Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 42
Houston, MS 38851
Welcome to the Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society's web site hosted by Rootsweb. This site is maintained by the Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society. We hope you will find the information contained herein and on our other site www.chickasawcountyhistorical.com informative as well as helpful in your research.
Chickasaw County was established on February 9, 1836, and was named for the Chickasaw Indian Tribe that occupied the northern part of Mississippi. The county, when organized was much larger than it is now, included most of what is now Calhoun County, the northern part of Clay County and the extreme northeastern part of Webster County. Chickasaw County contained 1,077 square miles of territory and now composes 507 square miles.
The county seat was organized in 1837 and named Houston in honor of Sam Houston, a friend of Joel Pinson. Pinson donated the land for the town on condition that it be named after his childhood friend. In 1877, the legislature enacted a law dividing the county into two judicial districts with Houston as First and Okolona as Second. Houlka was an old Indian name and is considered the oldest community.
Officers of Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
President: Lamar Beaty
Vice-President: Byron Wilson
Secretary: Dot Wilson
Treasurer: Shirley Sisk
Historian: Robert Porter
The membership of the Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society meets each 3rd Thursday night at the Chickasaw County Heritage Museum located at 304 East Woodland Circle in Houston, Mississippi. Meetings begin at 7 PM.
Anyone may join the Society. Membership is $20 per year for an individual or $30 for family membership. Each membership entitles you to a subscription to the Chickasaw Times Past, a quarterly publication of local historical information.
The Society currently has a membership of over 160 individuals and organizations throughout the United States.
Help preserve the past for future generations. Join the Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society today. For more information or to join the Society, you may contact one of the members by e-mail by clicking on a name below or send a check to PO Box 42, Houston, MS 38851.
Information provided by the Chickasaw County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
Updates by Lamar Beaty