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Our Genealogy Helper for Decatur ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Decatur (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Decatur. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Decatur is located in Newton County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Mississippi's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Newton County: Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Scott & Smith.

Below are the counties that are near Decatur. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Decatur:

  • Newton County     (The home county of Decatur)
    • Pine Bluff [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Bluff
      • Pine Bluff [Newton County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Bluff
    • Newton [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newton
      • Newton [Newton County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newton<3>
    • Lucern [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucern
      • Lucern [Newton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucern
    • Hickory [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory
      • Hickory [Newton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 529 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory
    • Conehatta [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Conehatta
      • Conehatta [Newton County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Conehatta
    • Chunky [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chunky
      • Chunky [Newton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 315 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chunky
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chunky<3>
    • Lake [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake
      • Lake [Newton County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 324 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake<3>
    • Six Towns [Newton County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Six Towns
      • Six Towns [Newton County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Six Towns have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Clarke County
    • Enterprise [Clarke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Enterprise
      • Enterprise [Clarke County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 475 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Enterprise have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enterprise
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Enterprise<3>
    • Stonewall [Clarke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonewall
      • Stonewall [Clarke County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 975 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stonewall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonewall
    • Pachuta [Clarke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pachuta
      • Pachuta [Clarke County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 233 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pachuta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pachuta
    • Quitman [Clarke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quitman
      • Quitman [Clarke County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,111 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Quitman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quitman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quitman<3>
  • Jasper County
    • Garlandsville [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garlandsville
      • Garlandsville [Jasper County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garlandsville
    • Baxter [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baxter
      • Baxter [Jasper County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
    • Fellowship [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fellowship
      • Fellowship [Jasper County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fellowship have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Fellowship:
      • Masengale
      • Fellowship has also been known as:
      • Old Fellowship
    • Success [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Success
      • Success [Jasper County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Success have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Penantly [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penantly
      • Penantly [Jasper County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penantly
    • Verba [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verba
      • Verba [Jasper County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
    • Rose Hill [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rose Hill
      • Rose Hill [Jasper County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Hill
    • Montrose [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montrose
      • Montrose [Jasper County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 135 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montrose
    • Gridley [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gridley
      • Gridley [Jasper County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
    • Orange [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orange
      • Orange [Jasper County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orange
    • Louin [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louin
      • Louin [Jasper County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 259 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Louin
    • Ras [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ras
      • Ras [Jasper County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ras
    • Fouke [Jasper County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fouke
      • Fouke [Jasper County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fouke have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Kemper County
    • De Kalb [Kemper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Kalb
      • De Kalb [Kemper County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,007 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for De Kalb have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Kalb
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for De Kalb<3>
  • Lauderdale County
    • Collinsville [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collinsville
      • Collinsville [Lauderdale County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collinsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collinsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collinsville<3>
    • Suqualena [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suqualena
      • Suqualena [Lauderdale County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suqualena
    • Martin [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Lauderdale County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Nellieburg [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nellieburg
      • Nellieburg [Lauderdale County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nellieburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nellieburg
    • Bailey [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bailey
      • Bailey [Lauderdale County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bailey
    • Meridian [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meridian
      • Meridian [Lauderdale County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 36,347 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meridian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Meridian<3>
    • Daleville [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daleville
      • Daleville [Lauderdale County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daleville
    • Marion [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
      • Marion [Lauderdale County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,495 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marion have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<3>
  • Leake County
    • Walnut Grove [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Grove
      • Walnut Grove [Leake County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,673 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walnut Grove<3>
    • Standing Pine [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Standing Pine
      • Standing Pine [Leake County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Standing Pine have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Standing Pine
    • Tuscola [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tuscola
      • Tuscola [Leake County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tuscola
    • Lena [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lena
      • Lena [Leake County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 136 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lena<3>
    • Carthage [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
      • Carthage [Leake County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,782 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<3>
  • Neshoba County
    • Union [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Neshoba County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,897 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union<3>
    • Neshoba [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Neshoba
      • Neshoba [Neshoba County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Neshoba
    • House [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for House
      • House [Neshoba County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on House
    • Tucker [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tucker
      • Tucker [Neshoba County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tucker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tucker
    • Dowdville [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dowdville
      • Dowdville [Neshoba County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dowdville
    • Philadelphia [Neshoba County]
    • Laurel Hill [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel Hill
      • Laurel Hill [Neshoba County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Hill
    • Pearl River [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pearl River
      • Pearl River [Neshoba County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pearl River have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pearl River
    • Bogue Chitto [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bogue Chitto
      • Bogue Chitto [Neshoba County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bogue Chitto have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bogue Chitto
  • Scott County
    • Sebastopol [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sebastopol
      • Sebastopol [Scott County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 276 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sebastopol have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sebastopol
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sebastopol<3>
    • Forest [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest
      • Forest [Scott County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,536 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest<3>
    • Raworth [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raworth
      • Raworth [Scott County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raworth
    • Kalem [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalem
      • Kalem [Scott County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalem
    • Hunter Town [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunter Town
      • Hunter Town [Scott County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunter Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunter Town
    • Morton [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morton
      • Morton [Scott County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,527 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morton<3>
  • Smith County
    • Sylvarena [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvarena
      • Sylvarena [Smith County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvarena have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylvarena
    • Raleigh [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raleigh
      • Raleigh [Smith County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,411 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raleigh have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raleigh
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raleigh<3>
    • Polkville [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polkville
      • Polkville [Smith County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 821 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polkville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polkville
  • Winston County
    • Noxapater [Winston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noxapater
      • Noxapater [Winston County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Estimated population in 2019: 438 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noxapater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noxapater
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Noxapater<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Decatur, see our County-by-County Page for Decatur.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Decatur ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Decatur.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Decatur. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Decatur and those printed in the larger area surrounding Decatur.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km] of Decatur.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Decatur:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Mississippi

Cemeteries Near Decatur ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Decatur.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Decatur covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Decatur Cemetery
  • Decatur Cemetery
  • Newton County Memorial Gardens
  • Hollingsworth Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hollingsworth Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hollingsworth Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollingsworth Cemetery
  • Johnson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Johnson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Johnson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson Cemetery
  • Indian Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Indian Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Indian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Bufkin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bufkin Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bufkin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bufkin Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bufkin Cemetery
    • Old Norman Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old Norman Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Norman Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Old Norman Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Norman Cemetery
    • Brand Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brand Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brand Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Brand Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brand Cemetery
    • Doolittle Confederate Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Doolittle Confederate Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Doolittle Confederate Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Doolittle Confederate Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Doolittle Confederate Cemetery
    • Masonic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Masonic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Masonic Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masonic Cemetery
    • Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pleasant Ridge Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
    • Baptist Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Baptist Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Baptist Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Baptist Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baptist Cemetery
    • Hickory Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hickory Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hickory Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hickory Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur.
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    • Mt. Vernon Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Vernon Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Vernon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mt. Vernon Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Decatur.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Vernon Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Decatur had a population of 150 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2019, Decatur had a population of 1,705 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Decatur, with the one closest to Decatur listed first.

  • Decatur [Newton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Decatur
    • Decatur [Newton County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Decatur
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 150 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,705 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Decatur had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Decatur have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Decatur
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Decatur<3>
  • Stamper [Newton County] - Historic
    • While Stamper was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stamper
    • Stamper [Newton County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Stamper had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stamper have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Roscoe [Newton County] - Historic
    • While Roscoe was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roscoe
    • Roscoe [Newton County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Roscoe had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roscoe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Newton [Newton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newton
    • Newton [Newton County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 500 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,155 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Newton had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newton<3>
  • Hickory [Newton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory
    • Hickory [Newton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 294 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 529 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hickory had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory
  • Union [Neshoba County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
    • Union [Neshoba County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 120 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,897 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Union had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Lucern [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucern
      • Lucern [Newton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lucern had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucern
    • Lawrence [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawrence
      • Lawrence [Newton County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 75 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lawrence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lawrence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lawrence<3>
    • Conehatta [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Conehatta
      • Conehatta [Newton County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Decatur
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 81 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Conehatta had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Conehatta
    • Battlefield [Newton County] - Historic
      • While Battlefield was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Battlefield
      • Battlefield [Newton County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Battlefield had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Battlefield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Prospect [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prospect
      • Prospect [Newton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Decatur
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prospect have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prospect
    • Lake [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake
      • Lake [Newton County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 190 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 324 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lake had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake<3>
    • Garlandsville [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garlandsville
      • Garlandsville [Jasper County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Decatur
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 125 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Garlandsville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garlandsville
    • House [Neshoba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for House
      • House [Neshoba County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, House had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on House
    • Collinsville [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collinsville
      • Collinsville [Lauderdale County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Collinsville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collinsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collinsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collinsville<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Decatur. See our List of 1890's Communities around Decatur.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Decatur ...

While our initial data about Decatur came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Decatur in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Decatur.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Decatur:
Services available at that time (1895): no Railroad mentioned

We have found Decatur in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Decatur for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Decatur. See our Misc Page for Decatur for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Mississippi

About Newton County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Decatur. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Decatur) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Decatur. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Decatur

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4333, Longitude: -89.1091       In this case, the coordinates for Decatur have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Decatur, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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