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John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers, 1832, 1883-1921

(Manuscript Collection #595)

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Title: John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers
Creator: Brooks family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1832, 1883-1921) including letters, marriage and death records, school census.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 60 items , consisting of letters, marriage and death records, and school census.

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Accessions Information

June 23, 1990,, 17 items; Papers (1832, 1883-1921) of Pitt County, N.C., family, including correspondence, school census, marriage and death records, and a photograph of Red Banks School. Gift of Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord, Crescent City, Florida.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers (#595), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Crews, February 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

John Wilkes Brooks was born November 16, 1856, the son of Edwin and Martha Brooks. He married Susan Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fields on March 25, 1884. Six sons and four daughters survived him at his death, April 4, 1921.

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Most of this collection consists of letters (1883-1888) to or from Lizzie Fields Brooks, the majority of which were written during the Brooks' courtship. In the correspondence there is mention of a Methodist revival in La Grange, N.C. (1884), tremors from an earthquake, land rent, and the price of cotton (1886). Two letters mention illness (1886, 1888). Also included are records of Brooks, Hardee, and Moore family deaths (1843-1863); a marriage license (1832) for James Nelson and Annice Moore; a 1907 census of school children for Greenville Township, Pitt County, N.C.; a photograph of Red Banks School, with its pupils and teachers; and a 1921 memorial for John W. Brooks.

For additional information, see Collection #370.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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