Benton County, Mississippi

Welcome to the MSGenWeb Benton County Page.  It is my goal to assist you in discovering 
your family tree by providing searchable data, links, and resources. 
Good luck, and if I can be of any assistance send an email anytime.
Melissa McCoy-Bell
Benton County MSGenWeb Coordinator

Benton County Formation
Benton County was formed in 1870, when reconstructionist laws came into effect after
the Civil War.  Benton was originally Tippah and Marshall County up until that time.  The town of Ashland is the county seat and location of the Court House.  Benton County borders with Marshall County on the West, Tippah County on the East, Union and Lafayette on the South, Hardeman and Fayette Counties in Tennessee on the North.  The land that makes up Benton belonged to the Chickasaw Indians before settlement.  In 1834, the Treaty of Pontotoc was signed between the State of Mississippi and the Chickasaw Nation 
allowing the purchase of land by white settlers. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a general in the Civil War was from Salem, MS, located in what is now Benton County.
Courthouse at night
Old Court House - 2006
Photo sent in by:  Bill Webb

Post on the Message Boards
Rootsweb and have provided us with message boards to inforamtion pertainging to Benton County, MS.  The boards are user friendly and gatewayed to the mailing list so everyone searching in Benton County will be notified of a new posting.  This site includes a drop down menu with places and to post and view queries, obits, biographies, deeds, pension files, bible records, births, and cemetery records. 
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 New Additions!
Cannan School Picture 1913 or 1914
Picture of 1937 Ashland High School Seniors
  Unknown Benton County School Picture
Spring Hill School Students
Old Photographs of  Ashland, Mississippi! 

Springhill Students 1914

Spring Hill School Students ca. 1914

Thanks to some great volunteers, Benton County is well represented on Find A Grave!
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Benton County Links

Benton County Surnames
Benton County Lookups
Benton County Queries -
before the new boards were activated
Benton County Family Pages
Vital Records
Benton County Cemeteries
Research Facilities in Benton County -Including the Libraries and the Court House in Ashland
The Charles Terry Diary - an ante-bellum diary of life in Salem, dating from 1856
Marriages Performed by Reverend Jesse T. Cox
Pictures of Hickory Flat
Ashland High School Class of 1928
Smith's Grove Cemetery An abandoned cemetery in northern Benton County
Old Photographs of Ashland

Links that include Benton County Information

Tippah County Cemeteries (contains some from Benton Co)
Tippah County Confederates
The 1840 Census Records of Tippah County
The 1850 Federal Census of Tippah County 
The 1866 Census Records
The Tippah County Marriage Records
Search Tippah County
Old Map Collection of Tippah, Union and Pontotoc Counties
Wolf River Conservancy

Genealogy Links

GENDEX:  WWW Genealogy Index
Genealogists' Index to the World Wide Web
Treasure Maps - The how-to Genealogy Website
Bureau of Land Management
Social Security Death Records 

Mississippi Links

Cities / Towns in Mississippi
Mississippi Genealogy and Historical Societies
Mississippi Vital Records 
Mississippi Census Records at
Mississippi Libraries Online
Mississippi Plantation and Antebellum Homes
Mississippi Civil War Files
Mississippi World War I Draft Registrants

African American Links

Marshall County African American Index
Slave Voices from Duke University
A Guide to African American History
African Americans in the Civil War
African Ancestry
International Society of Sons and Daughters
of Slave Ancestry
Native American Links  

Genealogical Choctaw Trail
The Chickasaw Nation
Choctaw Vision
All Things Cherokee

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Melissa McCoy-Bell
Benton County MSGENWEB Coordinator

MSGENWEB State Coordinator: Jeff Kemp
Asst. State Coordinator:Denise Wells and Ann Geoghegan

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