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Jasper County is located in the East-Central portion of Mississippi and was formed on December 13, 1833. It was created from territory acquired in 1830 from the Choctaws (occupied by the Six Town Tribe), just north of the old Mount Dexter treaty line.
The county was named in honor of Sgt. William Jasper who distinguished himself in the defense of Fort Moultrie on June 28, 1776. When a shell from a British warship shot away the flagstaff, he recovered the South Carolina flag in the Battle of Sullivan's Island, raised it on a temporary staff, and held it under fire until a new staff was installed.
Settled in early 1833, Garlandville is the oldest community in Jasper County. Among the early settlers were the families of Brown, Beard, Cowan, Dellahay, Hamlet, Harris, Hodge, Layerly, Watts, and Williams. The town also raised two companies that served in the Civil War.
Jasper is a county with two county seats, one courthouse is in Bay Springs, and the other is in Paulding, named for John Paulding who played a central role in the capture of Major Andre during U.S. Revolutionary War. By an act of the Legislature in 1906, Jasper County was divided into two Judicial Districts, with Paulding as the seat of the Eastern District and Bay Springs the seat of the Western District.
In 1935-36, a road was built from Bay Springs to Rose Hill, the first road connecting the two districts. This road facilitated travel and increased the stature of Bay Springs as a trading area. The old courthouse at Paulding was built out of local materials, including clay which was dug up and baked nearby. It burned in 1932 with the loss of all records.
The county has a total area of 677.44 square miles of which 676 square miles is land and 1.44 square miles (0.21%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 3,958. The 2010 census recorded 17,062 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Newton County (north), Clarke County (east), Wayne County (southeast), Jones County (south), and Smith County (west). Communities in the county include Bay Springs, Heidelberg, Louin, Montrose, Baxter, Garlandville, Lake Como, Moss, Paulding, Rose Hill, Stafford Springs, and Success.
Jasper County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings, tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Jasper 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
Jasper County is located in the East-Central portion of Mississippi.
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