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SHERIFFS OF MOORE COUNTY TENNESSEE Compiled by Joe M. & Jewel D. Casey – 2013

Since the formation of Moore County in 1872, 26 individuals have served as the county sheriff. Hundreds of others have assisted as deputies and constables. Through the years many more have provided law enforcement for the small county seat of Lynchburg as city policeman or town marshal.

There are several interesting facts about the sheriffs of Moore County. The first four county sheriffs, John A. Norman, Harvey S. Hudson, Andrew J. Travis and Joseph S. Hobbs were veterans of the American Civil War. In fact, Hobbs lost a leg in the war. So you could say he was a sheriff with one leg that got around with the aid of a crutch. The second sheriff, H.S Hudson, abandoned his family and disappeared a few years after leaving office. He was never heard from again and it was never known what happened to him.

The youngest sheriff was William Thomas Hall who was only 23 years old when elected, while the oldest was Thomas W. Wiseman, who left office for the last time at age 86.

The sheriff serving the longest time is the current sheriff, Mark Logan, who will have served 28 consecutive years when his seventh four-year term ends in 2014. Thomas W. Wiseman, who served 22 years as sheriff, holds the honor of being elected the most times since his were two-year terms. Mark Logan’s father Reagor Logan, was elected sheriff once, but resigned after serving five and a half months.

Moore County has had two women to serve as sheriff, one was appointed and one was elected. Pearl L. Hobbs, wife of Sheriff Wiley Oliver Hobbs, was appointed by the court to serve the last three months of her husband’s term after his death while in office. Margaret Wiseman, wife of Sheriff Thomas Wiseman, was elected to one term as sheriff.

Some of the sheriffs that provided law enforcement for the county were brothers, Joseph S. Hobbs and Wiley Oliver Hobbs, Robert Lee Bedford and James Smith Bedford, Jr. Gilford Woodard and George W. Woodard.

Originally a Moore County Sheriff was elected to a term of two years. He was limited by the state constitution to serving three consecutive terms for a total of six years. In 1978 state law was changed to a four-year term for the sheriff and allowed him to be elected to an unlimited number of terms.

Moore County has had three jails. The first one was built in 1875 on Mechanic Street and the second, built in 1893 on Main Street, which is now the Old Jail Museum. The third and current jail was built in 1990 on Elm Street.

About John Parkes

Welcome to the Moore County, Tennessee Genealogy Page. My name is John Franklin Parkes and I maintain this Web site. I have been researching my family for about seven years. Although I have only been working on my genealogy for a short time, my great-grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr. of Lynchburg, Tennessee spent his entire life collecting family histories, wills, deeds, pictures, and other historical treasures from this county. I was fortunate enough to obtain or get copies of most of his written records. After careful research, I realized that I am related in some way to many families of this county. Some of the surnames include Bobo, Colsher, Edens, Fanning, Felps, Flack, Holt, Lewis, Moore, Motlow, Parkes, Pearson, Pogue (Pollock), Renegar, Rountree, Simpson, Stone, Waggoner, & Walker. It may be noteworthy to mention that my great-great-great-great grandfather Allen Waller Parkes, great-great-great grandfather Rufus Burton Parks, great-great grandfather Rufus Alonzo Parks, great grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr., grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Jr and father Robert Jackson Parkes are all buried in the Lynchburg Cemetery, Moore County, Tennessee. God willing, I will also be buried there.
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