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Bluford Butler Bridges

Bluford Butler Bridges, lawyer, was born August 12, 1848, near Cross Plains, now Piedmont, in Benton, now Calhoun County; son of Billings and Arabella (Smith) Bridges, who lived in Benton County, the former came with his mother from Campbell County, Georgia, to Benton County after his father's death, the latter a native of Wake County, North Carolina, came with her father to Benton County about 1837, was married in the latter part of 1847, and after Mr. Bridges death, married L. B. Holcombe, December 1851, and died in Calhoun County, September 1867; grandson of Benjamin and Elizabeth Bridges, who lived in Georgia and prior thereto, in South Carolina, and of Hardy and Elizabeth Smith, who lived in Wake County, North Carolina, and moved to Benton County.

Mr. Bridges obtained his education principally in country schools, immediately before and just after the War of Secession. He read law at home while working in a wagon and blacksmith shop, and was admitted to the bar, June 1886, at Edwardsville, Cleburne County. He practiced law at Edwardsville until 1900, then moved to Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, and entered a law partnership with J. Percy Oliver, under the firm name of Bridges & Oliver. He served as Justice of the Peace, 1882-1886. He is a Democrat; a Methodist Episcopalian, serving as steward in the church, 1892-1900; and a Royal Arch Mason.

(1) December, 1871, in Calhoun County, Susan Matilda, who died April, 1884, in Cleburne County, daughter of Solomon Jefferson and Julia A. (Holcombe) Geer, the latter born in Union District, South Carolina, died in Piedmont, Calhoun County, 1905, granddaughter of Benjamin and Susan Holcombe;
(2) 1884, Hudson Alice Howell, born June, 1864, in Cleburne County, daughter of Hudson and M. Jane Howell, the former of whom was killed in the battle of Atlanta, July, 1864, the latter died October 1892, at Anniston.

Children, by first marriage:
1. Julia Bell, m. 1890, Asa McDaniel Dodd, Columbus, Georgia;
2. William Howell, m. 1899, Leila Garrett, Cedartown, Georgia;
no children by second marriage.


Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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