John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers, 1832, 1883-1921

Manuscript Collection #595

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: John Wilkes Brooks Family Papers
    Creator: Brooks family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: 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.
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

  • Administrative Information
    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Rachel Brooks Hord

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by C. Crews, February 1991

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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