Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
County CourthouseThe Itawamba County Courthouse was built ca. 1852 with a major redesign during 1972.
1836--Itawamba County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession. County seat: Fulton 
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
- 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.
- - 1st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Johnston's)
- Company B - Mooresville Darts
- Company I - Rifle Scouts
- Company K - Mississippi Yankee Hunters
- - 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (Old)
- Company B - Ben Bullard Rifles
- - 10th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry (New)
- Company C - Ben Bullard Rifles [also listed as Co. D]
- Company G - Fulton Guards [also listed as Co. B]
- - 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
- Company E - Mooresville Blues
Societies and Libraries
PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855
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.
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- The Itawamba Historical Society
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).