John B. Brickell, M. D., of Americus, was born Sept. 5, 1863, at Miser, Tenn., a son of William M. and Jane (Ballinger) Brickell. The father was a native of South Carolina, where he was born on Sept. 12, 1817. During his earlier career he followed the tanner's trade. For twenty years prior to 1883, he was chairman of the county court of Blount county, Tennessee, and was a member of the Tennessee state legislature in 1878, having been elected to that body as a Democrat and receiving a majority of four votes in a county that was strongly Republican. He died Dec. 3, 1899, at Miser, Tenn. Fraternally he was a member of the Masonic order and his church affiliations were as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He was twice married. His first wife was Sarah Hicks, whom he married in 1837. She died in 1857, leaving one son, George W. Brickell, who was born May 30, 1839, and who is a retired farmer of Chase county, Kansas. The second marriage of William M. Brickell was to Jane Ballinger, whom he wedded in 1863. She was born in 1832, at Miser, Tenn., and died July 9, 1890. Six children were the issue of this union: John B., the eldest; Sarah V., born June 9, 1866, is the wife of J. C. Stanfield, of Watunga, Okla.; William Oliver, born Dec. 25, 1868, is a practicing physician at Kizer, Tenn. Margaret E., born Jan. 18, 1871, is the wife of D. B. Johnston, of Miser, Tenn.; Josephine W., born April 17, 1874, died Oct. 15, 1876; and Joseph T., born Aug. 13, 1877, is a railroad station agent at Terrell, Okla.
Dr. John B. Brickell was educated in the public schools of Blount county, Tennessee, and at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, graduating in the medical department of that institution, at Nashville, with the class of 1893. For two years following his graduation he practiced his profession at Friendsville, Tenn., then he removed to Dunlap, Kan., where he practiced two years. In 1897 he removed to Americus, where he has since been an active and successful practitioner, with a large and paying practice. His professional interest and progress are shown by his membership in the different medical fraternities, being a member, and in 1906 president, of the Lyons County Medical Society, a member of the Kansas State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association. Fraternally he is a Knight Templar Mason and was Worshipful Master of Americus Lodge, No. 109, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in 1897. Dr. Brickell earned his own way through college by teaching during the vacations, and the same force and energy have characterized his professional career and made him successful. He is popular both as a physician and as a citizen and enjoys the highest esteem of his community.
On Nov. 10, 1895, Dr. Brickell wedded Miss Effie B. Moore, a daughter of W. M. and Ann Moore, pioneer farmer residents of Chase county, who came to Kansas in 1872. Mrs. Brickell was born July 26, 1871, at Linneus, Mo. Her father was a native of Ohio and her mother of Iowa. Mrs. Brickell was a teacher in Chase county for several years prior to her marriage. To Dr. and Mrs. Brickell have been born two children: Kathleen, born March 18, 1897, died Nov. 26, 1899, and Helen, born July 27, 1902.Pages 475-476 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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