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County History

Jefferson Davis County was established on May 17, 1906 from the eastern part of Lawrence County and the western part of Covington County. It was named for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America.

Jefferson Davis County is bordered by Lawrence, Covington, Marion, Simpson and Lamar.

Prentiss was established on March 3, 1903. It was formerly known as Blountville which was named after William Blount, an early settler and merchant. At a special election held in April of 1906, the county seat was located at Prentiss, in the central part of the county.  The exact origin of the town name is uncertain but believed to be named after either Prentiss Webb Berry or S. S. Prentiss.

Towns include: Prentiss, Bassfield, Carson and Hebron. Communities include: Clem, Deen, Ebenezer, Green's Creek, Hathorn, Lucas, Melba, Mount Carmel, Oak Vale, Progress, Santee, Society Hill and Whitesand.


 

 

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