(submitted by and photos by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
McVille, located near the Leake County Line, about 9 miles SSW of Kosciusko, was originally known as Yockanookany, and was settled very soon after this section was opened following the removal of the Native Americans.
The name of the place was changed to McVille for the McMillian brothers, John McMillian coming here in 1840, and J.W. McMillian coming soon after.
Planters Academy, established about 1845 was considered as one of the best schools in this part of the state at that time, with students being enrolled from several counties.
No store seems to have been located in the community before the Civil War, the local trading point probably having been Thomastown in Leake County. Dewitt Jordan ran a store here in the early 1890s and a post office was secured at that time with Miss. Lottie Allen as postmistress.
Yockanookany Church was one of the first Baptist Churches to be organized in this area. It was built of logs cut by slaves and had a fireplace. Later, when lumber could be more easily obtained, a one-room boxed house replaced the log cabin.
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