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Forrest County, Mississippi, Criminal Record Book

Identifier: M205

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a Forrest County, Mississippi, record book that lists people charged with offenses ranging from "allowing minors to enter and remain in pool room" to murder. The record book was kept between 1912 and 1939, but very few entries include specific dates. Instead, the entries are arranged by circuit court terms, such as "April Term 1916" or "November Term 1939." Most of the entries include a two to four digit number that may be a warrant number, or perhaps a docket number, and the abbreviation "ex," which may indicate a warrant was executed.

No positive identification has been made, but the book may be a record of warrants for arrest issued by justice of the peace. It is also possible that the book was a record kept by the county or city (Hattiesburg?) jail.


  • 1912-1939


Conditions Governing Access

Non-circulating; available for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Forrest County, Mississippi, was created from Perry County in 1906. The new county, named for Confederate calvary leader Nathan Bedford Forrest, included the second judicial district of the original county. Hattiesburg became the new county seat.


1 Volumes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Miss Jessie Morrison, July 1979. Miss Morrison is the daughter of Mr. William S. Morrison, one of the founders of the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company. This record book was received with the records of the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company/Hammond-Baton Rouge Brick Company.

Forrest County, Mississippi, Criminal Record Book
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001