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Wilkinson County, Mississippi
Wilkinson County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Wilkinson is named for military leader James Wilkinson.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Wilkinson County is historic ground. It was established January 30, 1802, during the administration of Gov. W.C.C. Claiborne, and was the fifth county to be erected in the new Territory. It was named for Geri. James Wilkinson, in command of the United States troops during the early territorial era of Mississippi. It was created by act of the General Assembly, which recited that “The county of Adams shall be divided as follows, to-wit: Beginning on the river Mississippi at the mouth of the Homochitto River, thence running up the Homochitto River to Richards ferry, thence by a line running due east to the western boundary of Washington County; and all that tract of country south of the above described boundary, to the line of demarcation, shall compose a county, which shall be called Wilkinson.”
From its territory lying east of a line drawn due north from the thirty mile post, east of the Mississippi River,
were subsequently drawn the counties of Amite, Pike and the portion of Marion lying west of the Pearl River. June
29, 1822, the river Homochitto was declared to be the dividing line between the counties of Adams and Wilkinson,
from its mouth to its intersection with the basis meridian line; and from thence the said river was made the line of
demarcation between the counties of Wilkinson and Franklin, as far as the mouth of Foster’s Creek. In 1846, the
north channel of the Homochitto, where it forms an island below the lower or western Natchez and Woodville road was
declared to be the boundary between Wilkinson and Adams, and Tanzy Island was embraced within the limits of
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 688 square miles (1,781 kmē), of which, 677
square miles (1,753 kmē) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 kmē) of it (1.59%) is water.
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