Charles M. Warren was elected the first sheriff of Itawamba County in 1836, a post he held for several years. He was born September 6, 1810 in Wayne County, Kentucky, the son of S. John Warren and Cassandra Gentry and married Narcissa Arminda Reagor on December 20, 1838 in Itawamba County. He was elected sheriff again right after the Civil War and according to local legend, drowned in Mantachie Creek while out collecting county taxes on June 2, 1869. At the time, Henry Jackson Lentz of Itawamba County wrote in his diary: “Old Charley Warren was drowned in creek.” Charles Warren was buried on his farm between Fawn Grove and Dorsey west of Mantachie Creek.
S. John Warren, his father, was born in Virginia in 1776 and moved to Kentucky with his family following the American Revolution. He married Cassandra Gentry, daughter of Richard Gentry on November 1, 1806 in Madison, Kentucky. They were the parents of Willey, Reubin, Charles, Sarah, Cassie, Isom J. and Susanna. After the death of his first wife, S. John Warren married Sarah Robinson in Tennessee and soon thereafter moved his family to Limestone County, Alabama. While in Alabama the following children were born to S. John and Sarah: William D., John F., Sarah, Napoleon Bonaparte, Melinda and George W. Following some of his older sons, S. John moved his family to Itawamba County about 1840 where two more children were born. They were Alex and Manerva. S. John owned a sizeable farm northeast of Fulton on Dulaney Branch. S. John Warren died on September 19, 1863 and was buried in a small family plot on his plantation.