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Rev. Earl Brooks

Transcribed and submitted by Dorothy McCann Phillips


JOSEPHINE20 PHILLIPS (SOPHRONIA MEHITABLE19 YOUNG, LYDIA18 GOULD, NATHAN17,) was born March 10, 1836 in French Creek, Upshur Co., WV.  She married ADOLPHUS BROOKS April 13, 1854 in French Creek, Upshur Co., WV, son of AMOS BROOKS and LAURA GOULD.

 i. HARRIET EVA21 BROOKS, b. 1865, French Creek, Upshur Co., WV; d. 1911; m. DENNIS CUTRIGHT, September 20, 1892, Upshur Co., WV.
 ii. FRED E. BROOKS, b. French Creek, Upshur Co., WV; d. March 1933.
 iii. ALONZO BEECHER BROOKS, b. May 10, 1873, French Creek, Upshur Co., WV; d. May 16, 1944.
 iv. EARLE A. BROOKS, b. April 20, 1871, French Creek, Upshur Co., WV; d. April 4, 1952, Newton Highlands, MA, buried in Wheeling, WV; m. (1) MARY MCCUSKY; m. (2) ORA MCCUSKY.
 v. CHANDLER LYNN BROOKS, b. October 28, 1860, Upshur Co., WV.

The following is an excerpt from a book written by Lois Pinnell.   "The French Creek Presbyterian Church"


Earl Brooks was born in French Creek WV April 20, 1871 and died at his home in Newton Highlands,  Mass. on
April 4, 1952.  He is buried in Wheeling, West Virginia in Greenwood Cemetery. He married Mary McCuskey and
by her he had 2 children. Eleanor Frances Brooks, and Chandler McCuskey Brooks.  After the death of his first wife, in 1922, he married her sister Ora McCuskey.

Sr. brooks was the third son and 6th child of  Adolpheus and Josephine Phillips Brroks.  he received his early education at the Mulbery Ridge School.  He prepared himself for a teacher and taught a few terms in the Upshur County schools, starting at the age of seventeen. After a period of continued study in French Creek, he was able to enter Wesy Virginia University, where he obtained an A.B. degree in 1897.  He received an S.T.B.  degree from Western Theokogical Seminary in 1900.  An honarary degree of D.D. was conferred on him, in 1917 by Davis and Elkins College, Elkins West Virginia, after he served as a trustee of that school for several years.

His first duties as a Minister were performed in his home church at French Creek which he supplied during the
summer of 1899.  He likewise taught a Sunday School class in the Shady Side Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
For one year after graduation, he served as a Sunday School Missionary in the southern mountains of Clay Co.,
West Virginia.  He then became assistant Pastor of the Kanawha Presbyterian Church in Charleston, and served
later in Williamstown.  he often preached in the mission Church in Cabin Creek during this period in Charleston.
He served later as Pastor of The Presbyterian church in Weston, from 1906 to 1917' Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Everett, mass., from 1918 to 1926.

For eight years he supplied the Presbyterian Church of litchfield, New Hampshire and subsequently served as a
supply at the Union Square Church of Somerville, Mass. from 1936 to 1941.   Later he supplied other churches
in Greater Boston, when he was needed.

His interest in natural sciences were great.  From 1914 until 1950 he served as a member of the faculty, and taught
natural science subjects in the summer youth training camps of the International Sunday School Association and the  American Youth Foundation at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Denver, Colorado, Shelby, Michigan, Wianipesaukee and  Center Ossipee, New Hampshire.

In 1920 he became a Professor of Field Sciences in the school of Religeous Education and Social Services, Boston,
University.  In 1928 he terminated his pastorate at Everett and devoted his full time to teaching.  he transferred to
the School of Education in 1929 and taught there in the Sargent School of Physical Education until he retired in 1941 at the age of seventy.  he yielded to requests for his services, until failing health necessitated his complete retirement in 1946.

His accomplishments were many,   and he was devoted to working with boys and young men. While Pastor at Weston he organized one of the 1st Boy Scout troops in the state.  He attended one of the 1st established camps foe scoutmasters, and he became Scout Commissioner for the State of West Virginia.

Note:  Earle Amos brooks also wrote many letters of his genealogical research, which he did over some years time.
I have some of these letters, and they too are a wonderful tribute to this man.
Dorothy McCann-Phillips

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