Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy

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Guide to Benton County, Mississippi ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Benton County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Mississippi
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Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Founded 21 July, 1870
County Seat Ashland
Address Benton County Courthouse]
Main St; PO Box 218;
Ashland, MS 38603-0000
Phone: 662.224.,6300
Benton County Courthouse

County Information


The County was named for Samuel Benton. The County has Ashland as its seat and the County was created 1870. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [1]

Benton County, Mississippi Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
Main St; PO Box 218;
Ashland, MS 38603-0000
Phone: 662.224.,6300

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records from 1871. [2]


Parent County

1870--Benton County was created 21 July 1870 from Marshall and Tippah Counties.
County seat: Ashland [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1643-1947) may be viewed for free at the website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MSGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MSGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy census records online, see: Mississippi Census.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.



Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.


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Civil War
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World War II



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Benton County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Records


Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Benton County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 683
Ashland, MS 38603-0683
Phone: 662-556-8996

Benton County Library -Ashland
P O Box 216
Ashland, MS 38603-0216
Phone: 662-224-6400
Fax: 662-224-6304

Hickory Flat Public Library
47 Oak Street
Hickory Flat, MS 38633

Benton County Chancery Clerk
190 Ripley Ave
Ashland, MS 38603-6008
Phone: 662- 224-6300

See also a List of Mississippi Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Mississippi."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Mississippi page 378, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at