A representative member of the Decatur county bar is James Avanant England, who has practiced in Decaturville since 1877. He was born in Henderson county on the 6th of February, 1849, a son of John McAlister and Rebecca (Hanna) England, both natives of this state. The paternal grandfather, A. Ross England, was born in North Carolina and his demise occurred at the advanced age of ninety years. The maternal grandfather, James A. Hanna, was born in Middle Tennessee. John M. England died in 1864 and Mrs. England's demise occurred in 1920, in her ninetieth year. James Avanant England has two aunts, seventy-eight and eighty years of age, respectively, and three uncles, seventy-five, eighty-five and eighty-seven years of age, respectively. They are all on the maternal side and he has one aunt on his father's side, who is eighty years of age. James Avanant England is one of ten children, nine of whom are living, the youngest being fifty-two years of age. In the acquirement of his education he attended the common schools of his native county and subsequently enrolled in the high school in Franklin county, Illinois. He then entered the Male Academy at Decaturville and upon the completion of his course there began the study of law under Colonel J. M. Porterfield. He was licensed to practice in 1877 and since that time he has been actively identified with the legal circles of Decaturville and adjoining counties. For eight years he was clerk and master in chancery and he was active as county judge one term, declining reelection. Since that time he has devoted his entire attention to his profession and he enjoys an extensive and representative clientele, handling much important litigation before the courts. On the 8th of May, 1879, at Decaturville, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. England to Miss Mary Ann Stout, a daughter of William and Jane (Coats) Stout, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. England were both born on the 6th day of February. To their union two children have been born: Helen J.; and James S., who is cashier of the Decatur County Bank and a progressive and popular young business man. His father is vice president of the institution. Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. England has given his support to the democratic party, having firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church. He has been Sunday school superintendent of the church at Decaturville since 1879.