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Hinds County Circuit Court

Hinds County, Mississippi was established on February 12, 1821, and named for General Thomas Hinds. The land which is now Hinds County came from a tract of land which was ceded to the U.S. by the Choctaw tribe in 1821. A site was selected for the courthouse and jail for Hinds County in 1828, and five commissioners were elected. In January 1829, it was determined that the courts would be held at Raymond, and all books, records, and papers belonging to the respective offices would be taken to Raymond. There were many early settlers of Hinds County who were also members of the Legislature, such as W. J. Austin, Silas Brown and Hiram G. Runnels.

Other early settlers who represented the county in the Legislature included Benjamin F. Smith, William W. Walker and Charles M. Lawson. Other notable settlers included Ralph Stovall, whose widow lived to be one hundred and one years of age and was the mother of twenty-two children, down to a modern-day deputy sheriff, L. F. Chiles, who was the grandson of Mrs. Stovall’s seventeenth daughter. Daniel Thomas was an early settler on Baker’s Creek and also served several terms as sheriff of Hinds County. Thomas’ son, Samuel B. Thomas, was a Colonel of the Twelfth Regiment during the war and also served Hinds County as a sheriff for more than a decade.

Hinds County has approximately 362,000 acres of cleared land and more than a quarter of a million residents today. In 1890, the census reported about 40,000 residents in the county. Jackson, the state capital is within Hinds County borders, and Hinds County two county seats are Raymond and Jackson. The primary towns within the county are Jackson, Clinton, Raymond, Edwards, and Bolton, and the principal streams in the county are the Pearl River, Baker’s Creek, Tallahala Bogue Chitto, Rhodes Creek, and Big Creek. The railroads in the county include the Illinois Central, the Alabama & Vicksburg, the Natchez, Jackson & Columbus and the Yazoo branch of the Illinois Central.

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