Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending September 10, 2004

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John C. Morrison was Tax-Collector when Shelbyville was the county seat.  He was the Grandfather of Cal Morrison and rode horse back to carry tax money to Austin.
Judge Jim Polley made it possible for us to have the Santa Fe RR, Opera House and an electric light plant.
Judge O.R. Hooper was County Judge at the time of the Courthouse was built in 1885.
George Samford was sheriff of Shelby County for a number of years.
John Latham was the 1st to build a house in the municipality of Tenahaw, now Shelby County, near East Hamilton, not for from the Sabine River.
John C. Payne came to Shelby County in 1842.
Judge Rufus Price came to Shelby County from San Augustine county in 1904--a Confederate Soldier and Lawyer.
Frank B. Sims, a Confederate Soldier, was Sheriff of the County for 18 years.  His son and daughter were Dr. John B. Sims and Mrs. Lillie Stubbs.
Judge W.T. Riggs, postmaster, County Judge and justice of the Peace at various times. He was one of the most influential citizens.  His sons were Roger, Brown and daughter Mrs. Mable Wheeler.


The annual Windham reunion will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2004, in the Hospitality room of Texas State Bank, Haslam Texas.  Bring a covered dish.  Doors open at 10 am.  For more info contact

The descendants of C. C. Cain and their cousins will hold their annual reunion on Sunday, September 18th at Kurth Lake from 10:00 am until the last one leaves.  There will be a pot luck dinner served at about 1:00. For more information please e-mail Laura Clark at        

The annual Bates Family Reunion will be held Saturday September 18, 2004, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Friends and relatives of the late Larkin and Tempie Bates are invited to attend.  The reunion will be held at the Jackson Baptist Church Fellowship hall in Joaquin.  Doors will be opened at 11:00 a.m.  A covered dish lunch will be spread at 12:15.  For more information please contact Tommie Williams 903-984-9053 or email her at 





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   Lena McCann Parrish, 99, died August 29, 2004 in Waco.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Mrs. Parrish was born in Shelby County July 21, 1905.  She and her husband ran a grocery store in East Center.  She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Parrish.
Survivors include sons, Bill Parrish of Richardson, Mitchell Parish of Waco and Morris Parish of Irving. 
   Tennie Elizabeth Warr, 90, of Tenaha died September 6, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Union Cemetery.  Born December 3, 1913, in Nacogdoches County she was the daughter of H. B. and Libby Kirk Jacosbs. She was preceded in death by her parents H. B. and Libby Kirk Jacobs; husband, Winfrey Monell Ward; brother, Billy Jacobs and sister, Lillian Wilson.   Mrs. Warr formerly wrote for the Light and Champion Newspaper.  Survivors include brother, Jimmy Jacobs of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Lamar Sidney Perkins, 94, of Timpson died September 7, 2004, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Born January 12, 1910, in Shelby County, he was the son of David and Minnie Sellers Perkins.  Mr. Perkins was married to Winnie Mae Crump Perkins, and she preceded him in death. Survivors include daughter, Linda Morgan of Timpson; sisters, Lillian Crump of Garrison and Estell Huckabay of Alamo.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   James Alton Himes, 52, died August 28, 2004.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born December 22, 1952, he was the son of J. Hue and Ella Edwards Hines.  Mr. Himes was preceded in death by his sister, Alley Mae Edwards.  Survivors include daughter, Simone Rushing of Center; brother, James Ray Himes of Houston.  Community Funeral Home.

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