Submitted by Tad Bailey

Johnson Shares Shields Murder Research with TAGHS

October 24, 2021 - Though he has never been a resident of Shelby County, Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society member Charles Johnson's family has deep roots here, having arrived before 1850, and he has been researching county history for years. An event of particular interest to Johnson is the lynching of Joe Shields in 1892. “I first became really interested in the Shields case because in my genealogical research, I kept coming across mention of my second great-grandfather, Jesse Harris, being in jail in Center, charged with this lynching.”

Murphy Tells TAGHS about Jail Museum

June 21, 2021 - Published author and San Augustine resident Neal Murphy spoke to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their June monthly meeting last Wednesday about the historic 1919 San Augustine County Jail Museum. “I'm one of two docents at the museum and I work there three days a week. We give guided tours and I always ask visitors to sign our guest registry.


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