Lincoln County was formed on April 7, 1870 from parts of Lawrence, Pike, Franklin, Copiah, and Amite
Counties, in the Piney Woods soil area of the southwest part Mississippi. It was named for Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865), a native of Kentucky, resident of Illinois, and sixteenth president of the United States.
It is possible that Brookhaven was named for Brookhaven, New York, home of Samuel Jayne, who emigrated
to the present site of Old Brook around 1818. Or it could have been named for the Brooks family, builders of
the first house in Brookhaven. -- Mississippi Counties Historical Information
The Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1893. However, I’ve been told
and confirmed with the Chancery Clerk that there are some Land and Estate records
from before 1893 still in existence. No marriage records were saved. Thanks to Sue D. for
bringing this fact to my attention.
The following is a newspaper article on the fire:
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