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W. P. A. History of Pontotoc County, Mississippi



                    In 1840 the population was 4,491;  in 1850 it was 17,112;  in 1860, 22,113, of which 7,368 were taxable slaves and 2, 414 voters;  in 1870 the population had decreased to 12,526, of which 3,012 were negroes; in 1880 it was 13,858, of which 4,249 were negroes.  The decrease as shown by the census of 1870 was due to the loss of citizens in the War Between The States and the reduction of area.(1)

                    The first white inhabitants came from Kentucky, Tennessee, and the South Atlantic states, with the exception of Florida.  A few came from Alabama.

(1)  Goodspeed's Memoirs of Mississippi, Volume I, p. 261 - 262

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