By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Early County Sheriffs Served Many Roles

 

This photograph of Nathan and Lizzie McMinn was recently donated by their great-granddaughter. McMinn served as Transylvania County sheriff for six years, 1882-1888.

Since Transylvania County was created in 1861 there have been 27 different sheriffs. Last week's Picturing the Past briefly mentioned some of the activities of two of Transylvania County's earliest sheriffs, Robert Hamilton and George Neill. Hamilton was the county's first sheriff and later served an additional 15 months as sheriff. Neill was the second sheriff.

George W. Wilson was elected following Neill in August 1866. He served for just under 3 years until resigning in May 1869 when Hamilton again took over the office.

Sheriff duties included collecting taxes, summoning juries,...



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