Pike County, Mississippi

Bibliography of Published Sources

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Bibliography of Published Sources

Source Records Family Histories

Source Records

Record Type


Census Records

1820 Census, Pike County, Mississippi, SK Publications.


1840 Census, Pike County, Mississippi, SK Publications.


1850 Census, Pike County, Mississippi, SK Publications.

Church Records

Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee's Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882-1924, compiled by E. Russ Williams, Jr., 1978.


Bogue Chitto Baptist Church Records, transcribed by Carolyn Henderson, Washington Parish LAGenWeb Archives. [Some of the churches in the association were in Pike County.]


Gone But Not Forgotten by Helen L. O'Rourke. (Extracts of records of Christ Episcopal Church, Summit, Mississippi 1860-1910 and transcripts from microfilm of early Pike and Amite newspapers.)

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Inscriptions of Pike County, Mississippi, 1750-1978, compiled by Ray and June Sartin Parish, 1979. (Note: Cemetery inscriptions of present-day Pike County. Out of print)


The Tombstone Inscriptions of Walthall County, Mississippi, William and Irma Lampton, 1976.


Mississippi Confederate Grave Registrations, Vol. I A-L, Vol. II M-Z, compiled by Betty Couch Wiltshire, Heritage Books, Inc., 1991.


Source Records From Pike County, Mississippi 1798-1910, Luke Ward Conerly and E. Russ Williams, Jr., Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1978. (Records included: 13th Regiment, Mississippi Militia; Abstracts of Pension Records for Veterans, War of 1812; 1816 and 1820 Census Pike County; Early Lists of Members of Bogue Chitto or Crain's Creek Baptist Church 1824-1827 and 1834; Some Early Members of New Zion Baptist Church 1823-1830; Some Early Members of New Zion Baptist Church On a List Prior to the November Meeting 1866; 1825, 1835 and 1843 Tax Lists; Marriage and Death Notices from the Magnolia Gazette; Obituaries from the Bogue Chitto Baptist Association of Mississippi, 1872-1910; Marriages and Deaths Abstracted From The New Orleans Christian Advocate, Pike County, 1853-1910.)


Source Records From Pike County, Mississippi 1798-1910, Luke Ward Conerly and E. Russ Williams, Jr., Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1978.


Pike County, Mississippi 1798-1876, Pioneer Families and Confederate Soldiers, Reconstruction and Redemption, Luke Ward Conerly, 2008.


The History of Pike County and McComb in Story and Pageant, written by Miss Nannie Gillis of McComb High School, Journal Print, McComb, Mississippi, 1922. (This book was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chartering of McComb.)


Osyka, A Memorial History: 1812-1978 by Lucy Wall Varnado, 1980. Cook & McDowell Publications, Owensboro, Kentucky, 42301.


Pike County, Mississippi, 1798-1876: Pioneer Families and Confederate Soldiers Reconstruction and Redemption by Luke Ward Conerly, 1909. Brandon Printing Company, Nashville, Tennessee.


A History of Mississippi Cotton Mills and The Sanders Magnolia Mill Village, by Narvell Strickland, 1995. (This book includes histories of two 19th century cotton mills and villages in McComb and one in Magnolia.) Web Page


Pike County, Mississippi Marriages, 1882-1899 by Nicholas Russell Murray, Hunting For Bears, Inc., Hammond, Louisiana.

Military Records

Military History of Mississippi 1803-1898, Dunbar Rowland, The Reprint Company Publishers, 1988.

Newspaper Abstracts

Gone But Not Forgotten by Helen L. O'Rourke. (Extracts from microfilm of early area newspapers 1800-1905. Includes a list of persons who died in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic and a list of Confederate soldiers who died in Coney Hospital in Magnolia.)


Mississippi Index of Wills 1800-1900, compiled by Betty Couch Wiltshire, Heritage Books, Inc., 1989.



Family Histories




Ancestors and Descendants, Jacob Alford. Compiled by Gilbert K. Alford, Jr., 1986.


Aaron Beard and Kizziah (Carter) Beard of South Mississippi, Janis Pearson Stringfield, Columbia, Mississippi, 1993. (Pike and Walthall Co. allied families: Boyd, Carr, Deer, Dunaway, Rushing, Thornhill.)


The Descendants of Benjamin Franklin Branch and Mary Ann Crawford, complied by Ouida W. Vasey, May 1979.


The Breland Families of the Southern States, 1755-1850 by Charles Gregory Breland, 1987.


Heritage and Genealogy of Boone - Short - Wa(l)sh - Sartin - Smith and Allied Families, compiled by Bertha Short Boone, 1974.


Mississippi Bristers, Ancestors & Descendants, Twelve Generations - 1649-1995. Compiled by Sarah N. Spencer, 1995.


Thru the Years, Family Records of Ida Venable Brown and other families of St. Helena Parish, LA by Irene Reid Morris, 1965


Brumfields Revisited, Ancestors & Descendants of George Y. and Martha Penny Brumfield, by Ruth Brumfield Randolph and Nell Brumfield Jacobs Smith, August 1995.


The Samuel and Mary (Myers) Burris Family by June Stallings Burris, M.A., Flora Mae Burris, B.A., and Mamie Lettie Burris-Simmons. Published by Pelican Publishing Co., New Orleans, LA. 1952.


Nehemiah Carter Descendants and Allied Families, compiled by Lee and Linda Gene Carter, 1992.


"The Cockerhams, Volume I, From Lancashire to Liberty", 1994. Phenix Consulting & Services Ltd. Co.


"The Cockerhams, Volume II, South of Liberty", 2000. Phenix Consulting & Services Ltd. Co.


A History of the Mark and Martha Curtis Cole Family by Bonnie Lou Cole, 1960.


Cole Foot Prints by Camellia T. Denys, 1983. Also contains info on Rentfroe, Curtis, Courtney, Hayes, Simmons, Hall, and Hebert.


Descendants of John Conerly ( -1751) NC and Cullen Conerly (ca 1745-1811) NC to the Present 1986, William and Irma Lampton, 1986.


Corkerns and Cousins by Nelwyn Corkern


Descendants of Needham Coward and Nancy Stone Coward, compiled by Mavis Cowart Young, 1983.


Crosby and Allied Families by Tempe & Ralph Crosby, 1990.


Crosby and Allied Families, Vol. II by Tempe & Ralph Crosby, 1991. Info on Phillips, Leggett, Stewart and Sutton families.


Davis, An American Family by Myra Kerr Jackson, 1981


Marion and Minnie Deer Family History, compiled by Fred G. Deer, 1990.


The Continuous Legacy of an African American Family by Ron A. Fisher 8-17-94. Info on Dillon family.


Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Easley, Sr. and Elizabeth Earle Elkins of St. Helena Parish, LA, by Austin Beverly Smith and Virginia Sproles Smith, 1981.


From Whence They Came by J. Erwin Kemsley (Info on Erwin family).


The Felder Family in South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, compiled by Mary E. Sandel and Rev. Elias Wesley Sandel BA,ME, 2000.


The Felder Family From Kappel, St. Gallen, Switzerland to Orangeburgh, South Carolina by Charles Howard Felder, 2002.


Fesmire, A Family History and Genealogy by Alice Ann Fesmire Khalid, 1982.


Foyle (Foil) Genealogy, compiled by Zuma Fendlason Magee and Aletha Barker Hamiter, 1956.


All About Us by Dorothy Freeman Crumb, 1982. Info on Freeman, Cade, Calcote, Smith, Evans, Hall, Denman, Strange, Smart and Crider.


Gordons of the Deep South by Erminie Northcutt Marshall, 1961.


Our Kin by John T. Cupit. Info on Hart and connected families: Hoover, Gill, Kyzar, Prestridge, Crosby, Price, Sasser, Brown, Moak, Wallace, Smith, Case, Walker, Thompson, Jenkins.


Hines-Sumrall and Bundy-Baker with Related Families by E. H. Hines, 1980.


Looking Back at Holloway, Sproles, and Other Related Families, by Virginia Sproles Smith, 1978.


The Hughes of Tangipahoa Parish, LA by Ella B. Hughes, 1983.


Anthony Hutchins - White Apple Village, collected and edited by Tempe Fenn Crosby, revised 2000.


A Genealogy of Louis Napoleon Johnson, compiled by Harold A. Crain, 1983.

Jordan & Johnston

The Descendants of William E. Jordan and James B. Johnston , compiled and produced by Pearl Jordan Reeves and Geraldine Reeves, 1992.

Kemp, Turner, Roberts

The Kemp, Turner and Roberts Families on Little Silver Creek, Washington Parish, LA by E. Russ Williams Jr., 1992.


The Kings of St. Helena Parish, The Story of Jesse & Sofia James King and Their Descendants by Lawrence S. and Harold H. King, 1974.


The Lambrights by Mary Fay Campbell Schertz, 1977. Published by J. Grant Stevenson.


A History of the Lampton Family in America from 1664 by Robert K. Lampton Ph.D.,1984.


Early Settlers of West Farms, Westchester Co., NY by Rev. Theodore A. Leggett , 1913


The Lott Family in America by A. V. Phillips, 1942.


The Mannings by Rev. Elias W. Sandel (B.A.,M.E.) deceased and Mary E. Sandel, 1987. This book includes the three Manning brothers, William, Oren and Frank, who came to Pike County from Florida.


Partial History of The Wiley Martin (Oct. 27, 1831 - Feb. 7, 1886) and Mary L. Quin Martin (Dec. 18, 1836-Oct. 1899) Family, compiled by Irma C. Lampton , 1992


Marselis (Marcelisse - Marsalis) Volumes I-IV by Tempe Fenn Crosby, 1973. (Also includes information on allied families: Van Voorst, Gammill, Hutchins, Holloway, Antard, Johnson, Logue, Cain, Dickey, Gordon, Fenn, Butler, and Brown.)


McCants,Wall and Related Families by Robbie McCants Jones, 1982. Published by D. Armstrong Co., Inc., Houston, Texas. (Copies available at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society Library, Boston, Massachusetts and The National Genealogical Society Library, Arlington, Virginia.)


The McCulley Family 1801-1991 by Betty W. Weber, 1991.


McGehee Descendants, Three Volumes, by Ethel Woodall Grider and Jane N. Grider, Winder, Georgia, 1987, 1989, 1991.


Desdendants of Jeremiah Mitchell of North Carolina and Allied Families c.1770-c.1835 by Ann Mitchell Horne & Caroline Mitchell Haley 1995. Ann Horne. (Allied Families include Rouse, Milliken, Campbell and Downie.


The Moak & Related Families of South Carolina and Mississippi 1740-1960 by Lennox L. Moak , 1960


Moaks and Folks by Joyce Temple Barrett


The Ancestors of George & Hazel Mullins by Phillip Mullins, 1994. Internet http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~pmullins/


Nunnery Family Genealogy by Mrs. Hollis F. Nunnery, 1967.


Descendants of Jacob Ott of South Carolina and Louisiana, compiled by Ruth Ott Walls.


The St. Helena Parish Phillips Family, Descendants of Thomas E. Phillips by Anna Phillips Speed and Clarence Eddie Speed, Sr. , 1987.


Descendants of Captain Thomas Pittman, Sr. by James Calvin (J.C.) Pittman, Sr. , 1991.


Polks Here and Yon by Emily George Polk Royalty, 1983.


Ancestors, Descendants, & Allied Lines of Albert David Powell & wife, Nancy Elizabeth Travis of Amite County, MS and Tangipahoa Parish, LA, and Eugene Casey, Sr. and wife, Johanna Lucey of Knocknagree Co., Cork, Ireland by Albert E. Casey & Powell A. Casey, 1981.


The Family History of Peter Quin, compiled by Mrs. Madge Quin Fugler, 1922; revised & edited by Jerome C. Hafton, 1963-64.


Mark Rayborn and Rhoda Watts Rayborn, Their Antecedents & Descendants, by Vada H. Phillips and Henry S. Phillips, Jr., 1982.


Bringing in the Reeves, Lottie Magee Miller, Tylertown, Mississippi, 1983.


A Family History and Genealogy of Lazarus Reeves and his Descendants, compiled by Rev. Gregory S. Smith, 1979.


Descendants of Willis Jefferson Reeves and Lillian Elizabeth Bullock, compiled by Doris Reeves Barker, 1988.


History of the Richardsons by Nancy B. Elliott, 1966.


The Richardsons & Kindred Families by Mary Lou Richadson Sibley, 1962. (Allied families include Stokes, Outlaw, Havis).

Rucks, Sessions

Rucks - Sessions by Tovey Sessions Talley and Harry Leslie Talley, 1991.


Matthew Rushing Descendants in South Mississippi 1810-1995, Helen Lyndola Rushing Jones, Houston, Texas, 1995.


The Sandel Family by Luther L. Sandel, Jr. and Vineva L. (Tynes) Earl, 1981.


The Descendents of John Peter Sandel Immigrant to Orangeburg, SC In 1752 with Allied Families of Connerly, Tynes, Warren, Bullock, Lee, Lea, Nobles and Tabor by Rev. Elias Wesley Sandel, B.A.,M.E and Mary L. Sandel, 1985.


Joseph Seab of Franklin County, MS by Mildred Seab Ezell, 1989. (Alllied families include Seale, Jones, Combs, and Graves).


A Family History and Genealogy of John Seaborn-Lelia Ellen Crum and Their Descendants, compiled by Julia Ann Crum Benoit, 1984.

Shook, Rushing

Tangled Roots Goldie Shook Posey, 1990.


The Sibley Family in America 1629-1972, compiled by James Scarborough Sibley, 1972.


Bala Chitto Simmons Family, Descendants of Richard and Ann Tyler Simmons by Hansford L. Simmons, 1975.


The Silver Creek Simmons Family, Descendants of Willis & Jane Goslin Simmons by Edna Simmons Campbell and Hansford L. Simmons, 1979.

Smith, Williams, Taylor, Easley

Kith and Kin of Smith, Williams, Taylor, Easley Families of Amite County, MS. Compiled and Edited by Austin B. Smith, 1970.

Stevens, Washburn

Stevens-Washburn with Related Lines by Annie Stevens Jones, 1946.


Richard Stringfield Family by Zuma Fendlason Magee, 1960.


The Stovall Family and Related Lines, Volume II, Lyle Keith Williams, 1984.


Temple People, Vol I. by Joyce Temple Barnett, 1987.


Thompson Genealogy Journal, Vol. I. by Rev. George Houston Thompson (1865-1952), with further compilation by Mrs. Trudi Caldwell Nicholson, 1985.


Thornhill Genealogy, Vol I. by T. Walter Thornhill, 1965.

Tillman, Hamilton

Tillman and Hamilton Family Records With Their Many Ancestral Lineages, Vol. 2. Collected and compiled by James David Tillman, Jr., 1962.


Meet the Tisdales by Rosa D. Tisdale, 1981


Southern Travis, Travers, Traverse Families From Lancashire and Post-Elizabethan Ireland by Albert E. Casey, M.D., 1978.


Source Records From Pike County, Mississippi 1798-1910, Luke Ward Conerly and E. Russ Williams, Jr., Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1978. (Family sketches: Albritton, Alford, Allen/Allmand, Bacot, Bickham, Bullock, Burkhalter, Carter, Conerly/Connerly, Coney, Crawford, Dillon, Ellis, McCarty, Johnson/Johnston, Ellzey, Felderen-Felder, Holmes, Kemp, Lee, Newsom, Pierce, Pound/Pounds, Regan, Rhodus, Tate, Tyler, Vaughan, Morgan, Sandifer, Varnado.)


A Title to Heritage by Alma Dell Magee Clawson,1964. Contains info on Allen, Alford, Andrews, Applewhite, Ainsworth, Beard, Boone, Brumfield, Conerly, Holmes, Magee, Newman, Rials, Smith, Tynes, Warren and Ward families.


Encyclopedia of Individuals and Founding Families of the Ouachita Valley of Louisiana from 1785 to 1850 by E. Russ Williams, Williams Genealogical and Historical Publications, 3 volumes. (Volume 1, A-K, Volume 2, L-O, Volume 3 in progess). Contains information on many Pike County families such as Dickerson and Cloud.


Descendants of Leonard Vernadeau and Sarah Hutto, Three Generations 1735-1850. Compiled & Published by a Committee of the descendants, William W. Varnadoe, Jr., Chairman, 1971.


Descendants of Thomas J. Walsh and Polly (Mary) Clements, compiled by Miss Edna Brady, 1974.


Kinsmen All, Descendants of Wettenhall Warner and Related Families by E. Russ Williams, Jr., 1964.


John Warren, Revolutionary Soldier & His Descendants in South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana by Mary E. Sandel, 2001.


Watson by Mildred Ezell, 1987.


Genealogy of Richard Whittington, compiled and edited by Robert Lee Whittington, 1980.


Our Wicker Family, Descendants of Matthias Wicker, Immigrant from Germany to South Carolina 1752. Compiled by Eleanor Clyburn Wicker, 1993.


Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families, compiled by M. M. Wilkinson , 1949.


The Williams Family compiled by Niven E. Nutt, Jr., 1991.


An Amite County History, The Family and Descendants of John C. Wilson, by Dr. Eugene D. Wilson, Jr., 1987.

Wright, Lewis, Moore, Conn

A Family History, Wright-Lewis-Moore & Conn Families, compiled & published by John Wright Boyd, 1968.


Forever Young, The Jesse Young Family by Roy B. Young, 1994.



My sincere thanks to Virginia H. Zeigler for compiling this list of family histories from the holdings of the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library in McComb.

* Indicates a family history listed not included in the holdings of the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library. A library where the book can be found, if known, will be listed in parentheses following the title and author information.

Addresses of publishers/sources for books listed above:

Gilbert K. Alford, Jr.
1403 Kingsford Drive
Florissant, MO 63031-2422

Doris Reeves Barker
1119 Scenic Way
Benton, AR 72015

Julia Ann Crum Benoit
111 Lynwood Dr.
Houma, La. 70360
webpage: www.juliabenoit.com

Alma Dell Magee Clawson
184 Bethlehem Loop Road
Kokomo, MS 39643

Dorothy Freeman Crumb
1030 E. Butler Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Fred G. Deer
916 Reedy Creek Rd.
Cary, NC 27513-3046

Carmellia T. Denys
1251 Briar
Provo, UT 84604

Heritage Books, Inc.
1540-E Pointer Ridge Place
Bowie, MD 20716

E. H. Hines
7125 Villere Dr.
Baker, LA 70714

Ann Horne

Ella B. Hughes
Box 99
Husser, LA 70442

Helen Rushing Jones
1758 Maux Drive
Houston, TX 77043-3318

Robbie McCants Jones
P. O. Box 1323
Livingston, Texas

Robert K. Lampton, Ph. D.
498 N.E. 10th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Niven E. Nutt, Jr.
408 Lebanon St.
Melrose, MA 02175

Dr. Lorris G. Cockerham
Phenix Consulting & Services Ltd. Co.
3006 Hinson Road
Little Rock, AR 72212

Vada H. Phillips and Henry S. Phillips, Jr.
221 Park Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Ruth Brumfield Randolph
1690 Airways Blvd.
Jackson, TN 38301

Mary E. Sandel
P.O. Box 707
Roseland, La. 70456

Rev. Gregory S. Smith
Route 1, Box 35
Mount Olive, MS 39119

SK Publications
Webpage: www.skpub.com/genie/census/ms/pike.html

Virginia Sproles Smith
Box 821
Rayville, LA 71269

Southern Historical Press, Inc.
P. O. Box 1267
Greenville, SC 29602-1267

Sarah N. Spencer
2362 Cavalry Road
Bogue Chitto, MS 39629

J. Grant Stevenson
230 West 1230
North Provo, UT 84601

Janis Pearson Stringfield
P. O. Box 1336
Columbia, MS 39429

Rosa D. Tisdale
5324 Wapakoneta Road
Washington, DC 20016

Eleanor Clyburn Wicker
725 Mayer St.
Greenville, MS 38701-6423

E. Russ Williams, Jr.
Williams Historical and Genealogical Publications
514 Cole Avenue
Monroe, LA 71203

Lyle Keith Williams
5000 Rock River Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76103