West Of DeSoto, Mississippi
Section 17, Township 1, Range 15, off of County Road 270 and 271
DeSoto was once an Indian settlement along the Chickasawhay River, named after Hernando DeSoto who visited and stayed with the Indians while on his expedition across the unknown territory.
With the white man slowly immigrating to the west, they followed the trace to DeSoto. The Indian trace grew longer as it began to connect with Mobile, Alabama and Savannah, Georgia. Needing to cross the Chickasawhay River, a covered bridge was built for their venture further west. Although, some settlers chose to end their journey and make this Indian village their home and creating a township.
It was not until 1896 that the town's people petitioned Governor George M. Adams to incorporate the town, which he did on November 18, 1896 naming it Village of DeSoto. As times changed and people moved on, with less than one thousand residents, the town asked the elected Governor Connors to dissolve their corporate town. On November 28. 1934, Governor Connor did just so and it was recorded on December 3, 1934.
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #61645
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