Reuben Fletcher Monette

b. 29 March 1870, d. 15 March 1917

Reuben Fletcher Monette, 1870-1917
  • Reuben Fletcher Monette was born on 29 March 1870 in Hale County, Alabama, near Sawyerville.
  • Reuben Fletcher Monette appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in New York City, New York County, Borough of Manhattan, New York, at Manhattan State Hospital West (Ward's Island) living in the Staff's Cottage.
  • He was a physician, according to the 1900 census.
  • The following appeared on 28 April 1903 in The Montgomery Advertiser: A marriage of unusual importance will occur this morning at St. John's Church when at 7 o'clock Miss Elizabeth Leigh Wood, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Milton LeGrand Wood, and Dr. Fletcher Monette of Greensboro, will be married.
         The church will be decorated . . . and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Edward Cobbs.
         The bride will enter with her father and the wedding party will be led by the ushers, who are Messers. Thomas B. Alexander, Josiah M. Billing?, and S. C. Starke and Robert Bartlette.
         Miss Elizabeth Andrews will be bridesmaid and will wear . . . . [Bridesmaids] are Miss Rebecca Pollard, Miss Mary Kirkpatrick, Miss Louise Marks, Miss Mary Arrington, Miss Annie Lou Chilton, and Miss Mary Seibels? Ball.
         The friends who will be groomsmen are Mr. Charles Pollnitz, Mr. Jeffries Blount and Mr. Young Stonnenwerck, all of Greensboro, and Mr. Robert Goree of Texas, cousin of the bride.
         The bridal party will be joined at the altar by the groom and his best man, Mr. Edward de Graffenreid of Greensboro.
         The bride will be accompanied by her father. . . .
         The young couple will leave at 8 o'clock for Savannah, to sail from there to New York.
  • He married Elizabeth Leigh Wood, daughter of Milton LeGrand Wood and Sallie Harrison Watkins, on 28 April 1903 in Montgomery, Alabama, at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Edward Cobbs officiating.
  • Reuben Fletcher Monette and Elizabeth Leigh Wood appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama, with one female domestic servant.
  • Adopted son Jack Cook, age 7, was living with them at the time of the 1910 census.
  • He was a physician in general practice, according to the 1910 census.
  • His wife Elizabeth Leigh Wood became a widow at his death.
  • Reuben Fletcher Monette died on 15 March 1917 at age 46 in Newbern, Hale County, Alabama.
  • He was interred at Greensboro, Greene County, Alabama.
  • The following appeared on 16 March 1917 in The Montgomery Advertiser: Information reached Montgomery late Thursday night that Dr. R. F. Monette, of Greensboro, dropped dead during the afternoon from an attack of acute indigestion while fishing with a friend on a lake near his home city. Being suddenly stricken, Dr. Monette fell into the arms of his friend and expired.
         Dr. M. L. Wood, father of Mrs. Monette, and his daughter, Mrs. H. D. Marks, went to Greensboro immediately, going by automobile as soon as the news came to the family of Dr. Wood. Dr. Monette's widow was Miss Lizzie D. Wood of this city, and they were married here some ten years ago.
         Dr. Monette was about 45 years of age, and was one of the most prominent physicians in Greensboro and that vicinity. He was a nephew of Governor Seay and a first cousin to Judge de Graffenreid.
  • The following appeared on 17 March 1917 in The Montgomery Advertiser: (Greensboro, March 16) News of the sudden death of Dr. Fletcher Monette, which occurred in the Marion Swamp, sixteen miles from Greensboro, came as a great shock to this community last night. Dr. Monette was on a fishing trip at Monette's Lake, and was apparently in robust health, when seized with an attack of acute indigestion, which ended his life in a moment.
         Dr. Monette was one of the most prominent men of this section.
         He was city health officer at the time of his death.
         Dr. Monette was born in Hale county about 47 years ago. After graduating in medicine he practiced his profession in New York city for several years, returning to Greensboro sixteen years ago.
         He married Miss Lizzie Leigh Wood, of Montgomery, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. LeGrand Wood.
         Dr. Monette is survived by his wife and an adopted son, Jack Monette. The funeral was conducted Friday afternoon.
  • The following appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Reuben Fletcher Monette, M.D., Greensboro, Ala; New York University, New York City, 1892; aged 46; assistant physician in the New York City Asylum for the Insane and the Manhattan State Hospital, Ward's Island, N.Y., from 1893 to 1902; a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and American Medico-Psychological Assocation; while on a fishing trip in the Warrior Swamp near Greensboro, March 15, died suddenly from acute gastritis.
  • A short biographical sketch appears in in Notable Men of Alabama.
  • Last Edited: 26 Sep 2012

Family: Elizabeth Leigh Wood b. 27 September 1882, d. January 1975