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J. F. BROOKS

 

From the 1887 History of Vernon County, Missouri.  Brown & Co., p. 416:

J. F.  BROOKS

(Farmer and Stock-raiser, Section 26, Post-office, Hume).

    As is well known, Vernon county has received its largest immigration during the past 20 years, and in this time many men who have become prominent in different affairs to which their attention was turned have removed here originally from Maryland. Among those from that State now engaged in agricultural pursuits is found J. F. Brooks, who came to this county in 1869. It is an item of interest that he drew the lumber for the first house which he built from Pleasant Hill, Cass county, and did space but permit, other incidents might be related of the inconveniences which he experienced in making a home here. He is now the owner of 240 acres of good land, and a glance at it is sufficient to show that it is thoroughly improved and managed.  Mr. Brooks was born in Washington county, Maryland, in 1838. His father, Joseph Brooks, was a native of England, though he came to America when young, and afterwards worked at his trade (that of gunsmith) for the Government at Harper’s Ferry. He married Miss Catharine Miller, of Maryland, subsequent to which he moved with his family to St. Louis county, Mo., in 1844. Eight children were born to himself and wife. Of these J. F., the sixth child, was brought up in St. Louis county, living there until the Civil War burst forth in all its fury. In 1862 he enlisted in the 10th Missouri infantry, taking part in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena and others; he was captured during his term of service, and for eight months was confined at Alton, Ill., later spending a year in prison at Fort Delaware. After the war was over he returned to St. Louis in May, 1865, but four years later, or in 1869, he took up a location in this county. In 1876 Mr. Brooks was married to Miss Sarah Finch, a native of Buchanan county, Mo., and an estimable lady. They have three children in their family: Peter, Chester H., and Alexander S.

 

 

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