University of Texas Arlington

Eunice Brooks and Simon W. Freese Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freese, Eunice Brooks, 1905-1985 and Freese, Simon W., 1900-.
Title: Eunice Brooks and Simon W. Freese Papers
Dates: 1637-1990
Dates (Bulk): 1922-1990
Abstract: Eunice Brooks Freese was a genealogy researcher who was active in several community organizations. Her husband, Simon Freese, was a civil engineer in Fort Worth, Texas. Papers are comprised of correspondence, diaries, legal documents, photographs, genealogical charts, research notes, published articles, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the collection is photocopied research and legal documents compiled by Eunice Freese for her book on the genealogical history of her family, William Rose of Surry County, Virginia. Featured families include the Rose, Washington, Scott, McLean, Brooks, Burleson, Hancock, and Freese families. The business and social diaries of Simon Freese, 1922-1990, are also included. The diaries from 1922-1987 were published in 1988.
Identification: AR348
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Mrs. Eunice Brooks Freese and her husband Mr. Simon Wilke Freese were primarily responsible for the fifteen year collection of materials which have become the Freese Family Papers. From these papers, Mrs. Freese published her book, William Rose of Surry County, Virginia in 1976 in which she traced her ancestors' genealogy. She also published a revised edition in 1981.

Mrs. Freese was born Eunice Elizabeth Brooks in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 1905. She graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1927. That same year Eunice Brooks married Simon Wilke Freese on June 30 in Dallas. The marriage produced one daughter and two sons: Eunice McLean Freese born in Dallas on November 22, 1928; John Wilke Freese born in Fort Worth on December 11, 1930 and Lee Brooks Freese, also born in Fort Worth, on September 21, 1935.

During Mrs. Freese's lifetime she was a member of numerous civic and educational organizations. These included the Woman's Wednesday Club, a literary study club; the Woman's Club of Fort Worth (President, 1954-1956); The American Society of Civil Engineer's Wives Club; The Round Table; Y.W.C.A.; P.E.O. sisterhood, a service organization, and the Colonial Dames of America. She also served on the first grand jury in Tarrant County to empanel women and was an active member of the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Freese died on November 28, 1985 in Fort Worth.

Mr. Simon Wilke Freese was born December 4, 1900 in Blossom, Texas. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1921 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. In 1930, Mr. Freese, Major John B. Hawley and Marvin C. Nichols formed a partnership, naming their engineering firm Hawley, Freese and Nichols. It became Freese and Nichols after Hawley's retirement in 1937. During his almost 70 year career as a professional civil engineer, Mr. Freese played a major role in conceiving and designing more than 150 water and sewage systems now serving Texas. Some of those projects included: dams for the Eagle Mountain and Bridgeport Lakes which were the first large dual-purpose supply and flood control reservoirs in the United States; J.B. Thomas reservoir on the Colorado River in. Scurry and Borden counties; E.V. Spence Dam on the Colorado River in Coke County; Cedar Creek Lake-Rolling Hills Water Treatment Plant in Tarrant County; and the Richland-Chambers Dam near Corsicana. In May 1990, the S.W. Freese Dam on the Colorado River near Ballinger was dedicated to Mr. Freese.


William Rose of Surry County, Virginia by Eunice Brooks Freese (1976), p. 248-250;

Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 30, 1985 and July 28, 1990.

Scope and Contents

The Freese Family Papers are an extensive collection of genealogical history researched and compiled primarily by Eunice Brooks Freese. The collection focuses on Mrs. Freese's family in particular, especially the Rose, Washington, Scott, McLean, Brooks, Burleson, Hancock, and Freese families. Contained in five (5) boxes, the Freese collection spans several centuries from the 1600's through 1990. The materials primarily include legal records, both original and photocopied; compiled correspondence and research notes; published articles; photographs; genealogical charts; and handwritten journals.

The bulk of the collection is research material collected for a book published by Mrs. Freese in 1976 titled William Rose of Surry County, Virginia. A revised edition was later published in 1981. Of special interest may be the handwritten daily business and social journals of Mr. Simon Wilke Freese, the husband of Mrs. Freese. These journals incorporate the years from 1922 until Mr. Freese's death in 1990.

Mr. Freese's journals were not included in the book, but were published under a separate title, Diaries of Simon W. Freese, 1922-1987 in 3 volumes. The journals are filed in folders in chronological order and are located in boxes 4 and 5. The entire collection is numbered by folder.


Papers consist of 71 folders arranged in 2 series. All materials relevant to Series I are subdivided into folders which generally correspond with the chapters in the book mentioned above. When possible, records are filed in chronological order. However, letters and correspondence will coincide with the progression of the respective chapter. When a photocopied document is illegible, a photocopied transcription is filed with the document. Series II is arranged in chronological order.
Series I. Eunice Brooks Freese Genealogical Research (56 folders)
Series II. Simon Wilke Freese Journals (15 folders)



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Freese, Eunice Brooks--Archives.
Freese, Simon W., 1900---Diaries.
Rose family--Genealogy--Sources.
Washington family--Genealogy--Sources.
Scott family --Genealogy--Sources.
McLean family--Genealogy--Sources.
Brooks family--Genealogy--Sources.
Burleson family--Genealogy--Sources.
Hancock family--Genealogy--Sources.
Freese family--Genealogy--Sources.
Civil engineers--Texas--Fort Worth--Biography--Sources.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Biography--Sources.
United States--Genealogy--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts

Administrative Information


The Freese Family Papers were given to The University of Texas at Arlington at three different intervals over a seven-year span (1985, 1990, 1992). The collection was donated by Eunice Brooks Freese and her children: Mrs. Eunice McLean Freese Rutledge, Dr. John Wilke Freese, and Mr. Lee Brooks Freese. The Freese family transferred to UTA all legal titles, copyright, and literary property rights to the materials included in the collection.


Eunice Brooks and Simon W. Freese Papers, AR348, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift, 1985, 1990, 1992.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Note to the Researcher

This collection is the result of several years of accumulated work in many forms. This work and research resulted in the book William Rose of Surry County, Virginia and later its revised edition.

Due to the voluminous research material in the collection, it is recommended that the book be used as a reference work when examining the collection. Whenever possible, the order of the folders generally followed the chapter sequence of the book. However, the folder title may not be identical to the chapter title. Some material in the folders house legal records (wills, certificates, deeds, etc.) corresponding to the chapter. The legal records are photocopies unless otherwise stated. Please consult the library's online catalog for the call numbers of the two books published by the Freese family.

The date range listed on folder headings signify when the document was originally created, not the photocopy date. Researchers will note numbers placed next to families with the same name. These numbers differentiate the generations of a family's records. Names in parenthesis, listed as part of the folder title, denote direct lineage.

Container List

Series I. Eunice Brooks Freese Genealogical Research (56 folders)

Box Folder
1 1 William Rose, The Immigrant, Chapter 1, 1652-1728
Deeds and wills of William Rose family.
2 William Rose of Surry County (William), Chapter 2, 1637-1698
Deeds and wills of William Rose family.
3 Williams Rose of Surry County, Virginia (William, William), Chapter 3, 1715-1774
Deeds and wills of William Rose family.
4 Henry Rose of Surry County, Virginia (William, William), Chapter 4, 1781
Land deed of Rose estate.
5 Richard Rose of Surry County, Virginia (William) Chapter 7, 1691-1738
Wills and deeds of Richard Rose family.
6 Richard Rose of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia (Richard, William), Chapter 8, 1727-1751
Wills of Richard Rose family.
7 Thomas Rose of Surry, Brunswick, Lunenburg Counties, Virginia; Granville and Edgecomb Counties, North Carolina (Richard, William), Chapter 9, 1692-1748
Wills, deeds and legal documents of Thomas Rose family.
8 William Rose of Surry, Brunswick, and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia; Granville County, North Carolina (Thomas, Richard, William), Chapter 10, 1754-1795
Wills and deeds of William Rose family.
9 Thomas Rose, Jr. of Surry, Brunswick, and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia; Granville County, North Carolina (Thomas, Richard, William), Chapter 11, 1753-1773
Deeds of Thomas Rose, Jr. family.
10 Frederick Rose of Granville County, North Carolina; Putnam County, Georgia, (William, Thomas, Richard, William), Chapter 12, 1955
Photocopied correspondence and notes regarding Frederick Rose family.
11 William Rose of Granville County, North Carolina; Whitley County, Kentucky, (William, Thomas, Richard, William), Chapter 13, 1774-1835
Deeds, wills, certificates and legal documents of William Rose family.
12 Howell Rose of Granville County, North Carolina; Mecklenburg County, Virginia (William, Thomas, Richard, William), Chapter 14, 1795-1811
Deeds and certificates of Howell Rose family.
13 John Washington of England and Surry County, Virginia, Chapter 15, 1656-1954
Photocopied and original correspondence regarding the Washington lineage.
Photocopied deeds and journal articles of Washington genealogy.
14 Richard Washington of Surry County, Virginia (John), Chapter 16, 1678-1735
Wills, deeds and certificates of Richard Washington family. Original letters and photocopied notes and journal articles of Washington ancestory.
15 Richard Washington of Surry County, Virginia (Richard, John), Chapter 17, 1685-1790
Photocopied deeds, transactions, certificates, and will of Richard Washington.
16 Rev. William Washington of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia (Richard, Richard, John), Chapter 18, 1954-1971
Photocopied deeds, certificates and wills of Rev. William Washington's family. Notes and photocopied correspondence regarding the family.
17 William Thomas Scott and Mary Rose Scott Family, Chapter 23, 1881-1976
Notes and photocopied biographical articles about William Thomas Scott.
Biographical information about Mary Rose Scott. Original letters and newspaper clippings of Scott family. Photocopied records of Keller Bible.
18 Scottsville, Texas Cemetery, 1968-1969
Pamphlet, grave census notes and correspondence regarding Scottsville Cemetery. Original drawing of a Scottsville Cemetery grave monument.
19 Ann Rose McLean Rembert Scott Hughes Family, Chapter 24, 1837-1980
Original newspaper clippings and correspondence regarding family.
Biographical pamphlet of Mary Rose Scott. Photocopied articles, certificates and legal cases of family. Photograph of Reece Hughes, Sr. and Reece Hughes, Jr.'s gravesite.
20 McLean Genealogy, Chapter 27 and 28, 1864-1975
Photocopies of certificates and newspaper articles. Original land certified deed and correspondence regarding John Howell McLean. Pamphlet about Sawney Webb.
21 John Howell McLean, 1905-1971
Photographs of John Howell McLean, his family and friends.
22 John Lee Brooks, Chapter 30, 1896-1955
Certificates, photocopied journal articles and family bible records. Genealogical notes. Pamphlet and original "funeral notice" of Mary Olivia Brooks.
23 Elizabeth Burleson Brooks, Chapter 30, 1855-1975
Original correspondence regarding genealogical information. Photographs of Brooks family.
Box Folder
2 1 General Edward Burleson, Chapter 30, 1858-1971
Photocopied biographical journal articles.
2 Aaron Burleson I and II, Chapter 30, 1938-1977
Burleson genealogy. Correspondence of the Burleson's ancestory.
3 James Burleson, Sr., Chapter 30, 1827-1970
Correspondence regarding the Burleson family. Certified photocopy of will. Certified photocopies of Burleson land titles and maps.
4 Christian Family History, Chapter 30, undated
Notes and correspondence regarding the Christian family.
5 Eunice Elizabeth Brooks Freese, Chapter 37, 1900-1928
Copy of marriage certificate.
Photocopy of Simon W. Freese's birth certificate.
6 Hancock Genealogy, Chapter 37, 1928-1975
Correspondence and photocopied notes of Hancock ancestry.
Copy of Hancock land deeds.
7 Hancock-Freese Records, Chapter 37, 1928-1975
Notes and correspondence regarding Hancock and Freese genealogies. Land deeds. Photocopied will of John Hancock. Original and photocopied obituaries.
8 Hutton-Hancock Legal Instruments, Chapter 37, 1813-1961
Photocopies of certificates and wills from Hancock family. Original will of J.R. Hutton. Genealogy notes of Hancock family.
9 Eunice McLean Freese (Rutledge), Chapter 38, 1928-1969
Correspondence and notes. Certified copy of birth certificate. Copies of Rutledge bible records. Rutledge family notes. Original newspaper clippings about Dr. Lloyd Howard Rutledge.
10 John Wilke Freese, Chapter 39, 1930-1985
Photocopy of birth certificate.
Original invitation of daughter's wedding.
11 Simon Wilke Freese, Chapter 39, 1900-1927
Photocopies of birth and marriage certificates.
12 Lee Brooks Freese, Chapter 40, 1935
Photocopy of birth certificate.
13 Hardwicke Family, Chapter 40, 1976
Genealogical notes regarding the Hardwicke ancestry.
14 Freese-Hancock-Rutledge-Coyle-Hardwicke Families, 1975-1976
Correspondence and notes regarding the families. Index and galleys to book. Includes galleys regarding families not found in the book.
15 Julia Adams Letters and Blanche S. Warburton Papers, 1925-1969
Genealogical correspondence regarding various families in book.
Original April 1925 Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine.
Photocopy of a completed application to the "Virginia Society of the Colonial Dames of America."
16 Rose and Washington Family Notes, 1974-1975
Data, notes and correspondence regarding the families.
17 Publication Announcement, 1976
Original announcement and order form for William Rose of Surry County, Virginia.
18 Publication Announcement, 1982
Original announcement and order form for supplement to William Rose of Surry County, Virginia.
19 Pamphlets of the Isle of Mull, undated
Original published pamphlets describing the Isle of Mull.
Box Folder
3 1 Pamphlet of McLean Genealogy, 1971
Original published pamphlet of family.
2 Pamphlet of Youree-Scott-Rose Families, 1947
Original published pamphlet compiled by a "professional genealogist" in 1947. Not Mrs. Freese's work.
3-4 Merritt-Langston Genealogy Notes, 1746-1976
Correspondence, notes and letters about the families. Photocopies of legal documents of the families.
5-7 Rose-Merritt-Langston Genealogy Notes, 1951-1977
Correspondence, notes and letters regarding the families.
8 Rose-Scott Families, 1846-1986
Photocopies of biographical journal articles about the families.
Correspondence and biographical notes of same. Photocopied bible records and legal instruments of the Rose and Scott families.
9 Rose Family, 1755-1966
Photocopied legal documents and journal articles. Correspondence and notes of family.
10 "The War of the Moderators and Regulators," Appendix, 1973-1974
Correspondence and photocopied journal article regarding this historical incident.
Box Folder
4 1 Original Genealogical Data for Edition II, 1933-1978
Pamphlets, correspondence and notes. Photocopied journal articles, legal documents, newspaper clippings and genealogical charts. Photographs of Rose gravesites.
2 Original Genealogical Data for Edition II, 1969-1978
Pamphlets, correspondence and notes. Photocopied journal articles, newspaper clippings and genealogical charts. Photograph of unnamed family.
3 Original Genealogical Data for Edition II, 1900-1978
Correspondence and notes. Photocopied journal articles and genealogical charts. Original genealogical certificate.
4 Photographs, 1944-1946
Black and white photographs of: Capt. John L. Brooks, March 1946; General Kincaid, undated; Sgt. J. Pazen and Lt. F. Brick, 1945; Major Paul W. Edge and Miss Barbara Ayson, 1944; Capt. William T. Whisner, 1944. Miscellaneous photographs.

Series II. Simon Wilke Freese Journals (15 folders), 1922 - 1990

Box Folder
4 5-11 Freese Journals, 1922-1956
Handwritten daily business and social journals.
Folder 5, 1922 - 1926
Folder 6, 1927 - 1931
Folder 7, 1932 - 1936
Folder 8, 1937 - 1941
Folder 9, 1942 - 1946
Folder 10, 1947 - 1951
Folder 11, 1952 - 1956
Box Folder
5 1-7 Freese Journals, 1957-1990
Handwritten daily business and social journals.
Folder 1, 1957 - 1961
Folder 2, 1962 - 1966
Folder 3, 1967 - 1971
Folder 4, 1972 - 1976
Folder 5, 1977 - 1981
Folder 6, 1982 - 1986
Folder 7, 1987 - 1990
8 A Century in the Works…
Preliminary copy. Biographical info on Freese and Sizemore