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Kate Harding Bates Parker and C. Elisabeth Bates Nisbet

BROOCKS, LYCURGUS WATTERS (1840–1873). Lycurgus Watters Broocks, soldier and editor, was born in San Augustine, Texas, in 1840, the son of Elizabeth Ann (Morris) and Travis Gustavus Broocks. He was associated with his father and brothers in the mercantile business. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate Army when he was twenty-one and served as a private in Capt. Daniel McDowell Short's Company, South Kansas-Texas Regiment, Mounted Volunteers. On May 2, 1863, he was appointed second lieutenant and ordnance officer in the Department of Mississippi and Louisiana. Broocks was a planter and had extensive landholdings. He was also an editor of the South East Texan, published in San Augustine. In 1866 he married Emma Alston Border, and the couple had two daughters. Broocks died in 1873 and was buried in the Broocks family cemetery five miles east of San Augustine.


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Handbook of Texas Online, Kate Harding Bates Parker and C. Elisabeth Bates Nisbet, "BROOCKS, LYCURGUS WATTERS," accessed May 25, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbr65.

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