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. Joel Runnels Brewer

Dr. Joel Runnels Brewer was born March 21, 1885 in Ben Wheeler, Van Zandt County, Texas. His parents were William James (Jim) Brewer and Amanda Savannah Wood Brewer. Jim and Amanda were married in Van Zandt County on January 22, 1880. Amanda died in 1917. Both buried at Edom Cemetery. His second wife was Vennie who died in 1936 and was buried in a little cemetery southwest of Brownsboro in a churchyard. Jim died in 1932.

William James Brewer was a farmer/rancher born to Alva Brewer from North or South Carolina. He was married three times. Joel Runnels Brewer was the only boy with three older sisters: Cathy who married Clyde Saylor; Lola Montez who married Jim Dike; and Nannie Savannah who married Ivy T. Fulgham. All are buried at Edom Cemetery.

Joel attended medical schools at Baylor and Memphis, Tennessee, then left and went home to care for his mother. Then stayed with his father. In 1919, he set up his medical practice with two other doctors, one of whom was Dr. Applin.

Submitted by:
Patricia Adkins-Rochette of Duncan, OK


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