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 Lewis Pinkney Brooks

Lewis Pinkney Brooks

Cherokee County, Georgia, USA
Death 6 Dec 1931 (aged 90)
Young County, Texas, USA
Burial Young County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 19202544 · View Source
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Lewis Pinkney Brooks was the son of William Crawford and Mary Timmons Brooks. He was born in Cherokee County,Georgia on the banks of the Etowah River.

At the age of 20, he enlisted in Company "B", 7th Georgia Infantry, under Colonel Gartrell, Hood's Division of the Army of Northern Virginia. His first active service was at Manassa, followed by the Peninsular Campaign and the Battle of Gettysburg. Though he enlisted as a private, he was soon promoted to lieutenant. He was slightly injured early in the war, but in 1864 he received a shoulder wound which retired him from active service.

Soon after the war, "Pink" Brooks came to Texas from Georgia in the fall and winter of 1866 arriving at Fort Belknap on Christmas Eve in the company of A.A. Timmons. On their approach to Fort Belknap they traveled across the area where the town of Graham is now located. In 1872 he returned to Georgia to marry Mary Lucinda Moore of Cherokee County, Georgia. They were married on October 13 of that year. They returned to Texas, settled near the Brazos River and in 1875, built the rock house that still stands a short distance from this cemetery. While they were building the permanent structure, they lived in a "Picket House." In 1975, when the house became 100 yrs.old, the Texas Historical Commision awarded a historical medallion which is attached to the house.

"Pink's" life was a vivid and colorful panorama of hardships, joys, thrilling adventures and dangers of frontier life. Only a few families were established in the county when he arrived and Indian depredations had not yet ceased. When the county was reorganized in 1874, he was appointed to conduct the first elections, and was elected the 2nd sherff of Young County in 1876. He was one of the best known men in the county and many referred to him as "Uncle Pink". He never lost his interest in politics, local or national. He was one of the founders of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

The Brooks house and land is now owned and occupied by Wayne and Barbara Brown Trice. Barbara is a granddaughter of Bessie Brooks Brown and a great granddaughter of L.P. and Cinnie Brooks.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Pinkney Brooks (1 May 1841–6 Dec 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19202544, citing Brooks Cemetery, Young County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by DBrown (contributor 46894197) .