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About Leake County...

Leake County is located almost dead-center of the state of Mississippi. Leake County was organized on December 23, 1833 and was named in honor of Walter Leake, a prominent Mississippi politician who served in many offices in the state including Governor, Senator, and Supreme Court Judge.

The county seat of Carthage was established in 1834 by the Harris family. The city was named for their hometown of Carthage, Tennessee. Carthage was originally to have been called Leakesville. On July 31, 1834, the Board of Police selected Carthage as the county seat of Leake County. The land on which the original settlement was built was donated in June, 1835 by Thomas L. Harris and his wife, Matilda.

The first courthouse was built in 1836, serving for forty-one years when a brick structure was erected. A new courthouse was built in 1910. On April 20, 1837, the first post office was established. Carthage drew up its first Charter of Incorporation in 1876. The charter was amended in 1910 to make the town a municipal corporation with powers to be carried out by a mayor and a board of aldermen.

The county has a total area of 585.39 square miles of which 582.71 square miles is land and 2.68 square miles (0.46%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 2,162. The population peaked in 1940 with 24,570 souls counted. The 2010 census recorded 23,805 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Attala County (north), Winston County (northeast), Neshoba County (east), Newton County (southeast), Scott County (south), and Madison County (west). The city of Carthage is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Lena, Sebastopol (mostly in Scott County), Walnut Grove, Redwater, Standing Pine, Edinburg, Good Hope, Madden, Midway, Ofahoma, and Thomastown.



 

Leake County Records

Leake County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Thousands of Leake County marriage records and more. Look at the Leake 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 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 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.