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Reginald V. James lives in Lees Summit, MO. He joined the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Westport Camp #64, on 2 October 2013. He is a retired school teacher.
Ancestry: George Washington Brookins Private, Company H, U. S. Colored Troops at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He later transferred to the "Buffalo Soldiers". Discharged from duty on in June 1872.
Reginald (Reggie) V. James, Sr. lives in Lees Summit, Missouri. He joined the Sons of the Union of the Civil War, Westport Camp #64 on October 2, 2013. His civil war ancestor is his second great grandfather, George Washington Brookins (Brookings, Brooking). Reggie is retired after 39 years of teaching and coaching high school cross country and track.
George Washington Brookins was the son of Isaac Brooking and Julia Evans whom are buried at the Union Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born about January 25, 1843, in Raytown, Missouri which is Brooking Township. The township is named after George and his parents former slave owner, Alvan Brooking. Alvan Brooking, a former Jackson County judge and state senator brought his family and slaves to Missouri from Scott County Kentucky in 1839.
Alvan Brooking died in 1858, and George was willed to his daughter and son-in-law, John Campbell. George got away from the slave owner’s home in Raytown and reached Kansas City, Missouri where he joined the US Colored Troops on April 24, 1864. He was a private in Company H and was immediately sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for training. After the Civil War, George remained in the army and was transferred into the 10th Calvary “Buffalo Soldiers”. He remained in the military until his honorable discharge June 12, 1872. George married Mary Leach, a former slave on April 19, 1883, in Kansas City, Missouri. He died March 29, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.Alvan Brooking died in 1858, and George was willed to his daughter and son-in-law, John Campbell. George got away from the slave owner’s home in Raytown and reached Kansas City, Missouri where he joined the US Colored Troops on April 24, 1864. He was a private in Company H and was immediately sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for training. After the Civil War, George remained in the army and was transferred into the 10th Calvary “Buffalo Soldiers”. He remained in the military until his honorable discharge June 12, 1872. George married Mary Leach, a former slave on April 19, 1883, in Kansas City, Missouri. He died March 29, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.
Descendants of George Washington Brookins (Brooking, Brookings):
1 George Washington Brookins (1843-1917)
... + Mary Leach (1850-1931)
........ 2 Artemesia Brookins (1890-1925)
.......... + Perry Grover (1881-1920)
............... 3 Oletha Brookins (1906-1983)
.................... + Vernie James (1896-1951)
......................... 4 Willie V. James, Sr. (1932- )
.............................. + + Delores Frazier (1933-1990)
................................... 5 Reginald V. James, Sr. (1951- )
........................................ + Kathie L. Walker (1951- )
........................................ + Karen E. Booker (1953- )

I have one daughter (Tracie R. Vertreese) 1976 and one son (Reginald V. James, Jr) 1980
Enlisted 24 April, 1864, Kansas City, MO
Enlistement in the 10th Calvary “Buffalo Soldiers”
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