I had never thought about searching Ebay for family heirlooms until a very kind friend of mine Jim Thompson of The Davis-Thompson Family, sent me an email and said he saw a journal on there of Dr. Charles Augustus Hooks III, and he thought I might be interested. So, I checked it out, and yep, there it was. On Ebay. For $20. So, yes I bought it.
I was very pleased to find inside the Journal this newspaper clipping:
There are quotes inside the journal, and more newsclippings:
Also, some marriage advice, on a fold out sheet. Nine rules for building a successful marriage.
I was very pleased to see the picture of him from the newsclipping. I have several photo’s of him when he was a child, but none from his adulthood. In this picture, here he is with my 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah Mildred Martin Williams, and on the right, my great-uncle, Milton Higginbotham.
A few weeks after the journal showed up, other things came up on Ebay for Dr. Hooks, a lot of his medical certificates, which I just could not afford to buy, and a couple of pictures. I did buy the pictures. Here they are:
I’m still kind of amazed these things showed up on Ebay. I have been unable to locate a descendant of his, and the gentleman that I bought these items from informed me he got them at an estate sale. I guess I’m just trying to wrap my head around the fact that people profit off of items that family members might hold dear. It makes me wonder if other items, such as the family bible and other photos were discarded or sold off, and I missed them?? What if the bible of my 2nd great-grandfather, Rev. F. H. Williams was in his possession and someone tossed it out? I shudder to think of it. Our heritage could be lost forever.
If you are a descendant of Dr. Charles Hooks, or know anyone from his family, please contact me. I know he had a son, Charles Augusts Hooks IV, but I have been unable to locate any information on him, and I fear the worst since his father’s stuff was sold off in an estate sale.
Has anyone else come across anything like this before? I would love to hear from you if you have, or your opinions on this.