Brooks and Dean Family Papers
S 36
1 folder

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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, December 2004

Biographical Note: 

In the 1860s, both the Dean and Brooks families were living near Richland, Indiana.  These families were united after the marriage of their children, Lillie Brooks and William Dean, in April 1893.  William Dean worked for the post office.  Together they had several children and spent the remainder of the lives in Greene County, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note: 

This collection contains the papers of both the Dean and Brooks families, the majority of which are photocopies.  Included is a poem by Eliza Brooks, entitled “The Willow Song”,  the Civil War discharge papers of Alfred Brooks, a funeral invitations for Matilda Bradshaw, a letter written to friends by Sinnie, an obituary for George Ferris, a newspaper article regarding Carl Vrooman and two unidentified photographs.  There are also two warranty deeds, a resolution of respect for Daniel Roush, a letter to Benjamin Brooks informing him of the death of his sister, a letter to Civil War pensioners regarding payment of their pensions, a marriage license for William Dean and Lillie Brooks, and a letter to William Dean that he was accepted as a mail carrier.

Item Listing:

Folder 1.

2 May 1839

ALS to Benjamin Brooks from unknown

5 Sept. 1864

Discharge papers for Alfred Brooks

18 Aug. 1866

Oath of identity card (blank)

2 Apr. 1891

TSL to Civil War Pensioners from the Department of the Interior

22 Apr. 1893

Marriage license for William Dean and Lillie Brooks

8 Apr. 1903

TLS to William F. Dean from General Superintendent of the Post Office


“Songs of Soldiers”

11 Nov. 1919

TLS to William Dean from Oscar Ayers

15 Jan. 1920

Resolution of respect for Daniel Roush

15 May 1926

Warranty deed from Frank C. Dean et al to Lillie M. Dean

19 Oct. 1926

Reissue of pension from Alfred Brooks to his wife Nancy Brooks

5 Sept. 1931

Warranty deed from Lillie M. Dean to Sceva Uland

19 Apr.

Funeral invitation for Matilda Bradshaw

5 Aug.

ALS to friends from Sinnie


Newspaper clippings (obituary for George W. Ferris, article on Carl Vrooman, two photographs)


Poem “The Willow Song”

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1839-1931
Provenance: Susan Ashby, Worthington, Indiana, 14 Nov. 1968
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.