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Biography: Dr. Wilds Scott DuBose born Jan. 11, 1837

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(1837-aft. 1904)

Shelby County, Alabama

Dr. Wilds Scott DuBose, was a physician of standing and good practice at Columbiana, Alabama He was the son of  Julius Jesse Dubose and Margaret Eliza Thompson. He was born at Cheraw in Chesterfield county, S. C, Jan. 11, 1837. The DuBose family is of French extraction and came to the colonies at the time of the Huguenot exodus. Julius was the son of Jesse Dubose and Rebecca (Wilds) DuBose, whose place of residence was Lynch’s Creek, near what was known as DuBose’s Bridge, the nearest town being Darlington. Here they lived and died, as did the parents of our subject.

His mother was the daughter of Col. William Thompson and Eliza (Peppin) Thompson. The parents were members of the Presbyterian church. They reared a family of nine children, three of whom were survived in 1904. The father died April 10, 1852, the mother June 20, 1862.

The literary training of Doctor DuBose was acquired at St. John’s academy at Darlington, and at Mt. Zion college at Winnsboro. He then repaired to New Orleans, where he took up the study of medicine at Tulane university. For several years he acted in the capacity of private tutor and lecturer in that city and in Memphis and Charleston. He matriculated at Atlanta Medical college, where he graduated in 1858.

Doctor DuBose practiced at Decatur, near Atlanta, until the war broke out, when he enlisted as captain of Company A, of the Second Georgia battalion. He retained his position as captain of this company the first year, and then was appointed surgeon of the Eleventh cavalry. He was later transferred to hospital service, and was for eight months in charge of Stonewall Jackson hospital at Wellington. Returning from the war

Doctor DuBose practiced in his home town of Darlington until 1871, when he located in Columbiana. Here he had always enjoyed a large and select practice, and in 1904, was the oldest physician in the county and one of the oldest in the State. He kept well informed as to the advances made in his profession, and was a regular attendant at the different meetings of the county and State medical associations, and for some ten years was one of the grand senior councilors. The doctor was a Democrat, a Presbyterian and a Freemason.

His marriage to Anna Calhoun occurred in 1859. Mrs. DuBose lived in Atlanta with her parents, Col. Jas. M. Calhoun and Emma Eliza (Dabney) Calhoun, who were originally from Abbeville district, S. C.

To the marriage was born

  1. Clarence C. DuBose editor of the Shelby Chronicle; he married Anna Robinson, of Indianapolis, on Feb. 10, 1887;
  2. Clifton DuBose, deceased in 1904;
  3. Gordon DuBose, banker at Ensley; married Anna Swain of California;
  4. John DuBose, deceased in 1904;
  5. Anna DuBose, wife of Edward W. Burt of Columbiana;
  6. Hamden C. DuBose, banker at Pineapple, Alabama;
  7. Julius Jesse  Dubose, physician at Burnsville, Ala.;
  8. Emma DuBose, wife of William M. Calohan of Columbiana, and
  9. Kate DuBose, of L. M. Dyke.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 105672495

Shelby County Alabama Pioneers Volume I


One comment

  1. FWIW, Julius Jesse Dubose, MD and his wife are buried in Ebenezer Church Cemetary in Stanton, AL. He was a physician in Maplesville. His death was 1940. Wonder if this is the child #7 noted in the genealogy above.

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