WICKED MISSISSIPPI TRIVIA
August 11, 2010 § 15 Comments
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1. Which Mississippi county changed its name in 1865 to Davis County in honor of Jefferson Davis, and the name of its county seat to Leesburg, in honor of Robert E. Lee? What was the name of the original county seat? (Note: the names were restored to their originals in 1869).
2. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1871 as Colfax County?
3. From which present-day county did Bainbridge County separate in1823, only to merge back into its original county in 1824?
4. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1874 as Sumner County?
5. In 1918 , the last county to be established in Mississippi was formed. What is its name?
6. What present-day county seat was founded in 1832 as the Town of Jefferson? (Note: no relation to the Faulkner’s fictional town of the same name).
7. John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in 1889 in the last official bare-knuckled bout in what was then Perry County. In which present-day county is the site located?
8. President James K. Polk owned a 1,120-acre estate in the Troy community of which present-day county from 1835-1849?
9. Which Mississippi county seat was the home of thirteen generals of the Confederacy?
10. Which Mississippi town was named after a newspaper published in another state?
11. In which Mississippi county did Teddy Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt take place in 1902 in the community of Smedes?
12. In which Mississippi county does the “Southern cross the Dog?”
13. Which Mississippi county’s name is derived from an Indian name meaning “tadpole place?”
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My answers to Wicked Mississippi Trivia:
1. Jones County and Ellisville
2. Clay County
3. Covington County
4. Webster County
5. Humphries County
7. Forrest County
8. Yalobusha County
9. Holly Springs
11. Sharkey County
12. Sunflower County
13. Yalobusha County
Pretty nifty. You got all but one, but you were real close on that one.
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I know the answer to three of thirteen:
1. Jones County. County seat Ellisville.
7. Forrest County. The fight was originally scheduled to occur in New Orleans but was moved to Mississippi. It was held at Richburg.
11. Sharkey County
Dadgum, Judge Mckenzie. Three bulls-eyes. Good job.
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Here’s the ones I know or think I know:
7. Harrison County
9. Port Gibson (not completely sure about this)
10. Picayune (although I thought the paper was named after the town?)
Some good guesses. You nailed 4.
Interesting theory. Yes, the “other” Jefferson is closer to Memphis.
Feel free to post your guesses here.
BTW, this is a personal pet theory and not remotely one to be found in the scholarly writing– I’m not sure that the scholars are steeped enough in Mississippi history to know this (or for that matter get some of the more or less subtle details of Faulkner).
I’ve thought for years that Faulkner was both aware of the “other” Jefferson and had it in mind. First, he was very aware of names on old maps– that’s where he got the name for his county (the Yocona River is fully spelled out on some 19thC maps) Second, if you follow the drive in the Reivers from Jefferson to Memphis, it doesn’t work as Oxford to Memphis– Jefferson is obviously much closer to Memphis than Oxford is. (There are two landmarks that are north of Oxford, the crossing of a river and the place where the farmer has the mud hole in which the car gets stuck, which local lore says was a spot at Waterford where there’s a spring fed lake, but the distance is more like a trip from Oxford to Holly Springs. So I think one thing at the back of his mind in locating Jefferson may have been the “other” one.
Add in that Jefferson is obviously somewhere other than the actual Oxford– Oxford crops up in Sanctuary and possibly elsewhere as the place where the University is (and there’s very tangible description of Oxford / Ole Miss then, in the description of the railroad depot and the location of Taylor, by that name, where Temple hops off the train).
Hope I haven’t given too many clues about Jefferson here. Still a tough quiz– without looking things up, I can only spot about half.