Mississippi History and Genealogy

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Mississippi Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. While the original thought was to provide this website as a resource for finding genealogy and historical data concerning Mississippi on the web, we have begun adding specific data to this site for your personal use.

In an attempt to further expand our offerings and refine your search, we have begun the creation of county websites. Those county sites can be found in the list of links to the right. While only a small portion of Mississippi counties are presently listed, the amount of data for those counties is quite impressive.

The "Search This Site" search on the right side will search all of the Mississippi Genealogy website, but will not search the data linked to from our offsite data pages.

What's New?

Mississippi Counties, Cities and Towns, 1891
A brief visit to each county as known in 1891.  Each county lists some historical facts, Person of Interest, Business, Churches, Secret Societies of the town. In the years since this was written many of the county lines have changes, some no longer exist.

American Domain
The prompt cession of western lands to the United States by Virginia and more northern states simplified the problem of asserting American jurisdiction in the northwest. But in the southwest the refusal of Georgia to adopt this policy complicated the problem. It was doubtful under the articles of confederation whether the United States congress had a right to treat regarding Indian boundaries in the wilderness claimed by any one of the states. This was one of the most vexatious questions of that day. Georgia was uncompromising in claiming exclusive domain back to the Mississippi. and did all she could in assertion of a power to sell the land without regard to the Indian title.

Early Agricultural Organizations of Mississippi
Provides a brief overview of the early history of the State Grange, Farmers' Alliance, Agricultural Wheel, State Horticultural Society, Mississippi Valley Cotton Planters' Association, and Southern Cotton Association.

History of Agriculture in Mississippi
Provides an overview of agriculture in Mississippi from the French settlement of the Natchez until 1900.

Native American Battles

Biographies

Alcorn's Administration
James L. Alcorn presided as Governor of Mississippi during the Reconstruction period. This article should be read in context of the generation it was written in, and deference given by the obvious proclivities of the author, Dunbar Rowland.

Advent of the Flag
The United States flag was first raised in the Natchez district, at the mouth of Bayou Pierre, by a little guard of American soldiers, on the evening of February 22, 1797, the birthday of George Washington, and in the last fortnight of his administration as president. It had required eight years of war and diplomacy under his unwavering and steadfast leadership, to unfurl the flag at Detroit and Natchez.

Mississippi History
With most of the recent additions made to the site centered around the history of Mississippi, I have developed a page where you will find an outline of Mississippi history as it occurs on this website.

Early Mississippi Forts
Forts were a crucial requirement for French and English settlement in the United States. The fort buildings themselves were often constructed before a town building would be created. Any movement west was normally foretold by the construction of a fort in the area. This section of our site showcases the history of many of the early forts which were constructed in Mississippi.

Plantation Life in Mississippi Before War
A pleasing picture of plantation life in Mississippi before the Civil War, and an attempt to preserve something of the manners, customs and deeds of that time. As in many Southern writings soon after the Civil War, the history of the "Old South" which included slavery is often painted as an idyllic setting rather then a realistic portrait of that time. That is true in this portrayal we bring to you. Please realize that the latitude with which a writer has is expansive, and this author took such liberties to heart, as he readily admits.

The Catholic Church In Mississippi During Colonial Times
Early in Mississippi colonial history, the Catholic Church sent missionaries to the various Indian tribes of Mississippi to preach to the natives. These missionaries were largely unsuccessful in converting the tribesmen to Christian religion. This article introduces the reader to the early missionaries and discusses their successes and failures.

The Clinton Riot
1875, the second year of the administration of Adelbert Ames as the Carpetbag Charlatan of a mongrel governmental mixture, was made notorious by the outbreak of race wars over the State, in which freedmen were arrayed against freemen

The Battle of Tupelo, or Harrisburg, July 14th, 1863
After the Confederate victory at the battle of Brice's Crossroads, the supply lines for William T. Sherman's armies in Georgia became increasingly vulnerable. District commander, Cadwallader C. Washburn dispatched a force under General Andrew J. Smith to deal with Confederate cavalier, Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Battle of Tupelo was a Union victory over Confederate forces in northern Mississippi which ensured the safety of William T. Sherman's supply lines.

Battle of Brice's Cross Roads, Or Tishomingo Creek, June 2nd to 12th, 1864
The Battle of Brice's Crossroads was fought on June 10, 1864, near Baldwyn in Lee County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. It pitted a 4,787-man contingent led by Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest against an 7,900-strong Union force led by Brigadier General Samuel D. Sturgis. The battle ended in a rout of the Union forces and cemented Forrest's reputation as one of the great cavalrymen.

The Origin Of Certain Place Names In The State Of Mississippi
The contribution, of which this paper forms a part was prepared for publication as a bulletin of the U. S. Geological Survey under the title of The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States.

1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi Census
I have began a full transcription of the 1850 census for Lawrence County, Mississippi. You can keep up with the transcription status on my genealogy research blog.

Lawrence County, Mississippi Genealogy
I am the new host for Lawrence County, Mississippi, MSGenWeb, AHGP, and ALHN websites.

 

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Lawrence County, Mississippi genealogy and history county website is the first of our county offerings. Expect many more soon!

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