Charles Aurelius Stovall (Sep. 22 1837 - Feb. 3, 1916) He was born at DeKalb, MS to Judge Lewis Stovall, who served Kemper Co. as Judge of Probate and in the Legislature. In early life his parents died, leaving him to provide for himself. He served an apprenticeship under Colonel S. R. Adams, editor of the Eastern Clarion at Paulding. Later he purchased material from Col. Adams and started the Kemper Democrat at DeKalb, but being under age sold out and settled in Quitman, Clarke County. He served the county for four years for Deputy Clerk of the Chancery, Circuit and Probate Courts of
Clarke County. During this time he studied law, was admitted to the Bar and practiced his profession until he entered the Civil War with the First Volunteer Company leaving the county in which he served as a private.(Co. G., 13th Miss Infantry) He also fought in the Battle of Bull Run. He was discharged on account of severe rheumatism, from which he was a life-long sufferer. Upon his return from the army, Mr. Stovall was elected Judge of Probate of the County and was twice re-elected, he also served as Judge of the County Court, with Chancery, Civil and Criminal jurisdiction. He was listed in the 1860 census in Quitman as
engaged in law at the age of 26. He was also actively engaged in the journalistic field, editing the Advertiser at Quitman. In 1866 he moved to Meridian and changed to the Daily Mississippi Messenger. This enterprise was very successful but differences of opinion later led to the Messenger being discontinued. He resigned his office in 1869 and moved to Mobile where he owned and conducted a job printing business. From there he moved to Shubuta, and in 1878 resumed there the publication of the Messenger becoming the editor and owner of Shubuta's Mississippi Messenger, a weekly paper. In 1887 Judge Stovall was elected to the legislature of 1888 and was chairman of the committee on public printing. He had always been a steadfast Democrat, and in the trying times twice served his party as county chairman and several times as executive committeeman of the congressional district. He married Elizabeth Lott (Mar 28 1844 - Aug. 14, 1904) on Aug. 4, 1859 in Quitman by I. J. Daniel. Charles was 26 and Elizabeth was 18. They had three children, Sarah Florence, John Edward and Anna Stovall (Oct. 13, 1896 - Dec. 21, 1897). C. A. was the son of Lewis and Mary Ann (Fox) Stovall. Lewis, the son of George M. and Susanna Chandler Stovall of N. C., was born in Franklin County, GA on Jan. 7, 1804 and died on Dec. 17, 1849 in Kemper County and was buried at the old DeKalb cemetery. Mary Ann, the daughter of William and Brisling (Wooten) Fox, was born in S. C. on Nov. 26, 1815 and died on Jul. 15, 1859, and she too was buried at the old DeKalb cemetery. In early life, C. A. joined the Methodist Church and actively engaged in the work of the church. He was buried at the Shubuta cemetery along side his wife.