1860 Attala County Census - Post Offices
In the 1860 census for Attala County the enumerator, James J. Ingram, was required to record the Township and Range in which those being enumerated were located. He was also required to record the name of the Post Office that served the area. These two designations would, more or less, place the families being enumerated in a general geographical area. Keep in mind that the roads did not have names or numerical designations at that time. So Township, Range and Post Office served to give a general location of where the individuals being enumerated resided.
As you view the census transcription for Attala County for the census year 1860 you will find that the communities listed below are referenced as having Post Offices that served a particular area. The list below will give you a general sense of where the families shown on the census were living at the time.
There is a link to a TopoZone map which pinpoints the location of the community/post office with a red star. The map is shown at a scale of 1:50,000 but can be changed to a larger scale to view a larger area. The map size can also be changed from small to medium or large (left side of screen). The map will open in a new window. To return to the Attala County site, close the window by clicking the red X in the upper right corner.
In some instances, the enumerator, James J. Ingram, indicated that the nearest Post Office was 'Rockey Point' when he meant 'Rocky Point'. This Post Office is shown correctly on most census pages and is misspelled on others. In some instances he misspelled 'Burkettsville' as 'Burketsville'. On some pages, when the Post Office should have been Wells, he wrote what appears to be Wills; but on the census transcription, we have shown all pages as Wells. As noted above, the French Camp Post Office which is in Choctaw County, served the residents in northeast Attala County. On one page, the enumerator simply wrote 'French', omitting the word 'Camp'. Also, Thomastown was in Leake County and served the southcentral portion of Attala County.
Mr. James J. Ingram, the enumerator for the Attala County census for 1860, indicated that the Post Office serving one particular area in Township 14 North, Range 9 East was Crim Box or perhpas Grim Box or something like that. It is difficult to decipher the handwriting to ascertain the correct name. Unfortunately, no record of such a post office or anything similar, exist in any of the available research material. The census pages referencing this post office include pages 86 thru 91. If you have access to the 1860 census images and would like to try your hand at analyzing the handwriting we would certainly welcome other opinions as to the name of this post office.
And lastly, on pages 239 and 240 are listed six families that apparently had been missed on the regular, routine rounds of the enumerator. Because these families, Duncan, Glasscock, Hopkins, Love, Woods and Cook were from different and diverse geographical areas, no Township or Post Office is listed for these pages or these families. Instead, the enumerator wrote the word "Promiscuous". Used in this manner, Promiscuous means indescriminately mingled. In other words, they are not from the same area of the county.
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