Holmes County, MS
Extinct Towns & Villages
Extract taken from
Publication of the Mississippi Historical
Society, By the Mississippi Historical
Society, Edited by Franklin L. Riley, Secretary, Volume V, Oxford, Mississippi, 1902, pgs 339 - 340, from chapter
entitled “Extinct Towns and Villages of Mississippi” by Franklin L. Riley
Submitted by Debora Reese
– The town of old Rankin was situated on the Tchula and Yazoo City road, about five miles from Tchula. When
Holes county was formed out of a part of Yazoo the flourishing town of Rankin was prominently spoken of as the
best location for the seat of justice of the new county. Bit Lexington was chosen instead, and Rankin had
long since been extinct. Its history has been almost entirely forgotten. There is nothing there now
but an old field, owned by a negro, Claibe Davenport.
Capt. Parrisot, father of Capt. S. H. Parrisot, and father-in-law of Mrs. F. Barksdale, of Yazoo City, settled
in that vicinity in 1828. Soon afterwards he removed to Old Rankin, where he kept a hotel until 1834.
He had but one eye, one arm, and one leg, his other members having been lost in the French service. Hon.
E. F. Noel in writing of Capt. Parrisot’s hotel says:
“An old New Orleans gentleman, whom I met at Lookout Mountain this summer told me he spent
a night at this hotel when a lad, and that Gov. Runnels and his Attorney-General were there the same night, gambling
in the office * * * * * ; and that in the place of a watch dog, Capt. Parrisot had a crane which would walk around
and protect certain parts of the premises by pecking any one who intruded.”
says that Mr. Etho Beall, a justice of the peace, held at old Rankin, under the protection of a shot-gun, the first
court of the territory composing Holmes county.
The town of Montgomery was situated on the west bank of Big Black river at Pickens ferry. It was incorporated
by the Legislature in 1836. Another act relating to the charter of Montgomery was passed in May 1837.
Vernon – About
twelve miles north of Lexington was once a thriving business place called Vernon. Before the War between
the States the country surrounding this town was settled by wealthy planters, but when the slaves were freed the
med who gave life to the town were greatly impoverished. This brought decay to the place. In writing
of the effects of the war, Mr. Bowman says:
“For many miles in every direction there were many thousands of acres of land lying waste,
overgrown with grass and weeds, which before the war were productive fields of cotton and corn. Many fine
two story residences were toppling down and going to decay. Some were tenanted by thriftless negroes, who
had the apology of a few acres of badly tilled land for a crop. The building of the Yazoo and Mississippi
Valley railroad has resuscitated this section, but trade has found new centers.”
Georgeville – The town of Georgeville was situated in the northwest of S. 35, T. 14, R. 3, East.
A negro cabin with badly washed land is all that is left of this place.