Marin County, Mt Tamalpais Cemetery and Henry Augustus Du Bois

Henry Augustus Du Bois, MD moved to Marin County, California in 1869, after he had finished serving in the Civil War and then his service as surgeon at Fort Union in what is now New Mexico. During the Civil War he had contracted Chickahominy fever, which was a recurrent, malaria/typhoid like illness, and may have been the reason for his wish to move West to a healthier environment. He moved in and started practice with Dr Alfred Taliaferro an early resident of Marin County and the first physician in the County.

My history of what happened to Henry is dependent on the extensive history written by Marilyn Gerry and published in the San Rafael Patch..

“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 The town trustees took no action, and the law to prohibit burials in town limits was rescinded.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”

Henry married Emily Maria Blois in 1880 and they had five children. He died in 1897 and was buried in a site that he had chosen at Mt Tamalpais. His wife died in 1910 and was buried next to him. Dr Taliaferro died in 1885 and was an early burial at Mt Tamalpias in a similar site.

  Part of my interest in Henry is what has happened to what he started on Mt Tamalpais. It continues to be very active with over 15,000 burials. My wife and I recently visited and spent a morning with Carolyn Schwab visiting my family grave site. Henry had chosen a site up on an overgrown hill with a plaque “DU BOIS” on an overhanging rock shelf. The site needs to be cleaned up and I believe that will be done this spring. In the row below his, are three of his children and one spouse and one grandchild.

I also visited the CALIFORNIA ROOM in the Marin County Public Library which is in the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building that houses government activity of Marin County. Here I spoke with Carol Acquaviva, Librarian and Archivist who was very interested in Henry and his family history. She gave me an oral history told by the sister of Anna Lictenberg Du Bois. Anna married Alfred, Henry’s younger brother, and she is also buried in the Mt Tamalpias Cemetery.


 Buried in the Du Bois plot are:

Henry Augustus Du Bois. 1840-18 97  And wife Emily Blois. 1845_1910



Emily Du Bois Reed. 1889-1987

Henry A. Du Bois. 1882-1982 and wife Beatrice E Du Bois. 1890-1981

Helen Jay Du Bois. Died Sep 20, 1911

Hannah L. Du Bois Davis. 1886-1967


John J. Du Bois. 1915-1989

Henry Augustus was a well respected physician in Marin County as his obit states.

Last week we made mention of the grave illness of Dr. Henry A. Du Bois. Typhoid symptoms developed rapidly, and the sufferer’s advanced years and slender stock of vitality were against a successful resistance to the onset of this dread disease. Dr. Du Bois was numbered among the old residents of San Rafael. He had served his country in the War of the Rebellion as a young and ambitious army surgeon, fresh from the schools, and during the hardships of the campaign had contracted malarial ailments that left him with a constitution seriously impaired. Independent financially, he drifted westward in search of health, and finally settled in San Rafael. Dr. Du Bois was not a social genius. He was pre-eminently of the studious, thoughtful type, and except with his intimates, his manners were reserved and retiring. He was only at the time of our greatest need, in the emergency of desperate illness, that his highest qualities as a man and as a practitioner of the noble profession he adorned were developed. The funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church yesterday, which was filled with many sorrowing friends of the deceased. Rev. E.A. Hartmann officiated and Rev. Arthur Crosby delivered the eulogy.

He was also very involved in his medical practice during the Civil War and was involved in many of the major battles in that conflict.

  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 Inspector 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.

I have some history of the three children and one grandson also buried on the site.

Emily Blois Du Bois 1889-1987 married Clyde Leon Reed

  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 Cemetery.

Their children were:

          Betty J Reed (1922- ) m Charles J Dowell (1910-2000)

          Allen C Reed (1924-2012) m Grace Springstein (1930- )

I have found little information on Betty Reed Dowell, except in 2012 she was stated in her brothers obit as living in San Francisco.

Her brother Alan Reed lived in San Diego and died there at 87 years of age. He married and they had three children.

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.

Henry A. Du Bois. 1882-1982 and wife Beatrice E Du Bois. 1890-1981

  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. )

John J. Du Bois. 1915-1989   

  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.

Helen Jay Du Bois. Died Sep 20, 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.

Hannah L. Du Bois Davis. 1886-1967

  When Hannah L Du Bois was born in November 1886 in California, her father, Henry, was 46 and her mother, Emily, was 35. She married Milton Smith Davis in 1910. She died on September 25, 1967, in California, at the age of 80, and was buried in Mt Tamalpais Cemetery in the Du Bois plot. She had no children.

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Milton Smith Davis, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SHAW, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity during World War I.

Action Date: World War I

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