Hancock County was established in 1812 from the Mobile District. It was named in honor of John Hancock.

The county population in 1990 was 31,760.

Bay St. Louis, the county seat, was incorporated in 1817 and was the first city incorporated in the state of Mississippi.  In 1818 it was called Shieldsborough; in 1882 the name was changed to Bay St. Louis.  It is the 3rd oldest city on the Gulf Coast having been discovered in 1699 by a scouting party sent out by d'Iberville. It was named in honor of King Louis IX, Saint Louis, as it was discovered on his birthday. 

The area was inhabited in the 1700's by French settlers.  The city of Waveland was chartered as a city in 1888



New Cedar Rest Cemetery photo site coming soon - tombstone photos contributed by Sue Minner and husband!  Keep an eye on this spot.....  Thanks.  !

The site is in process and coming along slowly.  Please be patient. 
I apologize for the delay in getting this cemetery online.  I have moved twice since I received the photos from a donor and had misplaced them.  I hope to be able to get back to getting these photos online in the near future.  Thanks for your patience! 

Hancock County, Mississippi

Hancock County Courthouse, Built 1911
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

John Hancock


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This site last updated JULY 2019 

Banner photo: Darwood on the Jordan - Courtesy USGenWeb Penny Postcard Collection
John Hancock image courtesy Library of Congress.


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