The word Pemiscot is an Indian word signifying liquid mud, and was applied to the principal bayou of the county after which the county was named. The members of the first county court were Jesse Eastwood, presiding justice, and Martin L. Honorable William S.
Morley, of new Madrid; Albion Crow, of Scott, and William Sayers, of Mississippi County, were appointed by the Legislature to locate a seat of justice and their report for locating the public buildings at Gayoso was also presented to the court The first court house was a frame building and stood on the public square at Gayoso.
It was built in and was used until In December, , a new court house was finished. It was a small building unfitted for the purpose.
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No court was held from to In the jurisdiction of the county of New Madrid was extended to include Pemiscot and so continued until Major Carleton, the clerk of the county court in April, , moved the county records to Memphis, where they were safely kept until peace was declared The only books lost were one county court order book and an execution docket During the Civil War the residents of Pemiscot County, with few exceptions, favored the cause of the Confederacy.
Guerrilla warfare was carried on, lawless gangs plundered the property of citizens, and there was a total lack of law and order in the county Pemiscot County was organized by an act of the Legislature approved February 19, , and included all of New Madrid County south of the following line:. Stancil and Jonathan Scott, associates The county was represented in the Legislature with New Madrid County until ; and during that time but one representative was taken from Pemiscot -- Robert E.
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The act concerning birth and death registration was repealed in and registration ceased until Over rolls of microfilm containing birth and death records from to are available at the Archives for research. Researchers should note that the records vary from county to county during this period because there was no requirement for mandatory reporting from parents or professional attendants. Contact the Archives to learn more about researching birth and death records at archref sosmail.
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The archives does not have Pemiscot County death records at this time. To the left you will find death records in Pemiscot County that I currently have on line. If you have further information, please send it to me. Search the Social Security Death Index to help you find a date of death.