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Shelby County
Isaac Shelby 

Isaac Shelby

Shelby County was first organized under the Mexican government as Tenehaw Municipality; Nashville, founded in 1824, was the most important town. In 1836 the Congress of the Republic of Texas established Shelby County, named for Isaac Shelby, hero of the American Revolution and governor of Kentucky. The name of the town Nashville was changed to Shelbyville, and Shelbyville became the county seat, which it remained until 1866, when the county seat was moved to Center.

The courthouse in Center, along with all county records, was destroyed by fire in 1882. A new courthouse, modeled on an Irish castle, was designed by the architect John Joseph Emmett Gibson, an Irish immigrant. It was completed in 1885 and was recognized in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.  The courthouse still housed the county government in 1984. In 1840 disputes over land titles and fraudulent land transactions led to the opposition of two factions, the Regulators and the Moderators, and a series of armed conflicts that came to be known as the Regulator-Moderator War.

Shelby County's white inhabitants overwhelmingly supported the secession movement during the winter of 1860-61. When the secession ordinance was submitted for popular approval in February of 1861, county voters approved the measure by a vote of 333 to 28. They also wholeheartedly supported the war effort of the Confederacy that followed. One county source estimated that as many as 750 men from Shelby County served in either state or Confederate army units. Shelby County was never occupied by Union forces, and thus escaped the destruction which devastated other parts of the South. Nonetheless, the war years were difficult for the county's citizens.  
[Excerpts from: Cecil Harper, Jr., "SHELBY COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association]

Cities and Towns

Arcadia * Brooklyn * Center  * Dreka * Huxley * Joaquin
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 Shelbyville * Tenaha * Timpson * Weaver

 


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Website Updates:

November 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War

in 1841 and 1842 in the Republic of Texas  -
Chapter Sixteen and Seventeen

News-Crime - WILSON, WILLIAMS

October 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War

in 1841 and 1842 in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Fourteen and Fifteen

News-Obits and Death Notices - GRAVES

News-Crime -BOLIN, RICHARDSON

September 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War

in 1841 and 1842 in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Thirteen

News-Obits and Death Notices - WILLIAMS

News-Crime - McCUTCHINS-GIBSON

August 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War

in 1841 and 1842 in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Eleven and Twelve

News-Miscellaneous - HAMILTON

Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery - CRAWFORD, WOODFIN, RAMSEY
BRANDSTETTER, HENDRICK, HILLIN

July 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War

in 1841 and 1842 in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Ten
News-Community - SMALLPOX
News-Crime - HORSETHIEF

Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery - PARAMORE, BURGESS,
PORTER, YOUNGBLOOD

June 2016
County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Nine
News-Death and Obits - TAYLOR, McKNIGHT, RUNNELS
Cemeteries-Tennessee-PEACE, SNODGRASS, WILSON, NEEL (NEIL)

May 2016
History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Eight

Old Home Cemetery (partial) MYERS
Tennessee Community Cemetery (partial) - MORRIS, RAMSEY, CRAWFORD

April 2016
History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Seven

Ramah Cemetery (partial)- MYERS, HOOPER
Tennessee Community Cemetery (partial) - YOUNGBLOOD, MILLER CRAIG

March 2016
Short Bio of Richard B. Haley, Jr.

History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Six

The Poison Wedding Supper

February 2016
History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Five

Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery (Partial)
RAMSEY, BROWN, NEEL
Crime News - HICKS, WARD, TRIBBLE

January 2016
History of the Regulators and Moderators
and the Shelby County War
in 1841 and 1842
in the Republic of Texas  - Chapter Four

News Crime - MCCUTCHINS, GIBSON
Marriage - GREER-WILSON
Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery (Partial)
YOUNGBLOOD, PARAMORE
 

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