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There are eighty counties in Mississippi. Two original counties were Adams County and Jefferson County (formerly Pickering) established in 1799

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Tate County, Mississippi

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Tate County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the state of Mississippi. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 28,886. Its county seat is Senatobia. The county is named for one of the first prominent settlers of the area, Thomas Simpson Tate.

Tate County is part of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located east of the Mississippi Delta.

Etymology - Origin of Tate County Name

Tate is named for a prominent family of the region, of which the Hon. Thomas Simpson "T.S." Tate (?-1881), a prominent Republican, citizen, and first Mississippi State Legislator from the county. T.S. founded Tatesville, which no longer exists.

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Tate County History

Tate County was established December 23, 1873, and was named for a prominent family of the region, of which the Hon. Thomas Simpson "T.S." Tate (?-1881), a prominent Republican, citizen, and first Mississippi State Legislator from the county. T.S. founded Tatesville, which no longer exists. The county seat was placed at Senatobia soon after the county's formation. The city took its name, with a slight derivation in spelling, from nearby Senatahoba (senatahoba or sin-ih-toh-bih-a) Creek, which means "White Sycamore" or "Black Snake". It is situated in the northwestern part of the State and was formed chiefly from the southern part of the older county of DeSoto, though Marshall, and Tunica counties contributed each a small portion of its area. It was a part of the Chickasaw Indian cession of 1832. For the early history of the region composing Tate, see the three counties mentioned.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,064 km2), of which, 404 square miles (1,048 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (17 km2) of it (1.57%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • DeSoto County (north)
  • Marshall County (east)
  • Lafayette County (southeast)
  • Panola County (south)
  • Tunica County (west)

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