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

Wilson Cemetery - Highway 27 N to N.A. Sandifer Road east to Shriner Lane North. 313659N, 0900616W. Thanks to Faye Sherwood for submitting this information and photos!

Scarborough Cemetery - From Hwy 43 north of Silver Creek take E Smith Ferry Road west to about 1/4 mile west of Fanny McGuffee Road. 313956N, 0900218W.

Stringer Cemetery - From New Hebron take Crooked Creek Road southwest to Ray Cliburn Road. 314155N, 0900247W.

Faith Baptist Church Cemetery - Located on the west side of Ferguson Mill Road just south of intersection with Smith Ferry Road. 313927N, 0900255W.

Starling Spurlock Cemetery - A single historic gravesite located on E. Smith Ferry Road about 1/4 mile west of Fanny McGuffee Road. 313959N, 0900209W.

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

Longino-Price-Neal Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Turn N on Hwy 43 at Silver Creek. Go .7 of a mile. Turn left & go to dead end (about .1 of a mile). Continue walking .3 mi. On a knoll straight ahead. Well kept. Section 34 Twn. 8N, Range 20W.

Salem Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Price Road near Rials Road. 312217N, 0900553W.

Thompson/Buckley Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Lazy S Road west of Grange Road near the Jeff Davis county line. 314124N, 0895840W.

Sauls Valley Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take Tilton Road southwest from Highway 587S, on Givens Road at Price Road. 312222N, 0900343W.

Fox-Arrington Historic Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Highway 27N to Wanilla, go east on Smith Ferry Road to Old Highway 27N to cemetery sign on left. 313920N, 0900743W.

Jayess Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Turn south off Highway 44 at Jayess crossroad and go about 1/4 mile. 312146N, 0901218W.

Benson Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on the west side of Hwy 43 south of New Hebron about 3/4 miles north of Grange Road. 314138N, 0895933W.

Bennie Powell Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Topeka-Jayess Road south of Holmesville Road. 312415N, 0901118W.

Sauls Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Tilton Road in the Tilton Community. 312450N, 0900120W.

Buckley / Thompson Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located on Heddie Ben Rd north of Crooked Creek Rd just west of New Hebron. 314405N, 0900006W.

Stephens / Waldrop Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. On Carmel - New Hope Rd near James Cox Rd just E of "the dipping vat curve". On N side of rd just into the woods at "curve ahead" sign. 313147N, 0900905W.

Bethshan Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Highway 184 west of Monticello on north side of the highway across the highway from Seed Sowers church. 313324N, 0900905W.

Newsom / Bush Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. About 2 miles south of New Hebron on Hwy 43, about 100 yards east of Hwy. Cemetery is a little difficult to get to, but is well kept. 314318N, 0895854W.

Over 13,000 Lawrence County marriage records. That's a lot of marriage info. Be sure to check for your Lawrence County ancestors.



About Lawrence County...

Lawrence County was one of the fourteen territorial counties represented in the constitutional convention of 1817. It was organized as the twelfth Mississippi county on December 22, 1814, from its parent county Marion. Having once been a much larger county, Lawrence County gave up territory in 1819 to Covington and Marion Counties. In 1870 part of its western area was given in formation of the new county of Lincoln and in 1906 the eastern portion was used in the organization of Jefferson Davis county.

Lawrence County was named in honor of American Naval hero James Lawrence who was the Captain of the USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Captain Lawrence was best known for his dying command "Don't give up the ship!" during the memorable battle with the English Navy on Lake Erie.

The town of Monticello, settled in 1798, was named after the home of Thomas Jefferson. It became the county seat in 1815. Monticello lies on the western bluff of the Pearl River about 50 miles south of Jackson, which dissects the county north to south. It served as a port for river steamers running to and from New Orleans as late as 1904.

In the 1820's Monticello was chosen to be the State Capitol of Mississippi, however the State Legislature changed its mind the next day. Monticello enjoyed much prosperity in its early years, but around 1860 the railroad was built through Brookhaven, twenty-three miles to the west. As a result, much of the business enjoyed by Monticello moved to Brookhaven.

Hiram G. Runnels of Monticello became Mississippi Governor in 1833. Another Monticello native, Charles Lynch, became Governor in 1836. Lawrence County also produced Kendra King, Miss Mississippi 2006, professional athletes Erick Dampier, Al Jefferson, and Major Everett, and former U.S. Secretary of Education, Rod Page.

The county has a total area of 435.73 square miles, of which 430.63 square miles is land and 5.11 square mile (1.17%) is water. The population recorded in the 1820 Federal Census was 4,916. The 2010 census recorded 12,929 residents in the county.

Neigboring counties are Simpson County (northeast), Jefferson Davis County (east), Marion County (southeast), Walthall County (south), Lincoln County (west), and Copiah County (northwest). Communities in the county include Monticello, New Hebron, Silver Creek, Jayess, Nola, Oak Vale (partly in Jefferson Davis County), Oma, Sontag, and Wanilla.

 

 

Lawrence County Records

Lawrence County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Lawrence 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.