Discover the Legends
of County Sheriffs

Dive into Texas and Tennessee history with the most comprehensive records of County Sheriff service ever compiled.

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Stars Over Texas

(3-Volume Book Box Set)

This tribute to Texas County Sheriffs chronicles lives of service from the Old West through modern times with a comprehensive list of the Sheriffs elected or appointed to serve in Texas. Spanning 254 counties and 178 years, this three-volume box set is a treasure trove of historic dates and details. Experience captivating full-color images of rare artifacts, artwork, and historical photos meticulously compiled by Ronnie and Lynn Erwin, whose passion for Western history led them to create this stunning reference and coffee table book box set.

ISBN: 979-8-218-30879-7
Number of Pages: 1449
Release Date: February 2024
Archival Photos: More than 3,000
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Sheriffs: 7,000 plus individuals (comprising more than 6,950 men and more than 95 women).
Library of Congress Control Number: 202-392-0497.

Stars Over Tennessee

This monumental 516-page reference book takes you on a historical journey across all 95 Tennessee counties, cataloging every sheriff to serve since Tennessee became a state. The product of meticulous research spanning decades, this book provides essential information on sheriffs and their contributions, as well as captivating county history highlights. Full-color images of Tennessee artifacts, badges, and photos of sheriffs throughout history make this book a valuable reference resource and collector’s item.

ISBN: 978-0-578-35400-2
Number of Pages: 516
Locations available: State and local Tennessee libraries and archives, and Individual County Sheriff’s Offices
Release Date: April 2022
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Sheriffs: 4,100 plus individuals (comprising more than 4,100 men and more than 30 women).
Library of Congress Control Number: 202-290-0604.

LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE

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All proceeds from the sale of Stars Over Texas and Stars Over Tennessee will go to the Lynn M. Erwin Memorial Foundation and will be used to recognize and reward deserving Texas and Tennessee sheriffs on an annual basis. 

Each Book Includes:

Our Story

“Stars Over Texas”©™ and “Stars Over Tennessee”© are the culmination of a decades-long journey that started when Ronnie and Lynn Erwin purchased a rare antique Texas sheriff’s badge. Setting forth on a quest to unravel the narrative behind their newfound historical gem, they further immersed themselves in a lifelong passion for Western and Southern history.

As Tennessee natives and Texas transplants, the Erwins embarked on the research adventure of a lifetime: one that would take them to every county in both home states, even using archival records to “visit” defunct counties lost to history. The couple immersed themselves in state and county archives, libraries, and local history to uncover the historical facts – some nearly lost to history — to paint a complete picture of County Sheriffs and leadership across the two states. Their mission: to pay tribute to the sheriffs who dedicated their lives to protecting their communities. A special recognition and honor is provided for those Sheriffs who made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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The project transformed into a pair of all-encompassing reference books filled with artifacts, anecdotes, and portraits of sheriffs throughout history, as well as the counties they served.

Today, the Erwins’ Stars over Texas and Stars Over Tennessee books are sought after by libraries, genealogy archives, law enforcement headquarters, county and state museums, history and genealogy buffs, antique dealers, and the descendants of sheriffs across both states. 

The Erwins’ journey was a true labor of love, culminating in a robust collection of more than a thousand historic badges, and a comprehensive printed portrayal of law enforcement in Tennessee and Texas. Sadly, Lynn passed away before she could see the book projects to completion, leaving Ronnie with the God-led determination to complete the work. The “Stars Over” projects became not just a tribute to sheriffs but a memorial to Ronnie’s late wife, who set the vision and shared the dream. These books are a testament to the couple’s passion, dedication, and promise fulfilled.

In Loving Memory of Judith “Lynn” McKee Erwin

“Stars Over Texas”©™ and “Stars Over Tennessee”© stand as a lasting memorial to a remarkable woman, Judith “Lynn” McKee Erwin. Lynn’s vibrant spirit, unwavering support, and boundless love fueled this project from its inception. She had an unshakable belief that this work would be a meaningful contribution to the history of sheriffs and their commitment to our communities.

Lynn’s untimely passing in 2019 left a void in our hearts, but her vision and passion continue to shine through the pages of these books. Ronnie Erwin, her partner in life and this incredible journey worked tirelessly to bring her dream to life. Throughout the pages of “Stars Over Texas” and “Stars Over Tennessee”, you will find Lynn’s indelible mark – the vision of a book that is not only informative but also captivating, colorful, and fun to read.

As we celebrate the publication of these books, we remember Lynn with deep gratitude for her unwavering support, her bright spirit, and her love that will forever remain in our hearts. This project is dedicated to her, a fitting tribute to the God-fearing woman who inspired and believed in the power of dreams.

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Lynn at South Padre Island Texas

Stars Over Texas
and
Stars Over Tennessee

Honoring County
Sheriff Legacy