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A turning point in my life – from country boy to preacher

Continued stories from Rev. R. W. Brooks of Escambia, County, Alabama written in 1939

Turning Point in my life

“The year 1876 marked the turning point of my (Rev. R. W. Brooks) life. In that year, on March 12th, I was married to Miss Ellen Byars, daughter of a pioneer Baptist preacher. Two daughters were born to us and I have grandchildren living here and in New Orleans. I was licensed to preach at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on the eleventh day of August the following summer.”

“I was a raw country boy, and I’ll never forget that first sermon. The text of my first sermon was from the eighteenth chapter, thirty-sixth verse of the gospel of St. John. I was converted in 1873, and joined the Baptist Church in Garland, and was baptized in July of that year. I have preached in South Alabama, West Florida, and South Florida for sixty-three years. (in 1939) In this time I have built churches at Bluff Springs, Florida; Westville, Florida; and my last one in Atmore, called Brooks Chapel.”

Against prohibition

“I have always been a strong advocate of prohibition. The wets claim that prohibition is responsible for all the blind tigers, racketeering, and bootleg gangs, but I have lived in Alabama when saloons were plentiful. I can remember when good men were killed, when so many people were murdered, that good citizens were afraid to burn a light at night.”

“In 1912, I was called in to edit the Atmore Advance and was editor of this paper for several years. This paper, however, never made much progress until under the capable hands of the present owner, Mr. Smith. It has grown to be the best paper in Escambia County.”


Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 2) 2nd edition

Did you know that religious persecution took place in colonial America?

Inspired by real people and actual events, the family saga of the Dixon family continues in colonial America with “Faith and Courage” and reveals the religious persecution of Quakers in the Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story.

In this action-packed novel, George Willson witnesses the execution of King Charles II and is forced to leave the woman he loves to witch hunters in 17th century England as he flees to his sister, Mary, and her husband Ambrose Dixon’s home in Colonial American. Ridden with guilt over difficult decisions he made to survive, George Willson and the Dixon’s embrace the Quaker faith which creates more problems for their survival in the New World


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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