My grandmother told me (I haven't yet been able to verify),
that her grandfather, William Brooks, had something to do
with the building of the first Courthouse in Isle of Wight.
I have a photocopy of a hand drawn family tree she drew and
sent to me when I was about 14-15 years old. That was about
19 years ago. Her hand writing says that he built the
courthouse. I don't know if that means he was one of the
worker's, draftman, or major funder of the project. The other
info I have is that his wife was Sarah Stringfield and they
had a son. The son was William Henry Brooks. William Henry
Brooks married Bertha Turner and they had about seven children.
Bertha Turner's father was William Turner and her mother was
Mary Celede Holcolm. My Grandmother is not listed as she is
still alive. If this helps please email me and let me know.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting
Ps. My grandmother was born in Portsmouth, Va. in 1911 and
it is my belief that William Henry Brooks and Bertha Turner
may have moved to the Portsmouth area after marrying. I have
not yet had the chance to check this out though.