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My name is James T. Dunnam and I am your host for the Greene County Mississippi Local History Project. I was born in Indian Hill Community in Greene County. My father was William M. Dunnam, and my mother, was Eva Lee Kittrell Dunnam. I went to school at Sand Hill School through the 7th grade. I moved to Pascagoula in 1942 with my family as my father went to work at Ingalls Shipyard. I surrendered to preach at the Calvary Baptist Church in Pascagoula in 1948; after serving for more than 53 years in the Baptist Ministry, I retired and am now living in Greene County, MS. This is a new project which combines history and genealogy and is a part of the American Local History Network. You may wish to utilize the Search Engine or Site Map.    You may prefer to keep things simpler and view a category list of the documents online, view Greene County Online Documents. Very soon we will have a query board and a records board (for submitting data if you desire to do so). You may also wish to view and/or sign the Greene County Guestbook.

Finally, if you would like to contribute to our endeavor, I encourage you to contact me.



History of Greene County


Lowrey & McCardle in "History of Mississippi" (1891) tell us that Greene County was named in honor of Major General Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame, and was established December 9, 1811. This county borders on the Alabama line.

Among its first settlers were Laughlin McKay and John McRae, both of whom were members of the Constitutional Convention of 1817; the McDuffeys, McCaskill's, McPherson's, McLeod's, Walter Denny, McInnis, Laughlin McKay, the Breland's, Moody's, Smith's, Kittrell's, Avera's and Brewer's.

The first sheriff was Alexander McLain, afterwards Judge of the probate court. James Walley was also Sheriff and Probate Judge. Walter Denny, a highly respected citizen of Moss Point, largely interested in the mill industry at that place, also, the father of W. M. Denny (member of the Constitutional Convention of 1890, from Jackson County,) who was at an early day sheriff of Greene County.

Alexander Fairly, the father of a large family, among whom were Hon. John T. Fairly, who twice represented Covington County in the Legislature; and Dr. Alexander Fairly, who was in the State Senate, and was a leading physician in Covington County; Dr. Peter Fairly, a physician of high character and large experience, and last a resident of Jackson and Superintendent of the Blind Institute.

Among the early settlers living in 1800 were: Preston Beard, Alexander Avera, Samuel Breland, S. V. McKay, Farqua McLeod, John McInnis, W. P. Avera, E. B. Box, J. J. McInnis, David Kittrell, Lemuel Bradford, Josiah Byrd, Asa Breland, Elbert Lewis Ezell, William Walley, H. G. Mills, Joseph Dickinson, E. W. Davis, Ebenezer M. Dunnam, James Freeman, J. M. Sewell, H. C. Cochran, William Turner, Sr., R. H. Walley, Willis Mills, James Beard, David Langford, Daniel Brewer, William Cooley, J. C. Breland, William Moody, Lewis Turner, J.S. Turner and William Neel. From the names mentioned there appears to be a large element of the Scotch-Irish, who usually made excellent citizens.

The early towns in the county were Leakesville, the county site, named for Hon. Walter Leake, former Governor of the State and United States Senator from Mississippi; State Line, in the northeast corner of the county on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. The principal streams in the county are the Chickasawhay, and Leaf Rivers and Big Creek, all of which have numerous tribitaries.


Greene County Online Documents and Links


Biographies Photograph Album

Greene County Logging Locomotives

Cemeteries Genealogy Reports Butterflies of Greene County
U. S. Census of Greene County 1850-80 Data of Early Greene County Residents Sawmills  of Greene County
U. S. Census Greene County 1840 Greene County History Mississippi & Alabama Railroad of Leakesville
U. S. Census Greene County 1910

Educable Children for 1885     Greene County

Churches of Greene County
Greene County Marriages

Educable Children for 1890     Greene County

Piave Post Office Records of Money Orders Issued 1926/7
Educable Children for 1925     Greene County



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