Mark M. Prestridge was the son of James M. and Nancy Prestridge. He was born in Claiborne Parish, LA in about 1849. His family moved to Union County, AR after the war. James can be located on page 141 of the 1850 Claiborne census as James M. Prestage, on page 641 of the 1860 Claiborne census as J. M. Prestige, and on page 589 of the 1870 Union census as James M. Prestage. The marriage record in Claiborne for Mark's sister Leana is under the name Prestridge.