Jayess, Mississippi

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Jayess, Mississippi
Jayess, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Jayess, Mississippi
Jayess, Mississippi
Jayess, Mississippi is located in the United States
Jayess, Mississippi
Jayess, Mississippi
Coordinates: 31°21′54″N 90°12′21″W / 31.36500°N 90.20583°W / 31.36500; -90.20583Coordinates: 31°21′54″N 90°12′21″W / 31.36500°N 90.20583°W / 31.36500; -90.20583
CountryUnited States
446 ft (136 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)601 & 769
GNIS feature ID671818[1]

Jayess is an unincorporated community in Lawrence County, Mississippi, United States.[1]


Jayess was named for J.S. Butterfield, owner of the Butterfield Lumber Company.[2] The Butterfield Company laid down a railroad through Jayess in 1912 to transport timber being harvested in the area to the company's sawmill in Norfield, approximately 15 mi (24 km) west of Jayess.[3] J.S. Butterfield's initials were used until the Postal Department changed it in when opened in 1912, to create the name "Jayess.".[2] A post office is still located at the settlement.[4]

Both a sawmill and a cotton gin were located in Jayess.[3][5]

A klavern of the Ku Klux Klan was located in Jayess during the early 1960s.[6]

The Jayess Baptist Church is located at the settlement.[7] Located west of Jayess is the Boyd-Cothern House, constructed in 1837, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[8]

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jayess
  2. ^ a b "Towns and Communities of Lawrence County, Mississippi". MS Genealogy. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Beard, Lewis Jackson (October 9, 2009). "Jayess, Mississippi: Pictures from the Past". Jayess, Mississippi: Pictures from the Past.
  4. ^ "Jayess". PostOfficeFinder.org. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. ^ The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1975. p. 430.
  6. ^ Hearings Before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives. United States Congress, House Committee on Un-American Activities. 1966. p. 1583.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jayess Baptist Church
  8. ^ "Boyd-Cothern House". Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Criminal Alien Requirement (Florida, Mississippi and Georgia): Environmental Impact Statement. 2. U.S. Department of Justice. 2001. pp. VIII-10.
  10. ^ Morris, Tiyi Makeda (2015). Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi. University of Georgia Press. p. 2.
  11. ^ Mustafaa, Ayesha K. (March 26, 2015). "City Council Meeting at JSU eCenter Draws Huge Turnout" (PDF). The Mississippi Link.