Many thanks to Nancy Fields, Kathy Haynes & Becky Chafin for sharing pictures and Brooks family research.
According to family history Nancy ____ the wife of William Brooks was a full-blooded Indian but I don’t think anyone knows which tribe. I have heard some of my uncles (Garrett line whose mother was a Brooks) talk about Constants (Constantinople , son of William) as being half Indian. Constants was the father of John who then would have been one quarter Indian, and so on. I believe there are some definite physical characteristics in the Brooks family that would indicate Indian heritage. My father had brothers and sisters with coal black straight hair (but he had red hair…Sutherland). So,
I have pictures of Joseph, James, Solomon, and Benjamin Brooks (all sons of John and Elizabeth Hill Brooks).
John and Elizabeth went to Buchanan
County after the Civil War from Mitchell County, NC, and then on to Russell County.
BROOKS – The Brooks Family came from Yancy County, NC.
The Brooks Family
Yancy County, NC
Rock Creek 1850’s
Fork Mt. Area 1860’s
Constantine was in NC, his son John came to Russell County to Rock Creek 1850’s and Fork Mt. Area 1860’s.
Altha Rudolph Brooks d/o William M. Brooks & Mary Sutherland
Mary died at the at the age of 33 due to complications from the birth of their 6th child Deward.
Mary d/o Mahala Kiser and Jessee Sutherland
Mahala d/o Joseph Kiser, Jr. & Mary Polly Childress
Jessee s/o Daniel Sutherland & Phoebe Fuller
William Brooks s/o John Brooks & Elizabeth Hill
John s/o Constantine (Constantnople) Brooks (Rutherford County, NC) * Rutha Daily
Constant s/o William Brooks & Nancy ? (full blooded Indian)
William Brooks was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1745 and died in Rutherford County, NC or in Cleveland County, NC in 1844. He enlisted in the Army in 1776 – the year the Revolutionary War began – where he was living at the time in Fredrick County, Maryland. He enlisted for a period of one year. During this year of service, he participated in the Battles of Harlem, Long Island and White Plain, New York. In White Plain he was wounded and sent to the hospital. After his release from the hospital, his tour of duty was complete and he moved to Guilford County, North Carolina. While a resident of Guilford County, he served three additional short tours of duty including the Battle of Charleston, South Carolina.
About 1787-88, he moved westward into Rutherford County and settled on Sandy Run Creek, which in 1841 became Cleveland County, North Carolina. This is the county where he died. We actually found no record of his marriage, but did find that his wife was named Nancy and the records show they raised nine sons and one daughter on the farm they owned and run a grist mill. According to his will, their children were John 1779, David 1781, Samuel 1797, Constantanople 1783, Joseph 1785, Issac 1787, Moses 1795, Aaron 1790, Hiram 1793, Elizabeth 1802.
Constant married Ruth Daily and was the only son to remain in Cleveland County. They raised a large family of 10 or 11 and one of their sons was John Brooks that married Elizabeth Betty Hill (or Hillmaiden) who had Alfred, Martin, James, Judith, John, Mary E. (Grandpa) Charles, William, Solomon and Rebecca C.
This devotion really touched my heart and soul. Thank you Rev. Ray.’
The traveler app…roaches a distant mountain and all of it is in view. From a distance one might believe that it is easy to climb. The view is different at the foot of that same mountain. There all thoughts of an easy expedition vanish: it is tall, steep and deep. Step inside it’s forest door and the mountain becomes alive with character of sights, sounds and smell. It’s breeze touches you as though it was breathing an invitation to climb and explore the unsearchable ways of its creator.The weary travelers of old would look out at the distant road they had to walk to get home. There were mountains and valleys to cross and go through. The trip would be with hot days and dark nights. They would travel together, no one should walk alone. There was no turning back; they would journey forward toward a better land; and they would find strength for the journey in a question and an answer.The question came as they lifted their eyes to view the hilly path before them: “Where does my help come from?” The answer was (and is) always the same. “My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121)Don’t give up when the way seems impossible. Ask the question and affirm the answer, then keep walking. We get to the top of each mountain by walking with God. The view is always different from the top then it was at the foot. From there you can see where you are going and where you have been. You also see something else: That God is high and lifted up, faithful, and greatly to be praised.
Grace and Peace, Rev Ray
Rev. Raymond Amos
First United Methodist Church