Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy

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County Courthouse

The Itawamba County Courthouse was built ca. 1852 with a major redesign during 1972.
Courthouse itawamba County Mississippi.jpg


Parent County

1836--Itawamba County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession.  County seat: Fulton [1] 

Boundary Changes

Over the years, lands in Itawamba County were transferred to three different counties – Tishomingo, Prentiss and Lee. Lee County, formerly embraced within the limits of Itawamba and Pontotoc counties, was established October 26, 1866 with the largest portion of its land coming from Itawamba County (a strip ten miles wide off western Itawamba County, from north to south). The old Itawamba lands east of the line between Ranges 5 and Ranges 6 (old Itawamba-Pontotoc county line) for ten miles went to the new county. This included many old Itawamba County towns such as Baldwyn, Guntown, Saltillo, Tupelo, Verona and Shannon.

On April 15, 1870, Tishomingo County was split into three counties – Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo. At this time a strip running east to west three miles wide along the northern border of Itawamba went to the counties of Tishomingo and Prentiss. The former Itawamba County lands going to Tishomingo County included thirty square miles. The former Itawamba County lands going to Prentiss County included thirty-six square miles

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Fulton
  • Mantachie
  • Tremont

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories



  • Civil War service men from Itawamba 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 Itawamba County. 
- 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company B - Ben Bullard Rifles
Company C - Ben Bullard Rifles [also listed as Co. D]
Company G - Fulton Guards [also listed as Co. B]




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

The Itawamba Historical Society,

PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855

(Telephone: 662-282-7664)

The George Poteet History Center, a state-of-the-art 2,400 square foot facility located at the corner of Church Street and Museum Drive in Mantachie, houses the Itawamba Historical Society's Gordon McFerrin Auditorium. Also located in this facility are the society's general offices and the Gaither Spradling Research Library. 

The library's holdings include more than 1,600 volumes of research material devoted not only to Itawamba County, but most all southern states as well. The society subscribes to more than 30 regional genealogical publications. The library's collections also includes general history and general genealogical areas a large microform collection, archival materials and family history files.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).