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CHARLES, James Burch

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol. II pg. 105

CHARLES, JAMES BURCH, wholesale lumber merchant, has been a resident of
Tampa for ten years, and has an extensive association and business connections
with the lumber circles in the Southeastern States.
Mr. CHARLES was born in Montgomery County, Alabama, April 8, 1874, son of
W. T. and FLORENCE (BURCH) CHARLES, also natives of Alabama, and now
deceased. His father was of French ancestry and his mother of Italian. His
grandfather, FRANCES (sic) ROBERT CHARLES, was a native of South Carolina and
an early settler in Alabama, practiced law and became a prominent man at
Montgomery. W. T. CHARLES was a planter. The father of FLORENCE BURCH was
JAMES IRBY BURCH, a native of south Carolina, and an Alabama planter.
J. B. CHARLES, the second among his parents’ children, spent his boyhood
in Alabama, and finished his education in the Agricultural and mechanical
College at Auburn, that state. For several years he was a merchant in
Georgia, and while there he also engaged in the lumber business. He moved
his business headquarters to Tampa in 1912, and is a wholesale representative
of a number of mills in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, selling the product both
in domestic and foreign markets. His office is in the citizens Bank Building.
Mr. CHARLES married in 1897 ELIZABETH PINKSTON, of Montgomery County,
Alabama. They have two sons, RAY and JAMES. Mr. CHARLES’ father served as a
Confederate soldier in the Civil war, with the Seventh Alabama Cavalry.


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