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. William Brutus Watkins
Dr. William Brutus Watkins was born in Monroe County, Alabama, on September 30, 1847. He was educated in the common schools of that state and at the University of Alabama. He served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. Immediately at the close of the hostilities he entered upon the study of medicine and graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans. He took one course of lectures in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He began the practice of medicine in Alabama where he remained for two years. In January 1874, he came to Van Zandt County and located near Stone Point, about twelve miles south of Wills Point on the Old Goshen Road. He practiced there until about 1890 when he moved to Wills Point and continued the practice of medicine until his death on July 28, 1905. On February 16, 1876, he married Miss Caladonia A. Harrison, a daughter of Judge J.M. Harrison, one of the oldest settlers of the county. The had four children. He is believed to have been buried at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point but there is no marker.
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