Broocks, Travis Greene (1808–1864)

By: McXie Whitton Martin

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

Travis Greene Broocks, early San Augustine civic leader, son of Bibulous and Isabel (Ashworth) Broocks, was born in Charlotte County, Virginia, on August 20, 1808. He was reared in Bedford County, Tennessee, where he married Elisabeth Ann Morris on July 7, 1827. To this union six children were born. In 1838 the family moved to San Augustine, Texas, where Broocks established a mercantile business, first in partnership with Bernard Reilly and later with his sons. During the Córdova Rebellion in 1838, Broocks was captain of the San Augustine Volunteer Militia; his first lieutenant was James Howard Hopkins. Broocks was elected justice of the peace in 1840 and served as postmaster of San Augustine from 1842 to 1846. In 1844 President Sam Houston ordered Broocks to Shelby County with 600 men to assist in putting down the Regulator-Moderator War. His men arrested Charles Watson (Watt) Moorman and quelled the troubles, while Broocks won the title "General." In 1846 he constructed the first brick building in San Augustine. He became a member of the Redland Masonic Lodge No. 3, of which he was senior warden in 1847, worshipful master in 1849, and treasurer in 1855. Broocks died at his home about four miles east of San Augustine in January 1864 and was buried in the nearby Broocks family cemetery.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

McXie Whitton Martin, “Broocks, Travis Greene,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995