Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 305.
RANKIN COUNTY, situated in the central part of Mississippi, with Pearl river on the northwest. Area, 800 square miles. Seat of justice, Brandon. Pop. in 1830, 2,083; in 1840, 4,631; in 1850, 7,227.