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{{Mississippi-stub}}&nbsp;''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Mississippi]]&nbsp;&gt; Coahoma County'' <br>
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mississippi]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Coahoma_County,_Mississippi|Coahoma County]]''  
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[[Image:200px-Map of Mississippi highlighting Coahoma County svg.png|thumb|right|215x320px]]
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.coahomacounty.net/ Coahoma County Courthouse]<br>115 1st Street P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 98<br>Clarksdale, MS 38614<br>Phone: 662-624-3000<br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records from 1848 and voter records from 1949. <br>Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coahoma County, Mississippi page 378, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Clarksdale is the county seat&nbsp;of Coahoma Count.&nbsp; Clarksdale&nbsp;was named in honor of founder and resident John Clark, brother-in-law of politician James Lusk Alcorn who served as&nbsp;governor of Mississippi and U.S. Senator.&nbsp;&nbsp;(As a southern white Republican&nbsp;or "scalawag" during the Reconstruction&nbsp;in Mississippi,&nbsp;Alcorn&nbsp;supported the rights of freedmen during his term 1871-1877.)&nbsp;<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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Weaver-Zercher and Willimon (2005, see below) say that the county's formation resulted from the defrauding of the Chickasaws out of that territory in 1832 by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Dunbar (1907, see below) says, however, that Coahoma County "constitutes one of the numerous counties formed from the Choctaw cession of 1830." Mississippi had been a state since 10 Dec 1817.  
 
Weaver-Zercher and Willimon (2005, see below) say that the county's formation resulted from the defrauding of the Chickasaws out of that territory in 1832 by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Dunbar (1907, see below) says, however, that Coahoma County "constitutes one of the numerous counties formed from the Choctaw cession of 1830." Mississippi had been a state since 10 Dec 1817.  
  
The county name, "Coahoma," is believed to have been suggested by Governor Alexander G. McNutt. According to various published sources, the name comes from a Choctaw word meaning "red panther." Stories differ as to why this name was chosen.
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The county name, "Coahoma," is believed to have been suggested by Governor Alexander G. McNutt. According to various published sources, the name comes from a Choctaw word meaning "red panther." Stories differ as to why this name was chosen.  
  
 
The act to create the county has been quoted in various 19th and 20th century sources and is of interest for its references to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations:  
 
The act to create the county has been quoted in various 19th and 20th century sources and is of interest for its references to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations:  
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'''See also''':  
 
'''See also''':  
  
*[http://www.coahomacounty.net/history.html?expanddiv=none Coahoma County History] (county government site)  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coahoma_County,_Mississippi Coahoma County History&nbsp;] (Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/countyhistory.html History of Coahoma County, Mississippi] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/countyhistory.html History of Coahoma County, Mississippi] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*Rowland, Dunbar, ''Encyclopedia of Mississippi History'', Vol. 1, Madison, WI: Selwyn A. Brant, 1907, especially pp. 460-462; accessible via [http://books.google.com/books?id=ikgUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA460&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=sdsRTob_BsKIsQKFo6mMCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCDge#v=snippet&q=red%20panther&f=false Google Books].  
 
*Rowland, Dunbar, ''Encyclopedia of Mississippi History'', Vol. 1, Madison, WI: Selwyn A. Brant, 1907, especially pp. 460-462; accessible via [http://books.google.com/books?id=ikgUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA460&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=sdsRTob_BsKIsQKFo6mMCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCDge#v=snippet&q=red%20panther&f=false Google Books].  
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Quitman County was formed from part of Coahoma County in 1877.  
 
Quitman County was formed from part of Coahoma County in 1877.  
  
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bolivar County, Mississippi|Bolivar]]&nbsp;(southwest)
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*[[Bolivar County, Mississippi|Bolivar]]&nbsp;(southwest)  
 
*[[Desha County, Arkansas|Desha County, Arkansas]]  
 
*[[Desha County, Arkansas|Desha County, Arkansas]]  
*[[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips County, Arkansas]]&nbsp;(west)
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*[[Phillips County, Arkansas|Phillips County, Arkansas]]&nbsp;(west)  
*[[Quitman County, Mississippi|Quitman]]&nbsp;(east)
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*[[Quitman County, Mississippi|Quitman]]&nbsp;(east)  
*[[Sunflower County, Mississippi|Sunflower]]&nbsp;(south)
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*[[Sunflower County, Mississippi|Sunflower]]&nbsp;(south)  
*[[Tallahatchie County, Mississippi|Tallahatchie]]&nbsp;(southeast)
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*[[Tallahatchie County, Mississippi|Tallahatchie]]&nbsp;(southeast)  
 
*[[Tunica County, Mississippi|Tunica]]&nbsp;(north)
 
*[[Tunica County, Mississippi|Tunica]]&nbsp;(north)
  
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ajac/mscoahoma.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi Largest Slaveholders from 1860 Slave Census Schedules and Surname Matches for African Americans on 1870 Census] (Tom Blake)
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ajac/mscoahoma.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi Largest Slaveholders from 1860 Slave Census Schedules and Surname Matches for African Americans on 1870 Census] (Tom Blake)
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{{Census|Mississippi}}
  
 
===== '''''1840'''''  =====
 
===== '''''1840'''''  =====
  
 
*1840 census (book): Coyle, Berniece Douglas. ''1840 Census of Coahoma County, Mississippi''. Lewisville, TX: Coyle Data Co., 1988. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1840-census-of-coahoma-county-mississippi/oclc/18995770&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
 
*1840 census (book): Coyle, Berniece Douglas. ''1840 Census of Coahoma County, Mississippi''. Lewisville, TX: Coyle Data Co., 1988. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1840-census-of-coahoma-county-mississippi/oclc/18995770&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/ms/coahoma/census/1840/mscoah40.txt 1840 census index] (GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ms/coahoma/census/1840/mscoah40.txt 1840 census index] (GenWeb Archives)
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===== '''''1841'''''  =====
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:*'''1841''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|1841 State Census Returns}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
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===== '''''1845'''''  =====
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:*'''1845''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|1845 State Census Returns}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
  
 
===== '''''1850'''''  =====
 
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/ms/coahoma/census/1850/mscoah50.txt 1850 census index] (GenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ms/coahoma/census/1850/mscoah50.txt 1850 census index] (GenWeb Archives)  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/ms/coahoma/census/1850/1850coah.txt 1850 census transcription] (GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ms/coahoma/census/1850/1850coah.txt 1850 census transcription] (GenWeb Archives)
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:*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|1870 State Census Returns}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/churches.html Churches] (GenWeb)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/churches.html Churches] (GenWeb)  
 
*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/churches.html Coahoma County Churches] (Coahoma County MSGHN)
 
*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/churches.html Coahoma County Churches] (Coahoma County MSGHN)
  
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*Court Minutes (3 microfilm reels, 1856-1892) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241127 Family History Library]  
 
*Court Minutes (3 microfilm reels, 1856-1892) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241127 Family History Library]  
 
*Final Record of Court Cases, 1856-1885 (3 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241511 Family History Library]  
 
*Final Record of Court Cases, 1856-1885 (3 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241511 Family History Library]  
*Index to Adoptions, Direct &amp; Reverse (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1231845 Family History Library]
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*Index to Adoptions, Direct &amp; Reverse (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1231845 Family History Library]  
 
*Index to Chancery Court Docket (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1230997 Family History Library]  
 
*Index to Chancery Court Docket (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1230997 Family History Library]  
 
*Probate and Chancery Court Docket, 1860-1873 (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241477 Family History Library]
 
*Probate and Chancery Court Docket, 1860-1873 (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241477 Family History Library]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County, in Clarksdale, has land records from 1839.
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The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County, in Clarksdale, has land records from 1839.  
  
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*Land Ownership Map, 1872 (on 2 microfiches) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1277310 Family History Library]
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office] (search for online copies of Coahoma County land patents; generates 35 pages of listings for Coahoma County)
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office] (search for online copies of Coahoma County land patents; generates 35 pages of listings for Coahoma County)
  
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*Keys, Vernon J., and Homer Hill. ''An Oral History with Ms. Vernon J. Keys, 1994 March 19''. Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (series), Vol. 662 (archival manuscript). [http://www.worldcat.org/title/oral-history-with-ms-vernon-j-keys-1994-march-19/oclc/37949956&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
 
*Keys, Vernon J., and Homer Hill. ''An Oral History with Ms. Vernon J. Keys, 1994 March 19''. Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (series), Vol. 662 (archival manuscript). [http://www.worldcat.org/title/oral-history-with-ms-vernon-j-keys-1994-march-19/oclc/37949956&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
 
*Murray, Nicholas Russell. ''Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1868-1900''. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, [1982?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/coahoma-county-mississippi-1868-1900/oclc/9397057&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
 
*Murray, Nicholas Russell. ''Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1868-1900''. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, [1982?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/coahoma-county-mississippi-1868-1900/oclc/9397057&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
*Weaver-Zercher, David L., and William H. Willimon, eds. ''Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice''. New York: T&amp;T Clark, 2005, section titled "The Legacy of Economic Unrighteousness in the Mississippi Delta" (specifically about Coahoma County), pp. 217-224. [http://books.google.com/books?id=xUDdnQyw6YwC&pg=PA218&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=sdsRTob_BsKIsQKFo6mMCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBjge#v=onepage&q=%22Coahoma%20County%22&f=false Google Books] preview
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*Weaver-Zercher, David L., and William H. Willimon, eds. ''Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice''. New York: T&amp;T Clark, 2005, section titled "The Legacy of Economic Unrighteousness in the Mississippi Delta" (specifically about Coahoma County), pp. 217-224. [http://books.google.com/books?id=xUDdnQyw6YwC&pg=PA218&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=sdsRTob_BsKIsQKFo6mMCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBjge#v=onepage&q=%22Coahoma%20County%22&f=false Google Books] preview  
*Weeks, Linton. ''Clarksdale &amp; Coahoma County: A History''. Clarksdale, MS: Carnegie Public Library, 1982. [http://www.amazon.com/Clarksdale-Coahoma-County-Linton-Weeks/dp/B0006EDK8O/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309735117&sr=1-5 Amazon] page | [http://books.google.com/books?id=4vpqGQAACAAJ&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=6wgRTrexAZSFsAKFtIyhCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBDgo Google Books] page |&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/clarksdale-coahoma-county-a-history/oclc/9136557&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
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*Weeks, Linton. ''Clarksdale &amp; Coahoma County: A History''. Clarksdale, MS: Carnegie Public Library, 1982. [http://www.amazon.com/Clarksdale-Coahoma-County-Linton-Weeks/dp/B0006EDK8O/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309735117&sr=1-5 Amazon] page | [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F144513 Family History Library] |&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=4vpqGQAACAAJ&dq=%22Coahoma+County%22&hl=en&ei=6wgRTrexAZSFsAKFtIyhCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBDgo Google Books] page |&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/clarksdale-coahoma-county-a-history/oclc/9136557&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page  
 
*Work, John W., Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams, Jr. ''Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942''. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005. [http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Delta-Found-Rediscovering-University-Library/dp/0826514855/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309734978&sr=1-1 Amazon] page | [http://www.worldcat.org/title/lost-delta-found-rediscovering-the-fisk-university-library-of-congress-coahoma-county-study-1941-1942/oclc/57352698&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page
 
*Work, John W., Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams, Jr. ''Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942''. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005. [http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Delta-Found-Rediscovering-University-Library/dp/0826514855/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309734978&sr=1-1 Amazon] page | [http://www.worldcat.org/title/lost-delta-found-rediscovering-the-fisk-university-library-of-congress-coahoma-county-study-1941-1942/oclc/57352698&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page
  
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*Coahoma County&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/maps.html Maps &amp; Geography] (GenWeb)  
 
*Coahoma County&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/maps.html Maps &amp; Geography] (GenWeb)  
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*General Highway Map, 1957, at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F657376 Family History Library]
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*Land Ownership Map, 1872 (on 2 microfiches) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1277310 Family History Library]
 
*[http://libremap.org/data/state/mississippi/ Libre Map Project] (includes detailed topographical maps of Coahoma County)
 
*[http://libremap.org/data/state/mississippi/ Libre Map Project] (includes detailed topographical maps of Coahoma County)
  
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===== '''''General'''''  =====
 
===== '''''General'''''  =====
  
*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/military.html Coahoma County Military Sources] (Coahoma County MSGHN)
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*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/military.html Coahoma County Military Sources] (Coahoma County MSGHN)  
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*Index to Discharged Members Armed Forces (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1231715 Family History Library]
  
 
===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
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===== '''''World War II'''''  =====
 
===== '''''World War II'''''  =====
  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/mississippi/coahoma1.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi World War II Casualties Army and Air Force] (Access Genealogy)
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/mississippi/coahoma1.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi World War II Casualties Army and Air Force] (Access Genealogy)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/ww2casualties.html Coahoma County World War II Casualties] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/ww2casualties.html Coahoma County World War II Casualties] (Genealogy Trails)
  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/comm1853.html 1853 Register of Commissions] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/comm1853.html 1853 Register of Commissions] (Genealogy Trails)  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/funeralhomes.html Funeral Homes] (GenWeb)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/funeralhomes.html Funeral Homes] (GenWeb)  
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*Minutes, 1873, 1896, Coahoma County Board of Supervisors (2 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F267859 Family History Library]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*''Clarksdale Register'', established 1902 or 1904 (sources differ)  
 
*''Clarksdale Register'', established 1902 or 1904 (sources differ)  
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/mississippi/Coahoma/ Coahoma County, MS Newspaper Titles]&nbsp;(Chronicling America at the Library of Congress)  
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/mississippi/Coahoma/ Coahoma County, MS Newspaper Titles]&nbsp;(Chronicling America at the Library of Congress)  
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*Index, Obituary Scrapbook, Carnegie Public Library, Clarksdale, Mississippi (manuscript, 4 vols., 1914-1977) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1913593 Family History Library]
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/newspaper_index.html Newspaper Data]&nbsp;(Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/miss/coahoma/newspaper_index.html Newspaper Data]&nbsp;(Genealogy Trails)  
 
*''Newspaper Scrapbooks and Mississippi River Collection of Carnegie Public Library, Clarksdale, Mississippi'', on 3 microfilm reels at the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1236346 Family History Library]
 
*''Newspaper Scrapbooks and Mississippi River Collection of Carnegie Public Library, Clarksdale, Mississippi'', on 3 microfilm reels at the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1236346 Family History Library]
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The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County in Clarksdale has probate records dating from 1856.  
 
The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County in Clarksdale has probate records dating from 1856.  
  
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*Administrators, Guardians and Executors Record, 1873-1879 (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241466 Family History Library]
 
*Court Minutes, Probate Court (3 microfilm reels, 1845-1870) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241159 Family History Library]  
 
*Court Minutes, Probate Court (3 microfilm reels, 1845-1870) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241159 Family History Library]  
*Estate and Divorce Files (Mixed Together) (76 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1192502 Family History Library]
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*Estate and Divorce Files (Mixed Together) (76 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1192502 Family History Library]  
 
*Final Probate Records, 1839-1880 (6 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241495 Family History Library]  
 
*Final Probate Records, 1839-1880 (6 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241495 Family History Library]  
*Probate and Chancery Court Docket, 1860-1873 (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241477 Family History Library]
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*Index to Estates of Decedents, Minors, Lunatics and Convicts...(1839-1880) (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241171 Family History Library]
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*Petitions &amp; Letters of Guardianship (2 microfilm reels, 1892-1943) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1231717 Family History Library]
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*Probate and Chancery Court Docket, 1860-1873 (1 microfilm reel) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241477 Family History Library]
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*Will Records; 1841-1930, Probate Indexes (2 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F241610 Family History Library]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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:*'''1838-1899''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|County Tax Rolls}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/births.html Births] (GenWeb)''
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/births.html Births]
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
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*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/marriages.html Coahoma County Marriages] (Coahoma County MSGHN)  
 
*[http://coahoma.msghn.org/marriages.html Coahoma County Marriages] (Coahoma County MSGHN)  
*Estate and Divorce Files (Mixed Together) (76 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1192502 Family History Library]
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*Estate and Divorce Files (Mixed Together) (76 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1192502 Family History Library]
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*Marriage Records, First District, 1849-1917 (20 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F242202 Family History Library]
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*Marriage Records, Second District, 1892-1917 (10 microfilm reels) at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F242233 Family History Library]  
 
*Murray, Nicholas Russell. ''Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1868-1900: Computer Indexed Marriage Records''. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, [1982?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/coahoma-county-mississippi-1868-1900-computer-indexed-marriage-records/oclc/9384380&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page
 
*Murray, Nicholas Russell. ''Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1868-1900: Computer Indexed Marriage Records''. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, [1982?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/coahoma-county-mississippi-1868-1900-computer-indexed-marriage-records/oclc/9384380&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page
  
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/deaths.html Deaths] (GenWeb)''
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mscoahom/deaths.html Deaths]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www2.youseemore.com/carnegie/about.asp? Carnegie Public Library], Clarksdale, MS
 
*[http://www2.youseemore.com/carnegie/about.asp? Carnegie Public Library], Clarksdale, MS
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites<br>  ==
 
== Web Sites<br>  ==
  
*[http://www.findcountyrecords.com/counties/Mississippi/Coahoma-County Coahoma County] (Find County Records)
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*[http://www.findcountyrecords.com/counties/Mississippi/Coahoma-County Coahoma County] (Find County Records)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MS/Coahoma/ Coahoma County Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MS/Coahoma/ Coahoma County Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://cousinconnect.com/p/a/101500/ Coahoma County Genealogy Queries] (Cousin Connect)  
 
*[http://cousinconnect.com/p/a/101500/ Coahoma County Genealogy Queries] (Cousin Connect)  
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*[http://www.coahomacounty.net/index.php?expanddiv=none Coahoma County, Mississippi] (official site)  
 
*[http://www.coahomacounty.net/index.php?expanddiv=none Coahoma County, Mississippi] (official site)  
 
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MS/CO.html#CEM Coahoma County, Mississippi] (The Political Graveyard)  
 
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MS/CO.html#CEM Coahoma County, Mississippi] (The Political Graveyard)  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coahoma_County,_Mississippi Coahoma County, Mississippi] (Wikipedia)  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coahoma_County,_Mississippi Coahoma County, Mississippi] (Wikipedia) Includes history
 
*[http://www.n2genealogy.com/mississippi/ms-county-coahoma.html Coahoma County, Mississippi Genealogy, Facts, and Records Resources] (n2Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.n2genealogy.com/mississippi/ms-county-coahoma.html Coahoma County, Mississippi Genealogy, Facts, and Records Resources] (n2Genealogy)  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/mississippi/Coahoma.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi Genealogy Links] (Genealogy Links.net)  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/mississippi/Coahoma.htm Coahoma County, Mississippi Genealogy Links] (Genealogy Links.net)  
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*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.coahoma/mb.ashx?cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Coahoma Message Board] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.coahoma/mb.ashx?cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Coahoma Message Board] (RootsWeb)  
 
*{{FHL|Mississippi%2C+Coahoma|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Mississippi%2C+Coahoma|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*[http://www.coahomacounty.net/history.html?expanddiv=none History] (Coahoma Co. government site)
 
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=19828 Profile for Coahoma County, MS] (ePodunk)
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=19828 Profile for Coahoma County, MS] (ePodunk)
  
 
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County Courthouse

Coahoma County Courthouse
115 1st Street P O Box 98
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-624-3000

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records from 1848 and voter records from 1949.
Clerk Chancery Court has divorce, probate and land records.[1]

Clarksdale is the county seat of Coahoma Count.  Clarksdale was named in honor of founder and resident John Clark, brother-in-law of politician James Lusk Alcorn who served as governor of Mississippi and U.S. Senator.  (As a southern white Republican or "scalawag" during the Reconstruction in Mississippi, Alcorn supported the rights of freedmen during his term 1871-1877.) 

History

Coahoma County, Mississippi is located in the Yazoo Delta region of northwestern Mississippi, with the Mississippi River forming the county's western boundary. Coahoma County was formed 9 Feb 1836 out of the Chickasaw Nation's territory.

Weaver-Zercher and Willimon (2005, see below) say that the county's formation resulted from the defrauding of the Chickasaws out of that territory in 1832 by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Dunbar (1907, see below) says, however, that Coahoma County "constitutes one of the numerous counties formed from the Choctaw cession of 1830." Mississippi had been a state since 10 Dec 1817.

The county name, "Coahoma," is believed to have been suggested by Governor Alexander G. McNutt. According to various published sources, the name comes from a Choctaw word meaning "red panther." Stories differ as to why this name was chosen.

The act to create the county has been quoted in various 19th and 20th century sources and is of interest for its references to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations:

"Beginning at the point where the line between townships 24 and 25 of the surveys of the late Choctaw cession intersects the Mississippi river, and running thence up the said river to the point where the dividing line between the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes of Indians intersects the same; thence with the dividing line to the point where the line between ranges two and three of the survey of the said Choctaw cession intersects the same; thence with said range line, to the line between townships 24 and 25 aforesaid, and thence with the said township line to the beginning."

Most of the county's early white settlers settled on the Sunflower River. Some of the later settlers appear to have arrived with the intent of dealing in counterfeit money which they printed in Coahoma County. Perhaps the best known of the counterfeiters was Hugh Talley, who served as president of the Board of Police until he was finally killed by a band of "regulators."

A better known local resident was James L. Alcorn, who lived in the county for over 50 years. Alcorn was a senator and, at one time, the governor of Mississippi.

The original county seat of Coahoma County was Port Royal, located at the eastern end of Horseshoe Bend. The seat of government shifted to Friars Point once the Mississippi River changed its course in 1848, making Port Royal no longer a river town.

Friars Point was named after an early settler, Robert Friar. Friar was the county's first representative in the state legislature. 

The county seat is currently Clarksdale, which is the largest town in the county. Clarksdale was laid out in 1868 and was named after John Clark, a brother-in-law of James L. Alcorn. Alcorn was a Mississippi governor whose home, called Eagle's Nest, was in Coahoma County. Clarksdale was served primarily by river transportation until the arrival of the railroad there in 1884.

The Mississippi River forms the county's western border. Other streams within the county include the Sunflower River, as well as several bayous. An 1891 history of the county (in Lowry and McCardle, eds., A History of Mississippi) identified them as Hobson's, Phillips, Price's, Moore's, Whiting's, Cassedy's, and Opossum Bayous.

Because of its history and prehistory of flooding by the Mississippi, Coahoma County was known for its fertile soil. This was a factor that made the county an attractive location for early white settlers who brought in large numbers of African-Americans to perform slave labor. Hardwood timber forests were cleared for plantations. The county became known for cotton and other crops, such as sugar cane and hemp. 

See also:

  • Coahoma County History  (Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia)
  • History of Coahoma County, Mississippi (Genealogy Trails)
  • Rowland, Dunbar, Encyclopedia of Mississippi History, Vol. 1, Madison, WI: Selwyn A. Brant, 1907, especially pp. 460-462; accessible via Google Books.
  • Section titled "The Legacy of Economic Unrighteousness in the Mississippi Delta" (about Coahoma County) in David Weaver-Zercher and William H. Willimon, eds., Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice, New York: T&T Clark, 2005, pp. 217-224: accessible via Google Books
  • Untitled county history page (GenWeb)

Parent County

1836--Coahoma County was created 9 February 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession. County records are housed in Clarksdale and Friars Point. County seat: Clarksdale [2]

Boundary Changes

Quitman County was formed from part of Coahoma County in 1877.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

See also:

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

General

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

1840
  • 1840 census (book): Coyle, Berniece Douglas. 1840 Census of Coahoma County, Mississippi. Lewisville, TX: Coyle Data Co., 1988. WorldCat page
  • 1840 census index (GenWeb Archives)
1841
1845
1850
1870

Church

Court

The County Clerk of the Circuit Court in Clarksdale has court records from 1839.

Land

The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County, in Clarksdale, has land records from 1839.

Local Histories

  • Catchings, Troy, and Homer Hill. An Oral History with Mr. Troy Catchings, 1994 March 15. Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (series), Vol. 659 (archival manuscript). WorldCat page
  • Coahoma County Memories: A Pictorial History. Clarksdale, MS: Clarksdale Press Register, 1999. WorldCat page
  • Howerton, Joe D. The Howerton Family in Coahoma County, 1837-1850. Corpus Christi, TX: Philip Howerton, [1934?]. WorldCat page
  • Keys, Vernon J., and Homer Hill. An Oral History with Ms. Vernon J. Keys, 1994 March 19. Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi (series), Vol. 662 (archival manuscript). WorldCat page
  • Murray, Nicholas Russell. Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1868-1900. Hammond, LA: Hunting for Bears, [1982?]. WorldCat page
  • Weaver-Zercher, David L., and William H. Willimon, eds. Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice. New York: T&T Clark, 2005, section titled "The Legacy of Economic Unrighteousness in the Mississippi Delta" (specifically about Coahoma County), pp. 217-224. Google Books preview
  • Weeks, Linton. Clarksdale & Coahoma County: A History. Clarksdale, MS: Carnegie Public Library, 1982. Amazon page | Family History LibraryGoogle Books page | WorldCat page
  • Work, John W., Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams, Jr. Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005. Amazon page | WorldCat page

Maps

Military

General
Civil War

Companies formed in Coahoma County:

  • Company B (Coahoma Invincibles), 11th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
  • Company B (Mississippi Swampers), 44th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
  • Company K (Alcorn Rebels), 23rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Civil War links:

World War II

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

  • Clarksdale Banner, established 1884 or 1888 (sources differ), ceased publication in 20th century
  • Clarksdale Challenge, established 1896, ceased publication in 20th century
  • Clarksdale Journal, an African-American newspaper established 1899
  • The Clarksdale Press-Register (currently in operation)
  • Clarksdale Register, established 1902 or 1904 (sources differ)
  • Coahoma County, MS Newspaper Titles (Chronicling America at the Library of Congress)
  • Index, Obituary Scrapbook, Carnegie Public Library, Clarksdale, Mississippi (manuscript, 4 vols., 1914-1977) at Family History Library
  • Newspaper Data (Genealogy Trails)
  • Newspaper Scrapbooks and Mississippi River Collection of Carnegie Public Library, Clarksdale, Mississippi, on 3 microfilm reels at the Family History Library

Probate

The Chancery Court Clerk for Coahoma County in Clarksdale has probate records dating from 1856.

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages

The County Clerk of the Circuit Court in Clarksdale has marriage records from 1849.

Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coahoma County, Mississippi page 378, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).