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About Montgomery County...
Montgomery County, Mississippi was formed on May 31, 1871 from portions of both Carroll and Choctaw counties. There is some controversy on how the county received its name. One story is that it was named for General Richard Montgomery who was killed at the Battle of Quebec in December 1775 during the Revolutionary War. The other story is that a Dr. Hart from Lodi had come from Montgomery County, Tennessee and resided in the new county after its formation and was one of the first legislators. In "Mississippi, the Heart of the South" Vol. 2 by Dunbar Rowland, it states that Dr. Hart requested that the new county be named after his home town. Of the two stories, the accepted is that Montgomery County was named after General Montgomery.
The first county officers appointed by Governor Alcorn were John C. McKenzie, Sheriff; Thomas C. Blackmore, Chancery Clerk; W. H. Harris, Circuit Clerk; Thomas B. Brown, Tax Assessor; Frank M. Shyrock, Treasurer; and W. H. Parke, Superintendent of Education. Members of the Board of Supervisors were: W. B. Peery, Eli Cartlidge, Thomas Curry, and James Thomas.
Five commissioners were appointed to adjust the financial affairs of the county in regard to the counties from which it was formed. This commission was composed of John A. Binford, Sr., H. P. Turner, Samuel Hill, O.J. Moore and Willis Barefield. They met January 16, 1872, at Greensboro, Mississippi in Choctaw County. After investigation, Choctaw County indebtedness was rated to be $12,260, and this was adopted as a basis of settlement between the two counties. The Commissioners found that Montgomery's prorata of indebtedness of Choctaw County amounted to $5,756. On March 6, 1872, the board of supervisors of Montgomery County rated Montgomery's indebtedness to Carroll at $7,620, and ordered said amounts to be settled by the issuance of bonds. ( Minutes, Board of Supervisors, March, 1872, Vol. I; Page 69.)
The county seat at the time the county was organized and also today, is Winona, The word “Winona,” comes from the Indian word "Wenonah" meaning first-born daughter which goes back to the counties strong Indian heritage. The original boundaries established in 1871 remain in effect today.
The county has a total area of 407.86 square miles of which 406.85 square miles is land and 1.02 square miles (0.25%) is water. The population recorded in the 1880 Federal Census was 13,348. The population peaked in 1910 with 17,706 souls counted. The 2010 census recorded 10,925 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Grenada County (north), Webster County (northeast), Choctaw County (east), Attala County (south), and Carroll County (west). The City of Winona is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Duck Hill, Kilmichael, Lodi, Poplar Creek, Silbeyton, Stewart, and Sweatman.
Montgomery County Records
Montgomery County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Montgomery County marriage records and more. Look at the Montgomery 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 recognized 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.