Early County Doctors Page

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society


These are a few brief biographies of the early Van Zandt County physicians who practiced medicine in the "good old days" where often they traveled to their patients by horse and buggy, through all kinds of weather. They were highly respected in their respective communities and throughout the county. These biographies were extracted by Mable Cook from the minutes of the Van Zandt County Medical Society. If anyone has more information on these doctors, please let us know by contacting Sibyl and we will be happy to add the information and thank you for sharing.


Dr. Benjamin Franklin Watkins

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Watkins was born at Burnt Corn, Alabama, on August 8, 1832. He attended Yale College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Bellevue Medical College in New York from which he graduated. In 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a surgeon in the 44th Alabama regiment and served the first two years under General Longstreet's Brigade. He served with the rank of major in the Medical Corps and had the honor of assisting in the operation when General John B. Hood's leg was amputated. He was married to Miss Virginia Atkinson in Lowndes County, Alabama, in 1857. They moved to Texas in 1880 and in 1883 he located at Wills Point where he practiced for several years before moving to Bryan, Texas in 1894. He practiced medicine there until his death on December 25, 1905.


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