Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell Co., NC

Caswell County, North Carolina references to Jeremiah Brooks:

There were two Jeremiah Brooks men living in Caswell and Person Counties, North Carolina.  There was an older Jeremiah Brooks living in Caswell County who was born before 1756 according to the 1777 tax lists of Caswell County, NC. A younger Jeremiah Brooks lived in Person County, North Carolina. He was born about 1773. There might have been a third Jeremiah Brooks living also in Caswell County, North Carolina who was the same age as the Person County man.  The records I have for Jeremiah Brooks in Caswell County, NC do not indicate his exact age, with the exception of the 1777 tax list which is the first record I found for Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell County, NC; however, they do all support him being born between 1756 and 1774.  The last record I found for Jeremiah Brooks in Caswell County was the 1800 Caswell County census report. This Jeremiah Brooks was born between 1756 and 1774.  Click on this previous post to read about the Person County Jeremiah Brooks. He was also enumerated on the 1800 Person Co., NC Census report, and he was born between 1756 and 1774.  Scroll down below to see Caswell County records of Jeremiah Brooks.  He was not enumerated on the 1790 Caswell Co., NC census report, he did not write a will and there are no estate files on record for him in Caswell Co., NC.

1777

Caswell County North Carolina List of Taxables, 1777:

Glouster District: Jeremiah Brooks, 126 acres, 4 wp, 6 bp

This is probably not the same Jeremiah Brooks of Person Co., NC who was born in 1773; he would not be old enough to be taxed in 1777 (had to be at least 21 to be taxed, putting his birthdate around 1756).

1796

Caswell Co Will Book C, p. 164, July Court 1796, Sales estate of John Shearman 10 Nov 1795. By Pemberton Burch, adm. Sales to: Drury Clark, Mrs. Shearman, William Wallis, Jeremiah Brooks, John Burch, William Gallaugher, John Christenbury, Willson Jones, Joseph Neeley, Will Hews. (Kendall’s Abstracts, Caswell Co Will Books, 1777-1814, p. 51)

1800

Caswell Co Will Book C, p. 423, January court 1800: Sale estate of George Farley by H. Burton and Catharine Farley, exec. Buyers: … Jeremiah Brooks … (Kendall’s Abstracts, Caswell Co Will Books, 1777-1814, p. 67)

Caswell Co Deed Book L p. 247, 26 Apr 1800, Henry McMullen of Caswell Co to son John McMullen, for good maintenance of Henry and wife, all lands whereon he now lives. Witnesses: Thos Neely & Jeremiah Brookes. (Kendall’s Abstracts, Caswell Co Deed Books, 1777-1817, p. 207).

1800 Caswell Co., NC Census Report: Jera Brooks, p. 117, there was 1m < 10, 1m 16-25, 1m 26-44, 2f < 10, & 2f 16-25; + 0 slaves; Assuming Jeremiah is the oldest male, he was born between 1756-1774. If he is the same Jeremiah listed on the Caswell county 1777 tax list (who had to have been at least 21 years old to be taxed, therefore born before 1756), then he was born probably in 1756; However, this could also be the same Jeremiah Brooks who settled in Person County, North Carolina who was born about 1773. This is the only census report Jeremiah Brooks was on in Caswell Co., NC.

Update 4/23/2010: I did finally find the 1800 census report for Person Co., NC. There was a Jeremiah Brooks listed on it and he was born between 1756-1774.

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Bibliography:

Kendall, K. K. (1981). Caswell County, North Carolina will books 1777-1814 1784 tax list guardians’ accounts 1794-1819 and Caswell County North Carolina will books 1814-1843 guardians’ accounts 1819-1847 1850 & 1860 census mortality schedules powers of attorney from deed books 1777-1880. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield. (Searchable online at ancestry.com)

Kendall, K. K. (1989). Caswell County, North Carolina, deed books, 1777-1817: Abstracts. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press.

North Carolina State Archives, Caswell County, North Carolina List of Taxables for 1777, 1780, & 1784, microfilm, Call No. 020.70001.

Estate Records of BROOKS in Person Co., NC

Person County, North Carolina Estate Files – Brooks surname

 

The estate records of Person County, North Carolina are housed at the NC State Archives.  The largest series of interest are called the “Loose papers of Estate Records.”  This series of fibredex boxes contains most, if not all, documents relating to the estate of a particular individual.  They may contain administrator bonds, guardian accounts, estate inventories and sales accounts.  

 

The estate records housed at the Archives are organized in boxed series first by county, then alphabetically by surname.  In 1978, Katherine Kerr Kendall published a book, Person County North Carolina Compilations: Land Grants; 1794, 1805, 1823 Tax Lists; Record Books Abstracts, 1792-1820; Powers of Attorney. In this book, she included a list of all the estate records in the Person County Estate Records series.

The list below was copied from KKK’s book Person County Compilations.  She made this list back in 1978 when the original documents of North Carolina were stored at the NC Department of Archives and History.  In her book, she noted that these Person County estate records and documents were alphabetically arranged in file folders. At the time this list was compiled, the call number for the estate records was 078.508.1-44, indicating 078 is the county code for Person County and that there were only 44 file boxes in the estate records series.  Since the publishing of this book, these files have been moved to the NC State Archives.  According to the updated NC State Archives finding guide, there are 78 file boxes for Person County estate records, therefore these estate records must have been filed into new boxes when they were moved. 

My surname of interest in Person County, North Carolina is BROOKS.  Below I have copied Kendall’s entries for the BROOKS surname.  On my next trip to the archives I will validate that this list is complete for the BROOKS surname. I have left spaces for notes.

 

Kendall’s book on Person County Compilations can be searched online at ancestry.com. A subscription is required to view the records.

 

Name

Date

File Box No.

Names mentioned

Notes

Andrew Brooks

1869

 

 

 

Ann Brooks

1877

 

 

 

Ann Brooks

1885

 

 

 

Ann G Brooks

1893

 

 

 

Artha Brooks

1846

 

 

 

Asa Brooks

1872

 

 

 

Asa Brooks

1880

 

 

 

B B Brooks

1885

 

 

 

Charles B Brooks

1861

 

 

 

D W Brooks

1888

 

 

 

David Brooks

1842

 

 

 

David Broooks

1882

 

 

 

Dempsey Brooks

1880

 

 

 

Elijah G Brooks

1862

 

 

 

Elizabeth Brooks

1855

 

 

 

Francis Brooks

1848

 

 

 

Garner Brooks

1841

 

 

 

Green Brooks

1848

 

 

 

Henry Brooks

1887

 

 

 

J L Brooks

ND

 

 

 

J M Brooks

1885

 

 

 

J T Brooks

1896

 

 

 

James Brooks

1845

 

 

 

James M Brooks

1876

 

 

 

Jeremiah Brooks

1871

 

 

 

John Brooks

1848

 

 

 

John Brooks

(Halifax County)

1858

 

 

 

John Brooks

1886

 

 

 

John J Brooks

1821

 

 

 

Larkin Brooks

1835

 

 

 

Larken Brooks

1882

 

 

 

Mason Brooks

1823

 

 

 

Matthew Brooks

1855

 

 

 

Matthew Brooks

1886

 

 

 

Nancy Brooks

1851

 

 

 

Nancy G Brooks

1857

 

 

 

Parkham Brooks

1869

 

 

 

Robert Brooks Sr

1846

 

 

 

Robert Brooks

1878

 

 

 

Robert Brooks

1898

 

 

 

R W Brooks

1882

 

 

 

Sallie Brooks

1895

 

 

 

Sarah Brooks

1844

 

 

 

Stephen G Brooks

1854

 

 

 

Sydney Brooks

1845

 

 

 

Thomas A Brooks

1880

 

 

 

Timby Brooks

1886

 

 

 

W A Brooks

1885

 

 

 

William Brooks

1906

 

 

 

William M Brooks

1880

 

 

 

Yancey Brooks

1835

 

 

 

Things to watch out for with DNA testing

I was very excited to learn that a fellow Godwin researcher might have found a relative to submit DNA to test against other conflicting or proposed lines.  She is descended from a family that often gets mixed up with my own family, or at least the family I am trying to prove relation to.
 
Our two Nathan Godwins were born in the mid to late 1700s and resided in Sampson Co., NC prior to the turn of the century.  My colleague’s Nathan Godwin is reported to be the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Bullard) Godwin, also of Sampson Co., NC.  He wrote a will in 1821 and died in Sampson Co., NC in 1823. He was the older Nathan. I believe, however that it is actually MY Nathan Godwin who was the son of Rachel and Jonathan and I have a deed to back it up. My Nathan Godwin removed to Randolph Co., NC about 1800, following the death of Jonathan in 1791 and the sale of his lands by his widow Rachel, and Nathan and Dred Godwin in 1795.

DNA analysis would help us to determine which of the two Nathan Godwins was the real son of Jonathan and Rachel Godwin. First we would need to find a definite descendant of Jonathan and Rachel who has a paper trail, to compare our DNA to.  Then we would need two additional samples – one from my colleague’s line and one from my own line. My family’s DNA has already been submitted and has matched up with 6 other NC Godwin lines. How exactly they are related is yet to be determined. I got my colleague to agree to submit her family’s DNA.

However, then I remembered something:  Her ancestor was reported to be descended from the older Nathan Godwin who left a will in 1821. In the will, he mentioned her ancestor’s name – Handy Godwin – a grandson, son of Nathan’s daughter, Tressie Godwin. I found court documents against this Tressie Godwin for 4 children she had out of wedlock.  In 3 of the 4 cases, the fathers were named, however, the children were not named. One of those men named did happen to be a Godwin, but we are not sure if he sired my colleague’s ancestor or not.

When finding family members to participate in DNA studies you must make sure that they are a true descendant of that surname. In this case, meaning their father must have been a Godwin. It is not enough that my colleague’s ancestor, Handy was a Godwin. He had been given his mother’s surname.  We don’t know who his father was. Of course, if my colleague were interested in finding out who Handy’s father was, she could go ahead and get the DNA submitted and compare it against possible surnames (perhaps against the two other men mentioned in the court cases).

So now I need to locate another heir of the older Nathan Godwin’s line to compare my family’s DNA against in order to prove or disprove relation to him and/or to Jonathan and Rachel Bullard Godwin.

Our Godwin DNA Test Results

This is a letter I sent out to all of the descendants of Elijah Godwin (1801-1884):

Update on my grandfather’s Godwin DNA test (to the descendants of Elijah Godwin):
As you know back in Nov my grandfather, Larry Godwin, submitted his DNA to the Goodwin/Godwin DNA Surname Project. I just wanted to remind everyone that all of the descendants of Elijah Godwin are represented by his DNA test. You do NOT have to submit your own test because if you are a Godwin male, then you will have the same exact y-chromosomal DNA as he does! Y-chromosomal DNA is what is passed from father to son each generation. Each family has its own set of mutations that occur that also get passed from generation to generation – these mutations are tested and recorded by companies like family tree DNA and they distinguish between family lines.
My grandfather’s 25-marker DNA test was a 100% match to the DNA of the FIRST group of Godwins in the results table http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/goodwin/results. Our ID number is G-43

Group 1
G-4   Descendant of David Godwin b. c1740 of Bladen Co., NC
G-29 Descendant of Samuel Godwin b. c1742 of Johnston Co., NC
G-30 Descendant of Thomas Godwin b. c1745 of Johnston Co., NC
G-32 Descendant of Thomas Godwin b. c1745 of Johnston Co., NC
G-34 Descendant of Nathan Godwin b. c1807 NC (possible grandson of Nathan b.
c1760 of Sampson Co., NC thru his son Jonathan)
G-8   Descendant of Alexander Godwin b. c1795 NC d. 1881 St. Clair, AL
G-43 Descendant of Elijah Godwin b. 1805 NC d. 1884 Lawrence Co., AR

For a 25 marker test match, there is a 90% probability that the descendants of Elijah Godwin share a common ancestor in the last 10 generations with the other 5 lines above.

Elijah is the last known ancestor we can prove to be descended from. It is my belief that Elijah was the son of Nathan Godwin who was the son of Jonathan Godwin, b. 1740, md. Rachel Bullard, however this is widely disbelieved by other Godwin researchers.

So now all we have to do is try to find paper trails of familial connections with these other 5 Godwin lines of NC.

There is one other Godwin who submitted a 37-marker test to this project. My grandfather can upgrade his test to a 37 marker test and compare against the other Godwin to tighten the window of relationship. If the two 37-marker tests come back with a 100% match, then there is a 95% chance we share a common ancestor in the last 7 generations, 90% chance it is within the last 5 generations and 50% that it is within the last 2-3 generations.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are still looking for descendants of Wilkinson, Dred, and Wilson Ulysses Godwin to participate in the surname project to see if we can connect them to our line.

A Peek into the NC State Archives: Loose Documents of Estate Records

In a previous post, I outlined how to search for wills that are housed at the NC State Archives. In this post, I’d like to talk about another collection that is part of the NC State Archives: “The Series of Original Loose Documents of Estate Records.” This collection contains a serious of documents pertaining to the estates of deceased persons in NC. This collection is sorted by county, then alphabetical by last name.

Documents contained in these files include administrator bonds, affidavits, inventory and estate sales receipts, legal proceedings, division of assets to legatees, etc. These files can be reviewed out by filling out a call slip. The call numbers start with a 3-digit prefix assigned to the county of interest. Randolph County’s 3-digit prefix is 081. Then the next 3-digits are assigned to document type. For estates, that number is always 508. The last number of the call number is the box number that contains your ancestor’s file. This last number is left blank on the call slip. You will put your surname on the call slip instead. They will bring you the box that contains the surname for the county of interest. For example, I might find the loose documents of the estate of Abiah Godwin in Randolph County using the following call number: 081.508.5. Box 5 containing the surname Godwin.

Below is an example of documents contained in the file of Abiah Godwin, Randolph Co., NC (In order of appearance in the file):

Receipt of money brought forward from the sale of estate of Abiah Godwin

Receipt of money brought forward from the sale of estate of Abiah Godwin

Page 1 illustrates how much money the administrator of the estate brought before the judge, probably from the sale of items in the estate. The administrator brought in 79 pounds, 3 shillings, and 11 pence. 39 pounds, 6 shillings, and 8 pence were awarded to the administrator for his duties as administrator leaving 39 pounds, 16 shilling, and 3 pence to be divided between Abiah Godwin’s 7 legatees…5 pounds, 13 shilling, 7 pence awarded per legatee.

Settlement of the Estate of Abiah Godwin, Deceased

Settlement of the Estate of Abiah Godwin, Deceased

Page 2 is a scan of what was on the back of the first page. It reads “A settlement of the estate Abiah Godwin, Deceased.”

Receipt of monies owed administrator

Receipt of monies owed administrator

Page 3 is a receipt of monies owed to Samuel Godwin from the estate for his duties of administrator.

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 1

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 1

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 2

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 2

Pages 4 and 5 contain an inventory of the estate of Abiah Godwin taken on 4 Feb 1796, consisting of furniture, pots, farm stock, kitchen goods, etc.

Affadavit of Administrator, Samuel Godwin

Affadavit of Administrator, Samuel Godwin

Page 6 contains the affidavit of Samuel Godwin who presented the inventory to the courts.

Related Posts:

NC State Archives: Original Wills

The Will of Daniel Williams, Granville Co., NC (1759)

Here is the will of Daniel Williams of Granville Co., NC. Daniel Williams was married to Ursula Henderson. They were the parents of my Henry Williams of Caswell Co., NC. I found two other Williams wills in Granville Co but I am not sure how they connect if at all to my Daniel Williams family. They are William Williams and Thomas Williams.

Williams, Daniel–wills to wife 3 negroes loaned to her for her lifetime, 12 cattle, one horse, feather bed and furniture, household goods, which I do not give away herafter, and at her death to be equally divided between my seven children: Merya Goodman, Henry Williams, John Williams, James Williams, Joseph Williams, Mary Mitchell, Daniel Williams; to my son-in-law Benjamin Goodman, 200 acres of landing being the land whereon he now lives at Capt. Mitchells line; to son John Williams, 350 acres which I purchased of Richard Bullock; to sons James and Joseph Williams, 800 acres of land in Halifax county, Virginia to be equally divided between them; to son Daniel Williams, 400 acres being land and plantation whereon I now live; to daughter Marya Goodman, for her lfietime, 3 negroes and, at her death, to go to her children; to son Henry Williams, 2 negroes and the use of a mullatto fellow to serve to age 21 years; to son John, 3 n3groes; to son James, 3 negroes; to daughter Mary Mitchell, 4 negroes; to son Daniel, 4 negroes; to my wife Ursula William, I lend for her lifetime 6 sheep, 12 hogs and, at her death, to be divided to my seven children; to my youngest children, James, Joseph, Mary Mitchell, and Daniel Williams, all rest of cattle, sheep, and hogs to divide between them; to son James, a horse and a feather bed and furniture; to son Joseph, a stallion, a feather bed and furniture; to daughter Mary Mitchell, a horse; to son Daniel Williams a horse and a mare, a feather bed and furniture; to son James Williams, land on Anderson swamp containing 400 acres; to son Joseph, land on Hico road and branches of Island creek—400 acres; my executors are to sell my crop of tobacco and pay my debts and to get 8000 ten penny nails and 8000 eight penny nails and give them to James and Joseph Williams and whereas Henry Williams and Marya Goodman have had pewter bought for them, it is my desire that John, James, Joseph, Mary Mitchell, and Daniel are to have pewter bought for them in equal amount by my executors and if any surplus from these sale, to be divided in eight parts for my wife and children; after wife’s death, all that is left to be divided to them.Exrs: my wife, Ursula Williams, John and James Williams

Wts: Luke Waldrup, William Sims

Source: Abstracts Of Granville County, NC, Unrecorded wills, 1746-1771, by Zae Gwynn
Page 64–Nov. 15, 1759–proved Dec. court 1759

The Will of William Williams, Granville Co., NC (1763)

Williams, William–wills to son Charles Williams 250 acres of land on south side of Tarr river, also my part of the wagon and the two horses belonging to the wagon, a feather bed and furniture; to son Stephen Williams, plantation whereon I now live containing the 143 acres on north side of Tarr river and a feather bed and furniture, a horse and my saddle; to daughter Lucy Pitman, wife of Samuel Pitman, 5 shillings; my wife Elizabeth to have use of plantation and dwelling house whereon I now live for as long as she is my widow or for life and at her death, the land to go to the aforesaid Stephen Williams; the movable property divided between Charles and Stephen Williams.

Exrs: my son Charles Williams and friend Francis Fowler

Wts: John Williams, John Morris

 
Source: Abstracts Of Granville County, NC, Unrecorded wills, 1746-1771, by Zae Gwynn
Page 66-April 3, 1763–proved Feb. 1765
 
 

Related posts:
Will of Daniel Williams, Granville Co., NC (1759)
Will of Thomas Williams, Granville Co., NC (1761)

The Will of Thomas Williams, Granville Co., NC (1761)

The Will of Thomas Williams, Granville Co., NC:

Wills to my wife and son Roger Williams, all estate with wife having use of same for the term of her widowhood or lifetime; to son Roger, a negro slave; to son Thomas, a negro slave and my mill and plantation ; to son William, a negro slave and upper part of my land divided between sons Thomas and William; to son Samuel, 2 negroes; I leave to wife and son Roger 100 pds. Virginia money to purchase 2 more negroes for her use during her widowhood and then, at her death, one of them to son Thomas and the other to son Roger Williams; to wife and son Roger all stock, household goods, etc., but if she remarry, then divided to my four children.

Exrs: my wife and my son Roger Williams

Wts: William Burrow, John Burch, Saml. Lancaster

 Source: Abstracts Of Granville County, NC, Unrecorded wills, 1746-1771, by Zae Gwynn
Page 65-Feb. 12, 1761–proved Aug. court 1761
 
 

Related posts:

Will of Daniel Williams, Granville Co., NC (1759)

Will of William Williams, Granville Co., NC (1763)

Two George Brooks Men of Caswell County

Tonight I consolidated 3 separate documents I have relating the story of at least 3 George Brooks men – two younger and one elder men.  The individual family tree maker database files for the two younger George Brooks men, the Brooks Family Will Books.doc, and the George Brooks.doc files were consolidated into one main document – “George Brooks.doc”.

I have information stored in multiple locations for two reasons: 1. if I lose one file, that information is stored in a second location; 2. One of the files is simply all about any men named George, with some explanation of the different men. The other file is all about ALL men named Brooks. I use this one so I can see relationships between the individuals and their family members.

I have included an introduction below to the two young George Brooks men of Caswell County. I hope to post my completed files to this blog some day. However, most of my preliminary information was taken from Will and Deed book abstracts by Katherine Kerr Kendall and need to be verified with original documents obtained at the State Archives.  The Caswell County Will Books can be searched online at ancestry.com; The deed book abstracts (1777-1817) and (1817-1840) can be found at the North Carolina Olivia Raney Historical Library in Raleigh, NC.
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There were two “younger” George Brooks men living in Caswell co., NC in the early 1800s. They were first cousins: 

1.  George son of Jonathan (and Ann Lewis), born abt 1790 (according to the 1830 Caswell Co census report); Married Sarah?

2.  George son of Charles (and Sarah), born 1787. He moved to Stokes Co., NC in 1820 after marrying Elizabeth Courts, also from Caswell Co., NC (1820 Stokes Co census report). George and his wife Elizabeth Brooks of Stokes Co. sold 206 acres of land on waters of Hogan’s creek in Caswell Co., NC to Obadiah Nunally on 25 June 1820. This George administered his father’s estate in Caswell Co., NC in 1816 before removing to Stokes Co., NC. I believe his mother Sarah remained in Caswell Co., NC. There was an estate record for a Sarah Brooks in Jan 1841, Caswell Co., NC. I believe this to be the widow of Charles and mother of George who removed to Stokes County. George administered her account in 1841-1843. It was a significant account, therefore I believe Sarah to have been a widow. It is possible this Sarah was the wife of George, son of Jonathan; but I don’t believe it plausible because this deceased had such a considerable estate. Additionally, there was an elder Sarah Brooks who was tracked on the Caswell County census reports prior to this estate record who fit in as the deceased in these estate records. I have included below all deed and will book entries for both George Brooks and have noted to which George they refer if known. All entries have been included in both George Brooks’ family tree files.

Related post: The elder George Brooks

An Elder George Brooks – Caswell Co., NC

An Account of an original Caswell County, NC settler, George Brooks and his possible relation to my ancestor, Christopher Williams Brooks: (excerpted from the George Brooks.doc file)

1777
Caswell County, NC Tax Records, 1777:
Glouster District, George Brooks, 650 Acres, 7 wp, 0 bp
- Where did this 650 acres come from? I did not see a land grant in Caswell, Orange, or Granville County, NC Land Grants. Maybe he bought it from someone in Orange County? Or it came from Lord or Earl Granville? (Caswell Co was formed from Orange Co in 1777)

1779

North Carolina Land Grant, 1779, File no. 444
: George Brooks, 300 acres, Entry no. 622 entered 11 Jan 1779; Grant no. 605, issued 13 Oct 1783; Book 53, p. 25; Located on the Middle fork of the South Fork of Country Line Creek

Deed book A, page 144, 1779: State of NC – No. 57, to Elisha Parks, 300 acres on both sides of middle fork of south fork of Country Line Cr adjacent claims of Samuel Kelly, William Gooch, George Brooks, John Anthony, Elijah Mason. 3 May 1779. chain carriers John Anthony, Ransom Atkinson. (Abstracts, p. 9) This 300 acres of land was then sold by Elisha Parks to Thomas Johnston of Culpepper Co (see below). [Note: this was probably taken in March; The date of May was probably a mistake by the abstractor. Subsequent deed information continues to be dated in March.  Source: Caswell Co., NC Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts, Katherine Kerr Kendall, p.9. (Can be found at the Olivia Raney Historical Library, Raleigh, NC)

Deed book A, page 175, 1779: State of NC No. 66 to Henry Williams, 216 acres on branches Shaws, Toms and Stoney Creeks adj William Brown, claims of Arthur Lovings, John Brothers. 3 Mar 1779. chain carriers Wm. Brown and Geo Brooks Jun. (Abstracts, p. 11)

Deed book A, page 296, 1779: Elisha Parks of Caswell Co., NC to Thomas Johnston of Culpepper Co., VA for 1000 lbs, 300 acres on middle fork of Country line Creek adj claims of Samuel Kelly and William Gooch, John Anthony, George Brooks, claim of Elijah Mason, said land granted by NC to Parks 3 Mar 1779 adknowledged. (Abstracts, p. 18 )

These deeds provide evidence that there was another older George Brooks who lived in Caswell Co in 1779; since he owned land, he was born at least before 1758 (had to be 21 to own land). Could this be the George Brooks who heired land that he received as a Revolutionary soldier in TN to Christopher Williams Brooks? There was no George Brooks on the 1790 or 1800 Caswell Co., NC census report, so either he died or he moved. (Probably he died because he heired the land to Christopher). The next George is not enumerated until 1830 in Caswell co., NC. He was the son of Jonathan and Ann Lewis Brooks (According to Kay Haden…Charles and Sally Brooks’ son George moved to Stokes/Forsynth Co., NC). There are no George Brooks men in the Person Co deed book (1792-1825) or census reports either. 

Could this be George Brooks, son of Thomas and Mary Blacknall Brooks, born 8 May 1757 in Gloucester Co., VA (Kingston Parish Registry)?

TO DO:
Look for references to this George Brooks as a soldier in the American Revolution. Did not have a pension because he probably died prior to the law passed by Congress.

Related Posts:

Two younger George Brooks men of Caswell Co., NC

BROOKS family references of Kingston Parish, Gloucester/Matthews Co., VA

Sources:

Kendall, K. K. (1989). Caswell County, North Carolina, deed books, 1777-1817: abstracts. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press. (Can be found at the Olivia Raney Historical Library, Raleigh, NC)

Secretary of State Land Grant Office, Warrants, Plats, etc

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