Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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BROOKS, THOMAS D. -- It has not been determined where Mr. Brooks was born or when he came to Texas. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 20, 1838 for a league and labor of land by the Nacogdoches County Board, it is simply stated that he arrived prior to May 2, 1835.

On February 16, 1860 Mr. Brooks was issued Bounty Certificate No. 185 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836. He was a member of Captain Hayden's Nacogdoches Company at San Jacinto and on January 29, 1839 he received Donation Certificate No. 797 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. The land was surveyed in Upshur County and Mr. Brooks was living in that county April 13, 1858. According to Baker's Scrap Book, he died in Hopkins County May 23, 1870.

Mr. Brooks was on September 4, 1837 married to Mary Brewer, daughter of Henry and Susannah Brewer, and sister of Henry M. Brewer who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. Miss Brewer was born April 23, 1814. She died ______________

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks were Baltimore R., Susannah and Henry W. Brooks.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: First Sergeant
  • Company: Capt. Hayden S. Arnold

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1800?
  • Came to Texas: 1835?
  • Date of Death: 1870 May 23
  • Burial Place: Hopkins County?
  • Bounty Certificate: 185
  • Donation Certificate: 797
  • Wife: Mary Brewer
  • Children: Baltimore R. Brooks; Susannah Brooks; Henry W. Brooks