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Benton County is located in the northern portion of Mississippi on the Mississippi/Tennessee border. The County was organized on July 15, 1870 from portions of Marshall and Tippah counties. It was named for Confederate General Samuel Benton from nearby Holly Springs. General Benton was killed near Atlanta, GA on 28 July 1864 during the battle of Ezra Springs. Since the county was formed during reconstruction, the local residents hid the fact that they were naming their new county after a Confederate General by claiming that they were actually honoring U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton.
In it's first census in 1880 there were 11,023 residents listed. In the last federal census in 2010 the population was 8,729. The county has 409 square miles of area, 2 square miles of which are water (0.46%).
The county seat is Ashland, named for the home of Henry Clay. Other Benton County communities include Hickory Flat, Snow Lake Shores, Canaan, Hopewell, Lamar, Michigan City, and Winborn. Neighboring counties are Hardeman County, Tennessee (northeast), Tippah County (east), Union County (south), Marshall County (west) and Fayette County, Tennessee (northwest).
Benton County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Benton County Data links 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 ...READ MORE
Benton County is located in North-Central Mississippi on the Tennessee border.
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