The Evening Index (Greenwood SC) 19 Nov 1911 Page 1
J. HAS PASSED AWAY WELL KNOWN SOUTH CAROLINIAN DIED TUESDAY NIGHT. BROOKS R. of WAS OF DISTINGUISHED FAMILY. Was Confederate Veteran and Survived by Wife and Eleven Children. Burial In Edgefield Today. John Hampden Brooks of Greenwood, a well known South Carolinian and Confederate veteran, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J. Quitman Marshall, on Laurel street, Columbia, Tuesday nit at 8:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health for more than a year. Ho was 78 years of age and Is survived by his ' ife RnJ n ,.hij,,ron. x;.p fum,rai an-I the to A E R. is Har- nouncement will be ii'.a-.ir later, ("apt Asso-Brooks was visiting his daughter, Mrs. meet-Marshall, at the time of his death. Surviving apt, Brooks are Mrs. Brooks who was at home near Ninety Six and the following children. Preston S. Brooks, Mrs. J. Quitman Marshall, Miss Mary p. Brooks. Mrs. William M. Shannon, Miss Nell Brooks, Loudon Brooks, M. Berrien Brooks, Mrs. Benj. R. Hey ward and Harry Brooks. News of the death of Capt. Brooks will be received with sorrow by hun- CAPT. J. HAJSrDEN BROOKS." dreds throughout the State. As a genial companion, a well posted member of the general assembly and one who took active part in "the clean side of politics," as one expressed it yesterday, he was known as a "lead ing citizen." Born in Edgefield. u uii ii nauiucu ijiuuild was uuiu 111 Edgefield county in 1833 and was the youngest of a family of five children and the only survivor. His third ' brother, Lieut Whitfield Butler Brooks, ' was killed in Mexico, and his oldest ,' brother, Preston S. Brooks, died in Washington in 1857, just after his second term in congress. Preston Brooks it will be recalled, caned Charles Sumner, senator from Massachusetts, as a result of an altercation in which It was said the senator from Massachusetts made remarks reflecting on the South. J. C. Brooks, father of U. R, Brooks, now clerk of the State supreme court, died in Edgefield county some time ago, and his oldest sister, Mrs. R. G. Dunnovant, died at Edgefield in 1866. The history of the Brooks family is familiar in this State. Educated at University. Capt: Brooks received his early edu cation in Edgefield and afterwards attended Mt. Zlon college at Wlnnsboro, entering the South Carolina College In 1851 and graduating In 1854. He was elected to the legislature from Edge field the same year, receiving the largest vote ever cast in that district He declined reelection, but when war was declared several years later he or-1 ganized the first "minute men" club and wore the first blue cockade in that district. After being elected cap tain of a company in Bonhanrs, afterwards Kershaw's brigade,' lie led his company in the battles of Virginia during the first year of the war. His War Record. Declining reelection he served for some time as aide de camp to Gen. Kershaw and upon hi? recommendation and the approval of Gen. John ston was allowed to raise a partisan ranger company, aferwards assigned to Nelson's battalion. This battalion did service on the coast and eventually surrendered. Capt Brooks was wounded two times at Drewry's Bluff and in this battle 20 men were killed and 45 out of his 75 were wounded. After this battle he was appointed to organize a battalion of foreign prisoners, holding the rank waen ureenwooa counij wa ii rul ed Capt Brook wae found In the new county. ' He represented the county first hi the.ieaiBlature and then two terms la the Senate. - - The burial will be held at Edgefield thl aftomooo. - - - - .