Lamar County, Mississippi Genealogy and History


Ann Allen Geoghegan County Coordinator

Jeff Kemp - State Coordinator    
Ann Allen Geoghegan & Denise Wells - Assistant State Coordinators

Works Progress Administration For Mississippi

Source Material For Mississippi History


Preliminary Manuscript Compiled by

State-Wide Historical Research Project

Susie V. Powell, State Supervisor

       The following material is extracted from the WPA County History for Marion County, Mississippi. The copy I used is on microfilm at Cook Memorial Library at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is not a verbatim transcript, as some editing was necessary to avoid duplicating material and to make the final product suitable for a website presentation.

The W. P. A. county histories were produced in the late 1930s as part of a statewide research project.  For each county in Mississippi canvassers were sent into the communities to gather historical material and other information according to a specific outline of subjects.  The results were compiled and published and made available to the public through their county courthouses.  They contain a wealth of information about a wide assortment of topics that one might never consider important to genealogy research.  Much of the information was gathered by interviewing "old timers" and other people in the community.  Thus the histories provide some unique insight into the life and times of our ancestors not available from any other source.


          As you read the material, please keep in mind that facts may not always be correct.    I did not write the material.  I cannot change it.  Also note that the language used as well as the information reported reflects society as it was in 1936 or 1937, when "Separate but equal" was a fact of life and African Americans were referred to as "colored" and "negro".  Please do not send e-mail attacking my personal views or blasting Mississippi and her people as backward, racist, and uneducated.  You would be wrong and I would have overlook the fact that you were too ignorant to read this introduction.

W. P. A. Contents


Copyright 2003 by Pamela J. Gibbs except where otherwise noted.


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