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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John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers (#595), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord
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.
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.