|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1889|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1983|
Susan Alice DuBose Cox Watkins Biography
Susan Alice ("Alice") DuBose was the daughter of Samuel Wiles ("Wiles") DuBose (February 22, 1854 - March 8, 1936) and Susan Alice Pinkston DuBose (January 11, 1861 - August 30, 1902). She was born on October 11, 1889 at her parents' home on Olustee Creek, near Providence, Florida in Columbia County. Her birthplace is listed as Ellisville, a nearby town in Columbia County, in many DuBose family records.
When Alice was born, her parents owned an orange grove on the Olustee Creek near the Old Providence Cemetery, where she and many DuBose family members are buried. The family moved to Worthington Springs (Bradford, later Union County) after devastating freezes destroyed their grove in 1895 and 1896.
Worthington Springs is a rural community on the Santa Fe River. At the beginning of the 20th century, the spring area was developed into a large hotel and community swimming pool. Tourists visited (many by train) to stay at the hotel and attend community dances at the pavilion. The Gainesville Sun published an article about Worthington Springs in 1999 titled "When Worthington Springs was Booming":
Around the turn of the century, Worthington Springs teemed with activity every summer holiday, as people flocked to the village either for a refreshing dip or for what they believed to be the spring's health-giving qualities. The area around the spring was actually first settled before the Seminole wars. It became an attraction only when Sam Worthington dug out a pool around the spring after his sons happened upon a mere trickle of spring water. Initially, the pool had boarded sides, with little more than a shack for a dressing room. A wall divided the pool into two parts, one side for men, the other for women. A woman's bonnet would be hung on a tall pole at the time of day when women were allowed to swim. Eventually, a large hotel and store were constructed, and a concrete pool, pavilion, large dressing rooms and even a dance hall graced the premises…Today, the spring is no longer flowing and Worthington Springs is a sleepy hamlet.
Alice attended school in Lake Butler.
Alice married John Josiah "Jack" Cox at the young age of 17 on December 20, 1906. Jack was born in Boston, Thomas County, Georgia on October 2, 1864. Alice and Jack owned a store in Worthington Springs for many years.
Alice's stepmother, Martha "Mattie" Pinkston DuBose died on August 27, 1912 in Worthington Springs while giving birth to Martha Elizabeth DuBose. Alice and her husband Jack Cox adopted baby Martha.
Unfortunately, Martha Elizabeth died from "cramp colic" as an infant on February 14, 1913 at the home of Alice DuBose Cox and Jack Cox in Worthington Springs. She is buried at the Old Providence Cemetery.
Jack died on March 31, 1935 in Worthington Springs.
After Jack's death, Alice married Charles "J.P." Watkins.
Alice died on July 27, 1983 in Gainesville, Florida.
Submitted by Sandra Johnson Witt on March 20, 2010
Samuel Wiles DuBose (1854 - 1936)
Susan Alice Pinkston DuBose (1864 - 1902)
John Josiah Cox (1864 - 1935)
Willis Ezekiel DuBose (1878 - 1957)*
Robert S. DuBose (1879 - 1948)*
Alphus D. DuBose (1885 - 1950)*
Bessie Irene DuBose Davis (1886 - 1960)*
Susan Alice DuBose Cox (1889 - 1983)
Binnie DuBose (1891 - 1891)*
Katie Frances DuBose Johnson (1894 - 1952)*
Armontine Cloud DuBose Williams (1896 - 1972)*
Cassie Winifred DuBose (1904 - 1916)**
Infant Son DuBose (1908 - 1908)**
Martha Elizabeth DuBose (1912 - 1913)**
Old Providence Cemetery
Maintained by: Sandra Johnson Witt
Originally Created by: Donna McPherson
Record added: Feb 01, 2008
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