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Biography: Dr. Franklin Davis DuBose born September 1845 – photograph

Dubose, Dr. Franklin Davis -Shelby




Lowndes, Autauga and Shelby County, Alabama

Dr. Franklin Davis DuBose was a prominent physician with a successful practice at Shelby, Alabama. He was the grandson of Elisha DuBose and Susanna (Leonard) DuBose, who were both natives of Georgia, where they resided until death. Their son, the father of our subject, left home at twenty-four years of age and came to Alabama. He was born in Wilkes County, Ga., and christened Francis Homer DuBose. He located in Dallas County, where he soon married Mary McGee, daughter of Davis McGee and Sarah McGee, also natives of Georgia.

Francis H. DuBose during his lifetime was a prominent farmer with residence in Dallas, Autauga and Bibb counties, in the latter of which he died at the age of fifty-eight years in June of 1876. He was a Whig before the war and opposed secession, but supported his section after the ordinance of secession was passed, and after the war voted with the Democratic party. He was prominent in the Baptist church, a deacon for years, and a most earnest and consistent temperance man. After his death, his wife resided at Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama, aged eighty years in 1904. The maternal grandparents of Doctor DuBose were also worthy and prominent people, Davis McGee was an innkeeper for years and a very extensive planter and slave owner.

Doctor DuBose secured a good education in the common schools and at the University of Alabama,1863-64, then studied medicine with Dr. J. H. Phillips. During 1869 and 1870 he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, from which he graduated in the latter year. Ash Creek, Lowndes County, was his first field of practice; thence he went to Orrville in Dallas County. In 1892 he located in Shelby.

As a cadet from school, the Doctor enlisted in 1864 in Company A of the Twenty-fourth Alabama battalion under Major Snodgrass, and took part in all the battles which met that company. In 1873, the first day of the year, Doctor DuBose was happily joined in marriage to Anna Goodwin, daughter of Turner M. Goodwin and Nancy E. (McCary) Goodwin.

Turner Goodwin was a son of Young Goodwin and Patsie (Andrews) Goodwin. His parents removed from Hancock, county, Ga., when he was quite young, and lived and died in Bibb County, Alabama. Turner Goodwin was an extensive planter and large slave owner was a consistent Christian and deacon in the Baptist church for many years. He was noted for his piety and was one of the most influential citizens in his community. He always voted the Democratic ticket. He was born in 1808 and died in 1875. Mrs. Goodwin was born in Bibb County, Alabama, where also was born Anna, the daughter, Aug. 21, 1854. Mrs. DuBose was the only one left of a family of seven children in 1904. Her mother resided at Maplesville, Alabama in 1904. Nancy McCary was the daughter of Sinclair McCary. Her father and mother both lived to be octogenarians and past.

To the marriage of Doctor DuBose and wife was born but one child, a son, Dr. Francis Goodwin DuBose, a prominent physician of Selma, Alabama. As a physician, Doctor DuBose always enjoyed an enviable reputation and his citizenship was of that helpful kind which thinks first of the community and its best good. He voted the Democratic ticket and affiliated with the county and State medical societies. He was a worthy Freemason. He and his wife were members of the Baptist church of Shelby.

Dr. Franklin Davis DeBose died Aug 28, 1905, in Milton, Autauga County, Alabama. He and his wife,  Anna Helen (Goodwin) Dubose  ( are buried in Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 36901620 # 36901630 # 36901646 # 35642579# 35642586

More information on Dr. Dubose wife’s ancestry with notes and sources can be found in the book, Theophilus Goodwin 1709 -1788 Southern descendants

Theophilus Goodwin 1709 -1788 Southern descendants (Alabama Pioneer Descendants) (Kindle Edition)

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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 All her books can be purchased at 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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  1. wife was a resident of Maplesville.

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