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Have you ever heard of Dr. Sally Darby Broxton? She is remembered in Geneva County by many

In the Southeast corner of Geneva County, Alabama is a small town by the name of Bellwood. Located in the northern part of Geneva, it is one mile west of the Choctawhatchee River and about 12 miles north of Geneva. The population in 1910 was only 201.


Choctawahatchee RiverChoctawhatchee River (Wikipedia)

The town was incorporated in 1907 but is no longer an incorporated city. Today Bellwood is in the community of Coffee Springs, Geneva County, Alabama area and part of the Dothan, Alabama metropolitan area.

Bellwood post officeBellwood Post Office

Bellwood land (landsofamerica.com)Bellwood, Alabama (landsofamerica.com)

 

Surnames in Bellwood City Cemetery

Some surnames listed in Bellwood City Cemetery include: Beasley, Broxson, Floyd, Gatlin, Jerkins, Kelley, Mount, Patrick, Smith, and Watson.

During the days after the War Between the States, life was difficult for the newly freed slaves in Alabama, but in the small town of Bellwood lived a lady who was determined to help others in need.

First black Female doctor

Born on December 25, 1870, Sally Darby Broxton became the first black female doctor in Bellwood. She made her own medicine by using herbs and other things. Her home was used to care for the sick, as well as the needy and homeless. and she never turned anyone away. Dr. Sally delivered many of the babies in the area and raised several children who were not her own. She was also a fortuneteller.

Dr. Sally’s husband was named Sam Broxton and she had one child Lillie Broxton who was born in 1889 and died October 3, 1967. Lillie married C. J. Brown and she followed in her mother’s footsteps. Soon she claimed the title Dr. Lillie Brown. Like her mother, she opened her home for her patients. She even had rooms with numbers on the doors. A son and daughter were born to C. J. and Lillie.

Dr. Sally Darby Broxton died January 20, 1953, and her daughter Lillie died October 3, 1967, but many in Bellwood remember their loving care.

 

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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4 comments

  1. Nice photo, and interesting history !!

  2. Barbara Reeder Toole

    I lived in Bellwood area back when I was a young child, in the early 50’s. My dad farmed with a Ches or Chester Broxton but I don’t remember a Dr. Broxton.

  3. Richard Lewis

    Bellwod has secrets to hide!

  4. Jimilee McCray Tate

    My great-granddaddy Evie Tyson (born 1904) used to tell stories about Dr. Sally to us when I was a little girl. She was very knowledgeable about medicinal plants and health.

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