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The county was founded on December 31, 1833.
Tallahatchie is a Choctaw name meaning "rock of waters".
The county is one of ten in Mississippi with two county seats, Charleston and Sumner. Charleston was the first
county seat, and Sumner was organized later in 1872.
A settlement of five communities had grown up along the forks of Tillatoba Creek. Colonel Thomas Bailey came from
Kentucky and formed the first settlement on the north fork of the creek which was about five miles to the northeast.
He was later joined by James Bailey, Samuel Caruthers, William Flemming, M. Johnson, Willam Kendrick, Robert Thrasher,
A. Patterson, and Kinchen Mayo who extended the settlement along the creek toward the Junction. Another settlement
was started by the Priddy's, the J. Houstons, Cade Alford and the Carson family who extended the settlement along
the creek to the junction of three forks.
Sumner -- Tutwiler -- Webb
Brazil -- Cascilla -- Enid -- Leverett -- Paynes -- Philipp -- Swan Lake -- Tippo
* Quitman County (north)
* Panola County (northeast)
* Yalobusha County
* Grenada County (southeast)
* Leflore County (south)
* Sunflower County
* Coahoma County (northwest)
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