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Collection Title: Forrest County, Mississippi, Criminal Record Book

Collection Number: M205

Dates: 1912-1939

Volume: 1 volume

Provenance: Donated by Miss Jessie Morrison, July 1979. Miss Morrison is the daughter of Mr. William S. Morrison, one of the founders of the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company. This record book was received with the records of the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company/Hammond-Baton Rouge Brick Company.

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Forrest County, Mississippi, was created from Perry County in 1906. The new county, named for Confederate calvary leader Nathan Bedford Forrest, included the second judicial district of the original county. Hattiesburg became the new county seat.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of a Forrest County, Mississippi, record book that lists people charged with offenses ranging from "allowing minors to enter and remain in pool room" to murder. The record book was kept between 1912 and 1939, but very few entries include specific dates. Instead, the entries are arranged by circuit court terms, such as "April Term 1916" or "November Term 1939." Most of the entries include a two to four digit number that may be a warrant number, or perhaps a docket number, and the abbreviation "ex," which may indicate a warrant was executed.

No positive identification has been made, but the book may be a record of warrants for arrest issued by justice of the peace. It is also possible that the book was a record kept by the county or city (Hattiesburg?) jail.

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