Dear Crystal, we have a town in MS named for ya!Crystal Springs, MS.
I found the John Springs III book in Clayton Library, at least one version.Clayton Lib. is in Houston, TX and it cannot be checked out.A relative in Memphis on my Shelby side sent me a copy of what she had copied at the U. TN library, as I recall.She did genealogy work at one time and still delves in it.But, it was only several pages, a lot really, re SHELBY.I tried without success to get a library in La Grange (sm. town) to try and borrow the book from a lending library but they were not able to get it.I suppose that you will just have to check out your area.Library of Congress would prob. cost a mint to copy it for you. You might get it on fische or something like that.
Wish I could help you more.As for those Shelby's, I have them on the computer but they are only a small part of the total Springs/Springsteen..book.
Have you swapped notes with Betty O. Hayes on this site?She had an interest in Ella Alexander.