The Ashes
Descendents of Sarah Brooks of Rutherford County, NC

Sarah Brooks, c1787-c1842

Jerry Brooks, 1809-1886

Mary Anne Brooks Ashe, 1840-1924

Pinkney Avira Ashe, 1878-193x

Arthur Robert Ashe, Sr., 1922-1998

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr, 1943-1992.

    Mary Anne Brooks was the third of fourteen children and the oldest daughter of Jerry and Eliza Clark Brooks of Crowder Mountain, North Carolina. Jerry was the oldest child of free African-American  Sarah Brooks (c1787-c1842) . Mary Anne married Mason Ashe (1827-1908) who was descended from household slaves of Governor Samuel Ashe of North Carolina.  Mason and Mary Anne settled in Ironton, NC where they lived and died. They are buried in the Poplar Springs AME Zion Church cemetery. Son Pinkney migrated to the Virginia area south of Richmond with his second family after the turn of the century.  Pinkney’s son Arthur was born in South Hill in 1920 and grandson Arthur, Jr was born in Richmond in 1943.  During her lifetime, my grandmother, Lily Mae Brooks Whitworth, often said she thought we were related to the Wimbledon champion.  Well after her death in 1986, I began family research and quickly realized that, once again, Mama Lily’s folklore had hit its mark perfectly.

       I would really like for Ashe descendents to contact me. I am looking for photos of the tennis star’s ancestors and descendents  to enhance this website and this page n particular.  Please contact me by clicking on the e-mail icon below.


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