JOSEPH BEVENS, M.D., Physician and Surgeon, came to Gadsden in the practice of his profession January, 1852, and from here, in January, 1863, entered the Confederate service as surgeon of the Thirty-first Alabama Regiment. This regiment was with General Pemberton at Vicksburg, and at the surrender of that place, the Doctor was paroled. In September following, he rejoined his command, and was with it until March, 1865, when he resigned and returned to Gadsden. Here he has since been actively engaged in the practice of medicine, and is at this writing (1888) in the enjoyment of a handsome competency, the result of his success as a doctor of medicine. He joined the State Medical Association in 1878; is now the president of the County Association, and is recognized by the profession generally as a physician of fine attainments. In addition to his practice he carries on an extensive drug store.
Doctor Berens was married in July, 1842. to Miss Temperance Gandy, daughter of Edward Gandy, of Gandy's Cove, Morgan County, Ala., and has had born to him six children, to-wit: Mary E. (Mrs. Wright), John W., James M. (physician), Jannie (Mrs Hughes), Edward G., M.D., of Gadsden: Idella (Mrs. Young). The mother of these children died in 1870, and in 1873 the Doctor married Mrs. Nancy Petty, nee' Sibly. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and the Doctor has been a Mason since 1853. He is at this writing a member of the Board of Health and chairman of the Board of Censors of the county.