Diron was the original owner of this land, located along the East Pearl River.
The land that would become Hancock County was owned by several European powers prior to becoming part of the United States including France (1699-1763), England (1763-1781) and Spain (1781-1819).They also met the Biloxi Indians who unlike their neighbors spoke a language related to Siouan (Swanton 1922; Mc Williams 1953; Higginbotham 1969; Du Ru 1700).:68 fn 15).Local Choctaw tradition recounts that Iberville placed young Jean Baptiste Favre on shore near Biloxi when he first arrived in 1699 (Tanguis, personal communication 2003; Heitzmann 1989:1). On April 16 of same year his son, Jean Claude Favre, was born in Mobile.Jean Claude’s son, Simon Favre, was a prominent citizen of Mobile and Hancock County.Like his father and grandfather, Simon was an able translator and interpreter of Muskhogean language and played a significant role during the transition of the area from Spanish control to the dominion of the United States. In that capacity he approved numerous land grants along the East Pearl the records of which shed light on local geography and toponymy.