I recently found your contact information on the Mcdowell County, NC Genealogy website in regards to the Brooks surname. My family and I have been searching for information regarding my Great Grandfather Stanley Thomas Brooks. He was born May 1st, 1898 in McDowell Co, NC. But, we have been told that his last name was not Brooks at birth. Stories have been told that the original last name of Stanley Thomas was Hanie. However, we have never been able to prove it.
The “family story” is that Stanley Thomas Brooks’ father killed a man in NC. Stanley was sent to an orphanage along with a sister. He was taken from the orphanage by his grand father. They moved to South Carolina and changed their last name to Brooks. There is no information about the sister.
I recently obtained a copy of his Death Certificate and it lists his father’s name as Thomas Brooks and no mother’s name. The only other “reference” I have for him is a WWI draft card that states that his father was born in McDowell Co, NC.
Being that Madison County is not far from McDowell Co, and you have information about Brooks families, I’m hoping you may be able to help. I have no other information regarding our family. Below is a list of pertinent information for Stanley Thomas Brooks.
Stanley Thomas Brooks
Born: 5/1/1898 McDowell Co, NC
Died: 9/29/1965 Pickens Co, SC
Spouse: Bettie Mae Gilstrap (born 1899 Easley, SC)
Children: Edward Stanley Brooks, Joe C Brooks, Charles Stanley Brooks, Claudie Clifton Brooks, Thomas Brooks