a Pecan Shell
There is very little
information available on Brooklyn, Texas. Lost to history is the reason
for the name - although it was probably was named by a founding settler
after a former home in New York.
Brooklyn had an operating post office from 1872 until 1883. A school
was in operation as late as 1903. The only other bit of information
on Brooklyn, Texas (for now) is that it was once the home of dancer/movie
star Ann Miller's mother.
See Forum below for more information.
"I am writing
a book on the yellow fever epidemics of 1853, 1867, and 1873 here
in Shreveport. Here is a paragraph out of The Daily Shreveport
Times edition of August, 22, 1873:
"Something New. Yesterday twenty-six bales of hay were received by
Messrs. Stacy & Poland, shipped from Brooklyn, the first depot on
the Texas and Pacific this side of Dallas.
The circus men who have used it say that their horses prefer it to
Stacy & Poland was a Shreveport mercantile. Two traveling circuses
arrived in Shreveport in mid to late August, 1873, at the beginning
of that year's epidemic." - Steve R. Smith, Shreveport, January
Post Master(s) of Brooklyn, Texas
I found your online magazine, and felt I needed to share what I
Through Ancestry.com I found a hand written document titled "U.S.,
Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832 - 1971"
On the line for Brooklyn are two entries: "Wiett S Childress/11
Nov 72/James S. Haight/11 Jan 76" These would be their appointment
dates, I believe.
They have also located two "Register of Civil, Military, and Navel
One for 1879, on page 345, Post Offices and Postmasters - Texas,
we find the Post Office of Brooklyn, in Shelby County, with J.S.
Haight as Postmaster, Compensation $3.93.
The other is for 1881, Page 573, Post Office of Brooklyn, in Shelby
County, with J.S. Haight as Postmaster, Compensation $2.69.
James S. Height was my Great-great-grandfather. My mother was born
in Shelby County, but moved to California with her family while
in High School. One of her sisters still lives in Texas.
Keep up the good work preserving Texas History. Little towns like
Brooklyn show up in wills, death certificates, obituaries, and the
like, and without sites like yours we would be lost looking for
where things fit, geographically.
Sincerely, Mark Dwayne Madsen, November 07, 2017
Brooklyn - ghost town
No doubt it is a ghost town BUT the 1870 census and an 1880 map
from GLO show the name as Brooklin - right on the river across
from Logansport. Also the 1880 map shows property owned by H.L Brook
- my relative. There is also Brookland Cemetery (near the
Sabine R) - can be found through Find A Grave with numerous Brook
relative interred there. I am looking for more information about
the town and a ferry -- also called the Brooklin ferry on
the 1880 map. - Pam Manley Stranahan, October 23, 2012
Dear Mr. Troesser, Iím pleased to see there is finally a web site
that includes Brooklyn, Texas. I typed in the name of the town hoping
to find some information about the local school. My grandparents,
Charles Frederick Sachtleben b. October 21, 1880 and Alice Marie
Jordan, b. Abt. 1883, were both born there according to my fatherís
death certificate. ... . I plan to visit with their only surviving
child, now age 90, to see if she can give me any information about
the town. If she happens to have any photos, memorabilia of any
kind, I will be happy to send you copies. ..... - Charli Stewart,
January 31, 2002
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