"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies


Dr. Albert J. Kimmons, who has been actively engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Bristol during the past thirteen years, belongs to a family that has been represented in this state through several generations. His birth occurred in Shelbyville, Bedford county, Tennessee, in 1877, his parents being John D. and Grace (Henderson) Kimmons, the former also a native of that place and a farmer by occupation. Joshua Kimmons, the paternal grandfather, was likewise born in Shelbyville and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kimmons, the former a native of North Carolina, in which state his father had settled on emigrating to the new world from Ireland. The latter's maiden name was Wilhoit. William G. Henderson, the maternal grandfather of Dr. Kimmons, crossed the Atlantic to the new world from Ireland, settling first in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and subsequently in Bedford county, Tennessee. The paternal grandfather, Joshua Kimmons, wedded Isabelle McClintock, who was a native of Bedford county, this state, and whose parents also came from the Emerald isle. The Wilhoits, of English extraction, likewise became pioneer settlers of Bedford county. John D. and Grace (Henderson) Kimmons became the parents of four sons: William; Edwin, who is deceased; Albert J., of this review; and Thomas G., who served with the Marines during the World war and had spent four years with that splendid body of fighters prior to the beginning of active hostilities with Germany. He was also at Pekin, China, during the Boxer rebellion.

Albert J. Kimmons enlisted in the United States army when a young man of twenty years and served in the Luzon campaign in the Philippines with General Lawton, participating in the capture of Aguinaldo. He received his professional training in Vanderbilt University, which institution conferred upon him the degree of M. D. in 1901, in which year he began the practice of medicine in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Later he removed to San Francisco but in 1909 returned to this state and has since followed his profession at Bristol, where he has been accorded an extensive and profitable practice, in recognition of his marked professional ability. Close study has formed the basis of his advancement and combined with an appreciation of the scientific phases of his chosen calling is a deep and abiding sympathy that prompts him to put forth earnest and unfaltering effort where the welfare of his fellowmen is involved. During the period of the World war he was a surgeon in the Charleston navy yard. Dr. Kimmons has been married twice. He first wedded Mary Corvan of Bedford county, daughter of Alexander and Louise (Sheffield) Corvan, and they became the parents of two children, Alfred and Grace. For his second wife the Doctor chose Nannie B. Saltz of Bristol, a daughter of J. M. and Susan (Kern) Saltz. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, being a worthy exemplar of the beneficent teachings and purposes of the craft. Prompted in all that he does by broad humanitarian principles and a laudable ambition, as a member of the medical profession he has attained high rank among those whose skill is uniformly acknowledged and his many admirable traits of character have won for him the respect and goodwill of a host of friends in the city where he has so long made his home.

Back Home