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

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)

Coon Telford

Written by Gene Barron On August 11, 1865, Joseph and Mary Ann Carroll Telford had a son that they named Richmond. A young mulatto girl named Jennie aided in the birth. Joseph purchased this girl, along with another slave girl, in Natchez, Mississippi, for the sum of $700 each. Jennie had served the family as … Continue reading Coon Telford

The Murder of George Archimedes “Arkie” Pryor

Written by Gene Barron William Stokes Pryor (November 15, 1811 – February 2, 1898) along with his wife, Talithia Killgore Pryor (April 15, 1823 – August 27, 1869) and ten of their children, nine boys and one girl, came to Union Parish from Selma, Alabama shortly after the Civil War and settled near the Zion Hill Community. … Continue reading The Murder of George Archimedes “Arkie” Pryor