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Newton County, Mississippi Genealogy

Guide to Newton County, Mississippi ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Decatur
Organized: 25 February 1836
Parent County(s): Neshoba[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clarke  • Jasper  • Kemper  • Lauderdale  • Leake  • Neshoba  • Scott  • Smith
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

This county was named for Sir Isaac Newton. Newton County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Newton County Courthouse
P.O. Box 68
Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-2367
Newton County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate, court and land records from 1876.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records.[3]

Newton County, Mississippi Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1872 1 Nov 1912 1876 1876 1876 1810
Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record LossEdit

1877, 1910 Some records were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1836 Newton County was created 25 February 1836 from Neshoba County.
  • County seat: Decatur[5]

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Newton County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information

 

Census RecordsEdit

For tips on accessing Newton County census records online, see: Mississippi Census.

Church RecordsEdit

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Newton County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Leake CountyNeshoba CountyKemper CountyScott CountyLauderdale CountySmith CountyJasper CountyClarke CountyMS NEWTON.PNG
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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Newton County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Newton County:

- 1st Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry Reserves
Company D - Hunter’s Company
- 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company B - Newton Rangers
- 3rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company D - Chunkey Heroes
- 8th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company B - Pinckney Guards (also listed as Co. I)
- Perrin's Battalion, Mississippi State Cavalry
Company E - Rayburn’s Company

World War I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

The Newton Record - 1901-2007

The Union Appeal - 1910-2004

The Newton County Appeal - 2014-2016

Newton County, Mississippi newspapers available at MDAH in Media Room.

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the Newton County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Newton County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society
    15309 Highway 15
    Decatur, MS 38327
    Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Newton County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 30 September 2019.