JUNE 2006 Chatham County Line Page 11
by Fred J. Vatter
Recently Highway 421 was named the “Isaac Brooks Highway”, marked by signs at its Randolph and Lee County entrees into Chatham County. Isaac was a son of John and Susan Brooks who were granted 640 acres south of Tick Creek near Ore Hill in 1755. The Brooks house, which was eventually deeded to Isaac, was reportedly Chatham County’s first frame house and the first to have the luxury of glass in its windows. It remained standing until the 1930’s. A descendent, Dr. Brooks Gilmore and Mrs. Dawn Gilmore, members of the Chatham County Historical Association, are currently building an exact replica of the original house.
During the Revolutionary War, Isaac Brooks was an active Regulator and fought for the colonials at the Battle of Alamance. He is said to have been on the “most wanted list” of David Fanning, the ruthless Tory. During the second and third sessions of the Colonial Assembly in 1772 and 1773 Isaac Brooks was a member. He introduced a bill to lay out and build a public road from the Dan River to Campbellton (now Fayetteville) to serve the wilderness counties of Cumberland, Chatham and Guilford. The route was laid out by Isaac Brooks, assisted by his brother Joab, and Henry Bray, all of whom lived in and were familiar with Western Chatham. The present route of Highway 421 follows the survey made by Isaac.
--Spouse: Ruth Terrell Brooks
Ruth Terrell Brooks