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Prude, James Oscar
 
PRUDE, JAMES OSCAR, planter and county official, was born September 23, 1856, on his father's plantation in Tuscaloosa County; son of William Wellington and Lucretia Eliza (Owen) Prude, the former a native of Jefferson County, the only child of his parents, although each by former marriages had large families, and after the death of his parents he became a member of the household of his half brother and guardian. Col. James McAdory, was placed in the Jack Baker school at Jonesboro, where he remained four years, receiving a sound practical education, grew to manhood and became a large planter and slave owner in Jefferson County, owning the "Glenn Springs" property, west of the present city of Bessemer, going in 1848 to Tuscaloosa County, was for many years member of the commission board of Tuscaloosa, rendered great aid to the Confederate cause as a manufacturer of clothing and shoes for the soldiers, died and is buried in Evergreen cemetery, Tuscaloosa; his wife, was born at what is now Birmingham, the Owen home standing on the site of the present Louisville & Nashville depot; grandson of William and Celia (McAshan) Prude, the former a native of Laurens District, S. C., who in 1815 settled on the Jones Valley trail in the Pleasant Hill community, near what is now McCalla, Jefferson County, removing to Tuscaloosa County in 1825, where he purchased lands twelve miles from the county site, in the Sipsey River bottoms, and conducted a cattle ranch, the latter a native of Ca Ira, Buckingham County, Va. . who removed with her father to Christian County, Ky. , where she met and married her first husband, Thomas McAdory, whose widow she was at the time of her marriage to Mr. Prude, and of Thomas and Mary Eliza (Elmore) Owen, the former a native of Abbeville District, S. C., was educated at the old LaGrange college, near Guntersville; located in Okolona, Miss., in 1849, and passed the remainder of his life there; great-grandson of John and Mary Prude, of Laurens District, S. C., the former a Revolutionary soldier, and of David and Lucy (McGraw) Owen, the former a Methodist minister who are both buried at Russellville, Franklin County; great-greatgrandson of John Prude of Manchester, England, who came to America prior to the Revolutionary War, and located in Charleston, S. C. The Prude family is of French extraction, having emigrated from Normandy to England. The McAdory family is of Scotch-Irish origin, and the Owens are of Welsh stock. Mr. Prude received his preparatory education at the Pleasant Hill academy, under Prof. I. W. McAdory, 1870-73, and entered the University of Alabama from which he graduated with the B. S. degree, 1876. After completing his own education he was made principal of a rural school in Tuscaloosa, which position he held during 1877-79. During that time he read medicine under an eminent practitioner, but later abandoned the idea of becoming a physician. He was appointed clerk of the probate court of Tuscaloosa County, serving under Judge Newbern Hobbs Brown, and held that position during 1880-84, aft
[History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Mrs. Marie (Bankhead) Owen, 1921 ­ Transcribed by AFOFG]
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