William Param Brooks

William Param Brooks

Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
Death 19 Apr 1889 (aged 57)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Plot Lot 2191
Memorial ID 9702194 · View Source
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Engineer William Param Brooks CSN.
1832 - 1889
Born in Edgefield County, South Carolina on March 27, 1832, he was the son of Jordan Param and Ann F. McAlroy Brooks. Not too long after serving his engineering apprenticeship at the Cunningham Belknap, Phoenix Foundry in New York in October 1852, Brooks served as one of the engineers aboard the S.S. "Habana", a passenger and freight steamer which cruised between Havana, Cuba and New Orleans up until the outbreak of hostilities between the States, when it was purchased by the Confederate Government in order to serve its Navy. It was while in London, awaiting to be assigned to the CSS Alabama, that Brooks met and fell in love with the beautiful Wiltshire born Emily Ann Bence, and within a fortnight of their meeting they were married at the parish church of Saint Mary's, Newington, on July 16, 1862 with most of the officers from the late Sumter attending in full dress uniform. Their short honeymoon was spent in Ireland accompanied by her mother, and it was while here that they paid a visit to Blarney Castle near Cork, where Brooks held his new bride by her heels in order that she could kiss the famous Blarney Stone. After eleven years in the service of Spain, he resigned his position and returned home to Savannah, Georgia. Upon his return he was engaged as chief engineer aboard the Ocean Steamship Company's vessel Tallahassee, a post he held until his demise on April 19, 1889. With his coffin draped in the colors of the Sumter and Alabama, he was buried in a private grave at the Laurel Grove Cemetery and where his Emily, who survived him, joined him on April 7th 1927.
Source; Mr. Clint Brooks & the "When liverpool was Dixie" Web-Site

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  • Maintained by: Michael Brooks
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 24 Oct 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9702194
  • Michael Brooks
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Param Brooks (27 Mar 1832–19 Apr 1889), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9702194, citing Laurel Grove Cemetery North, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Michael Brooks (contributor 48907448) .