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HENRY AUGUSTUS Du BOIS, MD son of CORNELIUS, married CATHARINE HELENA JAY. They had seven children who survived childhood.



HENRY AUGUSTUS Du BOIS (1840-1897) m EMILY MARIA BLOIS (1851-1910)

JOHN JAY Du BOIS (1846-1898)

AUGUSTUS JAY Du BOIS (1849-1915) m ADELINE S BLAKESLEE (1860-1916)



ROBERT OGDEN Du BOIS (1860-1896) m ALICE MASON (1865-1906)

It is their second son, HENRY AUGUSTUS, who moved to San Rafael and his descendants that is the focus of this report.

He was born in New York City, but the family moved when he was three  to Newton Falls, Ohio and he was brought up there. His father had been given land in the new community from his father, CORNELIUS  and they lived there from 1843 to 1854, when they moved back to New Haven, CT. His older brother in and he grew up to be of an age to serve for the North in the Civil War. Both were very much involved with this war.

Henry graduated from medical school as  war developed and from 1861 to 1865 he served as surgeon to the Army of the North as outlined in his biography from the Du BOIS Genealogy Society.

Bio From the DUBOIS Geneaologic Society

. Henry Augustus DuBois, M.D., b. at the residence of his g. f. DuBois, n. w. cor. Broadway and 8th street, June 26, 1840 ; Yale B.P., 1859; April 25, 1861, he joined the 12th Regiment of N.Y.S.N.G. as Hospital Steward, in a few weeks was examined for Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A., and passed No. 3 out of 40 applicants; Aug. 28, 186 1, was under Dr. Abadie in the Columbian Hospital, Washington, but was soon put in full charge. He served in the 6th U. S. Cavalry as Inspector of Cavalry ; May, 1862, Asst, Med. Director of the Army of the Potomac, subsequently Medical In- spector of the Artillery Reserve under Gen. Hunt ; was at the battles of Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, etc., in all about 40 battles ; 1864, Inspector of Hospitals at headquarters of the Army of the Potomac ; in June, 1864, on Gen. Sheridan’s staff; Aug., 1864, appointed Asst. Med. Director of the Middle Military Division of Va., on Sheridan’s staff, and was with him in all his battles, and present at Lee’s surrender ; brevetted by the President Captain, and subsequently Brevet Major. In 1865, took charge of the U. S. Laboratory in Phil. ; May, 1866, sent to Fort Union, New Mexico ; resigned Feb. 21, 1868, and is now practising medicine in San Rafael, Cal., where he has founded a cemetery (Temaulpas), of which he is Comptroller ; delivered in Yale Medical Coll., April, i860, a course of lectures on Toxicology. Confirmed by Bishop Williams, in St. Paul’s, New Haven; m. in 5th Avenue Church, by Rev. John Hall, D.D., Dec. i, 1880, Emily, dau. of Hannah Maria Ferris (dau. of Miss Schieffelin, who was dau. of Hannah Lawrence and Schieffelin), and Samuel Blois, M.D. i child

The family story about the Civil War, is that in 1863, he found his older brother, CORNELIUS severely wounded at Gettysburg. He was able to get and give him care so that he survived although disabled by his wounds. His brother, disabled from his war wounds was able to return to New Haven after the war and graduated from Yale Medical School. He never married.

After the Civil War ended Henry volunteered to go West and served at Fort Union at the time of the Indian Wars, in what would become New Mexico. I have several letters of his describing the conditions and the state of the Indians in the territory.

By 1870 he had moved further West to California and started practice in the San Rafael area.

The other Family member to move to California was ALFRED WAGSTAFF Du BOIS. About 1880 he moved to San Rafael to live with his brother. In 1897 he married ANNA LICHTENBERG, whose family were socially prominent in San Rafael. He died suddenly in Paris, two years after they were married and his widow continued to live in San Rafael. My sister and brother in law visited her while they were in San Francisco in the 1950’s. She, has in the family, been known as Aunt Anna! Her family were buried in the Mt Tamalpais cemetery that Henry had developed!

In 1880  Henry  at age 40, married Emily Blois and they continued to live in San Rafael. During the next ten years they would have five children, who became the base of our California family and continued to live in the West.

It is here that much of my history ends. Thanks to an excellent review of his life by Marilyn L Geary and published in the San Rafael Patch much more is known about Henry.

This article fills in his life after the Civil War when he lived and raised children in San Rafael.

From San Rafael Patch

An early San Rafael village resident, Dr. Henry Augustus DuBois, Jr. settled in San Rafael in 1869 after serving as a surgeon in the Civil War and in the Indian Wars of New Mexico. Born to a wealthy East Coast family, Yale-educated Dr. DuBois was a great-grandson of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a president of the Continental Congress. In his memoirs, William Kent described DuBois as “a New Englander and a straight-laced and tproper citizen. He was educated, skillful and much esteemed.” Chickahominy Fever Dr. DuBois may have been lured to San Rafael by its healthy climate. In the California Medical Society’s journal, Dr. DuBois recommended San Rafael as ideal for a “sanitarium for chronic diseases.” During the Civil War, DuBois had contracted Chickahominy fever, a camp fever with symptoms of typhoid and malaria named for the mosquito-ridden swamps of the Chickahominy River in Virginia. The 1870 Census shows Dr. DuBois residing with 40-year-old Dr. Alfred Taliaferro, the first physician to practice in Marin. They lived in San Rafael Village with a 23-year old Chinese servant named Ah Poy. Dr. DuBois subsequently purchased land west of San Rafael at the end of today’s Fifth Street in what was called Forbes Valley. His land was far removed from town and included a section of Red Hill. Burials Prohibited When Dr. DuBois arrived in San Rafael, the town was growing fast, and the cemetery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard, Fourth and E Streets, could not keep up. In 1876, two years after San Rafael incorporated, town trustee Dr. Taliaferro proposed and got passed an ordinance prohibiting burials within San Rafael’s town limits. On Sept. 14, 1876, the Marin County Journal reported on a town meeting held to determine where to locate a new cemetery: “Nearly all the money and land kings were present.” Among several bids, Dr. DuBois offered a portion of his ranch for $13,000. The town trustees took no action, and the law to prohibit burials in town limits was rescinded. It was deemed “better to double up in the old yard than keep the dead above ground.” A Committee of One Not one to dawdle, by June 1878 Dr. DuBois had 40 men working on 113 acres of his land to build the new cemetery. He later stated, “I organized myself a committee of one.” He put enormous funds and energies into the venture, planting myrtle and ivy by the wagonload, laying out miles of roadways, setting out 2,000 trees and thousands of flowers. In September the Marin Journal reported that Dr. DuBois was doing a great amount of work. Schooners came up San Rafael Creek to First and C streets with loads of urns, fountains, sample monuments, granite walls and fences. DuBois had drawn up plans for a bell tower and an artesian well 2,000 feet deep. In December 1879 the Marin Journal reported that Dr. DuBois had toured 42 cemeteries in the East to collect drawings, photos, maps, statistics on water supply and other cemetery best practices. DuBois’ Folly In the late 1800s cemeteries were designed as parks for picnics and Sunday outings. DuBois expected that the cemetery would be a favorite destination and built miles of access roads. As he owned a portion of Red Hill, he hired Chinese laborers to build a zig-zag road up its heights to provide access from San Anselmo. Too steep for horse and buggy, the project gained the label “.” The Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery was dedicated in August 1879. It eventually served some of San Rafael’s most prominent families, including the Dollars and the Boyds. DuBois’ horizons, however, stretched beyond Marin. In January 1880 Dr. DuBois wrote in the Marin County Journal: “It is believed that, with the example of New York City, many burials from San Francisco will take place here…Objections [are] that San Francisco funerals must come on the boat and pass through town, but the midday, little-used boat will be used and funerals can pass on streets with few houses. Friends prophesy I will be ruined…I have been ruined so frequently – at least my friends have so prophesied – that I don’t mind it a bit.” Dr. DuBois built a number of artificial lakes at the cemetery. In 1881, reporting that the carp had multiplied from 11 to over 750, he suggested, “Carp raising would be a good industry here.” San Rafael in Denver? In 1874 Dr. DuBois platted a development in Denver, Colorado, which he named San Rafael for his California home. He expanded this subdivision in 1882 and 1886 as demand increased for more lots. The area, located 8 blocks northeast of downtown Denver, is now a heritage district on the National Register of Historic Places. An early advertisement described it as “beautifully located overlooking the city with a glorious view of the mountains.” Why Denver? The answer is unknown. Coincidentally, Lindsey Wiseman, great-great granddaughter of industrial magnate Captain Robert Dollar, former owner of San Rafael’s Falkirk mansion, is currently renovating homes in Denver’s San Rafael district. Dr. DuBois and Captain Dollar were great friends. Despite his activities in Denver, DuBois remained in San Rafael, Calif., where two of his siblings joined him. In 1880 he lived with his brother Alfred W. DuBois, a 28-year old Chinese servant Ah Jim and a 44-year-old servant Amelia Schuthris. Later that year, Dr. DuBois married Emily M. Blois, and they subsequently had four children. The Vaccine Farm Building a cemetery, a residential neighborhood in a distant city, and a new family is more than enough to manage, but Dr. DuBois saw problems as opportunities. In the 1880s, vaccine panics often accompanied smallpox epidemics. Summer heat precluded transporting fresh vaccine from the East, and vaccine became scarce. To provide a local source, in 1887 Dr. DuBois started the Pacific Coast Vaccine Farm in San Rafael, presumably at his ranch in Forbes Valley. At the time there were only nine other vaccine farms in the United States, none on the West Coast. At the farm, DuBois injected heifers from ten to twenty times with cowpox vaccine. These injections created vesicles from which the vaccine was later collected, packaged and shipped. Shortly after DuBois started producing vaccine, San Francisco was overcome by an epidemic of smallpox. On short notice, Dr. DuBois provided a supply that the San Francisco Public Health Board declared useless. In DuBois’ defense, Dr. William S. Whitwell inspected the farm and wrote in the medical journal Lancet, “Marin is a dairy county, and calves of the proper age are easily obtainable. They are kept in clean stalls and well fed for a day or two before being operated upon…the success of such a farm would, more than any other one measure, aid in banishing the periodic epidemics of smallpox with which the State, or more especially, San Francisco, is afflicted.” He went on to discuss financial losses when “tourists and others in pursuit of pleasure avoid the city.” The Pacific Coast Vaccine Farm didn’t last. Dr. DuBois died May 27, 1897 at age 55 of the typhoid fever he contracted in the Virginia swamps. Du Bois Street in San Rafael is named for another DuBois, but Dr. Henry A. DuBois Jr.’s legacy lives on in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery and in Denver’s historic San Rafael district

Much of his success appears to be from the land he purchased. It is of interest to me having been involved in the Jay Cemetery where much of his family were buried in Rye New York, that he established, planned, and ran the Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael on property he had purchased. Also that he started a second cemetery in Denver that is on the National Registry for Historic Places!

His interest in inoculation for small pox uses cow pox and interest in infectious disease is well documented. The above article tells how he established a small pox inoculation from cows he raised and how this was rejected by San Francisco Health authorities.

He wrote about the development of small pox vaccine:

“THE PEARL UPON THE ROSE.”•   BY HENRY A. DU BOIS, PH. B., M. D., SAN RAFAEL, CAL.     An examination of the latest systematic work on the practice of medicine—that of the late Dr. Fogge—fails to discover any description of vaccination, much less any account of the vaccine vesicle and its origin an d mode of development; and after a somewhat extensive search through the text-books one finds himself compelled to go back to the original works of Jenner published in 1798, and to the very able monograph of Robert Ceely published as late as 1840, for an accurate description of the vaccine vesicle and its normal and abnormal development, clearly illustrated by colored plates.

He died probably from a recurrence of the Chickahominy Fever he had developed in the Civil War in 1897 and was buried in the cemetery he had developed.

Their children were:

I.  HELEN JAY Du BOIS (1881-1911)




m MILDRED EDITH NELSON (1895-       )

IV. HANNAH L  Du BOIS  (1886-1957) m MILTON SMITH DAVIS (1880-1955)

V.  EMILY BLOIS Du BOIS (1889-1987) m CLYDE LEON REED (1883-        )

I. HELEN JAY Du BOIS (1881-1911)

She had what sounds like a tragic life with emotional illness after a successful college career.

MISS HELEN DUBOIS IS CALLED BY DEATH Prominent Society Woman Succumbs to Long Illness ‘ Miss Helen Jay du Bois, daughter of the late Dr. Henry du Bois of San Rafael and the late Mrs. Emily du Bois died on Wednesday night at the German hospital after an illness of several weeks. The surviving members of her family are her brothers, Henry and Ernest, and her sisters Emily and Hannah all of whom are well known in San Francisco society.  Dr. Lawrence :A. Draper, who was her attending physician had abandoned hope some time ago, but it was not supposed by her relatives and friends that her death was likely to be imminent. Miss du Bois was of distinguished ancestry, having been a direct descendant of John Jay. She was a graduate of the University of California in the class of 1903, where she made an exceptional record as a student of unusual accomplishment but later her health failed her and she was compelled to spend much of her time in health resorts. It will be recalled that in 1909 she became estranged from her mother and sisters and astonished “society” by bringing suit against 7 them and Dr. Emma K. Willetts. charging them with falsely imprisoning her in the Gardner sanatorium in Belmont, later bringing a second action, this time naming Dr. John Robertson of Livermore as a codefendant.



This is the third HA DB. He, as noted, became a very successful cattle rancher in California. He married Beatrice Van FLEET and they had seven children!

HENRY A. DU BOIS Another native son of the State who has made good and has won a place for himself through his own efforts is Henry Du Bois, owner of 106 acres of land in the Fairview Precinct in Merced County, but now residing at the corner of Almond and Gear Road, Turlock, Cal. He was born in San Rafael, Cal., December 22, 1882, the son of the late Dr. Henry A. and Emily (Blois) Du Bois, natives of New Haven, Ct., and New York City, respectively. Dr. Du Bois was a Yale graduate and was a surgeon during the Civil War, being a staff officer of General Sheridan. After the war he came to California and practiced in San Rafael until his death. There were three girls and two boys born in their family, Henry being the second child. Henry attended the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy and the San Rafael High School, and was graduated from the University of Nebraska Agricultural College with the class of 1905. Thus equipped for whatever might be in store for him, he returned to California, then went to Harney County, Ore., and took a position on the “P” cattle ranch, which controlled a million acres of land, and he remained there for two years. Then he purchased 320 acres in Lower Lake, Lake County, Cal., and engaged in the stock business, continuing for six years, when he bought his present place in the Hilmar Colony in 1913. Here he has leveled and planted the acreage and made valuable improvements, but he now leases it to tenants. While residing in Lake County, Henry Du Bois married Miss Beatrice Van Fleet, daughter of M. B. Van Fleet, and a niece of the late Judge Van Fleet, well known Federal jurist. Five children have come to gladden the Du Bois home circle: Thelma, Alan, Jack, Philip and David. Mr. Du Bois is a member of the Hilmar branch of the Merced Farm Bureau. In politics he is a Republican, but a very liberal one. He is a shareholder in the Farmers Exchange at Modesto, which business is receiving his attention. From: History of Merced County, California With a Biographical Review History by John Outcalt Historic Record Company Los Angeles, California 1925


IIA  THELMA Van FLEET Du BOIS (1910-1991)  m RENE V BORDER (1910-      )

IIB.  ALAN Van FLEET Du BOIS (1913-1995) m MARJORIE J MACKEN (      -2009)

IIC. JOHN JAY Du BOIS (1915-1989) m BEVERLY JEAN LUTZEN (1925-2013)

IID.  PHILIP Van FLEET Du BOIS (1918-1983)

IIE.  DAVID Van FLEET Du BOIS (1921-2013) m FRANCES de l’ETANCHE (

m PATRICIA C MAHOY (1927-2011)

IIF.  RONALD P. Du BOIS (1926-       ). m Theora Sloveig Asgeirson

IIG. JANNE Van FLEET Du BOIS (1925.     )


I have little information on them. They lived in Merced CA. . I do not believe they had any children and


Alan Van FLEET Du Bois grew up in Merced California. His son Jerome in a blog writes about his life. He was decorated Marine. He came back to marry and live in Phoenix Arizona. There with his Uncle he founded a foundation to give educational scholarships to Arizona students. He married MARJORIE MACKEN in 1950 and they had three children.

He not only raised a family of three, he expanded Honolulu Sporting Goods from one store to five, and then, after we moved to Phoenix, he created the E. Blois du Bois Educational Foundation and ran it for thirty years, helping to educate thousands of Arizonans

DuBOIS CONFERENCE CENTER    On April 27, 1988 this south campus building [originally the South Academic Center, completed in 1971?) was named in honor of Alan Van Fleet du Bois, a Phoenix businessman who founded scholarships that impacted some 2,000 students over a period of twenty years.

Marjorie Du Bois, (nee Macken), born in Seattle, WA 12/27/16, passed away at her home on January 12, 2009 in Phx, AZ. They had three children, daughter Sharon McCAHON of ID; son Timothy of S.F.; and son Jerome and wife Catherine King, of Phx, AZ.   5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

IIC.  JOHN JAY Du BOIS (1915-1989) m BEVERLY JEAN LUTZEN (1925-2013)

John Jay Du BOIS was born about 1915 in California, his father, Henry, was 32 and his mother, Beatrice, was 24. He married Beverly Jean LUTZEN in 1945 in California. They had four children during their marriage. He died on June 2, 1989, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74, and was buried with the family in Mt Tamalpais.  He served in the Armed Forces during WW II. He was divorced from his wife in 1951. They had three children who were raised by ther mother after their divorce.

Obit: She is survived by her daughters Suzanne Du Bois of Vallejo, Celeste Flax of Oakland, Pamela Maple of Lake Almanor, and Jennifer Lebbert of Modesto. Her grandchildren are Mark Du Bois, Shannon McCauley Maple, Adam Maple, Ben Flax, Danielle Flax and Alex, Spencer and Ryan Lebbert. Her great grandchildren are Maddox & Jaxon Maple, Johnstone & Isadora Flax.

II D. PHILLIP Van FLEET Du BOIS (1918-1983)

Philip Van Fleet Du Bois was unmarried. He served in the military during WW II. He lived in California. I have little more information. He was buried in 1983 in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

II E.  DAVID Van FLEET Du BOIS (1921-2013) m. FRANCES  J. de L’ ENTANCE (1923-  )

m. PATRICIA C. MAHOY (1927-2011)

A memorial celebration service will be held Sunday, September 15, at 1:00 P.M., at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse in Coarsegold, CA. Condolences for the family or requests for information on the memorial may be sent to rduboiscull@yahoo.com. David Van Fleet du Bois passed away August 12, 2013, just three days shy of his 92nd birthday. He died of a heart attack in his home in Coarsegold, CA; his daughter Gina was by his side. Affectionately known as “Papadave,” he was the beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle of a great and far-reaching family, he himself being a direct descendent of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and of Civil War surgeon Dr. Henry Augustus du Bois. Born in Turlock, CA, to Henry and Beatrice du Bois, Dave was raised on a ranch with six brothers and sisters and never lost his love of nature. He graduated from Hilmar High School, conducted radio and radar servicing in the US Navy during WWII, and later earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, followed by a teaching credential, from San Francisco State University. Dave was athletic all his life and, while in college, swam in “Billy Rose’s Aquacade” in the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco with Esther Williams and Johnny Weismuller. His love was teaching, though. He was a founding member of Gavilan Community College in Gilroy, CA, and spent most of his career there as a professor of biology. He also taught electronics and psychology. Dave served as an auxiliary policeman and gave back to the community as a 4-H Club leader and sports coach. Always a scholar, he pursued a Ph.D. in psychology subsequent to his teaching career and practiced for several years as a hypnotherapist and graphologist. Upon retiring he moved with his wife, Pat, from Hollister to Coarsegold, where they built a home in the foothills of Yosemite. There, Dave loved tilling the soil on his tractor, planting vegetables, and taming the land. He was the president of the Retired Teachers Association in Madera and an active participant in a daily ham radio broadcast. Energetic and active until the end, Dave will be remembered for his quick wit, disciplined mind, and never-ceasing pursuit of knowledge. He was first married to Frances de L’Étanche (now deceased) of Santa Cruz and is survived by their daughters Thaya du Bois, Roxanne du Bois Cull, Cynthia du Bois, Monica du Bois, and Gina du Bois. Their daughter Melanie passed away in 1980. Subsequently married to Patricia Mahoy Martin (now deceased), Dave is survived by their children, Tod du Bois and Jill Heinke, and step-children Doug Martin, Karen Bell, Randy Martin, and Colleen Martin. He is also survived by a brother, Ron du Bois, of Stillwater, OK, and a sister, Janne du Bois, of Miami, Florida, as well as 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Dave’s love of life, his tremendous sense of humor, his questioning mind, and his open acceptance of all people made him a great man in the eyes of his family and all those he touched. He is dearly missed.

II F.  JANNE Van FLEET Du BOIS (1925-     )

I do not believe she ever married.  She lived her later years in Miami Florida.


They lived in Stilwater Oklahoma and had four children, two of whom have died.

Obit of their son Peter Jay Du BOIS:

He was preceded in death by his beloved brother Jon a little more than two years ago. Also preceding him in death were his grandparents, Henry Augustus and Beatrice E. (vanFleet) duBois and Jon and Oddny Hansina (Lilliendahl) Asgeirson; nine uncles; Allen duBois, John Jay duBois, Phillip duBois, Archie Asgeirson, George Asgeirson, Paul Asgeirson, Tom Borden, Bill Mavity and Skafti (Scotty) Borgford and seven aunts; Thelma duBois Borden, Ellen Simison Asgeirson, Marjorie Innis Asgeirson, Gladys Brynjolfson Asgeirson, Hrefna (Edna) Asgeirson Borgford, Joan Asgeirson Parr, and Marjorie duBois. Peter is survived by his parents Thora and Ron duBois of Stillwater, Ok., two brothers; Paul Ronald duBois of Arlington Va., and Marc Thorsten duBois, now of Stillwater; two uncles David duBois and wife Pat of Coarsegold, Calif., and Jon (Jack) Parr of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Four aunts; Janne duBois Mavity, Miami Fla., Beverly Kelly of California, Margo duBois of Reno, Nev., and Kay Asgeirson of Winnipeg; and many loving cousins,

III.  ERNEST BLOIS Du BOIS (1884-       ) m HELEN CATHERINE HEBERTON (1878-1927).                                                                                                    m MILDRED EDITH NELSON (1895- )

ERNEST BLOIS DUBOIS born April 29, 1884 San Rafael CA; A.B. U. of Nebraska 1905; Iowa State

College 1906 07; resided Santa Barbara CA; married 1st January 9, 1919 Helen Catherine Heberton born June 10, 1878 Philadelphia, PA; married 2d December 28, 1955 in Florence, Arizona, Mildred Edith Nelson.  In 1967 with his nephew Alan Van Fleet Du BOIS he used capital he had earned in investments to establish the E Blois DuBois Foundation, the income of which was used for scholarships and gifts in Arizona. This foundation is still active and has given support to many students and projects. I believe he did not have children.

IV. HANNAH L  Du BOIS  (1886-1957) m MILTON SMITH DAVIS (1880-1955)

I have found little information about Hannah. She married Milton Smith Davis, a decorated Commodore in the United States Navy. They were divorced and I have no record of any children.

V.  EMILY BLOIS Du BOIS (1889-1987) m CLYDE LEON REED (1883-        )

Emily Blois Du Bois married Clyde Leon Reed and lived in San Diego. They had two children. I have found little more information. She was buried with the family in Mt Tamaplais Cemetry.


VA. BETTY J REED (1922-    ) m CHARLES J DOWELL (1910-2000)

VB. ALLEN C REED (1924-2012) m GRACE SPRINGSTEAD (1930-      )


Obit :  REED, ALAN CLYDE Alan Clyde Reed, 87 years old, of San Diego, California, passed away at Grossmont Hospital on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, after a heroic battle with cancer. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. Alan was born on July 15, 1924, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, to Clyde and Emily Reed. He grew up in San Diego, California, with his sister Betty. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1942. He joined the United States Army and served in the Tenth Mountain Division. Alan earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1948 and later in 1950 went on to receive his Master’s in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Alan married Grace Springstead at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, on June 30, 1950. After graduation, Alan was affiliated with the Carnation Dairy Company for five years and left the organization as its district sales manager. In 1955, he went on to work for Home Federal Savings and Loan in a variety of capacities during his 27 years with the company, including appraiser, branch manager, real estate owned department manager, and Senior Vice President in charge of investments and loan services. After his retirement from Home Federal Savings and Loan in 1982, Alan opened his own mortgage brokerage company, the Southland Group. He served on the board of directors for International Savings Bank, The Christian Eye Ministry, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, and Christian Heritage College. In addition, he served as President of the Merchants Credit Association of San Diego, San Diego County Escrow Association, San Diego Downtown Association, Board of Deacons at Shadow Mountain Ministries, The Institute of Real Estate Management of the National Association of Realtors, and Vice President of the National Alliance of Businessmen in Washington D.C. (their mission was to produce jobs for veterans and the disadvantaged.) Alan received the “Lifetime Recognition Award” from IREM, as well as a Presidential Commendation from Richard Nixon for his work on the National Alliance of Businessmen. His hobbies included playing many sports, tending to his beautiful roses and lilies, and most of all deep sea fishing and sharing his catch with others! Alan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace; his son, Scott Reed of Rocklin, California and his wife Sharon; his daughter, Carolyn Suggett of Mooresville, North Carolina and her husband John; and his daughter, Cathy Holliman of Rancho San Diego, California and her husband Jim. Surviving grandchildren include Lisa Erickson, Kelly Reed Devine, Parris Reed, Whitney Reed Nickel, Amanda Holliman, Matthew Holliman, and Andrew Holliman. In addition, he is survived by two great-grandchildren, Brody and Dylan Devine. Alan is also survived by his sister, Betty Dowell of San Francisco, California.


  1. Caroline Dubois

    Many Thanks – you overwhelm me with your research.

    Caroline S. DuBois 8 Dunes Lane, Port Washington, NY 11050 (516-922-7345


  2. Tod A duBois

    Which cemetery does the photo come from? We are exploring the DuBois line from New Paetlz and the John Jay – Peter Jay sites in the Hudson Valley – good fun for those on the West Coast whom are mostly unaware that all this family history exists here on the East Coast.


    1. jsdubois28 Post author

      Hi Cemetery is at Mt Tamalpias in Marin County. Started by Henry Augustus Du Bois II and now has a LOT of burials. My Du Bois line goes from the North of France to Holland and then after marriage to Dutch woman move to Peekskill and then Fishkill. We were never in New Paltz. Peter Du Bois founded the Dutch Church in Fishkill. I don’t think he ever spoke French!! Cornelius Du Bois son Henry Augustus married Catharine Helena Jay, daughter of Peter Augustus Jay, granddaughter of John Jay which is how we tie in with the Jay family. Who are you related to. Need to bring East and West together again!!



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