Biography - A. H. Brooks

A. H. BROOKS, farmer, P. O. Cobden, was born in Union County, Ill., February 18, 1847, to Larkin F. and Martha R. (McCaul) Brooks. He was born in North Carolina July 22, 1814; died August 14, 1878. She was born in Tennessee June 15, 1820, and is still living. They were married September 22, 1836. In the spring of 1842, they came to Illinois and settled in Perry County, where they resided until 1845, when they moved to Union County. In 1846, they settled on the old homestead, on which he died. To them eight children were born who reached maturity. Three sons, M. C, William T. and James T., were in the service during the war of the rebellion. James T. died in 1870. He is the only one of the family of children deceased. In politics, he was Democratic. In early life he was a member of the Baptist Church, but after coming to this county he joined the Hillerites, and to this church all his family belong. His occupation most of his life was that of farmer, but had been variously engaged, building flat-boats and working on the river in Tennessee, in saw mill and flouring mill on his old homestead in this county, etc. Our subject was educated in the schools of this county, and has resided here all his life. His occupation is that of farmer, but for nine years he acted as engineer, most of the time in the mill, in which he was interested with his father and brother. In 1877, he began farming, and in 1878 came to his present farm of eighty acres. This he has improved till now he has good farm buildings and about 112 acres cleared. May 19, 1877, he was married to Margaret Johnson. She was born in this county to Frederick and Darthula (Ledgerwood) Johnson. Her father died previous to her birth. Her mother was afterward married to Abram Hankley, who died at Jackson, Tenn., during the war. She is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks have two children dead and two living — Arthur and Alfred Ernest. In politics, Mr. Brooks is Democratic.

Extracted 30 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 120.

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