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The following is only a part of what you will find here at Jefferson Davis County MSGHN.

Bass-Burkett Cemetery - Submitted by Pamela Dyess Mann.

Bass Cemetery #4 - Submitted by Pamela Dyess Mann.

Hemby Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone. Submitted by Robert Reeves.

Wilks Cemetery #2 - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

Ebenezer Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

Lowland Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

Stewart Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

Malloy Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

Bourne Cemetery - Complete burial listing including photos of every tombstone.

 

Thousands of Jefferson Davis County marriage records. That's a lot of marriage info. Be sure to check for your Jefferson Davis County ancestors. These dates are critical to getting a certified copy of a marriage record from the Jefferson Davis County Courthouse. Keep in mind that you will need to look at Lawrence County marriages and Covington County marriages for records prior to 1906.



About Jefferson Davis County...

The creation of Jefferson Davis County was authorized by a legislative act of March 31, 1906 and approved May 9 of that same year. It was the result of residents of western Covington County and eastern Lawrence County complaining about the difficulty of traversing rivers and streams to get to their respective county seats. These areas were combined to form a new county named in honor of Jefferson Davis, the only President of the Confederate States of America. The county was the seventy-seventh county to organize in Mississippi.

A special election held in April, 1906, determined that the county seat would be located at Prentiss, in the central part of the county. Prentiss was established in 1903, when the area was still Lawrence County. Some sources claim that Prentiss was named for Sargent Smith Prentiss, the gifted Mississippi orator. Other sources claim that Prentiss was named in honor of Prentiss Webb Berry, a prominent landowner in the area who founded the town when the Mississippi Central Railroad was built here in 1903.

The first bank in the town was called the Bank of Blountville. As an early settlement, the area was called Blountville for William Blount, a local settler and merchant, and his family, but it was never an official name. In 1933, Jefferson Davis County was the first county in Mississippi to vote to make alcohol illegal in the county following the repeal of prohibition. Following this same sense of morality, the citizens of Prentiss voted to prohibit Round Dancing in the Community House in 1938.

In 1935 Raymond Hamilton, a known outlaw who had a habit of hiding in the hills of Jefferson Davis County, robbed the Bank of Blountville. Knowing a posse would be formed to chase him down, Hamilton took two hostages to facilitate his escape. He drove his car to Memphis, Tennessee and after locking his two hostages in the rumble seat, left the car in a parking lot. The two men, named Smith and Bayliss eventually escaped and called the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff to come get them.

The county has a total area of 409.10 square miles, of which 408.41 square miles is land and 0.70 square mile (0.17%) is water. The population recorded in the 1910 Federal Census was 12,860. The 2010 census recorded 12,487 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Simpson County (north), Covington County (east), Lamar County (southeast), Marion County (south), and Lawrence County (west). Communities in the county include Bassfield, Prentiss, Carson, Oakvale (partly in Lawrence County).

 

 

Jefferson Davis County Records

Jefferson Davis County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Jefferson Davis County Records links in the menu on the left for a list of available data.

Birth Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains records of births after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by mail by using this birth record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official birth records before November 1, 1912 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Death Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains births recorded after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by mail by using this death record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official death records before November 1, 1912 for deaths prior to that date you will need to determine death information from census records, bible records, funeral home records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Marriage Records - We have thousands of county marriage records here on our website. These dates will assist you greatly in obtaining a copy of the original marriage license. The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with this for marriages that took place between January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938, and for January 1, 1942 to present by mail by using this marriage record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health.

All existing county marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the county's Circuit Clerk's office.

Divorce Records - Prior to 1859, divorce proceedings were introduced as private bills in the Mississippi State Legislature. References to these can be found in the books Index of Mississippi Session Acts 1817 - 1865 and Index to the Laws of the Mississippi Territory. These books can be found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as well as many other genealogy repositories and libraries across the state. After 1859, county divorce proceedings were filed in the county's Chancery Clerk's office.