Thursday, August 16, 2007
The “genesis” of Marshall County; chapter seven
The next entries in Minute Book #1 were orders to locate the first roads from the town of Paris (Holly Springs). Most do not know that before Highway 78, the road to Memphis was the “old Hernando Road” which is Chulahoma Ave. and west to Lee’s Crossing and on to Hernando. While the entry is wordy, it is the only place where Randolph’s team, that designed and layed out most of the town, is named.
Next, the same list of names is directed to lay out a road “from Tallaloosa to the County line of Marshall County in a Direction to Memphis.” In the next entry, the same crew is appointed to “Meet at Paris on the 11th of July next and view, mark, and lay out a road from Paris as far as the line of Marshall County to the Direction to the County Seat of Tippah County.”
And next the same crew was told to lay out roads to Wyatt, Chulahoma and Hudsonville and on toward LaGrange. In the next entry, Daniel McNeil and Kemp Holland apply for a loan to build a “Grist and Saw Mill” about eight miles South East of town.
The next entry changed the history of the town!
And so, we are about to become the “legal center” of North Mississippi and the town name returns to the original.
“The County seat of Marshall County was on the 26th April 1836 located and called the town of Paris, finding now it is the wish of the citizens generally – it is ordered by the court that the County Seat of Marshall County shall be changed to the Town of Holly Springs”
And so it returned and stayed – the legal center was Holly Springs.
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