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Biography: William Brock Castleberry born June 16,1869

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(1869- 1935)

Talladega, St. Clair and Shelby County, Alabama

William Brock Castleberry was one of the leading attorneys of Talladega. He was born in Columbiana, Shelby County, Alabama on June 16, 1869.  During the war, he served as a member of Company E, Tenth Alabama infantry, and after the war engaged in the practice of law at Talladega.

He was a son of Joseph Howard and Nancy (Beavers) Castleberry, who were among the old residents of St. Clair county. David T. Castleberry married Evalyn E. Brock, daughter of Dr. Elias and Rebecca Z. Brock, of Anniston, Alabama, and one of the children born to this marriage is the subject of this sketch. William B. Castleberry was educated in the common schools. Among his early teachers, to whom he owes the greater part of his instruction, were Isaac Mason, of Columbiana; James Barker, William and Sumter Bethea, and W. P. Kittrell, of Talladega.

After leaving school, he entered the law office of his father as a student, and in 1889 began the practice of his profession in Talladega, where he built up a good practice. Like many other attorneys, he took an active part in political matters and was for four years a member of the Democratic Congressional committee of the fourth Alabama district. From 1892 to 1894 he held the office of justice of the peace, and in 1903 represented his district in the State senate. Although in 1896 and 1900 his views were at variance with his party platforms he supported the ticket and refused to be led away from the traditions of his party by the Palmer and Buckner movement.

He was a member of the Baptist church, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. On Sept. 18, 1902, he married in Denver, Colorado, Alice Warner Ely, daughter of Simeon and Jane (Brown) Ely, of East River, Conn.

William Brock Castleberry died Dec. 15, 1935 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama along with his wife, Alice who died Mar. 6, 1916.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Alabama Official and Statistical Register By Alabama. Dept. of Archives and History
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 6991747 # 6991726

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