Quitman County, Mississippi
On February 1, 1877 Quitman County was formed from parts of Tunica, Panola, Coahoma and Tallhatchie counties.� The bill for the formation of the county was introduced by Lepold Marks.� John M. Stone was Governor.
The county was named for John A. Quitman who was born in New York in 1798 and moved to Mississippi in 1821.� Quitman was a lawyer.� He was also President of the State Senate and later was Governor of the State.
In the war with Mexico, the 1st Mississippi Regiment was organized and was part of General Quitman's Brigade.� Quitman was among the first to enter at Belen Gate.� The town of Belen, which was the original county seat, was named for this battle.
The earliest known settler of the county was a man
named Moore who was a trapper and woodsman. Moore had established a home on the banks of the Coldwater�River.� In 1861 Thomas B. Hill, a bachelor from Panola County, was migrating to Texas when he crossed the Coldwater River into what is now Marks.� He saw the richness of the soil and decided to settle.� He built a home nine bricks thick with slave quarters in the rear. He bought the land from the government.� Hill ousted Moore presumably because Moore had no legal title to the land. When the Civil War broke out, Hill took his 100 slaves to Whitening Thicket and lived in an old shack until the war was over.� Upon his death, Hill's slaves buried his body in an Indian mound.� The location of this Indian mound is unknown.� James� Alcorn was a friend and neighbor of Hill.