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Newton County, Mississippi

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  • Medgar Evers (1925 - 1963)
    Medgar Wiley Evers (/ˈmɛdɡər/; July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an American civil rights activist and the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, who was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith. ...
  • William "Bill" Thames (1820 - 1875)
    Cannot find source for middle initial "M." Need source for death date. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2020), William Thames, Newton, Newton, Missis...
  • Mary Jane Floyd (1840 - 1925)
    From Native American or part Native American, Mary Jane was married to William Everett Floyd, Jr., who was born in the 1830s and died in 1927. She was the daughter of Bill Thames and Polly Hays, both...
  • William Z. Gibbs (1893 - 1941)
  • Theophilus Walter Box (1873 - 1951)

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Newton County was formed in 1836 and named after scientist Isaac Newton.

The Battle of Newton's Station was fought in the county on April 24, 1863 during Grierson's Raid of the American Civil War.

In February 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman crossed the county, burning the county seat at Decatur and was nearly captured during the Meridian Campaign. Sherman stopped during the return trip from Meridian and slept in the town of Union.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Battlefield
  • Cedar Grove
  • Chunky
  • Conehatta
  • Decatur (County Seat)
  • Duffee
  • Hickory
  • Lake (part)
  • Lawrence
  • Little Rock
  • Newton
  • Perdue
  • Stratton
  • Union (part)
  • Volcan



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Bienville National Forest (part)