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The following is only a part of what you will find here at Stone County MSGHN.

Brown Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. On the west side of Ridge Road just south of intersection with Old Highway 26.

Bond Cemetery #3 burial listing with tombstone photos. North of Wiggins on Sellers Street about 1/2 mile north of Pump Branch Road.

Pate Seals Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is located on L.D. Seal Road off Magnolia Road.

Dale Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Thomas Price Cemetery Road off Old Highway 26.

Red Hill Cemetery #2 burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Stone County Road just east of Red Hill Church Road.

Hester Hickman Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is found in Wiggins on Wallace Cobb Road.

Bounds / Thomas Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Harralson Road near the Forrest County line.

Lott Smith Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Project Road at the intersection with Stump Texas Road.

Hickman Cemetery #3 burial listing with tombstone photos. On Perkinston/Silver Run Road west of Steven Hickman Road.

Lee Cemetery #2 burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is located on Highway 26 West at Will Lee Road.

Davis Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is Located at the end of Ollie Reeves Road.

Mount Avery Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Cecil Daniels Road near Perkinston community.

Marantha Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. Located on Howard Parker Road just south of Old Highway 26.

Herrington Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. This cemetery is found on Old Highway 26 at Lawrence Road.

Elias Lee Cemetery burial listing with tombstone photos. This small cemetery is located on J. B. Brown Road.

Thousands of Stone County marriage records.



About Stone County...

Stone County is located in the southeastern portion of Mississippi. Stone County was formed on January 6, 1916 from the northern part of Harrison County. It was the eighty-first county formed in the state, and is the sixty-second in area. Stone County was named for Mississippi Governor, John M. Stone who served as governor from 1876 to 1882 and again from 1890 to 1896. Earl Brewer was the state Governor at the time of organization.

The county seat is Wiggins, named for Wiggins Hatten who was one of its earliest residents and prominant in developing local schools. The first white settlers in the area traveled mostly from Georgia and South Carolina.

While still known as Niles City, the first store was built in 1894. The name was changed to Wiggins when the post office was established in 1898, then the town was incorporated in 1904. Prior to 1916 Wiggins was part of Harrison County, but in that year Stone County was created from a portion of Harrison County. The Stone County courthouse was built in Wiggins the following year.

Around 1893 the G & SI Railroad was completed. Soon a large sawmill was built in Wiggins by the Finkbine Lumber Company. When area timber sources were exhausted, the company bought redwood logs from the Pacific Coast and had them shipped by boat to Gulfport then up the G & SI Railroad to Today's Highway 531 in Smith County runs along what was once Andrew Jackson's Military Road, according to most historians. This road was a Nashville to New Orleans route improved by the federal government and later named in honor of Jackson.

With the closure of the mill, local farmers were encouraged to clear the cut-over land in the area and become truck farmers. It was soon discovered that cucumbers would grow easily in the area soil. The Brown-Miller Company built and operated a pickle factory in Wiggins and for many years many hundreds of train cars of pickles were shipped out of the town annually.

The county has a total area of 448.07 square miles, of which 445.37 square miles is land and 2.71 square mile (0.60%) is water. The population recorded in the 1920 Federal Census was 6,528. The 2010 census recorded 17,786 residents in the county.

Neigboring counties are Perry County (northeast), George County (east), Jackson County (southeast), Harrison County (south), Pearl River County (west), and Forrest County (northwest). Communities in the county include Wiggins, Beatrice, Big Level, Bond, McHenry, Perkinston, Ramsey Springs, and Silver Run.

 

 

Stone County Records

Stone County MSGHN has many records here on our website. Marriage Records, Cemetery listings with many tombstone photos, and more. Look at the Stone County Records links in the menu on the left for a list of available data.

Birth Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains records of births after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by mail by using this birth record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recogn ized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official birth records before November 1, 1912 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Death Records - The Mississippi Department of Health maintains births recorded after November 1, 1912 on file. This was the year Mississippi began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by mail by using this death record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health. Since there are no official death records before November 1, 1912 for deaths prior to that date you will need to determine death information from census records, bible records, funeral home records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Marriage Records - We have thousands of county marriage records here on our website. These dates will assist you greatly in obtaining a copy of the original marriage license. The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with this for marriages that took place between January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938, and for January 1, 1942 to present by mail by using this marriage record application on their website. If you just have to order by internet or phone, or use a credit card, you can use VitalCheck, a third party records company recognized by the Mississippi Dept. of Health.

All existing county marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the county's Circuit Clerk's office.

Divorce Records - Prior to 1859, divorce proceedings were introduced as private bills in the Mississippi State Legislature. References to these can be found in the books Index of Mississippi Session Acts 1817 - 1865 and Index to the Laws of the Mississippi Territory. These books can be found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as well as many other genealogy repositories and libraries across the state. After 1859, county divorce proceedings were filed in the county's Chancery Clerk's office.