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Jayess, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Lawrence
Elevation 446 ft (136 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39641
Area code(s) 601 & 769
GNIS feature ID 671818

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


Jayess was named for J.S. Butterfield, owner of the Butterfield Lumber Company. The Butterfield Company laid down a railroad through Jayess in 1892 to transport timber being harvested in the area to the company's sawmill in Norfield, approximately 15 mi (24 km) west of Jayess. J.S. Butterfield's initials were used by the Postal Department to create the name "Jayess" when a post office was opened in 1913. A post office is still located at the settlement.

Both a sawmill and a cotton gin were located in Jayess.

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

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

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