Union County Mississippi USGenWeb Index Page  


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August 20, 2011

Womanless Beauty Review 1955

1920's New Albany School Picture

Presbyterian Church
downtown New Albany
early 20th century


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William Faulkner
William Faulkner Image

Did you know that  he was born in New Albany, MS
on September 25, 1897, on Cleveland Street?

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Jennie Stephens Smith Library
Union County Library

P. O. Box 846
219 King St.
New Albany, MS  38652-0393
(622) 534-1991

Union County Historical Society
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P. O. Box 657
New Albany, MS  38652-0405
(662) 538-0014

Union County Chancerly Clerk
109 E. Main St.
New Albany, MS  38652

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Welcome to Union County, MS MSGENWEB

Brief History: Union County was established July 7, 1870, during the reconstruction era, and was named so because of the union of parts of Pontotoc and Tippah Counties.  In 1874, part of Lee County was annexed to it, thus making its present land area of 412 square miles.  Located in the  northeastern part of the state in what is currently known as Furniture Country, it is a place where the culture and history of the Deep South blend with today's progressive ideas. 
     Hernando DeSoto was reported to have crossed the Tallahatchie River at the present site of New Albany on his first expedition.
     Slightly north of New Albany, the present county seat, was the old Indian trading post of Alberson, called for the first citizen and trader at the place.  Booker Foster and Moses Collins were merchants there in the early days, as were John N. Wiley, and Powers and Morgan, who manufactured wheat fans here from 1839 to 1844.  Moses Collins built a good grist mill and sawmill in 1840, on the present site of New Albany, and the business of the older settlement soon moved to that place.  Not even a trace of the old village is left.  New Albany is on what is known as the "Pontotoc Ridge," the highest land in the state and has a rich farming country all about it.  Wallerville, Blue Springs and Myrtle are other villages in the county.  The streams are the Tallahatchie River, which runs through the center of the county, and its tributary creeks the Oconitahatchie, Wilhite, Locks, Lappatubba, and Jones; the head streams of the West Fork of the Tombigbee River take their rise in the eastern part of the county.

The first courthouse was a large frame building at the west end of Cotton Street, in New Albany.  In 1872, a new, two-story brick courthouse was built on the present courthouse block.  The courthouse was destroyed by fire on October 28, 1881, along with all the county records accumulated since 1870.  A new courthouse was built in 1882, but was found inadequate for the needs of the county offices so it was demolished and the cornerstone for a new building was laid September 5, 1908.   The present courthouse, known for it's beautiful copper roof with it's soaring golden eagle, was completed on June 2, 1909.

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Archived Queries
Deed Books 2 & 3
Photographs of Union County
Family Linage and Union County Family Pages
Union County Bible Records
Union County Gravestones  Now Complete!!! 
Cemeteries in Union County Locations and pictures
Church Records
Marriage Records
New Albany City Page
Civil War Information
Notable People from Union County
Old Letters 
Places in Union County
Union County Libraries

Useful Neighboring County Links
1850 Pontotoc Co. Census
1860 Pontotoc Co. Census
1840 Tippah County Census
1850 Tippah County Census
1866 Tippah County State Census
Marriages Performed by Rev. Jesse T. Cox
Tippah County Confederates Page
Tippah County Land Patents
Company E of the 43rd MS Infantry
Company E of the 43rd MS Infantry Roster
Civil War

African Heritage Links
MSGenWeb- African American Resources 
Slave Voices: Duke University Special Collections
International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry

0ther Research Links
Mississippi Libraries Online
Mississippi Census Records at CensusFinder.com
Bureau of Land Management  Land Patents Site
Mississippi Civil War WWW Board Great links for searchin!
Pioneer Publishing Company Many MS books to purchase!
Mississippi DAR
The Tanglefoot Trail
- History of the Railroad through Union County

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