The James Files monument in the old Files Family Cemetery sits on top of a steep hill east of the old Aberdeen and Jacinto Road in western Itawamba County. The monument is an example of an Itawamba County Loyd Pottery monument.
James Files came to Itawamba County during the early 1830’s. He was born September 9, 1769 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died in Itawamba County on January 29, 1842. He was the son of John and Mary Catherine Manley Files. He married Sarah Holcomb around 1789 in South Carolina. The Files family had considerable land holdings west of the Tombigbee River. James Files’ son, Manley D., was an early sheriff of Itawamba County.