June 21, 2015

Catahoula Parish Sheriffs Roy and Mary Huff

Sheriff Roy L. Huff and Sheriff Mary Taliaferro Huff

Roy L. Huff was elected sheriff of Catahoula Parish in 1932.  He served two complete terms and had begun his third term when he died in 1940.

When elected sheriff in 1932, he was only twenty-nine years old.  In 1935 he was awarded a medal for being the youngest sheriff in Louisiana.

One of Huff's campaign promises when he ran for a second term was to provide free passage to the hospital for citizens of Catahoula Parish. 

Monroe Morning World - 9/20/1936

Sheriff Roy L. Huff died on July 29, 1940.  He is buried in the Harrisonburg Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.  

Monroe News Star - 7/29/1940

Roy L. Huff Grave Site - Harrisonburg Cemetery
Roy L. Huff Grave Site - Harrisonburg Cemetery

Monroe News Star 1941
Monroe News Star 9/21/1962

His wife, Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro Huff, completed the first year of his third term in office then successfully ran for re-election.

She served as sheriff of Catahoula Parish from 1940-1944.

Mary Taliaferro Huff would later re-marry to Edward E. Swaggart.

She was appointed Registrar of Voters on June 9, 1956 and served in this office until her death on September 21, 1962.
Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro Huff Swaggart - Harrisonburg Cemetery

Roy L. Huff Family

Roy's father, Robert Lee Huff, was born in Arkansas in 1864 to the marriage of George C. Huff and Mary Guy.

Robert Lee Huff first married Nellie Ervin in Ashley County, Arkansas in 1889.  Children born to this marriage were Narrel "Narl" and Nellie Irene.

The 1900 U. S. census shows Robert Lee as a widower living in Ashley County, Arkansas with both children.

Robert Lee Huff apparently re-married soon after 1900 as two more children, Edna and Roy L. are born in 1902 and 1903, respectively.  A descendant of Roy L. believes the second wife's name was Ann Hughes.  I have no documentation to prove this nor have I been able to confirm the places of birth for Edna and Roy L.  Some census records from 1910 to 1940 show Arkansas as their places of birth, while others show Louisiana.  

The 1910 U. S. census shows Robert Lee Huff living in Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana as a widower. Children living in the household included Narrel, Nellie, Edna and Roy L.

By 1920, the Huff family had moved to Harrisonburg in Catahoula Parish where Robert Lee married Ruth Wilson circa 1920.  Children born to this marriage were Sam, George Allen, Garlin, Sharel, Ima, Norma, Hirston and Robert Lee, Jr.

On November 12, 1919, Roy L. Huff married Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro.  Mary was born on April 15, 1902 to the marriage of Henry Bullard Taliaferro, Jr. and Carrie Mae Dosher.

One child, Thelia Marie, was born to the marriage of Roy L. Huff and Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro. Thelia Marie, born on September 8, 1920, married Albert Earl Krause, Sr. of Sicily Island.

Children born to the marriage of Thelia Marie Huff and Albert Earl Krause, Sr. are Linda (Evans), Albert Earl, Jr., Peggy (Bondurant), Henry Roy, Walter Markham "Pot" and Mary Elizabeth (Bruit).

Photographs of Roy L. Huff and Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro Huff are courtesy of their granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Krause Bruit.

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