From Farmerville

The Gazette September 23, 1903 Wanted at Once! WOOD  “50”  CHOPPERS Highest Prices Paid.  Apply to J. D. Baughman Fountain pens for sale by J. G. Trimble. I have for sale the Weber wagon — best wagon on the market.  J. D. BAUGHMAN. Messrs. Abe Stein and D. E. Laupheimer came up from Monroe Friday … Continue reading From Farmerville

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Union Parish Family Feud: The Ward-Auld-McGough-Joiner Shootouts

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson The Ward, Auld, McGough, and Joiner families all settled in the Bayou d’Loutre region east of Farmerville in the latter 1830s and 1840s. Numerous intermarriages connected the Ward, Auld, and McGough families, and they remained close throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Several incidents of conflict, including two violent … Continue reading Union Parish Family Feud: The Ward-Auld-McGough-Joiner Shootouts

Jordan Gray Taylor Captain, Co. C, 17th Regiment Louisiana Infantry

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Jordan Gray Taylor was born on 29 September 1829 in Butler County Alabama, son of Judge John Taylor and Jane Wood, and grandson of William Taylor and Catherine Gray, and Col. Matthew Wood and Hannah Payne. Jordan’s father served as the Sheriff of Butler County at his birth, but shortly … Continue reading Jordan Gray Taylor Captain, Co. C, 17th Regiment Louisiana Infantry

Nineteenth Century Union Parish Economy

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson Villages routinely formed and dissolved as European settlement expanded across the continent, causing many county and parish seats to occasionally change locations. Farmerville’s crowning jewel that cemented her position as the permanent parish seat and evolution into the regional economic center lay in her geographical location, more specifically, the … Continue reading Nineteenth Century Union Parish Economy

Deadly Confrontation at a Farmerville Saloon

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson Fate brought two single young men to a Farmerville saloon on the evening of Monday, 7 November 1853: James McBride and Alonzo S. Lewis. We know little about the men’s backgrounds, although it appears neither had families or close connections in Union Parish. Born in about 1832, McBride worked … Continue reading Deadly Confrontation at a Farmerville Saloon

Judge James E. Trimble & U.S. Army Officers

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson James Etherington Trimble played a pivotal role in Union Parish and the surrounding region during the two decades following the War. Born in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania in 1834, at the age of fifteen Trimble was appointed as a midshipman and ordered to Annapolis, Maryland, where he passed his examinations and … Continue reading Judge James E. Trimble & U.S. Army Officers

Shiloh

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Shiloh formed the commercial center of the western portion of Union Parish, attracting extensive business from not only the surrounding countryside of southwestern Union, but also from portions of Claiborne, Jackson, and Lincoln Parishes due to Shiloh’s role as a gateway … Continue reading Shiloh

Captain John Mercer Rabun

Dr. Timothy D. Hudson John Mercer Rabun’s business skill and acumen significantly influenced Farmerville’s development as a leading center of north Louisiana commerce during the postwar era of the nineteenth century. In a variety of occupations, including his work as a farmer, newspaper publisher/editor, steamboat pilot and captain, steamboat landing operator, steamboat designer, transportation company … Continue reading Captain John Mercer Rabun

The Assassination of Shiloh Constable John Nimrod Ferguson

Dr. Timothy D. Hudson John Nimrod Ferguson was born in Butts County Georgia on 2 October 1838, the son of Thomas Jefferson Ferguson and Hannah McCallum. The family moved to Spalding County Georgia in the 1840s, and John married there in 1862 to Martha Rebecca Weldon. After service in the Confederate Army during the War, … Continue reading The Assassination of Shiloh Constable John Nimrod Ferguson

George Washington Albritton & Sarah Ann Fowler

Dr. Timothy Hudson George Washington Albritton was born in Wilkinson County, Georgia in 1810, the son of Enoch Albritton and Penelope Frizzle. Enoch and Penelope had both been born in Pitt County, North Carolina in 1771 and 1772, respectively. They married there about 1792 or 1793, but left North Carolina in 1806 or 1807 and moved to Georgia. … Continue reading George Washington Albritton & Sarah Ann Fowler

A Downsville Lovesick Tragedy

Dr. Tim Hudson George Golden moved to Downsville about 1878. An Englishman described as "above the average in intellect and education", Golden had traveled extensively "upon the high seas" and across the United States. Neighbors described him as "industrious and inoffensive...by all who knew him he was well liked...but sometimes drank to intoxication." In 1880, … Continue reading A Downsville Lovesick Tragedy

Extraordinary Events 1873 Union Parish Louisiana

Dr. Tim Hudson In 1873, several unusual events occurred across Union Parish, beginning in the early fall. Although newspapers in Louisiana and across the Deep South viewed the topic as too indecent to print, Northern newspapers gleefully reported that "Another wild woman with nothing to wear frequents the forest" outside Farmerville. A Connecticut editor wryly … Continue reading Extraordinary Events 1873 Union Parish Louisiana

Jack Overstreet Hung for Murder

The Ouachita Telegraph  November 7, 1879 Jack Overstreet, who murdered a man in Alabama about two years ago and fled to Louisiana, and who about two weeks ago murdered his wife in Union parish, was captured and given his just dues, "a short shrift and a long rope," at Farmerville, Wednesday night of last week. Judge Lynch presided.

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