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The following is only a part of what you will find here at Lincoln County MSGHN.

Arlington Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located at the intersection of Bogue Chitto Road SW and Arlington Drive SW. 312509N, 0903318W.

Warrick Brister Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Intersection of Hwy 583 S and Bogue Chitto Road SE east of Bogue Chitto.  312629N, 0902259W.

Harris Rawls Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From US 51 S turn right on Springfield Trl. Go under interstate & turn left on Harrison Ln. Go 1/4 mile.  312813N, 0902908W.

Matthew's Chapel Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. West of I-55 on Mt. Zion Road abt 1/2 mi East of Lott Smith Road.  314130N, 0902842W.

Thomas Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. This cemetery is located on Caseyville Rd abt 5 mi SW of Hwy 550 at Caseyville. 313844N, 0904102W.

Old Macedonia Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. This cemetery is located about 1/3 mile east of Loyd Star on Hwy 550.  313725N, 0903241W.

Rawls Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take Highway 583 south to Cole Drive then turn right & go about 1/8 mile. 312351N, 0901951W.

McDavid Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take Hwy 583 south to Ruth Dr & turn right. Go to McCullough Rd & Turn right. Go to Shady Grove Dr & turn left. Go about 1/4 mile.  312130N, 0902119W.

Welch Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take the Bogue Chitto Exit 30 from I-55 and go West. Take first rd to the left after getting on Bogue Chitto Rd. 312508N, 0902858W.

Brister Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From US 84 take Hwy 583 south to Topisaw Dr SE. Turn left and go to Beacon Loop SE. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile.  312838N, 0902202W.

Bob Price Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From US 51 south turn left on Fox Road & go to Pricedale Drive. Turn left & go 1/4 mile.  312406N, 0902639W.

Paxton Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From Highway 550 west of Loyd Star turn south on Bowie Mill Road NW and go about a mile.  313718N, 0903429W.

Price Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. To get to this cemetery take Hwy 583 south to Topisaw Dr & turn left. Go 100 ft.  312337N, 0901911W.

East Lincoln Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Located in the East Lincoln Community on East Lincoln Road SE at Walsh Lane SE.  312907N, 0901726W.

Paxton Cemetery #2 burial listing with photos of each tombstone. At the intersection of Horace Lane NW and Bouie Mill Road NW.  313733N, 0903613W.

Moak / Sasser Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take Hwy 583 south to Fox Rd & turn right. Go to Shady Grove Rd. At intersection.  312340N, 0902155W.

Clear Branch Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Take Old Hwy 51 N to Tarver Trail NE. Turn right and go to Clear Branch Lane NE and turn left. Go 1/8 mile on right.  313847N, 0902350W.

New Sight Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. From Brookhaven take US 51 N to New Sight Drive and turn north. Go to intersection with Bee Lane.  314000N, 0902653W.

Hillcrest Cemetery burial listing with photos of each tombstone. Just south of Wesson on the east side of US 51 beside Hillcrest Church of Christ.  313857N, 0902534W.

Nearly 10,000 Lincoln County marriage records. Be sure to check for your Lincoln County ancestors. These marriage dates are important if you wish to get a copy of the marriage license at the Lincoln County Courthouse.



About Lincoln County...

Lincoln County, the sixty-first county to be formed in Mississippi, is located in the south-western portion of the state. It was created after the Civil War, during the military reconstruction era on April 7, 1870. It was named in honor of the martyred 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln County was formed from parts of Lawrence, Copiah, Pike, Franklin, and Amite Counties. Like so many Mississippi counties, Lincoln County suffered a courthouse fire in 1893. Most county records prior to that year were destroyed.

The county seat is Brookhaven, a city named for Brookhaven, New York, on Long Island, the home of Samuel Jayne, who settled in the area about 1818. Jayne operated a grist mill on the Bogue Chitto River and built a one-room store for the settlement. He also became the defacto postmaster by handing out the mail coming from Natchez.

Until May of 1857 Summit was the northern most terminus for the railroad. At this time the railroad was built into Brookhaven. During the short time that Brookhaven was the most northern railroad stop, progress and business in the town showed marked increase. Many businesses were founded and trade flourished.

Whitworth College was founded here in 1856 and opened in 1858. Named after the man who donated land and buildings to the school, Rev. Milton J. Whitworth, the Methodist school graduated two classes prior to the Civil War. During the war the school was used as a hospital, but when it reopened in 1886 it consisted of four brick buildings. In 1923 Whitworth College was leased to the Millsaps College System, but in the 1930's the school was closed.

The county has a total area of 588.17 square miles, of which 585.71 square miles is land and 2.47 square mile (0.42%) is water. The population recorded in the 1870 Federal Census was 10,184. The 2010 census recorded 34,869 residents in the county.

Neigboring counties are Copiah County (north), Lawrence County (east), Walthall County (southeast), Pike County (south), Amite County (southwest), Franklin County (west), and Jefferson County (northwest). Communities in the county include Brookhaven, Auburn, Bogue Chitto, East Lincoln, Ruth, and Woolworth.

 

 

Lincoln County Records

Lincoln County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Lincoln 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 recogn ized 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.