The town of Macon, the seat of justice of Noxubee County, was laid out by Charles W. Allen in April, 1 834. It was called Macon in honor of Nathaniel Macon, one of the first settlers of the place. It is located on the line of the Mobile & Ohio railroad, and has a population of twenty-two hundred. Early in the forties a two-story brick courthouse was built there. Just before the war the present courthouse was built, at an expense of $60,000. The town has five churches where white people worship: Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal and Catholic; and two for colored people: Methodist Episcopal and Baptist.
Stockman lodge No. 19, I. O. O. F., is one of the oldest lodges in the state. Its charter and records were destroyed by fire in 1 878, and the lodge was granted a new charter July 22, 1879.
Macon lodge No. 40, A. F. & A. M., was instituted February 7, 1840. The first officers were: F. C. Ellis, master; E. D. Barker, S. W.; Samuel Moore, J. W. The present officers are: C. C. Sessions, master; J. L. Ford, S. W.; W. S. Farmer, J. W.; W. T. Hodges, treasurer; W. P. Minor, secretary; J. W. Halbrook, Sr. D. and P. M.; F. W. Bransby, J. D.; Jacob Faser, S. and T. This lodge has a total membership of sixty-eight, owns its hall and has money at interest. It meets on the second Friday night of each month.
Macon chapter No. 11, K. A. M., was organized in 1849, with F. G. Ferguson as high priest. Its membership is now thirty-nine, and it meets on the third Friday night of each month.
Mauldin lodge No. 2937, K. of H, was instituted April 6, 1883, with twenty-six char-ter members. The first officers were: George D. Dillard, P. D.; Jacob Holberg, D.; J. S. Scott, V. D.; J. J. Callaway, A. D.; E. E. Jeffries, reporter; W. G. Sellick, F. E.; J. W. Patty, Jr., treasurer; W. M. Jones, guide; Thomas Foote, sentinel; trustees, A. Klaus, W. B. Barker, E. K. Wooten. The present officers are: J. W. Patty, D.; M. L. Wells, V. D.; A. Klaus, A. D.; J. S. Scott, reporter; W. M. Jones, F. R.; Jacob Holberg, treasurer; T. J. O’Neill, guide; T. T. Patty, guard; Lewis Luclis, sentinel; trustees: C. M. Carter, J. L. Griggs, G. D. Dillard. The lodge meets on the second and fourth Tuesday nights of each month. The membership is twenty-eight.
Noxubee lodge No. 63, K. of P., was instituted June 19, 1890, with twenty-six charter members. The first officers were: H. F. Van Kohn, P. C. C.; T. J. O’Neill, C. C; W. S. Farmer, V. C; J. L. Patty, prelate; W. T. Hodges, M. E.; L. M. Scales, M. F. and K. E. S.; J. W. Holt, M. A.; G. A. Freeman, I. G.; L. Ludi, O. G. The present officers are: T. J. O’Neill, P. C. C; C. C; F. W. Bransby, V. C. C; S. J. Feibeman, K. E. S. and M. F.; George A. Freeman, prelate; W. L. Hodges, M. E.; J. W. Holt, M. A.; Luther Freeman, I. G.; L. Ludi, O. G. The membership is forty-four. The lodge meets on the first and third Tuesday nights of each month.
Besides Macon the towns in Noxubee County are Brookville, Shuqualak, Summerville and Cooksville.
Source: Biographical and Historical Memories of Mississippi, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891