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ST JOHNS CEMETERY, MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

DUBOSE, Pvt. Joel, (26 Mar, 1845) - d. 29 Nov 1864. "Wounded in Battle of Columbia, Tenn." (Eufaula (Barbour Co. Al. native; William Joel DuBose, s/o Hezekiah and Mary Elizabeth Hawkins BuBose; C.S.A.; Ref: e-mail from Anita Newsom Nail, Greenville, Ms. nail@tecinfo.com)

  This is the information I (Anita) have for Joel DuBose, which came from family letters, notes and personal family knowledge. 

Joel was the son of my great grandmother’s sister, who (she) died the day after he was born.  Two months later, his father married my great grandmother, Amanda Evalinah Hawkins.  They lived in Aquilla (Choctaw) AL for a time. To escape approaching Union forces they fled to Denham (Wayne) MS, to live in what is now the oldest house in the county.  Joel was his grandfather’s namesake, and his half brother, Horace Mellard DuBose, became a Methodist Bishop.  The DuBoses' were descendants of Huguenots who came to Charlestown, SC from Normandy, by way of London, England.

William ‘Joel’ DuBose, son of Hezekiah and Mary Elizabeth (Hawkins) DuBose, was born March 26, 1845 in Eufaula (Barbour) AL.  He received a head wound on November 28, 1864 during the Battle of Lookout Mountain.  He died December 10, 1864 and is buried on the bank of the North Fork of the Duck River in Tennessee.  [I don’t know about this part…were soldiers reinterred in other resting places?  Is the Duck River in Maury Co TN?]

Thank you,  Anita Newsom Nail, Greenville, MS

Note: These questions were answered and sent back to Anita Newsom Nail by Mary Bob McClain, but answers not included here.

Comment by C. Wayne Austin - his burial place on the North Fork of the Duck River is intriguing. It probably does not tell us anything since the Duck River is a long winding river spanning across Middle Tennessee from above Coffee County Tennessee to eventually empty into the Tennessee River in Benton county Tennessee. The North Fork might refer to a location in Coffee County where the river originates and has a fork to the north and another branching to the southeast. This is not close to where the battle of Lookout Mountain took place which was fought in the Mountains above Chattanooga. However the listings are confusing above in that one said Battle of Columbia and another text said Battle of Lookout Mountain which is east Tennessee in Chattanooga. I think there is some misguided text here somewhere. Joel may have been a patient in a hospital near that North Fork River location and they buried the dead soldiers nearby when they did not survive. However, he at least has a memorial stone or his remains may have been moved to the St Johns Cemetery in Maury County several miles south of the Duck River and between Mt Pleasant and Columbia,Tn. This is about half way down the Duck River toward its final emptying place and some ninety miles west of the Lookout Mountain. [C.W. Austin 17 Jul 2011]

Information shared with Mary Bob Richardson of Birmingham Alabama by Anita Newson Nail of Greenville MS. 15 Jun 2011. submitted here by Mary Bob Richardson. Added to this site 17 Jul 2011.