C. W. BROOKS, farmer, P.O. McComb, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, March 3, 1838, son of Elisha and Margaret
(Woods) Brooks, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Ohio and of English and Irish descent, respectively.
The father of C. W., in early life a shoe maker, came to this county in 1845 and bought 320 acres of land, on which
he farmed the remainder of his life, dying in 1855. Our subject, the youngest in a family of eleven children (nine
of whom grew to manhood and womanhood), was reared on the farm and attended the common schools. He is now the owner
of 160 acres of well improved land, and has made farming the occupation of his life. He was married, in 1861, to
Sarah A. daughter of Cyrus and Betsey Hart, and descended of English and. Irish stock, and who died in 1881. The
children born to this union are Ellsworth, Norton, Mack. Wesley, Matilda, Eli, Jennie and Lizzie. In politics Mr.
Brooks is a Republican. In 1862 he enlisted in Company G, Twenty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was elected
captain, but by a general order the regiment was broken up and the men detailed. to other regiments. He served
the full term of his enlistment, and had a close call at the battle of Stone River, receiving a bullet directly
over his heart, his life being saved by a small bag of salt which he was carrying in his side pocket, and that
so reduced the force of the ball that it only shattered one rib. Since the war Mr. Brooks has resided on his farm,
in this township. He served as trustee four years and as treasurer four years in Pleasant Township. In 1880 he
was elected county commissioner, but two townships were thrown out, which gave the office to another. He takes
an active interest in educational matters, and served eight years as a member of the board of education. In 1883
he was elected vice president of Hancock County Agricultural Association, serving till 1885, when he was elected
general manager. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.; was First Chancellor Commander of McComb Lodge of K. of P.
No. 179, and is now Deputy Grand Chancellor. He was quartermaster of John Howard Post 154, G. A. R., three years,
and is now commander.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
Hancock County, Ohio Biographies
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