Cullen Cyrus Brooks

From Brooks Bridge of History:

Cullen and Ellen are buried in the Brooks Cemetery on their homeland. This cemetery was started when they buried their first little son at home; where they could look across the field to the peaceful little hill and see his grave, at home with them, and how he was at home with Jesus. Judge Ellis Brooks was the first to be buried in the Brooks Cemetery on Tarlton’s Mill Road.

“Gran’ma” Ellen Simpson Brooks was a midwife. Most likely delivered about all of her grandchildren and many more in the community. She was a busy person, always working with something and always helping wherever she was needed.

After Cullie Brooks died June 26, 1885, Ellen married a second time to Benjamin I. Simpson in 1893. Benjamin died in 1908. Then, Ellen married Esquire William “Bill” Austin in 1909. Squire “Bill’s” homeplace was located down behind the Cullie and Ellen homeplace. After Squire “Bill” died, Ellen married Sherwood L. Mullis. There were no children from any of these marriages, except Ellen and her first husband, Cullen Cyrus Brooks. Tabitha Ellen died Jan. 1, 1930.

The home Cullie and Ellen first built was later to be the back part of a big two story home. They built the front part two story with big stone chimneys on the ends and porches on the front on each floor level. These porches were dressed up with what we now call “ginger bread woodwork.” I think back then the grandchildren called it “lacework.” It was cut out, fancy woodwork, decorating both porches. The house had a large hall through it to catch the summer breezes. The side porch was on the sunny side of the house with a cellar adjoining it and a well nearby. Big old oak trees grew in the yard and it was in this yard the funeral of Cullie was held, along with others of his family in later years. The cemetery (Brooks) was started when Cullie and Ellen buried their son on the homeland. Across the road in front of their home, on a gently sloping hill, they buried their son and were both buried there later, with some of their children and nieces and nephews buried beside them.

Many years after Ellen died, the old home that contained so many memories of love, births, deaths and many happy hours a big family shared together, burned. There is only a lonely, small patch of trees covering the home site now.

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