Attala County, Mississippi

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.

Attalaville
330035N   0894720W   Attalaville was located in Township 13 North, Range 5 East in Beat 4 in the southwestern portion of the county.  View map


Bluff Springs
330200N   1894405W   Bluff Springs was located in Township 14 North, Range 5 East in Beat 4 in the southwestern portion of the county.  View map


Burkettsville
330920N   0893710W   Burkettsville was located in Township 15 North, Range 7 East in Beat 3 in the northwestern portion of the county.  View map


Center
325643N   0892551W   Center was and is located in Township 13 North, Range 8 East in Beat 5 in the southeastern portion of the county.  Map not currently available.


Edgefield
330728N   0892015W   Edgefield was located in Township 14 North, Range 9 East in Beat 5 in the southeastern portion of the county.  View map


French Camp
331735N   0892358W   French Camp was located just across the county line in Choctaw County, Township 17 North, Range 9 East. The Post Office located here served Attala County citizens living in Beat 2 in the extreme northeast portion of Attala County.  View map


Kosciusko
330327N   0893515W   Kosciusko was located in Township 14 North, Range 7 East in Beat 1 in the southcentral portion of the county.  View map


Multona Springs
331155N   0892640W   Multona Springs was located in Township 16 North, Range 8 East in Beat 2 in the northeastern portion of the county.  View map


Rocky Point
331007N   0894200W   Rocky Point was located in Township 15 North, Range 6 East in Beat 3 in the northwestern portion of the county.  View map


Thomastown
325150N   0894010W   Thomastown was located across the county line in Leake County. It would have been in Township 12 North, Range 6 East, a short distance south of McVille and would have served Attala Citizens that resided in the southcentral portion of Attala County.  
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Wells
Unknown   Unknown   The exact location (coordinates) of the Wells Post Office is not known. When it was in operation it was located in Township 15 North, Range 8 East a little north and west of present day Ethel. It was in Beat 2 in the northeast portion of the county.  Map not available.


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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