Terrell Brooks

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Terrell Brooks

  • Birth 1798
  • Death 17 Mar 1878
  • Burial Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 66128289

Terrell Brooks was the son of Rev. War Patriot Joab Brooks (b. NC) & Catherine Campbell (b. in Scotland).

Brothers Terrell, Allen & Micajah Brooks migrated from Warren Co., GA to (ultimately) Lowndes Co., MS. Terrell and brother Allen lived in adjoining plantations in the southwest section of Lowndes Co., Miss. The Brooks-Henkel Cemetery is located on what had been Allen's land.

Brother Micajah was on the "board" at the first county court, held in Columbus 1830 (See Lipscomb, A History of Columbus Mississippi During the 19th Century at 18 (1909)), and was a justice of the peace (per records of marriages performed by him). Later, Micajah settled in nearby Noxubee County.

Bethesda Baptist Church was founded abt. 1840 by some members of the Hardshell Baptist Church who decided to form a church that followed basic doctrines of Missionary Baptists. See Starkville Daily News, Sesquicentennial Ed., Religion and Culture at 7 (1983). Some of the heads of families who were the first members were Lewis Wilbanks, Allen Brooks, Terrell Brooks, A. C. Halbert, Arnold Bentley, Dr. Burt, Church Carpenter, Henry Lawrence, George Kennard and Henry Kennard. See http://lowndes.msghn.org/churches/Bethesda_Church_History.html

That makes sense, because brother Allen's grandson, Judge Thomas Battle Carroll described Terrell Brooks as "a member of the Baptist Church" and "an upright man." Judge Carroll was probably raised in Bethesda Baptist Church, and took morality seriously in his writings, sparing no-one who fell short in his estimation.

According to Judge Carroll, Terrell Brooks “was a farmer and accumulated a fortune...” and “died at his home two mi n. of Crawford in edge of Lowndes Co."

It is believed that Terrell Brooks married first Elizabeth Travis on 23 Dec 1819 in Warren County, GA; married second to Margaret "Peggy" ____.

*Since posting the above, "Cemetery Dawg" sent the following message: Marriage records show that Terrell Brooks married Margaret N. McCarter on 11/12/1823 in Monroe Co., MS. There was a Serepta McCarter, age 75, next door to them in the 1850 census.

The 1850 Oktibbeha Co. Census listing for his household:
Terrell Brooks, Farmer 52 GA
Margaret Brooks 42 SC
John Brooks 14 MS
Mary A. Brooks 12 MS
Harriet Brooks 10 MS
James Brooks 8 MS
Margaret Brooks 4 MS

Terrell's son, John Martin Brooks, served in the Confederate army.

Terrell's son, James lived on the Terrell Brooks homestead, and was very intelligent, highly educated, stood high with his neighbors per Judge Thomas Battle Carroll.

Judge Carroll did not know how many children Terrell Brooks had, but did know of the following:

Mrs. Jno. E. Joiner “live(d) w/husband on their farm abt 5 mi SE of Starkville”

Mrs. Richard Reeder “never had any children” … “lived a long time in Crawford where her husband was a merchant..."

Elizabeth, m. Wilborn Conner, who d. & left her 1 child: William B. Conner “who is abt. my (Judge Carroll) age (b. 1860)& lives in Paris, TX. His mother lives w/him."

Judge Carroll also believed there was a daughter, “Hattie” b. abt. 1885, m. P.E. Mayers (sp?), a newspaper editor in Scranton, Miss.

There may have been more children.

Information from Terrell Brooks' descendants is welcome.

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  • Maintained by: james brooks christoffersen
  • Originally Created by: DeeDee
  • Added: 25 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66128289
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Terrell Brooks (1798–17 Mar 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66128289, citing Bethesda Cemetery, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by james brooks christoffersen (contributor 47767580) .