Genealogical Society of DeSoto County
Welcome to the DeSoto County MS website for genealogical research. My name is Tim Harrison and I am the Coordinator of this website. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or contributions.
Desoto County was established on Feb. 9, 1836, and is one of the twelve counties formed in that year from the Chickasaw Indian cession of 1832. The county is bounded on the north by Shelby County, TN, on the south by the counties of Tate and Tunica, on the east by Marshall County and on the west by the Mississippi River and Crittenden County, AR. Hernando is the county seat. The area of Desoto County is about six hundred square miles.
Desoto County was named in honor of Hernando De Soto, the county seat taking his Christian name. Among the early settlers were the families of the Condras, Paynes, Sanders, Cobbs, McMahans, Blockers, Finns, Atelinsons, Browns, Walkers, Martins, Mitchells, Moselys, and Cartrights.
The Louisville, New Orleans and Texas railroad cross the county on the west side with the Illinois Central crossing in the center and east. Some of the towns besides the county seat were: Alpika, Blythe, Bright, Cedarview, Cockrum, Cublake, Days, De Soto Front, Eudora, Grover, Horn Lake, Ingram's Mill, Kelly, Lake View, Lewisburg, Love's Station, Miller, Moorotown, Nesbit, Norfolk, Olive Branch, Penton, Pleasant Hill and Plum Point.
Misc. DeSoto County Data - offsite link
Courthouse photo used in banner, courtesy of Kenneth & Jackie Rhodes, 2004
DeSoto County Coordinator: Tim Harrison
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