Entrance to the Canton Cemetery, located
in Canton, Mississippi, the county seat of
Madison County (Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor)
A view of this old cemetery that contains
almost 3,000 graves, with many dating back to
the early 1800's (Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor)
The town of Canton, Mississippi, is the location for this old and historic cemetery, where some families have buried their loved ones for almost two centuries. The cemetery is definitely a place to start for those who are tracing family roots in Madison County or the nearby counties of Attala, Holmes, and Yazoo. The Madison County Courthouse is also located in Canton, and it contains a wealth of genealogy information that dates back to the early 1800's. The courthouse, a large antebellum structure situated in the center of the downtown square, was the setting for filming portions of the movie version of John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill."