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Dr. John Reece Brooks 1857 - 1924
Posted by: Robert Calhoun (ID *****1123) Date: December 10, 2010 at 09:05:34
In Reply to: Dr. John Reece Brooks ( b. c1859/62, d. 1924) by Hugh Rodgers of 81

Hello Hugh Rodgers:

STANFORD, Harriett married BROOKS, Jordan on 20 Dec 1846 in Warren County Georgia. Harriet was the daughter of John R. and Elizabeth ( Smith ) Stanford of Warren county. Jordan and Harriett are seen in the census:

1850 Warren County Census
Family No. 954

BROOKS, Jordan age 24 M, manager Ga.
………… Harriet age 26 F Ga.
………… Garry age 1 M Ga.

A Thomson Georgia resident named W. D. Wilson kept a dairy and he recorded deaths, marriages and a other events in his community. A portion of his dairy was published in the 1910 Thomson Georgia newspaper. The newspaper is preserved on microfilm and it has been partly extracted in a book titled, McDuffie County, Georgia Deaths 1872 - 1935 by Fred W. McRee, Jr. Mr. W. D. Wilson recorded in his dairy that Jordan Brooks died August 26, 1859.

The widow Harriett Brooks is seen in the 1860 Warren county census:

1860 Warren County Census
Williams District, PO Warrenton, W. Littleton Asst. Marshal
Pages 65 & 66, Line 38, Dwelling No. 480, Family No. 8

Mrs. Brooks ………age 35 F, 250 ---- Ga.
Gary……."…………age 10 M Ga.
Isaac……"…………age 9 M Ga.
Frances..."…………age 7 F Ga.
Elizabeth."…………age 5 F Ga.
John……."…………age 3 M Ga.
Jeremiah."…………age 8/12 M Ga.
Isaac Brooks………age 90 M N.C.

Widow Harriett Brooks married an unknown Rabun during the 1860's and there's a marriage in Warren county records but THIS IS NOT Harriett Brooks, the widow of Jordan Brooks.

BROOKS, Harriett E. married RABUN, Lewis J. on 31 Jan 1864 in Warren County ( Warren County Marriages 1856 - 1873 )

The lady above, Harriett E. ( Brooks ) Rabun 1847 - 1895 got an obituary in the Gibson, Glascock county newspaper and she's buried beside her husband Lewis J. Rabun.

Widow Harriett ( Stanford ) Brooks Rabun is seen in the 1870 Washington county Georgia census living next door to her brother, John D. Stanford and her parents, John R. and Elizabeth Stanford. Harriett's children Elizabeth and John Brooks are seen living in their grandparent's house.

1870 Washington County Georgia Census
P.O. Warthen Store
26 July 1870

HN 164 & FN 161
Rabun Harriet 40 FW Keeping House Ga.
………Isaac 18 MW Works On Farm Ga.
………Jerrie 10 MW Works On Farm Ga.

HN 165 & FN 162
McJaker William 13 MB Works On Farm Ga.
McGinter Pierce 13 MB Works On Farm Ga.

HN166 & FN 163
Stanford John D 25 MW Farmer Ga.
………Frances 25 FW Keeping House Ga.
[Tully] Willie 10 MW Ga.
[Tully] Emily 9 FW Ga.
Stanford Lillie 3 FW Ga.
McGahee David 14 MW Works On Farm Ga.

HN167 & 165
Stanford John R. 66 MW Farming Ga.
…………Elizabeth 65 FW Keeping House Ga.
…………Mary A 27 FW No Occupation Ga.
Brooks Elizabeth 14 FW Works On Farm Ga.
Brooks John 12 MW Works On Farm Ga.

Harriett died in 1911 and she's buried at Mineral Springs Baptist Church, in Washington county and it's just a short distance from the Agricola community in Glascock county. Her parents John and Elizabeth Stanford may be buried there too in unmarked graves.

MINERAL SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH
About nine miles north of Warthen on Route 248 in Washington County Ga.

HARRIET RABUN
Born June 17, 1824 Died Jan 9, 1911


Dr. John Reese Brooks resided in Agricola Georgia, and he died on October 6, 1924 at University Hospital in Augusta Ga. His obituary was printed in the October 7, 1911 Augusta Chronicle newspaper. It said he was a native of Columbia County, but had made his residence in Agricola for many years. He was a practicing physician for forty years. The funeral notice said services would be conducted in the Agricola Methodist Church, of which he was a member. But there's no Methodist Church in the little Agricola community and it would have been in the Methodist Church in nearby Mitchell instead, only a short distance from Agricola.

His survivors were: Wife, Mrs. Julia Gibson Brooks; three sons, John Reese Brooks of Columbus, Ga.; Dr. Thomas Gibson Brooks, of Augusta and William Herman Brooks, of Columbus, Ga.; four daughters, Mrs. D. T. Roughton, of Old Fort, N.C., Mrs. D. W. Horne, of Macon, Mrs. J. H. McMurria of Columbus and Miss Martha Rogers Brooks of Agricola; one brother, Isaac Brooks, of Tarrytown, Ga.; one sister, Mrs. John Rachels, of Macon and seven grandchildren. Dr. John R. Brooks' Death Certificate can be found on line in the Georgia Virtual Vault.

An elderly Gibson source says the widow Julia Gibson Brooks moved to Columbus where she had children and she had Dr. John R. Books exhumed from the Methodist church in Mitchell and moved to Columbus Georgia.


The son Dr. Thomas Gibson Brooks is buried in Augusta's Magnolia Cemetery in Richmond county Georgia and the cemetery is online. The obituary was printed in the October 28, 1953 Augusta Chronicle. Survivors were listed as his wife, Alice Danforth, daughter Camilla Brooks, mother, two brothers, John R. Brooks Jr. and Dr. Herman Brooks both of Jacksonville, Fla., four sisters, Mrs. Dan W. Horne, of Macon, Mrs. Ralph King and Mrs. J. H. McMurra both of Columbus and Mrs. Frances B. Roughton of Old Fort, N.C.

Danforth Family Plot, Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia

Thomas Gibson Brooks
Born Agricola, GA
Mar 1, 1900
Died Aiken, SC
Oct 27, 1953

Alice Danforth
Daughter of
W. P. & K. C. Danforth
Wife of
Thomas Gibson Brooks
Nov 11, 1905 Feb 19,1989

The son Jeremiah, Jerrie or Garra H. Brooks is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon Georgia. The son Isaac Brooks is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery, Vidalia, Toombs county Georgia and the daughter Frances Brooks Rachels is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Macon Georgia. I don't have any information on the daughter Elizabeth Brooks seen living with her grandparents in 1870.

The daughter Frances Brooks was not living with her mother nor her grandparents in the 1870 census. She was living with her aunt, Ellen ( Stanford ) Hays.

1870 Columbia County Census, Page 248, 174th District
P. O. Thomson, 4 Sept 1870

Dwelling No. 2074 and Family No. 2160

Hays James B 44 MW Works On Farm ---- 145 Ga.
……..Ellen 45 FW Keeping House Ga.
……..Mary Ann 14 FW At Home Ga.
Brooks Fannie 17 FW Without Occupation Ga.


Happy Hunting


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