The Murder of John Wadell Cherry

Erin AntleyAugust 9, 2013 Within the gates of the Spearsville cemetery lies the grave of John Wadell Cherry. Born 05/13/1845 and murdered in front of his own farm on 04/16/1884 by father and son, Perry and William Melton. The Melton’s apparently had a verbal argument on the morning of April 16. Cherry, a former Rebel … Continue reading The Murder of John Wadell Cherry

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

The Killing of John Jackson (Former Bernice Town Marshall)

Written by Gene Barron John T. Jackson was born about 1875 in Alabama. On May 25, 1893 he married Harriett Ponder of Union Parish. In about 1910 Harriett died leaving John with 6 children. Due to his dire circumstances, the children were placed in the Methodist Children Home in Ruston, Louisiana. In about 1916 John … Continue reading The Killing of John Jackson (Former Bernice Town Marshall)