Cornersville, Site of old Chickasaw Village
By R. B. Henderson
The South Reporter, 1965

Cornersville, so named because of its location in the southeast corner of Marshall County, is a prosperous farming community in the rolling hills that border upon the Tallahatchie River. It is a line community with Benton, Union and Lafayette counties.

The high, well-drained location of the village makes it a most desirable place to live.

Outsiders have begun to move into the community and drive to work in the industrial plants at Holly Springs, New Albany and even as far as Memphis. The road from Potts Camp to Cornersville intersects Highway 30 between New Albany and Oxford.

The present village is smaller than it once was. At one time it was incorporated and had a municipal system of government. In the era before automobiles and construction of improved roads, it was a flourishing business center, having a post office, several business houses, a grist mill, cotton gin, and repair shop.

Later its municipal charter was revoked; however, the village has remained a trade and social center of a prosperous farming and residential community.

Cornersville was a timber cutting center for many years while the virgin forests were being cut for lumber. Oak, gum, pine and hardwoods were cut and logs hauled away by the thousands. Local sawmills throughout the years have furnished undressed lumber for many sections of the country, and under the present reforestation program of the state and federal governments, the hillsides are again growing crops of trees that throughout the coming years may equal the yield of the virgin forests.

Cornersville was the site of an ancient Chickasaw village. Its first settler was Benjamin Ruff of Hollow Rock Tennessee. Ruff was a trader and came to the village before the treaty of 1832 was negotiated with the Indians. Ruff stated that when he came to this part of the Chickasaw Nation the only other while in the entire area was a trapper who worked along the Tallahatchie River. Ruff remained in the community after the Indians.

Dr. Theodore Rayburn, a well known surgeon of Pontotoc, was reared in the community. Former Congressman A. L. Ford, now in Jackson, is a native of the community.

Mr. K. K. Marett has operated a store in Cornersville for half a century.

Submitted by Martha Fant.

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