ROBERT CLOUD, born May 4, 1844, in Marshall County, Miss., is a son of Dr. Joseph F. and Mariah (Vaughan) Cloud. He was reared and educated in his native county, and at the age of sixteen years, went to Arkansas, from which State, in 1871, he enlisted in Company E, Tenth Arkansas Regiment, and was afterwards taken out by his father on account of his youth. In 1862 he joined Company E, Thirty-fourth Mississippi, and participated in the battles of Farmington, Perryville and Lookout Mountain, at which latter place he was captured in November, 1863. He was kept in prison at Rock Island eighteen months; was exchanged at Acklinís Landing, at the mouth of Red River in May, 1865, and returned to his native town, where he engaged in the confectionery business one year, and later on in the drug business.

In 1869 he located at Tuscumbia, engaged in the drug business, and is now one of the most prosperous and influential business men. He is a wide-awake, public-spirited citizen; always takes an active interest in the development of the country and in the welfare of the community. He has served the people as alderman and as mayor two terms.

Mr. Cloud was married in October, 1871, to Miss Francis E. L. Deprez, daughter of Dr. William and Susan (Giffney) Deprez. This union has been blessed with four children, namely: Susan D., Lillie Vaughan, Willoughby, Robert E. and Fannie J. B. The family are devoted members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Dr. Joseph F. Cloud, the father of our subject, was a descendant of English ancestry. He was married at Whitesburg, Ala., from which place he moved to Mississippi, where he has continually been in the practice of medicine. He died in 1862, at the age of fifty-eight years. He reared eight children, namely: John B., deceased; William D., was killed while with Morgan on his raid in Ohio. He was a sergeant in Dukeís Regiment, and was a gallant soldier; Jerry H., deceased; J. F., was a gallant soldier under Longstreet; Robert E. died in Mississippi, while serving in the Confederate Army; Robert, the subject of this sketch; Lillie O., deceased; and Henry C., who died in Texas. The mother of our subject was also of English Lineage.

In appreciation of the merits, and of the high esteem in which Mr. Cloud, the subject of this sketch is held, the publishers take pleasure in embellishing this volume with a handsome steel plate engraving of that gentleman, which is a true likeness of one of Northern Alabamaís distinguished citizens.

[SOURCE: Northern Alabama Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Smith and De Land, Birmingham, Ala. 1888., p. 436-7.] Typed for inclusion here by Linda Ledlow.

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