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Bio of William Thomas Brooks and family.



William Thomas Brooks was my great-granddad. Unfortunately, our family has precious little knowledge of the details of his life. We do know that his father and mother were Andrew Jackson Brooks (1814 - ca 1870) and Mary Ann Warick (ca 1820 - ca 1870). They were married in Meigs County, Tennessee January 12, 1845. By 1850 they had moved to War Eagle Township, Madison County, Arkansas (near the present-day War Eagle Mill, east of Rogers, Arkansas). By 1860 they had moved from there to Berryville, in Carroll County, Arkansas. Family still living there thinks that the homestead (such as it was) was located closer to the little communities of Urbanette and Grandview, just north of Berryville. My granddad, William, was born there, in the vicinity of Berryville. During the Civil War, this locale was ravaged, and many families fled the area. Our Brookses ended up near the little community of Crane, in Christian County, Missouri. We're not sure when or where the parents died, but the children ended up at staggered intervals back in and around Berryville between about 1872 and the mid-1880's. As a teenaged young man, our William split with the rest of his siblings and wound up by 1880 in Barton County, Missouri, about 35 miles north of Joplin. He was married to Margaret Melville Crabaugh, whose grandparents were living in Barton County at the time. These Crabaughs had also been at War Eagle and were later involved in milling near Eureka Springs and Berryville, Arkansas prior to the Civil War. By about 1882, William and Margaret were back in the Berryville area. About 1898, William moved the family to Tahlequah, in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (present-day Cherokee County, Oklahoma). There they worked as farm laborers for a family named Crews. William died in 1909. Dad saw a death notice years ago and seemed to recall that the cause of death was pneumonia or some other form of pulmonary distress. After William's death and before 1920, Margaret and all of the kids and spouses would move to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where work opportunities from the burgeoning oil industry were plentiful. Tom Brooks

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