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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]

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

 


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WEBSITE UPDATES
June 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Nov 2016: County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Sixteen and Seventeen; News-Crime - WILSON, WILLIAMS
Oct 2016: County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Fourteen and Fifteen; News-Obits and Death Notices - GRAVES; News-Crime -BOLIN, RICHARDSON
Sept 2016: County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Thirteen; News-Obits and Death Notices - WILLIAMS; News-Crime - McCUTCHINS-GIBSON
Aug 2016: County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Eleven and Twelve; News-Miscellaneous - HAMILTON; Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery - CRAWFORD, WOODFIN, RAMSEY, BRANDSTETTER, HENDRICK, HILLIN
Jul 2016: County History - History of the Regulators and Moderators - 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  - Chapter Nine; News-Death and Obits - TAYLOR, McKNIGHT, RUNNELS; Cemeteries-Tennessee-PEACE, SNODGRASS, WILSON, NEEL (NEIL)
May 2016: History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Eight; Old Home Cemetery (partial) MYERS; Tennessee Community Cemetery (partial) - MORRIS, RAMSEY, CRAWFORD
Apr 2016: History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Seven; Ramah Cemetery (partial)- MYERS, HOOPER; Tennessee Community Cemetery (partial) - YOUNGBLOOD, MILLER CRAIG
Mar 2016: Short Bio of Richard B. Haley, Jr.; History of the Regulators and Moderators- Chapter Six; The Poison Wedding Supper
Feb 2016: History of the Regulators and Moderators -  Chapter Five; Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery (Partial); RAMSEY, BROWN, NEEL; Crime News - HICKS, WARD, TRIBBLE
Jan 2016: History of the Regulators and Moderators - Chapter Four; News Crime - MCCUTCHINS, GIBSON; Marriage - GREER-WILSON; Cemeteries - Tennessee Community Cemetery (Partial); YOUNGBLOOD, PARAMORE

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