- [S118] History of early Sevier County Doctors , Beulah Linn, (www.sevierlibrary.org/genealogy/doc/doc.htm).
Dr. Ephraim Brabson II, the second child of John and Elizabeth Davis Brabson, was born June 27, 1811 in Sevier County, Tenn. He died on Feb. 6, 1947.
An obituary published by Knoxville Register and printed by Medicus is in the possession of the Brabson family. The obituary is summarized as follows:
"Dr. Ephraim Brabson died in Sevier County in the thirty-sixth year of his age, in the prime and vigor of life, and in a career of extensive usefulness and rapidly advancing eminence in his profession. The deceased graduated, with much credit to himself, at Maryville College in the Fall of 1834, after which he spent three years in the study of medicine, about six months of which he spent in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. On his return from Philadelphia, he practiced his profession at his father's residence in Sevier County. By his assiduity and perseverance, and the suavity and blandness of his natural temperament, he soon had the command of an extensive and lucrative practice.
Dr. Brabson fell a victim of his professional duties.
While visiting the sick, at the house of a friend, he was suddenly attacked with inflammation of the lungs. Yielding to his great anxiety to return to his father's he ventured prematurely but was forced to stop short at the house of a friend, Major Edmund Hodges, within a mile of home. Surrounded by parents, relatives, medical friends and advisors in ministering to his comfort, he yielded to the fatal illness.
Dr. Brabson's natural mental endowments were strong and vigorous; his literary and professional attainments were varied and extensive; his perceptions were clear and discriminating; his manners and disposition affable, courteous, and conciliatory rendering him the most amiable and agreeable companion and friend. He was a scrupulous exemplification of the strictest rules of the profession, in etiquette and the rigid maxims of medical ethics.
Thus he has been snatched, in an un-looked for moment, from his profession, from society, from the sick, and from the poor who enjoyed an amplification of his liberal charity. All are called to mourn his death. Peace be to his remains"
Dr. Brabson is buried in the Brabson Cemetery on the hill above Glen Villa.
- [S34] In the Shadow of the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Historical Society, (1993), 230.