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67. Iverson Lee BROOKS25,68,74,125 was born on 28 February 1829 in Caswell County, North Carolina.68 He died in December 1876 at the age of 47 in Drew County, Arkansas.25

Source had date of birth as 2/29/1829, but this day is non-existent.

Moved to Tennessee; then to Monticello AR along with nephew John Kerr Brooks Jr.

Iverson married Bettie A. Lee about 1855, perhaps in TN. She was born ca 1838, TN, and died 22 Jul 1907 in Drew Co AR.
Children:
Louella Irene, b. 10 Nov 1856, TN & d. 18 Jun 1930 in Hot Springs, AR. Married Jesse James Hankins 25 Nov 1874 in Drew Co AR.
William/Percy Lee, b. ca 1860, d. bef 1880
Iva L. b. 1863, d. aft 1880
Lizzie K. b. ca 1866
Mary G., b. Feb 1871, married Jacob Hudgins
Eula L., b. 12 Apr 1873, married John M. Binns, 10 Nov 1892, Drew co AR
Hill, b. 1876

1860 Census, Monticello, Drew Co, AR
Ivison Brooks, age 31, Lawyer, b. NC. Bettie A. age 20, b. TN as were a female child listed as "D.J." age 3 [this has to be Louella Irene] and William age 6 months, both also born in TN. [By 1870, William has become Percy L. - either the parents changed the names of these children, or someone gave erroneous information]

Compiled Service record of Iverson Lea Brooks, Colonel of the 26th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Enlisted as 3rd Sgt, Company A, 3 May 1862, at Monticello, Drew Co, AR, 50 miles from home. Promoted to Capt of Company G, 18 Jul 1862. Granted leave 23 Mar 1863. Age 37 in 1863 [he was 34] Elected Lt. Col. 6 Dec 1863. Promoted to Colonel 26 May 1864.

1870 Census, Monticello, Drew Co, AR
Name written as "Isaac" Brooks but it must be Iverson. He was age 42, an Attorney, b. NC. Betty age 32, b. TN, keeping house. Luella age 12, b. TN. Percy age 10, b. TN, Iva L. age 7, b. AR, and Lizzie K. age 4 also b. AR. James Tilar, age 30, a shoemaker b. in MD was living with the family.

Family records state Iverson died 15 Feb 1877, but that may be a probate date from his estate settlement.

The widow Bettie Brooks in 1880:
Census Place: Monticello, Drew, Arkansas
Source: FHL Film 1254043 National Archives Film T9-0043 Page 425A
Bettie Brooks, age 41, b. TN, Keeping House, parents born in NC
Iva, Dau, age 18, b. AR, both parents born in NC [The children's mother gave her birth place as Tennessee but the enumerator seemed to pick up her parents' birthplaces as that of the children.]
Lizzie, Dau, age 14, b. AR, At School
Mary, Dau, age 9, b. AR, At School
Pert Brooks [Eula], Dau, age 7, b. AR, At School
Hill, Son, age 4, b. AR.

Here is dau LouElla in 1880. The name Hankins looks more like Hawkins.
Census Place: Monticello, Drew, Arkansas
Source: FHL Film 1254043 National Archives Film T9-0043 Page 425A
Jessie Hankin, age 27, b. AR, Carpenter [no place of birth for parents]
Lou Ella, Wife, age 22, b. TN, Keeping House, her father b. NC, her mother b. TN
Ivenson, Son, age 4, b. AR
Katie, Dau, age 1, b. AR
Living with the family:
Rachel Smith, age 72, b. NC, Boarder
Mary Hendon, age 64, divorced, Keeping House

I did not find Percy Brooks in 1880 - he should have been about age 20; perhaps deceased.

Bettie is said to have left a nuncupative will; she died 22 Jul 1907.

Entered twice on FindaGrave.com
Old Monticello Cemetery, Drew Co, AR
Col. I L. Brooks 1823-1879
and
Col. Iverson Lee Brooks, B. 28 Feb 1829, d. Nov 1876.
Note attached:
Attended Cumberland University Law School.
PREWAR LAWYER, in Brownsville Tennesses. To Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas, in 1859.
Married: Betty Lee.
SGT. CO A 26th AR., March 03, 1862.
CAPT. CO G July 18, 1862.
LT COL December 06, 1863.
COL. April 09, 1864.
POST WAR, LAWYER in Drew County.
STATE LEGISLATOR.
DIED, December 1876, Monticello, Arkansas.
BURIED, Old Monticello Cemetery.
and
Betty Lee Brooks, no dates given.
I suspect both graves may be unmarked.


Iverson Lee BROOKS and Bettie A. LEE were married circa 1855. Bettie A. LEE25 was born in 1838 in Tennessee. She died on 22 July 1907 at the age of 69 in Drew County, Arkansas.

Iverson Lee BROOKS and Bettie A. LEE had the following children:

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Louella Irene BROOKS was born on 10 November 1856 in Tennessee. She died on 18 June 1930 at the age of 73 in Hot Springs County, AR.

Louella married Jesse James Hankins, 25 Nov 1874, in Drew Co, AR. He was the son of Robert Hankins and Sarah Albright; he was b. 25 Sep 1851, d. 15 Nov 1900, Drew Co.
Their children were:
Iverson Lee Hankins, b. 25 Sep 1875
Katie P. Hankins, b. Jan 1879
Jessie Mae Hankins, b. 13 May 1882. Married William Lonzo Finlayson, 20 Sep 1902. Jessie died 24 Feb 1971, Drew Co.
Clarence W. Hankins, b. Jan 1886
Wynona Hankins, b. Jun 1887, married Edward Stewart, 29 Dec 1903
Vera Hankins, b. Jul 1892
Callie Hankins, b. Dec 1894, married Bill W. Lance, 14 oct 1911

FindAGrave.com
Jessie J. Hankins, Husband of L. I. Hankins
Born: 25 Sep 1851
Died 15 Nov 1900
Wells Cemetery, Monticello, Drew Co, AR
Jessie's parents are also buried there, but his wife.
Robert W. Hankins, b. 25 Apr 1821, d. 5 Dec 1892 - very old joint grave marker "Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal"
Sarah S. Hankins, b. 25 Jan 1825, d. 15 Dec 1879 - "Whe died as she lived trusting in God"
There is also a grave marker for a baby that would fit nicely in Jessie's family
William Austin Hankins, b. 28 Jul 1889, d. 11 Nov 1890.

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Percy Lee BROOKS was born circa 1860.

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Iva L. BROOKS was born in 1863.

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Lizzie K. BROOKS was born in 1866.

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Mary G. BROOKS was born in February 1871.

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Perthinia Eula L. "Pert" BROOKS was born on 12 April 1873. She died on 3 November 1942 at the age of 69 in Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas.

Pert married John Milton Binns.

Here is the daughter listed as Pert in 1880. Pert is the ancestor of researcher Ginger Smith. From an unidentified newspaper clipping, probably the Advance Monticellonian which was the local paper at the time.
“MRS. J. M. BINNS FUNERAL TO BE HELD TODAY
Death cut short by five days the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr.and Mrs John Milton Binns of Monticello. Mrs. Binns had been seriosly sick in the hospital for several days and death came Tuesday afternoon about four o’clock.
Next Monday, November 9, Mr and Mrs Binns would have been married fifty years. Elaborate plans for the celebration that had been made by the children were canceled when she was taken seriously sick.
Mrs. Binns was the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. I. L. Brooks prominent pioneer Drew County citizen. She was born in Monticello, April 12, 1873 in a house where the Christian Science Church now stands, and had lived here all of her life.
Mrs. Binns was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and was an admirable woman. Her life centered around her family, her church and her friends. Despite years of semi-invalidism she managed to keep a bright and cheerful outlook on life and she remained a source of pleasure to her family.
Surviving besides her husband are seven children, Roy Milton of Monticello, James Howard of Little Rock, John Brooks of Fort smith,Capt. Van C. Binns in foreign service, Byron Zack, flight surgeon of Lubbock, Texas; Mrs. W. C. Brashears of Clifton, Texas and Mrs. W. F.Whitaker of Eudora.
Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the chapel of the Stephenson Funeral Home conducted by Dr. T. W. Croxton and Rev. C. D. Wood. Funeral will be in Oakland cemetery.”

Had Pert lived another 5 days the family would have been celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She married her husband, John Milton Binns in Drew County, Arkansas, November 10, 1892, and she was buried November 10, 1942. As it turned out, Pert’s husband lived another 19 years, enough to celebrate his 90th birthday!

FindAGrave.com
John Milton Binns, b. 17 Jan 1868, Drew Co, AR; d. 8 Oct 1961, Drew Co.
Oakland Cemetery, Monticello, Drew Co
Pert is listed as Perthinia Eula Lee Brooks Binns, b. 12 Apr 1873, d. 3 Nov 1942.

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Hill BROOKS was born in 1876.