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

Walthall County, Mississippi

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Walthall County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,443. Its county seat is Tylertown. The county is named after Civil War general and Mississippi Senator Edward C. Walthall.

Etymology - Origin of Walthall County Name

Walthall is named for military leader Edward Walthall. Edward Cary Walthall (April 4, 1831 - April 21, 1898) was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War and a postbellum United States Senator from Mississippi. Walthall County, Mississippi is named after him.


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Walthall County History

Walthall was organized from the western portion of Marion and the eastern portion of Pike counties on March 16, 1914. It was named in honor of Edward C. Walthall, the great Confederate general and United States senator. Tylertown is the county seat with the towns of Lexie, Mesa and Darbun located within its borders.

Among today's Walthall County residents are many descendants of the pioneer Pike County and Marion County families. Those researching Walthall County families will need to focus their pre-1910 research in either Pike County or Marion County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 404 square miles (1,047 km2), of which, 404 square miles (1,046 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km2) of it (0.15%) is water. It is the smallest county in Mississippi in land area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lawrence County (north)
  • Marion County (east)
  • Washington Parish, Louisiana (south)
  • Pike County (west)
  • Lincoln County (northwest)


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