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What's New

July 1, 2009 - Added

Poplar Hill AME Church and Negro Superstitions from the WPA - both contributed by Toni Stewart.

May 17, 2009 - Added the 1866 Jefferson County Tax Lists - contributed by Ann Allen Geoghegan and transcribed by Tony Miller

January 8, 2009 - Added a History of Lorman - contributed by Anthony Miller. Also added a photo of Poplar Hill AME Church and a photo of the one room Poplar Hill School house - contributed by Toni Stewart

January 7, 2009- Added Speech given in 1936 by Mrs. Bessie Fox Truly and photograph of Mrs. Truly. Speech contributed by Charles Dawkins - photo courtesy of Mrs. Truly's grandson, Admiral Richard Truly.

June 19, 2008- Added Old Rodney Photos, Yellow Fever in Jefferson County and Jefferson County in the News-contributed by Sue Moore.

February 7, 2008 - Added the Early History of Jefferson County - contributed by Sue Moore. This is also linked to from the Trivia page.

December 13, 2007 - Added photo and obituary of Ida Belle Moore Costley - contributed by Peggy Ellefson Lund

October 31, 2007 - Added Fayette High School Class of 1930 - Several articles about the class, photo of the 1929/30 Football team and cards of the Senior Class and an invitation to a party for the Senior Class.  Contributed by Charles Dawkins.

October 15, 2007 - Added Fayette News From the Past - Contributed by Janice Rice

October 9, 2007 - added Biography of James Gillam Wood,  with a photo, contributed by Charles Dawkins.  Also added Extinct Towns and Villages of Jefferson County, MS in 1902, contributed by Sue B. Moore.

September 14, 2007 - added Jefferson County Connections - a place to list available books, web pages, etc, about Jefferson County.

September 10, 2007 - Moved Jefferson County MSGenWeb to its own domain! -

May 4, 2007 - Added 1823 State Census for Jefferson County - contributed by AnnieG.

May 2, 2007 - Began adding Mortality Schedules for Jefferson County, contributed by AnnieG. Also added Jefferson County Mississippi Brand Register - contributed by Tony Miller. Everything can now be reached from the index at the top of each page.  All pages not converted to new format yet so you will need to use your back button on those few pages.

February 22, 2007 - Making very good time on upgrading the website!  Found a few things I forgot were there <grin>!  Also have a New Item - 1890 Veteran's Schedule for Rodney, MS - contributed by Janice Rice

February 14, 2007 - Began a total update of the entire site.  Please bear with me until it is done.  I think you will like it. I will leave the old table of contents in place until everything is completed.

January 19, 2007 - Began cleanup of marriage database - it is now much faster loading and cleaner looking.   Posted a photo of the Fayette Academy Class of 193?  and a photo of the Fayette Academy - both contributed by Dr. Walter Dawkins.   Also began transcribing returns for various years of the Masonic Records - contributed by Charles Dawkins.  The ones available now are:

November 27, 2006 - Added wonderful article and photographs of the Thomas Hinds Masonic Lodge contributed by Charles Dawkins - Masons 1 - Presbyterians 0!

September 28, 2006 - Added  Excerpts from the Slave Petitions to the Mississippi Legislature - transcribed and contributed by Janice Rice Stevens.  The records deal mostly with emancipations.  A real treasure trove for African-American Researchers!

June 8, 2006 - Began a page for Woodlawn Plantation - Beginning to receive a lot of information on this plantation, one of the oldest in the county.  Watch for additions to this page! First item is the Slave Narrative of Peter Brown, born at Woodlawn in 1852.


March 29, 2006 - Added  Civil War Letters from John Cato to his wife, Martha Newman Cato contributed by Linda Durr Rudd.  I must apologize to Linda for the delay in getting these up she submitted them some time ago and they just got lost in the shuffle of my absent-minded brain!


March 29, 2006 - Added 1805 Census of the Territory for Jefferson County


March 6, 2006 - Changed the picture on the index page to some photos of Rodney and asked for all visitors to contact the Supervisors and the MDAH Department of Historic Preservation to help us get the road to Rodney more accessible and easier to find!  Please help us make one of the oldest towns in MS accessible to the public!


February 27, 2006 - Added Freedman Savings & Trust Company 1865-1874 Register of signatures of depositors born in Jefferson County.  These records are available on Microfilm through your Local Family History Center from the main library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you find a relative, let me know and I will look up the record and tell you all the information on the card. This is truly one of the great resources for African-American researchers. Contributed by Ann Allen Geoghegan.


January 13, 2006 - Added Petition of Andrew Barland to the Mississippi General Assembly  circa, 1824, found by Sue B. Moore and used with permission of the University of North Carolina. The original is in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson.


November 10, 2005 - Added the long awaited research paper by Andy McMillion on the Hunt Family of Jefferson County.  The Hunts were some of the earliest residents of the area, arriving when we were still Pickering County.  It is a long read but an excellent one!  Many thanks Andy!


April 13, 2005 - Added three new links on the Family Web Sites Page - Family of Henry Nichols The Past Whispers  "Home of the Battle of Seven Pines" and many other great pages and  My Great-Grandfather's Attic  Surnames: Garrett, Dawkins, Warren, Jackson.


April 2, 2005 - Added 1816 Jefferson County Census - Contributed by Sue B. Moore


March 23, 2005 - Added a list of Populated Places from the US Geological Survey.


March 19, 2005 - Added The Plantations of David Hunt contributed by Andy McMillion


February 23, 2005 - Added photo of Thomas Hinds also updated background and reorganized the Table of Contents.


January 27, 2005 - Have a great year everybody! I updated the look of the site!  Also added Why We Do Genealogy by Jan Philpot and updated 20th Century Wars to include losses from Operation Iraqi Freedom!


October 25, 2004 - Added a page for Masonic History in Jefferson County.  If anyone has any history or stories of the Lodges in Jefferson County please send them to me!


October 1, 2004 - Added a list of Plantations and Tracts in Jefferson County which were abstracted from a map which was made in 1941 by Edgar Tobin Aerial Surveys. A very special thank you goes to the late Everette Truly for sharing this priceless data with Ann Brown before his death and  to our "Resident Jefferson Researcher" for her wonderful contribution of this list.  Thanks "Anebec" from all of us!


June 30, 2004 - Added a wonderful Oration by Dr. John Savage delivered on the 4th of July, 1837 at Rodney, MS.  Contributed by James W. Norris


May 29, 2004 - At long last Mari Byers has contributed some of the contents of her great-grandmother's scrapbook!  What a treasure!  See the Harper Pages!  Thanks bunches to Mari and her 5-year-old granddaughter Taylor Sullivan who helped her!


May 16, 2004 - Added a list of Possible Confederates Buried in Union Church Cemetery - compiled by George Purvis (better known as gpthelastrebel !)


April 25, 2004 - Added a Letter from Mr. John Ker to the Mississippi State Legislature regarding the wills of Captain Isaac Ross and his daughter Mrs. M. A. Reed - December 15, 1841. This concerned the transportation of his slaves to the Liberian Colony by Captain Ross and his daughter. Very interesting reading!


April 20, 2004 - Added a wonderful photograph of some Rodney Natives who attended the Rodney Presbyterian Church.  The photo originally appeared in the Jackson Clarion Ledger but unfortunately we don't know the date.  If anyone knows when this wonderful photo was taken please let me know! Submitted by George Blair.  Thanks, George!


March 11, 2004 - Added the Facts Unravel #11  by Bruce D. Liddell - Thanks Bruce!


March 6, 2004 - Added the Diary of Walter Bisland Wade.  Contributed by Kevin Ross Richlin.  (This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)  This is a wonderful glimpse of life in Jefferson County during the "Gay Nineties"!


March 5, 2004 - Thanks to Kevin Ross Richlin we now have the Susan Sillers Darden Diary in *Adobe PDF format!  Kevin is the grandson of Jewell Ross who originally typed the diary into its present format in 1978.  Many thanks to Kevin!  *(Requires Acrobat Reader) Don't have it? Download it here for free! Just click on the icon! 


February 18, 2004 - Added the Roster and Muster Roll of Darden's Battery prepared by James Vaughan.  This is an excellent piece of work and should be helpful to everyone with an ancestor in the Jefferson Artillery!


January 16, 2004 - Added the Community of McBride  researched and provided by Sue Moore


December 27, 2003 - Added the Shaw Family Bible Record, the Milsaps Family Bible Record and the obituaries of Horace G. Milsaps and Francis Marion Milsaps -all transcribed and contributed by Ernest Carroll Rucker.


December 9, 2003 - Added Jefferson County General Land Records - Indexed by Township and Range.  Also added the latest installment of The Facts Unravel -#8 contributed by Bruce D. Liddell and the family trees of the Hackler and Scott families, contributed by India Wolf.


November 17, 2003 - Added The Jefferson Troop and Thomas Hinds - contributed by Sue Moore.  Also added A History of Rodney MS and Oakland College
by John A. Limerick
- contributed by Bruce D. Liddell.  Also added a new map to the USS Rattler story and further clarification of the history of the USS Rattler.


November 1, 2003 - Added Servants Listed on the Membership Roll of March 1849 to the Union Church Presbyterian Church - contributed by Linda Rudd


October 30, 2003 - The Facts Unravel #6 raised a few questions so Bruce decided to do a whole article on the USS Rattler!  Check out the latest contribution by Bruce D. Liddell.


October 26, 2003 - With so many contributions of newspapers and newspaper articles coming in to the Jefferson County MSGenWeb Project I decided it might be a good idea to centralize them. So with that in mind, I have started a new project called:  The Jefferson County MSGenWeb Newspaper Transcription Project 


October 21, 2003 - Added Deborah Spence Baldridge Johnson to the Tributes Page.  Contributed by Nancy Brister.

Added a link to the Church Hill Cemetery-Christ Church  Transcription. (which for some reason, was sent to Adams County MSGenWeb!)

and last but certainly not least:  Added  A Way Of Life - a chapter from “A History of Jefferson County”, a thesis prepared in 1960 for a Master of Arts in the Department of History at Mississippi College by Nancy L. Norton. I have been given the whole thesis and will be putting it online one chapter at a time.


October 20, 2003 - Added March 1849 Member Roll for Union Church Presbyterian Church - contributed by Linda Rudd


October 16, 2003 - Added Annabel Powers History of the Old Presbyterian Church at Rodney - Contributed by Annette Bowen


October 13, 2003 - Added L. Cohn - Lorman, Mississippi to the Expo 1904 Edition. Also added 1860 Jefferson Census Free People of Color, compiled and contributed by yours truly!


October 12, 2003 - Added Facts Unravel #6 - by Bruce D. Liddell

Also added Expo 1904 Biographies which includes  25 Biographies with Photos to the Expo 1904 Section!  Check to see if your family member is here!


October 10, 2003 - Added Jefferson County High School and Typical Jefferson County Homes and Fayette Churches to the Expo 1904 Section


October 9, 2003 - Added Fayette Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School Class from the Early 1950's  and Jefferson County High School Catalog for 1917-1918 contributed by Charles Dawkins.


October 3, 2003 - Added Advertisements to the Expo 1904 Section.


October 1, 2003 - Added McClure & Harper's Store, Krauss & Sons Store  and S. Hirsch Store to the Expo 1904 Section. Also added two obituaries - Arthur Ellis Jackson and Delaney C. Jackson, Sr.


September 30, 2003 - Added 1830 Census Index - Transcribed by Janice S. Rice and Proofread by Ann Allen Geoghegan


September 29, 2003 - Added Jefferson County Agriculturally and Industrially by M. C. Harper to the Expo 1904 Section. Also added Facts Unravel #4 and Facts Unravel #5 to Bruce Liddell's Column.


September 28, 2003 - Added County Officials , Fayette by Judge Jeff Truly  and Jefferson County by E. R. Jones to the Expo 1904 Section


September 26, 2003 - Began Adding the 1904 Expo Special Edition of the Fayette Chronicle - Contributed by Pat Taylor


September 19,2003 - Added Thomas Hinds to the Biography Section. Submitted by Sue Moore.  Thanks Sue!


September 4, 2003 - Old Tavern Licenses in Jefferson County, contributed by Al Whitehead of Henderson, TX.   This covers the years 1811, 1812 and1813.  Al is a descendant of James Whitehead, one of the first Tavern Keepers in Old Greenville and  also one of the first Constables.


September 3, 2003 - Added latest edition of The Facts Unravel #3 by Bruce D. Liddell


August 31, 2003 - Added The 1869 Freedmen Tax Roll - copied by Ann Brown in 1977 from the Jefferson County Tax Records.  Also added the 1830 Free People of Color and 1850 Free People of Color from the Jefferson County Census. This was also compiled and contributed by Ann Brown.   Should be a big boost for African-American Research in Jefferson County! Thanks, Ann


August 28, 2003 - Added interesting photo of an old house in Rodney.  Does anyone recognize it? Wouldn't it be great if those old walls could talk?!


August 20, 2003 - Added new Site Index for ease of navigation.  Several new categories created and some old ones combined.

Look for all your favorites and browse around the new ones!


August 15, 2003 - Added the 1820 Jefferson County Census Index.  The completed census will be available in the Archives soon.


August 14, 2003 - Added The Silver Water Pitcher - A story of Pecan Grove Plantation - written by Mrs. W. B. Conklin of Illinois

(b.1856 - d.1942)  Contributed by Sam Lenaeus, from his private collection of his Great-great grandmother's papers.


August 12, 2003 - Added 1820 Free Persons of Color

Transcribed from the 1820 Jefferson County Census

image and contributed by Ann Allen Geoghegan.  I lucked up on this census page! I have not found it included in any listing of Jefferson County anywhere else!


August 2, 2003 - Added "The Bandits - Mason & Harpe" contributed by Sue B. Moore


July 31, 2003 - Added Buell Tavern (later known as Truly Tavern) - contributed by Charles Dawkins from a file he found in the MDAH WPA records for Jefferson County.  Really interesting!


July 24, 2003 - Added the rest of the Fayette District and the Red Lick District  to the 1832 Minutes of the Board of Supervisors Assignment of Road Overseers found and contributed by Sue B. Moore.  These have been added to the ones contributed by Ann Brown. Also added Jurors of the Circuit Court, Jefferson County, September Term 1832

contributed by Sue B. Moore. Sue also sent in some Early Court Cases from when the county was still named Pickering!



July 17, 2003 - Added more Jefferson County Slave Court Records  Also added a HUGE panoramic photo of the Jefferson County Agricultural High School from 1929/1930.  WARNING! This file is VERY large and takes a LONG time to load!

If anyone can identify some of the folks in that class photo, please let me know!  Thanks so much to contributor Judy Valentine for this wonderful glimpse of the past!


July 9, 2003 - Added Excerpts from Jefferson County Slave Court Records - contributed by Sue B. Moore - Look for more to come!  Very interesting reading!


June 28, 2003 - Added Excerpts from J. R. Hutchinson's book, Reminiscences, Sketches and Addresses Selected from My Papers During a Ministry of Forty-five Years in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas  Contributed by Sue B. Moore


June 27, 2003 - Added the Year 1857 of the Susan Sillers Darden Diary. Very hard year; worst winter in years, smallpox epidemic and scarlet fever outbreak at the same time!  Many marriages. 


March 17, 2003 - Added two very important NEW links to Jefferson Information on the Web!  These sites are located on the contributor's website but really are a must see for Jefferson Researchers:

1860 Jefferson County, MS Slave Schedule by Linda Durr Rudd

Union Church Cemetery Transcription by Nancy Brister


March 10, 2003 - Added a wonderful article which was first published in 1881 regarding a fox hunting trip to the "Maryland Settlement" in the winter of 1836/1837.

Contributed by Charles Dawkins.


March 9, 2003 - At long last I have added 1856 to the Susan Sillers Darden Diary!


February 26, 2003 - Added "The Family Tree" to the Genealogy, We Love It! page   - contributed by Jane Combs


February 24, 2003 - Added 1917 Jefferson County High School Annual - contributed by Bruce D. Liddell


February 22, 2003 - Added Excerpts from the Diary of James Campbell 1819 - Reprinted with permission from the Clarion Ledger, Jackson MS.  Found and contributed by Sue B. Moore


February 21, 2003 - Added Photo of 7th Grade Class and 6th Grade Boys of Fayette High School 1947 - Contributed by Charles Dawkins

Also added Poplar Grove Plantation Records  and 1894 Educable Children - Contributed by Toni Stewart


February 20, 2003 - Added photo of old Jefferson Courthouse contributed by  T. L. Williams.

February 18, 2003 - Added Photo of Fayette High School Class of 1925 - Contributed by Charles Dawkins


February 2, 2003 - Added 1956 Fayette High School Annual - contributed by Mary Virginia Geoghegan Greer who was a member of the Freshman Class that year!


January 31, 2003 - Added Obituary of Roy Stampley of Fayette - aged 101 years, 6 months, 7 days - contributed by Rebecca Johnson


January 22, 2003 - Added Will of Phillip May - 1833 - contributed by Imogene Boswell


January 9, 2003 - Added beautiful map of 1830 Natchez Road (now called the Natchez Trace)! contributed by Ann Allen Geoghegan

Liddell-Brown Slave Records contributed by Bruce D. Liddell

Liddell Family Bible Records including Bible images!  Contributed by Bruce D. Liddell

Obituary of Romulus Remus Liddell contributed by Bruce D. Liddell

Obituary of Edward Isaac Reed contributed by Bruce D. Liddell

Civil War Money issued in Fayette, Jefferson County!  Contributed by Bruce D. Liddell. 

100 Years Ago - Excerpts from the Fayette Chronicle from February 20, 1903!

Also contributed by Bruce D. Liddell

If you enjoy these as much as I did,  please welcome this new contributor and member of our mailing list!   His address is at the bottom of the pages.

Dear Ancestor contributed by Jane Combs

Orphan Court Records for James Eldridge Sisson - contributed by Janice Rice


January 2, 2003 - Added Letter from Albert Shaw to his father.

List of slaves mortgaged and also list distributed at death of Thomas Cogan of Jefferson County.

Last Will and Testament of Drucilla J. Chambliss, contributed by Leland Chambliss.

Declaration of William Barefield concerning the secret hunting and killing of cattle &hogs.

Several new Surname researchers on the Surnames page.

Civil War Wall of Honor - Honoring our Glorious Dead - Jefferson Soldiers KIA

Please send me some more!  Photos and Bios welcome for this page!

January 1, 2003 - Happy New Year!  May each of you have a very prosperous New Year!

December 9, 2002 - Added 2 new stories to Genealogy, We Love it!  Also added a new poem to the Civil War Home Page.

December 6, 2002 - Reworked the Photos page into separate collections for each contributor and added a new collection from Diane Shackelford Small, thanks Diane!  Also added an Awards page for awards received by this site along with Web Rings this site is a member of!

November 24, 2002 -  Minutes of the Jefferson County Court July - 1832 Appointment of Road Overseers

November 20, 2002 - Reorganized Obituary page and added several obituaries. added family group photo of Garrett family, added 4 new researchers to the researchers page, and added a link to a New website for Union Church Presbyterian Church to the African-American page.  The new page is about the servants who were members of the church.

November 4, 2002 - Added Jefferson County Family Group Sheet Project


October 24, 2002 - Added Frank Alexander Montgomery, George Forman, Samuel, David & Ezekiel Forman, and Thomas Lee, Sr. Biographies.


October 23, 2002 - Added Reminisces of a Mississippian in War and Peace

by Frank Alexander Montgomery - originally published in 1901.

October 22, 2002 - Added 1855 to the Susan Sillers Darden Diary  Bad Yellow Fever year!  Many deaths listed in the diary.

October 21, 2002 - Changed MSGenWeb Logo to New Logo!  Isn't it Nice!

October 20, 2002 - Reorganized the Census records and renamed it Jefferson County Census Project - added 1930 Rodney and 1930 Harriston

October 19, 2002 - Annie Belle Pierce McNeill Unknown Photo Collection

October 18, 2002 - Began addition of Susan Sillers Darden Diary

October 18, 2002 - New easier-to-read format for site.

October 17, 2002 - Jefferson County Civil War Project

October 17, 2002 - What's New Page                         

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