing". I shudder when I see some students handling pencils - they hold a pencil as if they were going to punch a … Continue reading Well – What’s Next?
Molly Liggin Rankin Celebrating our Independence Day. We honor our brave ancestors who fought to obtain our freedom. My 4X great grandfather William Tabor (born Jan 4, 1761) enlisted in the Army at age 14 and was advanced to the rank of Lt. by age 20 (service # WF 6245)...while fighting in the battle of … Continue reading Celebrating Our Independence Day
The Banner – 27 May 2010 Banner: I've been enjoying the letters to the newspaper from Pearl Harris and that spurred me to send in a letter my mother wrote to her mother 64 years ago. (This is a letter written by Edna Liggin to Laura Matthews Smith, postmarked July 11, 1946. This is one … Continue reading Oh Those Good Ol’ Days!
Pearls of Wisdom Written by Pearl Harris This cold snap reminded me of the winters when I was a kid. It seems that the winters have been really mild the last several years. It has been a while since it has been this cold, but we were very fortunate that all the rain, ice and … Continue reading Winters When I Was A Kid….Brrrr!
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
Written by Tim Hudson These biographies describe the lives of men and women of African ancestry who managed to make the incredible transition from the status of slave to successful farmer in Union Parish, Louisiana following the abolition of slavery and prior to the implementation of the Jim Crows laws of the 1890s. Samuel … Continue reading From Slave to Freeman to Successful Farmer
From Tim Hudson The Gazette January 5, 1898 She is gone, but not forever, We shall meet here bye and bye, In that bright and heavenly land, Where the angels dwell forever. 'Twas sad, the parting, But she is ever at her rest, Free from all trials and worries Of this sinful world. A truer, kinder … Continue reading In Memory of Miss Emma Albritton