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The following is only a part of what you will find here at Simpson County MSGHN.

1841 Mississippi State Census for Simpson County including heads of households and number of people living in household.

New Hope Cemetery #3 burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Near the Shivers community on Highway 478 about 2 1/2 miles west of Highway 43. 314718N, 0900137W.

Taylor Hill Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. On Rockport-New Hebron Road just north of David Sherman Road. 314727N, 0900544W.

Womack Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From J.B. Womack Rd take Mims Gregory Rd. Go about 1000 ft and turn right. Cemetery is at the end of the road in a field. 315751N, 0894149W.

Westville Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From Pinola take Hwy 43 north. Take immeadiate right on Old Westville Road. Cemetery is about a mile on left. 315204N, 0895642W.

Lee Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Southwest of Pinola on Lee Cemetery Road off Hwy 472. 315117N, 0900205W.

Peacock Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. In the Shivers Community, take Shivers Road west from Hwy 43. Go to Vard Sullivan Road & turn left and go abt 1/2 mile. 314738N, 0900101W.

Overby Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. In the northeast part of the county off Old Co. Hay Rd about a 1/2 mile west of Doctor Magee Rd. 320125N, 0894332W.

Good Hope Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Blackwell Road just south of New Home Road. 315921N, 0894517W.

Clearview Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. On East Street about 1/4 mile northeast of US Hwy 49 near Mendenhall. 315849N, 0895152W.

Thames Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. (also known as Turner Cemetery) This cemetery is off Chess Warren Road west of Hwy 541. Take dirt drive at cemetery sign. 315615N, 0894512W.

Spring Hill Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. This cemetery is located on Shivers Road just east of Travis Manchester Road. 314854N, 0900133W.



About Simpson County...

Simpson County was organized in 1824, seven years after statehood. The population at the time was 2,329 whites and 829 slaves. The 1860 census records a population of 6,080. The county was named for Josiah Simpson, a former Pennsylvanian, educated at Princeton. He later lived at Green Hill, near Natchez, and became a territorial judge of Mississippi and served as a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1917.

Simpson County lies in the southern half of Mississippi about midway between the Mississippi River and the Alabama state line. Mendenhall, the current County seat, is thirty one miles southeast of Jackson and 125 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

At the time of it's organization, Simpson County was one of the most attractive counties of the great Southwest and that is why for the first twenty years after being opened for settlement, it grew so rapidly in population. Doubtless the early settlers from Scotland, New England, Virginia and the Carolinas sent back to their relatives glowing accounts of this new country.

The attractions of this new county were many and varied. First of all, of course, was the fact that homesteads could be had for the asking, and the lands on the creeks and rivers were very fertile. Another attraction was the abundance of running water, beautiful, clear running streams, wonderful springs bubbling up in the hills. Especially notable were the great springs at Rials that form a creek at the  very beginning.

The greatest of attractions, however, were the great pine forests that  covered the county from the north to the south and from east to west. For  miles and miles one could ride through the untold thousands of trees,  standing in their solemnity, magnificent in their grandeur as they had stood  for ages. It seemed a sacrilege for them to be destroyed. We shall never  see their like again.

The county has a total area of 590.53 square miles, of which 588.73 square miles is land and 1.80 square mile (0.30%) is water. The population recorded in the 1830 Federal Census was 2,680. The 2010 census recorded 27,503 residents in the county.

Neigboring counties are Rankin County (north), Smith County (east), Covington County (southeast), Jefferson Davis County (south), Lawrence County (southwest), and Copiah County (west). Communities in the county include Magee, Mendenhall, D'Lo, Braxton, Harrisville, Pinola, and Weathersby.

 

 

Simpson County Records

Simpson County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Simpson County Records links in the menu on the left for a list of available data.

Birth Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains records of births after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by mail by using this birth record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recogn ized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official birth records before November 1, 1912 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Death Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains births recorded after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by mail by using this death record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official death records before November 1, 1912 for deaths prior to that date you will need to determine death information from census records, bible records, funeral home records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Marriage Records - We have thousands of county marriage records here on our website. These dates will assist you greatly in obtaining a copy of the original marriage license. The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with this for marriages that took place between January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938, and for January 1, 1942 to present by mail by using this marriage record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health.

All existing county marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the county's Circuit Clerk's office.

Divorce Records - Prior to 1859, divorce proceedings were introduced as private bills in the Mississippi State Legislature. References to these can be found in the books Index of Mississippi Session Acts 1817 - 1865 and Index to the Laws of the Mississippi Territory. These books can be found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as well as many other genealogy repositories and libraries across the state. After 1859, county divorce proceedings were filed in the county's Chancery Clerk's office.