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Lying in the
Mississippi Delta, in the western part of the State, Sharkey County was
organized March 29, 1876, and was named for Judge William L. Sharkey, provisional
governor of the State in 1865. It was originally carved from territory
belonging to the counties of Warren, Washington and Issaquena. In 1918,
it relinquished a part of its area to the new county of Humphreys, to the
northeast. Deer Creek runs entirely through Sharkey County. It embraces
a land area of 422 square miles, and is bounded on the north by Washington
County, on the east by Humphreys
and Yazoo counties, on
the south by Issaquena
County and on the west by Issaquena and Washington.
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