09 June 2010

Alfred R. Royal, a Biographical Sketch

From Memoirs of Georgia, Volume II by The Southern Historical Association, 1895.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum 2004.

Alfred R. ROYAL, Abbeville, Wilcox Co., Ga. The gentleman who is here mentioned is one of Abbeville's most trusted physicians. He comes from Worth county, where he was born Jan. 11, 1856, and where his parents still reside, his father, John P. Royal, being a planter in that county. Dr. Royal located in Abbeville in 1888, where he immediately fell into popular favor. Previous to his coming he had spent six years at Crisp, Irwin Co., Ga., where he had a large practice and an influential following. The year prior to his location in Irwin county he had spent in Dooly county, where he made his initial effort, having graduated in 1883, after a two years' course in the medical school of Atlanta. Dr. Royal is also a graduate of that celebrated post-graduate school, the New York Polyclinic, having taken a course there in 1887. At this time he gave especial attention to surgery, and now enjoys the reputation of being the leader in that branch of medical jurisprudence in Wilcox county. Besides engaging actively in the practice, Dr. Royal for several years carried on a drug business, but the outside demands on his time became so urgent he found it necessary in 1893 to dispose of it. As a physician Dr. Royal is peculiarly skilled in his diagnosis of cases, seldom failing to locate the seat of the disease. He is frequently in demand as consulting physician, evidencing the confidence reposed in him by his fellow craftsmen. Twice has Dr. Royal entered the matrimonial state. A niece of Gen. Eli Warren, Miss Martha R. Shinholser, became his first wife, Nov. 16, 1882. Her death occurred Jan. 24, 1885, leaving one son, Warren, born Jan. 7, 1885. Miss Anna Reid, a daughter of Maj. A. A. F. Reid, of Abbeville, became his second wife, Jan. 6, 1887. A daughter, Rebecca, was born to her April 1, 1888; Alfred R., Jr., and Edward H., born Sept. 30, 1892. Death again removed the wife and mother in October, 1892. Dr. Royal is a Free and Accepted Mason, Abbeville lodge No. 272, and a chapter Mason. He is also a Knight of Honor, being past dictator of that order.

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