Lawrence County, Mississippi Genealogy

Welcome to Lawrence County, Mississippi Genealogy!

Home of Edward "Mutt" Branton
The photo used on this page is of a home built by Mr. Edward “Mutt” Branton. Apparently, Mr. Branton, as a young single man, built this house for a personal residence, likely in the 1940s, but unsure. The property is now thought to be owned by Mr. Gene Dawsey. I think Mr. Branton did eventually marry, and abandoned the place and moved to Columbia. Information supplied to Don Norris by Chris at the Marion County Historical Society.

My name is Dennis Partridge and I am the host for Lawrence County, MSGenWeb.  If you have any information that you would like to contribute to our site such as family Bible records, cemetery records, land records, deeds, wills, marriages, obituaries, old newspaper articles, etc. please send them to me and I will get them online.

Lawrence County was established December 22nd, 1814, carved out of the county of Marion that was created three years prior to that time. The county was named in memory of Captain Jas. Lawrence, who commanded the ship Chesapeake in that struggle, and whose last words, when mortally wounded, were “don’t give up the ship!”

The goal of this website is to freely provide you with as much genealogical and historical information concerning Lawrence County, Mississippi as is practical. Since I do not reside in the county, I cannot provide onsite genealogical assistance, but can provide guidance and online assistance to your genealogical research. If you don’t ask a question then I definitely cannot help you… so please ask!

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Smith Cemetery
Gary Ward Nelson has contributed a pdf file on the Smith Cemetery of Lawrence County. Included with this pdf file are actual images of the tombstones. The Smith Cemetery is located on Hoover Hammond Road in Lawrence County, Mississippi, at Latitude 31.462653, Longitude -90.183806. The cemetery name originated from the Smith family, who were the original land owners. The property was held by this family for most of 70 years.

Various Records
Various records on the Cole and Denson families of Lawrence County, Mississippi were submitted by Jeanne Hicks and now appear: Death certificate transcription’s of Robert A. Cole, Ruth Denson, and James J. Denson; as well as a transcription of the confederate payroll records of James Jordan Denson.

Queries Page
Updated with query concerning James Levi and Sarah A. Cobb Moore. Correspondent is looking for burial place of Sarah.

Mount Moriah Cemetery
Gerald Pennington has submitted a photograph his grandfather took back in the 1930’s of two grave markers in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, behind the First Methodist Church in Silver Creek, Lawrence County, MS.

Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery
Leinda Peterman of Natchez, MS, has contributed transcriptions from the Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in Bogue Chitto.

Queries Page
Updated with queries concerning John S. Neal and Ezra Owen Ainsworth.

Family History Page
Removed the Ambrose Bull Patriot article at the writer’s request.
Updated page with a new link for the Ancestors of Gary Ward Nelson.

12th Regimental History and Roster
Presented on this page is a short history and complete roster of the 12th Regiment Infantry. Men who compromised this regiment came from Lawrence and surrounding counties in Mississippi.

38th Regimental History
From Dunbar Rowland’s Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand)

Family of William H. Bowen
William Bowen was first recorded in Lawrence County in 1850 when he was recorded as a merchant of Lawrence Co., MS. He, his wife, and five children resided for a short time in Lawrence County before moving on to Jefferson Davis County, MS where William setup shop as a druggist.

1850 Lawrence County, Mississippi Census
An extraction of the 1850 census of all the residents of Lawrence County, Mississippi.

Early Senators and Representatives from Lawrence County
A list of early senators and representatives representing Lawrence County, Mississippi from 1820-1890.

Genealogy Update
I have began a blog where I’ll keep track of the status of record keeping for the various projects I’m involved in.

1818-1825 Lawrence County, Mississippi Marriage Records
Completely updated, now includes additional marriages, sorted by groom.

Droummonds Cemetery, New Hebron
Partial List Generated From Grave Photos Taken by Natalie Maynor.

African American Research in Lawrence County, Mississippi
Updated with additional new information and links.

Native American Page
Updated with additional new information and links.

Obituary Page
Updated with additional new information.

Please help build this site by sending me your submissions!
The success of this web site is greatly dependent on the contributions of those who are interested in advancing Lawrence Co. MS genealogy research.  As you explore this web site, you will see several sections that have very little information

Neighboring Counties
Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Simpson, and Walthall

For Questions about MSGenWeb or to adopt a county, please contact the State Coordinator Jeff Kemp, or the Assistant State Coordinator Denise Wells or Ann Allen Geoghegan.

 Many thanks to former Lawrence County hostess’ Pamela Mann, Laura Flanagan, and Jane Combs for their many contributions to this site.

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