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Ellisville

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Ellisville is a city in and the first county seat of Jones County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 4,448 at the time of the 2010 census. The Jones County Courthouse is located here, as is much of the county government.The state legislature authorized a second county seat at Laurel, Mississippi, to the northeast, which developed as the center of lumber and textile mills, with a much larger population. It is a Micropolitan Statistical area.HistoryThe city is named for Powhatan Ellis, a former U.S. Senator for Mississippi who identified as a descendant of Pocahontas and her father, Chief Powhatan in Virginia. Ellisville was designated as the county seat, and it became the major commercial and population center of Jones County through the early decades of development in the nineteenth century.During the American Civil War, Ellisville and Jones County were a center of pro-Union resistance. The county had mostly yeomen farmers and cattle herders, who were not slaveholders. Slaves constituted only 12% of the county's population in 1860, as conditions generally did not support cultivation of large cotton plantations. It had the lowest proportion of slaves of any county in the state in 1860. Many local men resented going to war to support slaveholders, and worried about the survival of their families, where women and children worked to keep subsistence farms going. They resented Confederate tax collectors who took the goods and stores their families needed to live.
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