JAMES P. STILES
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(b. 1860- d. aft. 1917)
Jefferson County, Alabama
James P. Stiles, of Birmingham, Alabama, Judge of the Probate court of Jefferson County was a native of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi where he was born Apr. 27, 1860. (Tombstone says May 29, 1860) His father was John E. Stiles a prominent planter, and a native of Tennessee. His mother Mary A. (Edmonds) Stiles was a native of Virginia.
Judge Stiles spent his youth on his father’s plantation and received his education in the local schools and at the Southwestern Baptist University, at Jackson, Tenn. He then entered the law department of the University of Mississippi and graduated from that institution in 1881. In April 1882, he began the practice of law in Birmingham, where he soon achieved success in his chosen profession.
In 1898 he was elected to the office of Probate Judge, and in that official capacity, he further demonstrated his keen executive ability and filled that office to the entire satisfaction of the community.
On Nov. 30, 1886, he married Mary Catherine Porter, a daughter of Judge Mitchell T. Porter. Of this union, there are four children, three sons, and a daughter. He and his wife were members of the Baptist church where he held the office of deacon for several years. He was a member of the Masonic order and also of the Knights of Pythias.
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Judge James P. Stiles died August 19, 1931, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. His wife Mary (Porter) Stiles died March 25, 1942, in Birmingham and is also buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Notable men of Alabama By Joel Campbell DuBose Vol. III
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