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Calhoun County, located in the north-central part of the State, was established March 8, 1852, during the administration of Henry Foote. The county has a land surface of 588 square miles. It as named for the great South Carolinian John C. Calhoun and bounded on the north by Lafayette county, on the east by Chickasaw county, on the south by Webster county and on the west by Grenada and Yalobusha counties. It was carved from the counties of Yalobusha, Chickasaw and Lafayette, and the original act defines its boundaries as follows: "Beginning at the northeast corner of twp. 12, range 1 west of the basis meridian; thence east to the northeast corner of twp. 12, range 1 east of the said basis; thence south to the northeast comer of twp. 15, range 1 east of said basis; thence west to the northwest corner of sec. 3 in twp. 15, range 1 east; thence south to the northern boundary line of Choctaw county; thence west 18 miles, to the southwest corner of twp. 22, range 8; thence north to the south boundary of Lafayette county; thence due east to the western boundary of Pontotoc county; thence south to the beginning point." The boundaries thus defined, have not been since changed. Porter A. Davis, W. H. Duberry, L. Brasher, M. Murphree, C. Orr, John Hunt and James McCrory were appointed commissioners to organize the county, and it was provided by the act that the Board of Police select a seat of justice as near the geographical center as possible. Pittsboro was thus chosen and was named in honor of one the early settlers. It is a small town of 254 inhabitants, located at the geographical center of the county. Other towns in the county are Sarepta, Banner, Denton, Ellzey, Wardwell and Slate Springs. No railroads have thus far entered Calhoun and the nearest shipping points are Water Valley, Coffeeville and Grena on the Illinois Central railway. The principal streams are the Yalobusha and Schoona rivers, which, with their tributaries, provide the county with its water power. The surface of the county is undulating and in places rugged and hilly; the valleys are level and fertile. All the timber trees common to central Mississippi are found here in considerable quantity. The soil is usually light colored and underlaid with either clay or sand. Large upland tracts of land overgrown with hardwood timber are frequently found and produce corn and other grain crops. The stock raising industry has attained considerable proportions and many settle have gone into the horse raising business, breeding working stock. Good churches and schools exist throughout the county and with the introduction of railroads and better shipping facilities the county will grow rapidly in wealth and importance. Among the names prominent in the early days of the county may be mentioned Allen, McCrory, Burney, Duncan, Reasons, Guy, Woodward Davis and Stephens, all of whom represented their county in the State Legislature prior to the war between the states.

The United States census for 1900 shows that the agriculture development of the county has been considerable since 1890 and the following data will be found of interest. Number of farms 1900, 3,097; number of acres in farms, 307,537; acres improved 92,168; value of the land exclusive of buildings, $1,147,480; value of buildings, $416,410; value of live stock, $628,197, and value of products not fed to stock, $996,600. Little manufacturing is done in the county; the census gives figures as follows: Total number of establishments, 47; capital invested, $95,154; wages paid, $11,042; cost of materials, $26,186, and value of products, $71,428. The total assessed valuation of real and personal property in the county in 1905 was $1,277,750 and in 1906, it was $2,070,208, which shows an increase of $792,458 during the year. The population of the county 1900 was: whites, 12,415; colored, 4,097, a total of 16,512, and an increase over 1890 of 1,824.
[Source: Encyclopedia of Mississippi History Vo1 1. Pub 1907 by Dunbar Rowland LL.D.]


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Website Updates:
15 Apr 2018: Added S. T. Buchanan Biography 15 Apr 2018: Added Lucius L. Blount Biography 25 Mar 2018: Added James W. Buchanan Biography 22 Nov 2017: Updated County History (above) 14 Apr 2016: Added Spring Hill Cemetery Listing 14 Apr 2016: Updated Providence Cemetery Listing 25 May 2015: Added Davis, Head, Mitchell, Watson and Webb(2), Obituaries
27 Dec 2014: Added Hendley Cemetery Listing 20 Dec 2014: Added Armstrong Biography
05 Nov 2014: Added Gray Obituary
04 Dec 2013: Added Providence Cemetery Listing 23 Aug 2013: Added 1883 Pension List
24 May 2013: Added Brewer & Denley Obituaries
10 May 2011: Added 1890 Vet Census Transcription
27 Mar 2011: Added Obits for Brown,Logan & Smith
30 Nov 2009: Updated Cemetery List
Jan 2009: WW2 Casualties
Previous Updates:
1860 Mortality Schedule; Family Bibles of SIMPSON; List of Cemeteries


Cities & Towns

Big Creek


Calhoun City




Slate Springs





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Address & Off-Site Links

Calhoun County Chancery Court Clerk, P O Box 8, Pittsboro, Mississippi, Phone: (662) -412-3117, Fax: (662) 412-3128

Calhoun County Circuit Clerk, P O Box 25, Pittsboro, Mississippi, Phone: (662) 412-3101, Fax: (662) 412-3103

Calhoun County Historical & Genealogical Society, P O Box 114, Pittsboro, Mississippi, 38951

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