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Our Genealogy Helper for Merit ...

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 Merit (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 Merit. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Merit is located in Simpson County.

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 Simpson County: Copiah, Covington, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Rankin & Smith.

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

  • Simpson County     (The home county of Merit)
    • Mendenhall [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mendenhall
      • Mendenhall [Simpson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,393 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mendenhall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mendenhall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mendenhall<3>
    • D'Lo [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for D'Lo
      • D'Lo [Simpson County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 442 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for D'Lo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on D'Lo
    • Sanatorium [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanatorium
      • Sanatorium [Simpson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanatorium
    • Braxton [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braxton
      • Braxton [Simpson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 179 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Braxton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braxton
    • Magee [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magee
      • Magee [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,094 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Magee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Magee<3>
    • Shivers [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shivers
      • Shivers [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shivers
    • Coats [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coats
      • Coats [Simpson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coats
  • Copiah County
    • Georgetown [Copiah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Georgetown
      • Georgetown [Copiah County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 268 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Georgetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georgetown
    • Crystal Springs [Copiah County]
    • Hazlehurst [Copiah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazlehurst
      • Hazlehurst [Copiah County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,689 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazlehurst
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hazlehurst<3>
    • Beauregard [Copiah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beauregard
      • Beauregard [Copiah County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 322 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beauregard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beauregard
    • Wesson [Copiah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wesson
      • Wesson [Copiah County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,849 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wesson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wesson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wesson<3>
  • Covington County
    • Mount Olive [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Olive
      • Mount Olive [Covington County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 896 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Olive have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Olive
    • Arbo [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arbo
      • Arbo [Covington County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arbo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arbo
    • Collins [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collins
      • Collins [Covington County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,417 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collins<3>
    • Hot Coffee [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hot Coffee
      • Hot Coffee [Covington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hot Coffee
    • Kola [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kola
      • Kola [Covington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kola
    • Seminary [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Seminary
      • Seminary [Covington County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 284 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Seminary have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seminary
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Seminary<3>
  • Hinds County
    • Terry [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terry
      • Terry [Hinds County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,241 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Terry<3>
    • Byram [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Byram
      • Byram [Hinds County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Estimated population in 2015: 11,509 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Byram
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Byram<3>
    • Choctaw Village [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choctaw Village
      • Choctaw Village [Hinds County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Choctaw Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Choctaw Village
    • Jackson [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jackson
      • Jackson [Hinds County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 157,821 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jackson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jackson<3>
    • Raymond [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raymond
      • Raymond [Hinds County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,082 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raymond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raymond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raymond<3>
    • Clinton [Hinds County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Hinds County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,873 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<3>
  • Jasper County
    • Bay Springs [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay Springs
      • Bay Springs [Jasper County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,650 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bay Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bay Springs<3>
    • Stringer [Jasper County]
    • Louin [Jasper County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louin
      • Louin [Jasper County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 262 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Louin
  • Jefferson Davis County
    • Prentiss [Jefferson Davis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prentiss
      • Prentiss [Jefferson Davis County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 925 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prentiss have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prentiss
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prentiss<3>
    • Bassfield [Jefferson Davis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bassfield
      • Bassfield [Jefferson Davis County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 206 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bassfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bassfield
  • Jones County
    • Soso [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soso
      • Soso [Jones County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 396 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soso
  • Lawrence County
    • New Hebron [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Hebron
      • New Hebron [Lawrence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 413 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Hebron have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Hebron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Hebron<3>
    • Grange [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grange
      • Grange [Lawrence County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Grange. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Silver Creek [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Creek
      • Silver Creek [Lawrence County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 197 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silver Creek<3>
    • Rosella [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosella
      • Rosella [Lawrence County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosella
    • Monticello [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monticello
      • Monticello [Lawrence County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,447 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monticello have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monticello
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monticello<3>
    • Arm [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arm
      • Arm [Lawrence County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arm
    • Nola [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nola
      • Nola [Lawrence County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nola
  • Lincoln County
    • Brookhaven [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookhaven
      • Brookhaven [Lincoln County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,861 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookhaven
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brookhaven<3>
  • Madison County
    • Ridgeland [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgeland
      • Ridgeland [Madison County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,938 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgeland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgeland<3>
    • Madison [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison
      • Madison [Madison County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,701 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison<3>
  • Rankin County
    • Cato [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cato
      • Cato [Rankin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cato
    • Puckett [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puckett
      • Puckett [Rankin County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 346 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Puckett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Puckett
    • Alonzo [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alonzo
      • Alonzo [Rankin County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alonzo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alonzo
    • Clear Branch [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clear Branch
      • Clear Branch [Rankin County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clear Branch
    • Florence [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
      • Florence [Rankin County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,531 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florence<3>
    • Brandon [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandon
      • Brandon [Rankin County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,396 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brandon<3>
    • Richland [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richland
      • Richland [Rankin County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,270 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richland<3>
    • Pearl [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pearl
      • Pearl [Rankin County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,560 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pearl have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pearl
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pearl<3>
    • Pelahatchie [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelahatchie
      • Pelahatchie [Rankin County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,388 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelahatchie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pelahatchie<3>
    • Flowood [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flowood
      • Flowood [Rankin County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,556 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flowood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flowood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flowood<3>
  • Scott County
    • Cooperville [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cooperville
      • Cooperville [Scott County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cooperville
    • Hunter Town [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunter Town
      • Hunter Town [Scott County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • 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 northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,522 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>
    • Forest [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest
      • Forest [Scott County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,483 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>
  • Smith County
    • Mize [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mize
      • Mize [Smith County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 323 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mize have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mize
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mize<3>
    • Polkville [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polkville
      • Polkville [Smith County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 819 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
    • Raleigh [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raleigh
      • Raleigh [Smith County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,390 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>
    • Taylorsville [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taylorsville
      • Taylorsville [Smith County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,241 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taylorsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylorsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylorsville<3>
    • Sylvarena [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvarena
      • Sylvarena [Smith County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 106 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylvarena

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

Newspapers Published in Merit ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Merit.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Merit, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Merit.

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 Merit:

  • 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 Merit ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Merit.

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 Merit covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Merit Cemetery
  • Finley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Finley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Finley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Finley Cemetery
  • Boggan Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boggan Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boggan Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boggan Cemetery
  • Macedonia Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Macedonia Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Macedonia Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Macedonia Cemetery
  • Bishop Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bishop Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bishop Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bishop Cemetery
  • Pinola Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pinola Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pinola Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinola Cemetery
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    • Westville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Westville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Westville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • D'Lo Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the D'Lo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • New Zion Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Zion Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Reed Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Reed Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Reed Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Rials Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rials Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rials Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Gum Springs Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gum Springs Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gum Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Old Gum Springs Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Gum Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Poplar Springs Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Poplar Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Strong River Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Strong River Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Strong River Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit.
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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>

While we didn't find Merit in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Merit.

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

  • Westville [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westville
    • Westville [Simpson County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 200 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Westville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westville
  • D'Lo [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for D'Lo
    • D'Lo [Simpson County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Merit
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 442 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, D'Lo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for D'Lo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on D'Lo
  • Braxton [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braxton
    • Braxton [Simpson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Braxton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Braxton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braxton
  • Everett [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everett
    • Everett [Simpson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Everett had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Everett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Shivers [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shivers
    • Shivers [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Shivers had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shivers
  • Magee [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magee
    • Magee [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Merit
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,094 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Magee had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Magee
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Magee<3>
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    • Harrisville [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrisville
      • Harrisville [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Merit
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Harrisville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrisville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Cato [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cato
      • Cato [Rankin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 157 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cato had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Jaynesville [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jaynesville
      • Jaynesville [Simpson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 48 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Jaynesville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jaynesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Puckett [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puckett
      • Puckett [Rankin County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 346 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Puckett had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Puckett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Johns [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johns
      • Johns [Rankin County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Johns had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johns have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Georgetown [Copiah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Georgetown
      • Georgetown [Copiah County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 268 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Georgetown had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Georgetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georgetown
    • Thomasville [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thomasville
      • Thomasville [Rankin County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thomasville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thomasville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thomasville
    • Gunn [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gunn
      • Gunn [Smith County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gunn had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gunn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gunn
    • Dobson [Rankin County] - Historic
      • While Dobson was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dobson
      • Dobson [Rankin County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Merit
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dobson had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dobson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Merit ...

While our initial data about Merit came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Merit 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 Merit.

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

Rand McNally Rand McNally Map of Mississippi (1911)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Simpson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Merit. 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Merit) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merit. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9279, Longitude: -89.9087       In this case, the coordinates for Merit 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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<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 Merit, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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