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In 1862, During the Civil War, President Lincoln and Congress created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. After the war ended in April, 1865, the State of Mississippi was divided into three tax districts. These tax records are from December of 1865 to December of 1866. The records give insight into the lives and livelihood of our ancestors in the first year after the war. The carpetbaggers came to Mississippi and taxed everything that year they could lay their hands on from 10% of income to anything of value our ancestors might have managed to save. Since the Civil War fell between Census years, these tax lists are an invaluable resource of names, plantation names and business names. We will be adding to these records as more are transcribed so check back often.  Many counties in Mississippi were not yet in existence in 1866 so be sure to check carefully.   Also some counties were counted together. Some counties we have been unable to locate tax lists for yet.

Jackie Rhodes, Tax Lists Project Coordinator

Ann Allen Geoghegan, MSGenWeb Special Projects Manager


  County Table

 

District 1

District 2

District 3

Adams

Attala

Bolivar

Claiborne

Carroll

Calhoun

Copiah

Choctaw-Webster

Chickasaw

Covington-Lawrence

Clarke

Coahoma

Franklin

Hinds

Desoto (parts are listed as division 5 while others are division 18)

Gulf Coast - Hancock - Harrison - Jackson

Holmes

Itawamba

Jefferson

Jasper

Lafayette

 

Jones (Jones  was named Davis from 1865-1869)

Kemper

Marshall

Marion

Lauderdale

Monroe

Perry

Leake

Panola

Pike

Lowndes

Pontotoc

Simpson

Madison

Sunflower

Wilkinson

Neshoba

Tallahatchie

 

Newton

Tishomingo

 

Noxubee

Yalobusha

 

Oktibbeha

 

 

Rankin

 

 

Scott

 

 

Smith

 

 

Warren

 

 

Winston

 

 

Yazoo

 

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