Funeral Manual of Rev. A. D. Brooks
Contributed by Walter H. Parsons, III
The following is an abstract of a letter from Mr. Parsons concerning this manual and his quest to find its proper "resting place."
"In the late 1800s, the Rev. A. D. .Brooks was the 11th pastor of the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ellis County, Texas, ....(Based on a note found with it, the manual was found in November 1965 in a chest of drawers stored in a Surplus Property Warehouse at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas....My father, Col. Walter H, Parsons, Jr. was the Asst. Dir. (later Director) of the Physical Plant at the University. Since he was an ardent genealogist, I suspect that he picked up the manual because of the genealogical information and kept it for many years -- not having access to the Internet!!....After he died in 1994, I became the family genealogist, with his ton of files-- including this manual. I decided that it needed to get to the proper repository and contacted Barbara Knox, Coordinator of the Ellis County TxGenWeb site, who suggested the Sims Library and the Ellis County Museum in Waxahachie.
"I wanted to contact a family descendant of Rev. A. D. Brooks whose son was probably T. D. Brooks, who lived in College Station in 1942 and called the First Baptist Church in College Station. I learned that the T. D. Brooks home on Lee Street had been bought by the University after President Earl Rudder's home on the campus burned and used as the President's home until a new one could be built. This explains the surplus property note and I also learned that T. D. Brooks, in all probability, had no children. So, after talking with the wife of the present pastor of the First Baptist church in Milford, I decided to donate the manual to the church. I am also sending copies of some of the interesting pages to the Library, Museum and the Ellis County TxGenWeb site."
"My great-grandfather, Harrison Parsons (a corporal; in the Yankee Cavalry), "immigrated" to Texas to Dennison and , Grayson counties. My grandfather was born in Dennison, my dad in Palestine and I in Corpus Christi."
"I pray this historical and genealogical information will be useful - the location of burials is not shown. Also my spelling of some names may be questionable."
Note: This information is shown in a table format for easier reading.
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