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Jones County was established in 1826 and was named for John Paul Jones. There are other counties named Jones, but it appears that this is the only one named for John Paul Jones. Ellisville, the county seat, was named for Powhatan Ellis, a member of the Mississippi Legislature who claimed to be a direct descendant of Pocahontas. During the economic hard times in the 1830s and 1840s, there was an exodus of population from South Mississippi, principally to Texas, and the slogan "GTT" ("Gone to Texas") came into currency. The situation was especially acute in Jones County, which became so depopulated that it acquired the derisive nickname "The Free State of Jones". During the War of 1861-1865, Jones County and neighboring counties, especially Covington County to its west, became a haven for Confederate deserters. A group of deserters led by Newt Knight engaged in sporadic battles with State and Confederate units sent to arrest them for desertion. The notoriety of Newt Knight's "rebellion" led to the fabrication of elaborate stories alleging Jones County's "secession" from the Confederacy and the establishment of an entity called "The Free State of Jones". There was no such "State", but the legend gained strength from the fact that Jones County already had been widely known as "The Free State of Jones". After the War, the Mississippi Legislature punished Jones County's disloyalty to the "Cause" by changing its name to Davis (for Jefferson Davis) and the name of its county seat to Leesburg (for Robert E. Lee). The Reconstruction Constitution of 1869 repealed these acts and restored the names of Jones County and Ellisville. The county was divided into judicial districts in 1906, with seats of justice at Ellisville (First District) and Laurel (Second District).

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Towns & Cities of Jones Co MS

Ellisville -- Laurel -- Sandersville -- Soso

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Website Updates:
17 Oct 2014 Added Added Williams Obituary
11 Sep 2014 Added Added Garrett Obituary
11 Sep 2014 Added Added Sanders Obituary
03 Sep 2014 Added Added Thompson Funeral Home Inc vs Thompson Court Case
17 Aug 2014 Added Added Busby Obituary
03 Aug 2014 Added Erata Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Gandy Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Hebron Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Hinton Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Memorial Gardens Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Mount Olive Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Old Mount Olive Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Old Antioch Family Cemetery Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Our Home Universalist Church Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Pates Family Cemetery Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Sandhill Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Shows Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Sunlight Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Tiger Creek Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Walters African American Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Walters Cemetery on Willis Circle Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Walters Cemetery on Walters Drive Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Lloyd Walters Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Welcome Home Cemetery Transcription
03 Aug 2014 Added Woodlawn Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Crossroads Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Hayes Chapel Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Pilgrim Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Sharon Cemetery Transcription
02 Aug 2014 Updated Sharon Community Cemetery Transcription
27 Jul 2014 Updated Crosby Cemetery Transcription
27 Jul 2014 Updated Myrick Cemetery Transcription
27 Jul 2014 Updated Pine Grove Cemetery Transcription
27 Jul 2014 Updated Rose Community Cemetery Transcription
05 Jul 2014 Updated Mt Olive MC Cemetery Transcription
05 Jul 2014 Updated Sharon Cemetery Transcription
05 Jul 2014 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Antioch UMC Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated County Line Baptist Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Crossroads Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Eastview Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Lake Park Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Lone Star Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Mt Olive MC Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Pleasant Ridge Road BC Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Sharon Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Sharon Extension Cemetery Transcription
15 Jun 2014 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Added Loper Obituary
15 May 2014 Added
Added Davidge Obituary
15 May 2014 Added
Antioch UMC Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Broadway Family Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Burris Universalist Church Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Bynum Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Creel Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Crosby Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Ellisville Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Herrington Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Herrington Family Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Hickory Grove Cemetery Transcription (6 files)
15 May 2014 Added Jackson Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Knights Mill Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Mill Creek Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Mt Moriah BC Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Mt Moriah MBC Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Mt Olive MC Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Oak Hill Memorial #2 Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Old Fellowship Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Pilgrims Rest Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Pleasant Ridge Road BC Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Springhill Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Tucker Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Union Line Cemetery Transcription
15 May 2014 Added Welch.Graham Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Creel Obituary
07 Apr 2014 Added Megehee Obituary
07 Apr 2014 Added East Pleasant Grove Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Emmanuel Gardens Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Everett Family Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Soso First Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Hill Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Johnson Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Lone Star Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Memory Gardens Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added New Palestine Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added New Zion Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Odom Grave Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Riverside Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Added Rose Community Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Updated Moselle Memorial Gardens Cemetery Transcription
07 Apr 2014 Updated Crossroads Cemetery Transcription
14 Mar 2014 Updated Ellisville Cemetery Transcription
14 Mar 2014 Updated Lighthouse Church Cemetery Transcription
14 Mar 2014 Updated Shelton Cemetery Transcription
26 Feb 2014 Updated Benson Cemetery Transcription
26 Feb 2014 Updated Nora Davis Memorial Cemetery Transcription
26 Feb 2014 Updated Mill Creek Cemetery Photo
26 Feb 2014 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
26 Feb 2014 Updated McGill Cemetery Transcription
26 Feb 2014 Updated Shows Cemetery Transcription
04 Jan 2014 Added Added Craven Obituary
24 Dec 2013 Updated
Shows Cemetery Photo
24 Dec 2013 Updated Old Palestine Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Fairview Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Indian Springs Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Old Ferguson Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Dennis Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Bynum Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2013 Updated Anderson-Minter Cemetery Transcription
17 Nov 2013 Updated Mt Vernon Cemetery Transcription
17 Nov 2013 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
17 Nov 2013 Updated Union Cemetery Transcription
10 Nov 2013 Updated Lancaster Cemetery Transcription
10 Nov 2013 Updated Centerville Cemetery Transcription
10 Nov 2013 Updated Clark Cemetery Transcription
10 Nov 2013 Updated Lake Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery Cemetery Transcription
10 Nov 2013 Updated Lake Park Cemetery Transcription
19 Oct 2013 Added Gammage Obituary
10 Oct 2013 Added Clark Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Clark Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Collins Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Darnell Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Evans Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Hall Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Henry Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Kelly Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Moffett Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Moffett Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Moffett Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Musgrove Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Savel Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Sims Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Sims Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Vreeland Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Walters Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added West Obituary
09 Oct 2013 Added Windham Obituary
04 Oct 2013 Added Bethel Memorial Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Bethlehem Community Church Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Calhoun Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Chapel Hill Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Choctaw Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Coats Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Collins Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Collins HomesteadCemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Crestview Memorial Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Crosby Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Crossroads Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Eastabuchie Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Eastview Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Faith Bible Church Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Lawn Haven Church Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Lighthouse Church Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Little Family Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Mt Williams Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Pine Grove Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Pine Ridge Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Added Shows Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Updated Oakland Grove Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Updated County Line Missionary Baptist Cemetery Transcription
04 Oct 2013 Updated County Line Baptist Cemetery Transcription
29 Sep 2013 Added Tisdale Obituary
24 Sep 2013 Added Taylor Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Mill Creek Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Rushton Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Callahan Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Oak Hill Memorial #2 Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Palestine Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Shows Cemetery Photo
24 Sep 2013 Added Welborn Cemetery Photo
21 Sep 2013 Added Berean Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Hopewell Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Hood Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Mack Brown Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Moselle Memorial Gardens Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Mt Zion Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Oak Bowery Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added New Bethany Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Oak Hill Memorial #2 Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Ovett Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Royal Valley Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Shelton Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Skyview Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Tucker's Crossing Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Tula Rosa Cemetery Transcription
21 Sep 2013 Added Unity Chapel Church of God Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Jordan Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated McGill Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Old Ferguson Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Old Palestine Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Welch-Graham Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Pleasant Ridge Road Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Anderson-Minter Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Fairview Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Fairchild Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Beech Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Bethel Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Dennis Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Brown Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Edmonson Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Good Hope Cemetery Transcription
19 Sep 2013 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
23 Aug 2013 Added 1883 Pension List
23 Jun 2013 Added Added Hill Obituary
23 Jun 2013 Added
Added Granberry Biography
23 Jun 2013 Added
Added History of Churches
16 Apr 2013 Added
Added History of County
16 Apr 2013 Added
Added 1890 Vet Census for Beat 4
16 Apr 2013 Added
Added Biography for McCall
16 Apr 2013 Added
Added Marriage Announcement for Allen-Oyler
16 Apr 2013 Added
Added obits for Adams, Boyd, Burnett, Davis, Howell, Janson, Kelly, Martin, McCurdy, McFarland, McKenzie, Peyrox, Pilgrim, Plummer, Smith, Thomas
27 Feb 2012 Updated
County Line Missionary Baptist Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated County Line Baptist Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated fairview Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Hayes Chapel Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Palenstine Cemetery Transcription
24 Dec 2012 Moved Fairfield Cemetery from Stone County. It was in wrong county.
27 Feb 2012 Added Beech Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Benson Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Big Creek Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Bonner Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Broadway Family Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Herrington Family Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Knights Mill Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Mt Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Myrick Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Old Fellowship Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Pilgrim Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Rushton Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Sharon Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Sharon Extension Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Springhill Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Welborn Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Added Windham Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Anderson-Minter Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Dennis Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Brown Cemetery Transcription
27 Feb 2012 Updated Union Line Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated County Line Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Creel Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Jordan Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Lake Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Lancaster Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Matthews Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Mt Vernon Cemetery Transcription
25 Jan 2012 Updated Pleasant Ridge Road Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Brown Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Fairchild Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Goodwill Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Herrington Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Jackson Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Lake Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Lake Park Hills Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Martin-Mohon Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Added Matthews Cemetery Transcription
26 Sep 2011 Updated Bethel Cemetery Transcription
25 Sep 2011 Added Added obits for Anderson, Booth, Bradshaw, Brewster, Bruce, Bunch, Byrd, Carter, Conner, Cooley, Ducksworth, Gavin, Harrison, Malone, McCormick, Moffett, Nixon & Thigpen.
05 Sep 2011 Added Lancaster Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Mount Vernon Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Nora Davis Memorial Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Shady Grove Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Tucker Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Union Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Added Union Line Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Updated Good Hope Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Updated Mill Creek Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Updated Oakland Grove Cemetery Transcription
05 Sep 2011 Updated Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Added Mount Olive Methodist Church Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Added Sunset Gardens Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Added Centerville Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Updated Ellisville Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Updated Hickory Grove Cemetery Transcription
25 Aug 2011 Updated Jordan Cemetery Transcription
17 Apr 2011 Updated Ellisville Cemetery Transcription
21 Nov 2010 Added Antioch UMC Cemetery Transcription
21 Nov 2010 Added Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
21 Nov 2010 Added Dennis Blackledge Cemetery Transcription
21 Nov 2010 Added Oakland Grove Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Clark Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Edmonson Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Ellisville Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Good Hope Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Hickory Grove Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Indian Springs Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Lake Park Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Palestine Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Old Palestine Cemetery Transcription
18 Dec 2009 Added Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
21 Oct 2009 Added Hayes Chapel Cemetery Transcription
30 Aug 2009 Added Ellzey Cemetery Transcription
30 Aug 2009 Added Fairview Cemetery Transcription
30 Aug 2009 Added Jordan Cemetery Transcription
30 Aug 2009 Added McGill Cemetery Transcription
27 Aug 2009 Added Anderson-Minter Cemetery Transcription
27 Aug 2009 Added Bynum Cemetery Transcription
27 Aug 2009 Added Creel Family Cemetery Transcription
27 Aug 2009 Added Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Transcription
9 Aug 2009 Added Burrus Memorial Cemetery Transcription
9 Aug 2009 Added Old Ferguson Cemetery Transcription
9 Aug 2009 Added Welch Graham Cemetery Transcription
9 Aug 2009 Added Countyline Missionary Baptist Cemetery Transcription


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