Recent Contributions

New: Lauderdale County Mississippi Poythress Marriages Index

Latest Additions/Updates
These indexes have 12 male Poythress marriage entries and 14 female Poythress marriage entries.  There is a link to the Lauderdale County Department of Archives & History, Inc. website where you will instructions about how to order records of interest.  The indexes cover the time frame of 1839 - 1845, and 1851 - 1938.  Some of the records for 1840 - 1845-1850 are presumed lost or destroyed.

Poythress DNA Study – Current Status

DNA Study Updates, Latest Additions/Updates
General Background on Surname Study Our surname is a relatively rare one. In England, the POYTRESS surname has been around for more than 400 years. In America, people of the POYTHRESS surname have been here for almost 400 years. In America the earliest of the name we have found is Francis Poythress, who came prior to 9 Feb 1632, when he was in James City County, Virginia.  We know he served as a factor (or an agent) for a London merchant, Lawrence Evans, in the year prior to Sep 1637, and served as a Burgess representing Charles City County, Virginia in 1644 and later. (See citations for these and more early information at our website's "17th Century Records" section) The christening that researchers have found in England (apparently for this man), was that of Francis POYTHRESS, chri