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Hon. John A. Billups was a well known man of Pickens County, Alabama. He was born in Georgia, March 25, 1831. He was the son of Col. richard Billups, born South Carolina 1796 and married Eliza Humphries also born in South Carolina 1801.
The father of Col. Richard Billups was a Virginian by birth and his wife's father - William Humphries, a nativeof Ireland and a school teacher by profession, being a teacher of Teneral Jackson.
Hon. Billups was educated in Pickens County, and went out with the first Company from Pickens County in the Confederacy, being a private in the company called "Lane Guards" in the Infantry commanded by Col. Henry Maury. Some of the battles he fought in were: Fort Mortan; Corinth; Vicksburg; Lookout Mountain; Missionary Ridge and others. Surrendering in April 1865, he returned to Pickens County and was married December 26, 1867 to Miss Helen Garrett, a native of Summerfield, Alabama.
In 1866 he began the study of law, which he practiced in Carrollton. In 1874-75 he represented Pickens County in the State Legislature. Mr. Billups and his wife had no children; they were members of the Carrollton Presbyterian Church of which he was made an elder in 1881. His brothers and sisters were:Hermoine; Dr. William of Grenada, Mississippi; Ann; Richard; John A.; Octavia; Eliza; Alonzo; Robert; Myrtis was the first wife of James A. Going.