DuBose family settled in Pleasant Home

Published 11:59 pm Friday, November 13, 2009

One DuBose family came to Covington County circa 1928 from Pike County. Freling Hyson “Dick” DuBose, who was born in 1897, moved his young family to a farm in the Pleasant Home community. He reared his family and lived out his life in that location. This writer recalls riding a school bus past his well maintained home and farm during the early 1950s. Another attraction was his herd of sheep grazing in a spacious pecan orchard.

Freling DuBose was a natural with plants. He operated a nursery from which he sold trees, shrubs, etc. to customers from all over. Through this activity he had a beautifully landscaped property. It is interesting that his sister, Hazel DuBose Shreve Cater, moved to this area and resided in the Town of Andalusia. She is well remembered as caring for a most attractive yard around her home on Sanford Road.

The earliest Dubose ancestor of this line known to this writer is Samuel DuBose who was born in 1809 in South Carolina. He was married in 1833 to Lucretia Hennigan, a native of South Carolina as well. They eventually made their way to the Town of Troy in Pike County. Although their dates and personal data are not known, Samuel was descended from Jeremiah DuBose, son of Stephen DuBose, son of Isaac DuBose.

Samuel and Lucretia reared the following children: Francis Boniface, b. 1836, m. 1864 Arabella Kilgore; Jane, m. Taylor Danford; Freling Hyson (Freilinghusson), m. Julia Frances Harris; Ann Elizabeth, b. 1834; Caroline, b. 1838, m. 1857 Hezekiah Inglet; William Harrison, b. 1841; and Rebecca, b. 1849.

Francis Boniface DuBose moved his family to Texas in 1886 and settled in Mt. Pleasant. He and his wife, Arabella Kilgore, reared the following children: William H.; May, m. Dr. Roach; Andrew; Lottie Estelle, m. Allie Robertson; Francis Macon, b. 1879, m. (1) 1906 Amelia May Clinefelter (1881-1956) (2) 1963 Dollie Robinette Hood; Ernest Edwin, m. 1919 Hazel Tucker; and Emma Lee.

Some of Francis Boniface DuBose’s grandchildren were the children of William H. DuBose: William H. Jr., d. 1972; Samuel Alan; Clara, b. ca 1898; m. ? Gentry; Vera; and daughter (Faye?). His daughter, May, and Dr. Roach had four children: Flora, Jesse E., Truman, and Allen Roach. His son, Andrew, was married several times and had several children including a son named Frank. His daughter, Lottie Estelle, and husband, Allie Robertson, rear two daughters, ? who married ? Jackson; and Evelyn, m. ? Von Velsen.

No children are known for Francis Boniface DuBose’s son, Francis Macon Dubose, and his first wife, Amelia May Clinefelter, daughter of James M. and Ida Olive (May) Clinefelter. Francis Macon and his second wife, Dollie Robinette Hood reared the following children: Clarence Macon, b. 1908, d. 1927, single; Camilla May, b. 1909, d. 1970, m. 1934 Clarence M. Duncan; Josephine Adele, b. 1918, m. 1934 Baker Knox Wright; Lorraine, b. 1919, m. 1943 Paul Thomas Wise, D.V.M.

Francis Boniface DuBose’s son, Ernst Edwin DuBose, and his wife, Hazel Tucker, reared the following two children: Mary Camille, b. 1920, m. 1946/7 Enrique Aguilar; and Mildred, b. 1923, m. (1) 1943 J.C. Ferrell (2) ? Smith.

Freling Hyson DuBose and his wife, Julia Frances Harris, reared three children: William Harris, b. 1873, d. 1942, m. Gertrude L. Copeland (1878-1959); Marshall, m. ?; and Anna, m. ? Turner.

Freling’s son, William Harris DuBose, and his wife, Gertrude L. Copeland, reared the following children: William, b. 1894, d. 1970, m. 1920 Annie Mae Jones; Freling Hyson “Dick,” b. 1897, d. 1991, m. (1) ? (2) Addie Lee Cross (1909-1972) (3) Exa Mae Corley; Edward Foyl, b. 1900, m. 1923 Violet Sibley Buford (2) Lillys Anne Rockett; Lola, b. 1901, m. Griffin B. Howard; Agnes, b. 1903; Lois; Hazel Annette, b. 1905, m. (1) John Raymond Shreve (1904-1959) (2) Lawrence N. Cater; and Frances, b. 1906.

William Harris DuBose’s oldest son, William, and wife, Annie Mae Jones, born in 1896, reared a son, William Jones, D.M.D. William was born in 1933 in Montgomery and was married in 1963 in Montgomery to Sara Ann Sansom, daughter of Crowell Earl and Sara Frances (Arant) Sansom. William and Sara reared two daughters, Laura DeAnn, b. 1966; and Cheri Noel, b. 1968.

William Harris DuBose’s son, Freling Hyson “Dick” DuBose, did not have any children by his first wife. He and his second wife, Addie Lee Cross, had four children: June, m. Ray Harris; Ruth Barris, b. 1932, m. Jack Lundy; Elaine, b. 1935, m. Aundre Cross; and Miles Foyl, b. 1937, d. 2001, m. Claudia Lee Shirey. Freling Hyson and his third wife, Exa Mae Corley, reared one son, Richard Corley DuBose, who was married and had three children.

William Harris DuBose’s son, Edward Foyl DuBose, and his first wife, Violet Sibley Buford had two daughters, Anne, b. 1925, m. 1945 Dr. L.W. Cottle; and Christine, b. 1928, m. 1949 Dr. J. Tom Roberts. Edward Foyl was married second to Lillys Anne Rockett (1901-1965), daughter of William Marcus and Lula (Craig) Rockett.

William Harris DuBose’s daughter, Lola DuBose, was married to Griffin B. Howard, and they had a daughter, Joyce Griffin, who married Homer Stallings. They adopted a son, Griffin B. Howard, who married Joan ?.

William Harris DuBose’s daughter, Hazel Annette DuBose, moved to Andalusia and married John Raymond Shreve (1904-1959). They had a daughter, Janie Marye Shreve, b. 1929, m. James H. Mozley III, who had Kathy and Jenny Mozley. After Raymond’s death, Hazel was married to Lawrence N. Cater, but they did not have any children.

The great grandchildren of Francis Boniface DuBose will be represented by the grandchildren of his son, Freling Hyson “Dick” DuBose. Dick’s oldest daughter, June, and husband, Ray Harris’s, oldest daughter, LaJune Harris had three children: Shane, Ashlee and Josh. Daughter Vickie Lynn had five children: Corey, Jason, Jacob, Dustin and Justin. Daughter Nancy Carol and husband, Dale Blalock, had two children, Brent and Katy. Daughter Ruth Barris and husband, Jack Lundy, had a daughter, Jackie Carol.

Dick DuBose’s youngest daughter, Elaine, and husband, Aundre Cross, reared three children: Mark, b. 1955, m. Marilee Walker; Mirian Kyle, b. 1958, m. Ken Castaneda; and Barry Lee, b. 1963, single. Dick’s youngest son, Miles Foyl DuBose, and wife, Claudia Lee Shirey, reared two children, Russell, m. Kelly Whitley; and Michelle, m. Lance Garrett.

Sources for this DuBose family genealogy include family records and publications from the Birmingham Public Library. Miles Foyl DuBose, grandson of William Harris and Gertrude (Copeland) DuBose, is credited with compiling the family genealogy.

Anyone who might have any correction to the above or additional family history for this DuBose family or others that resided in Covington County is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, by writing to 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; calling 334-222-6467; or e-mailing cthomasson@centurytel.net.