Family Heirlooms on Ebay

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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.

Journal of Dr. Charles Hooks

I was very pleased to find inside the Journal this newspaper clipping:

News clipping of Dr. Charles Hooks on the right, from his journal.

There are quotes inside the journal, and more newsclippings:

Quotes from the Journal of Dr. Charles Hooks

Article from Dr. Charles Hooks Journal

Also, some marriage advice, on a fold out sheet.  Nine rules for building a successful marriage.

Nine Rules for a Successful Marriage from the Journal of Dr. Charles Hooks

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.

Dr. Charles Hooks, Mildred Williams, 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:

Dr. Charles Hooks with the Urology Dept, sitting on the first row just to the left of the gentleman standing. Others in the photo are unknown to me.

Back of photo says: Urology Group, (Date??) Front Row: Hooks flanked by Schneider and Lantin Back Row: Akbar, Kavan, Saenz & Alfaro

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.


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2 comments on “Family Heirlooms on Ebay

  1. Hi Susie,
    Thanks for rescuing these items. I regularly go to estate sales in the Central Arkansas area, and it always amazes me at the personal items found in about half of these. Everything from books, journals, yearbooks, diplomas, cheerleader and scouting uniforms, and especially old family photos, sometimes boxes full, which you know will be lost and scattered forever. Thanks again for the work you do in preserving our heritage.

    • Thank you Tony! I guess I better get a move on and hit some estate sales. I haven’t ever really been to but a couple of them, I went with Nedra in Texarkana, and that’s a big business! Those brokers go in there and sell everything. You’d think they would at least try to save the more personal items and find a distant relative if there weren’t any close ones, but I guess they wouldn’t make any money at that. I’m telling you Tony, if my children do this to my stuff when I’m gone, I’m coming back and haunt them for the rest of their lives!!! LOL

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