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    SHELBYVILLE, TEXAS

    Shelby County, East Texas
    FM 417 and Hwy 87
    7 Miles SE of Center
    Population: 215 (2000)

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    First Battle - Regulators Moderators War, Texas Centennial Marker
    The First Battle - Regulator-Moderator War Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2010

    Shelbyville History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally called Nashville (in the 1820s) when Tennesseans settled here, it became the county seat of Shelby County when the county was organized. The name was changed in 1837 when the Congress of the Republic of Texas decided to honor American Revolutionary hero (and former governor of Kentucky) Isaac Shelby.

    Shelbyville became the flash-point in the Regulator-Moderator War. Most of the major battles of this famous feud were fought here or nearby. A Republic of Texas post office had been established by 1843. In 1866 in a contested fight for the county seat, county records were spirited away in the dead of night and Center became the new Shelby County seat of government.

    The population of Shelbyville in 1884 was 150 which doubled by 1914. It reached a peak in 1929 with an estimated population of 600 but declined by half during the Great Depression. It slowly increased, reaching 550 residents in the late 1940s but fell again - reaching 215 by the late 1980s - the same number given for the 2000 census.
    First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Texas
    The First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
    First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Texas
    Another view of the church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006

    Shelbyville, Texas Chronicles

    People
    Three-Legged Willie
    by Bob Bowman
    His reputation as a judge was legendary in East Texas.

    A Centenarian's Life by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical" column)
    "A long, long time ago, Clara Davis stopped trying to remember the names of her grandchildren. But there's a good reason. At the age of 106, she has 218 of them--34 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, and 93 great-great grandkids..."

    Ghosts
    The Laughing Ghost of Todd Springs
    , an area on a small stream near Shelbyville in Shelby County.

    Feud
    The Regulator-Moderator War
    by Archie P. McDonald, PhD
    A feud that grew into a war erupted in East Texas in 1839 and raged until 1844, with occasional flair ups at various times for years afterwards.
    It started in Harrison and Shelby counties but eventually involved San Augustine, Nacogdoches, and other East Texas counties...
    First Battle - Regulators Moderators War, Texas Centennial Marker near  Center Texas
    The First Battle Centennial Marker
    2.5 miles E of Center on Hwy 87 near junction with FM 417
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2010
    First Battle - Regulators Moderators War, Texas Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2010
    First Battle - Regulators Moderators War, Texas Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2010
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.
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