Andrew Brooks, c1805, Person Co., NC

Andrew Brooks was born about 1805 in Person County, North Carolina. He was the son of Jeremiah Brooks and Elizabeth Thomas of Caswell and Person Counties, North Carolina.

Here is Andrew on the 1850 Person County Census report with his wife Sarah and their children:

1850 Person Co., NC Census Report
Andrew Brooks, 45 yo (b. abt 1805) NC
Sarah Brooks, 44 yo (b. abt 1806), NC
Nancy A Brooks, 20 yo (b. abt 1830), NC
Elijah Brooks, 18 yo (b. abt 1832), NC
Albert G Brooks, 16 yo (b. abt 1834), NC
Elizabeth S Brooks, 14 yo (b. abt 1835), NC
Harriet J Brooks, 11 yo (b. abt 1839), NC
Sarah F Brooks, 6 yo (b. abt 1844), NC
John B Brooks, 3 yo (b. abt 1847), NC
M432_640, p. 423, Image 257;

Related posts:

1. Logan Brooks (1814)
2. Children of Jeremiah Brooks of Person County, North Carolina
3. Jeremiah Brooks (1773-1871) of Person County, North Carolina

Jeremiah Brooks of Person Co., NC

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 therefore he could have been the older or younger Caswell County man.  Click on this previous post to see a brief snippet of the Caswell County Jeremiah Brooks. Scroll down below to see Person County records of Jeremiah Brooks.  According to his descendants, this Jeremiah Brooks was born about 1773 and died in 1871.  There are estate records for him in the North Carolina State Archives Loose Estate Records of Person County according to Katherine Kerr Kendall’s book.  He also wrote a will.

Person County, North Carolina references to Jeremiah Brooks:

1800

1800 Person Co., NC Census Report: Jeremiah Brooks, 1m < 10, 1m 16-25, 1m 26-44, 2f < 10, 2f 16-25. If Jeremiah is the oldest male, then he was born between 1756-1774.

1806

Jeremiah Brooks “of Caswell County” purchased 113.5 acres of land on South Hico in Person County from John B. Lea on Sep 27, 1806.  He then sold this land to James Dollarhide, Dec 26, 1807.  He was still listed as being “of Caswell County:”


Person Co Deed Book D, page 33, John B Lea to Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell County for $283.75, 113 ½ A on S Hico adj Carver. 27 Sept 1806. Wit: Thomas Carver, William Carver. (Person Co NC deed Book abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 82)

1807

Person Co Deed Book D, p. 113, Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell Co to James Dollarhide of Person Co., for $290, 113 ½ A on S Hico in Person Co., adj Carver. 26 Dec 1807. Wit Wm Carver, David Brechen. (Person Co NC Deed book abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 90)

In Nov of 1809, Jeremiah Brooks “of Caswell County” purchased an additional 158 acres on South Hico in Person County from James McMurry. By 1810, he was enumerated on the Person County, NC census report:

1809

Person Co Deed Book D, page 200, 1809: James McMurry to Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell County, for $474, 158 A on S Hico adj Rose, Jacob Thomas, Kelly Br., H Combs, Whitfield, Robert Vanhook. 29 Nov 1809. Wit: Loyd Vanhook, Adam McNealy. (Person Co NC Deed book abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 99)

1810

1810 Person Co., NC Census Report:  Jeremiah Brooks 3m < 10, 1m 10-15, 1m 26-44; 1f < 10, 1f 10-15, 1f 26-44; Assuming he is the oldest male, he was born between 1766-1784. Since this Jeremiah is younger than the Jeremiah from Caswell Co NC on the 1777 tax list (b. abt 1756), it is probably these two Jeremiahs are NOT the same person. However, I did not find Jeremiah Brooks on an 1800 Person Co. Census report, so it is possible that there were indeed two different Jeremiah Brooks’ in Caswell Co prior to 1800. And one of them moved to Person while the other stayed behind.


1814

Person Co Record Books, book 6, Taxable property, 1814: Capt. Douglass’ District: Jeremiah Brooks. (Kendall’s Person County, North Carolina Compilations, 1792-1823, Abstract p. 97)

1817

Person Co deed book F, p. 121-3: James Johnson to Lawrence Vanhook for $127.12 ½; 30 ½ acres on S. Hico adjacent to John Wilson, Loyd Vanhook, Robert Vanhook, and Jeremiah Brooks. 27 Oct 1817. Wit: Jesse Bradsher. (Person Co NC deed Book abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 184).

1818

Person Co deed book E, p. 69-70: John G. Wilson & Co. of Leasburg, CC, to William Lipscomb of Person Co., for $1591. 530.9 acres in Person Co on Cobb Cr & Rushy Br adjacent to the heirs of Lawrence Lea decd, James Johnson Jun., Jeremiah Brooks, and Laurence Vanhook, near the meeting house, Kendal Vanhook, and Nicholas Thompson. 1 Jan 1818. Witnesses: Nicholas Thompson and John H. McNeill. (Person County, NC Deed Book Abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 146)

Person Co deed book E, p. 173-4:  William Lipscomb to Jeremiah Brooks, for $225, 501/4 A on S Hico adj Laurence Vanhook, said Brooks, Elijah Jacobs. 3 Jan 1818. Wit: Jesse Bradsher, Stephen Pleasant. (Person County, NC Deed Book Abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 155)

1820

1820 Person Co., NC Census Report:  Jeremiah Brooks, 1m < 10, 2m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 1m 16-26, 1m > 45, [b. bef 1775]; 1f < 10, 1f 10 – 16, 1f 16-26, 1f >45; 4 people in agriculture, 0 slaves; On same page as Thomas Brooks (26-45);  (Roll M33_82, Page 436, Image 242).

1821

Person Co deed book F, p. 152-3: Lawrence Vanhook to Nicholas Thompson of Caswell County, town of Leasburg, for $88.50 30 ½ acres on S. Hico adj Lipscomb, Loyd Vanhook, Robert Vanhook, Jeremiah Brooks. 17 Nov 1821.  Wits: Will A. Lea, Wm Lipscomb. (Person Co NC deed Book abstracts, 1792-1825, p. 185).

1840

1840 Person Co., NC Census Report: Jeremiah Brooks, 1 m 60-70 [1770-1780]; 1f 20-30, 1f 60-70; (Next to Logan Brooks, 20-30) (Roll 368, p. 292)

1850

1850 Person County

Jeremiah Brooks 76 (b. abt 1774), VA Farmer
Elizabeth Brooks 75(b. abt 1775) PA
Elizabeth Brooks 28 (b. abt 1822) NC
Sarah E. Brooks 17 (b. abt 1833), NC
Thomas Thomas 88 (b. abt 1762) PA

1850 Census – Slave Schedules

Jeremiah Brooks, Person Co., NC – 3 Black male slaves, 1 mulatto slave

1860

1860 Person County Bushy Fork p. 543

Jeremiah Brooks 85 VA

Elizabeth Brooks 30 NC

Sarah Brooks 21 NC

1860 Census – Slave Schedules

Jeremiah Brooks, Person Co., NC – 4 male black slaves, 1 female black slave

1870
1870 Person County, Olive Hill
Jeremiah Brooks 98 (b. abt 1772), NC no occupation 800 1500
Elizabeth Brooks 50 (b. abt 1820), NC Keeping house
Sarah Brooks 32 NC at home can’t read can’t write
(Roll M593_1154, p. 640, image 630)

1871
In 1871, Jeremiah Brooks wrote a will in Person County, North Carolina. He died the same year because there is an estate record for Jeremiah Brooks at the North Carolina State Archives, dated 1871 in Person County, North Carolina as well. To do: Copy, scan, and transcribe Jeremiah Brooks’ will and estate papers from Person Co., NC, 1871.

Bibliography

Kendall, K. K., & Donaldson, M. F. K. (1978). Person County, North Carolina compilations: Land grants, 1794, 1805, 1823 tax lists, record books abstracts, 1792-1820, letters of attorney. Raleigh, N.C.: Kendall. (Searchable online at ancestry.com)

Kendall, K. K. (1994). Person County, North Carolina deed books, 1792-1825. [Baltimore, MD?]: Clearfield Company.  (Searchable online at ancestry.com)

Related Posts:

1. Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell County, North Carolina
2. Children of Jeremiah Brooks of Person Co NC

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.

Original Records of Person Co. at NC State Archives

PERSON COUNTY: Established in 1791 (effective 1792) from Caswell County

The following is a list of all of the Person County original records that are held at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina. This list was copied from the “Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives.”

ORIGINAL RECORDS

BONDS

Apprentice Bonds and Records, 1801-1925; 1 volume, 1 Fibredex box.

Bastardy Bonds and Records, 1793-1891; 1 Fibredex box.

Constables’ Bonds and Records, 1792-1854; 1 Fibredex box.

Officials’ Bonds and Records, 1792-1954; 2 volumes, 1 Fibredex box.

CENSUS RECORDS (County Copy)

Census, 1880; 2 volumes.

COURT RECORDS

County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

Minutes, 1792-1868; 14 volumes.

Rough Minutes and Dockets, 1803-1866; 1 Fibredex box.

Execution Dockets, 1813-1825, 1838-1868; 5 volumes.

Levy Dockets, 1795-1826, 1837; 2 volumes.

State Dockets, 1792-1868; 4 volumes.

Trial and Appearance Dockets, 1792-1814, 1824-1868; 5 volumes.

Summons Docket (Writs Issued), 1793-1807; 1 volume.

Witness Fee Docket, 1822-1853; 1 volume.

Superior Court

Minutes, 1807-1864, 1869-1909; 8 volumes.

Equity Minutes, 1808-1854; 2 volumes.

Equity Trial and Execution Docket, 1807-1853; 1 volume.

Equity Trial and Appearance Docket, 1854-1868; 1 volume.

Execution Dockets, 1808-1857; 3 volumes.

State Dockets, 1808-1838, 1851-1868; 2 volumes.

Trial and Appearance Dockets, 1807-1868; 3 volumes.

Summons Docket, 1869-1870; 1 volume.

Civil Action Papers, 1813-1939; 8 Fibredex boxes.

Civil Action Papers Concerning Board of County Commissioners,

1871-1906; 1 Fibredex box.

Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1775-1948; 4 Fibredex boxes.

Criminal Action Papers, 1815-1908; 1 Fibredex box.

ELECTION RECORDS

Election Records, 1804-1918; 1 Fibredex box.

ESTATES RECORDS

Record of Accounts, 1868-1908; 4 volumes.

Administrators’ Bonds, 1870-1882, 1889-1898; 2 volumes.

Estates Records, 1775, 1776, 1784, 1791-1951; 78 Fibredex boxes.

Guardians’ Records, 1792-1949; 6 Fibredex boxes.

Guardians’ Accounts, 1810-1865; 4 volumes.

Guardians’ Bonds, 1870-1899; 1 volume.

Record of Settlements, 1869-1898; 1 volume.

LAND RECORDS

Deeds, 1777-1918; 4 Fibredex boxes.

Miscellaneous Deeds, 1774-1923; 2 Fibredex boxes.

Land Entry Book, 1873-1887, 1899; 1 volume.

Petitions for Partition, 1838-1918; 1 Fibredex box.

Petitions for Sale, 1856-1934; 3 Fibredex boxes.

Miscellaneous Land Records, 1775-1940; 2 Fibredex boxes.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS

Marriage Bonds, 1791-1868; 10 Fibredex boxes.

Record of Cohabitation, 1866; 1 volume.

Divorce Records, 1821-1939; 3 Fibredex boxes.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Alien Registration, 1927, 1940; 1 volume.

County Accounts, 1881-1885; 2 volumes.

List of Jurors, 1893-1915; 1 volume.

Registry of Licenses to Trades, 1877-1901; 1 volume.

Minutes, Wardens of the Poor, 1792-1868; 2 volumes.

Miscellaneous Records, 1771-1954; 3 Fibredex boxes.

Powers of Attorney, 1785-1900; 1 Fibredex box.

Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer’s Record, 1869-1871; 1 volume.

Records of Assignees, Receivers and Trustees, 1842-1939; 3 Fibredex boxes.

OFFICIALS, COUNTY

Minutes, Board of Magistrates, 1880-1894; 1 volume.

Record of Magistrates, 1893-1922; 1 volume.

Record of Magistrates and Notaries Public, 1923-1943; 1 volume.

ROADS AND BRIDGES

Appointment of Road Overseers, 1823-1868; 2 volumes.

Road Records, 1797-1888; 1 Fibredex box.

Railroad Records, 1876-1921; 3 Fibredex boxes.

SCHOOL RECORDS

School Records, 1832-1930; 1 Fibredex box.

School Registers, 1887-1904; 8 volumes.

TAX AND FISCAL RECORDS

Lists of Taxables, 1915, 1925; 3 volumes.

List of Insolvents, 1892-1898; 1 volume.

Schedule B Taxes, 1869-1883; 1 volume.

Tax Records, 1792-1886; 2 Fibredex boxes.

Tax Receipt Book, 1871; 1 volume.

WILLS

Record of Wills, Inventories, Sales of Estates and Taxables, 1792-1844;

15 volumes.

Wills, 1790-1943; 17 Fibredex boxes.

PERSON COUNTY

Established in 1791 (effective 1792) from Caswell County

MICROFILM RECORDS

CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Record of Corporations, 1895-1966; 1 reel.

Partnership Records, 1913-1966; 1 reel.

COURT RECORDS

County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

Minutes, 1792-1868; 4 reels.

Superior Court

Minutes, 1821-1864, 1869-1966; 8 reels.

ELECTION RECORDS

Record of Elections, 1906-1964; 1 reel.

ESTATES RECORDS

Record of Accounts, 1868-1966; 7 reels.

Administrators’ Bonds, 1870-1966; 5 reels.

Appointment of Executors, 1868-1894; Record of Executors, 1925-1966;

1 reel.

Guardians’ Accounts, 1810-1944; 1 reel.

Guardians’ Bonds, 1870-1899; 1 reel.

Appointment of Guardians, 1899-1966; 1 reel.

Clerk’s Receiver Accounts, 1894-1903; 1 reel.

Inheritance Tax Records, 1919-1961; 1 reel.

Record of Settlements, 1869-1966; 5 reels.

Index to Estates, 1947-1966; 1 reel.

LAND RECORDS

Record of Deeds, 1789-1959; 56 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantor, 1790-1974; 6 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantee, 1790-1974; 4 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantee: Trustees, 1900-1974; 2 reels.

Entry Book, 1872-1899; 1 reel.

Record of Resale of Land by Trustees and Mortgagees, 1920-1960; 1 reel.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS

Marriage Bonds, 1791-1868; 6 reels.

Record of Marriage Certificates, 1851-1867; Marriage Registers, 1867-1966;

1 reel.

Maiden Names of Divorced Women, 1938-1966; 1 reel.

Index to Births, 1913-1979; 2 reels.

Index to Deaths, 1913-1986; 1 reel.

MILITARY AND PENSION RECORDS

Record of Armed Forces Discharges, 1918-1966; 3 reels.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Orders and Decrees, 1868-1962; 9 reels.

Index to Special Proceedings, 1954-1966; 1 reel.

OFFICIALS, COUNTY

Minutes, Board of County Commissioners, 1868-1947; 3 reels.

SCHOOL RECORDS

Minutes, Board of Superintendents of Common Schools, 1841-1864; Minutes,

County Board of Education, 1872-1886, 1909-1953; 1 reel.

TAX AND FISCAL RECORDS

Tax Scrolls, 1876-1925; 4 reels.

WILLS

Wills, Inventories, Sales of Estates and Taxables, 1792-1844; 7 reels.

Record of Wills, 1847-1968; 5 reels.

Original Wills, 1791-1900; 3 reels.

Cross Index to Wills, 1792-1956; 1 reel.

Index to Wills, Devisee, 1970-1986; 1 reel.

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.

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.

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Looking for Wills at the NC State Archives

This post has been updated due to changes in the North Carolina State Archives website. Please read my updated post here.

 

I consider Mitchell’s “Will Index” to be my #1 resource material to researching NC families. It is a two volume set that sits out on the main counter at the NC State Archives. It can be searched online using the NS State Archives MARS search Engine. This is how I went about finding the last will and testament for Henry Williams:

Go to NC State Archives webpage

Click on the MARS Catalog link on the left side and a new window will open. It may take a couple of minutes to completely load. You will see the main search page. I have included a screen shot below:

Main MARS search page

Main MARS search page

Next I type in “Henry Williams” in the search box and I put a check mark beside the Mitchell Will Index listing. Then I click on the search button.

The database loads the Mitchell Will Index and reports back that there are 7 hits in the County Records Part 1 section and 9 hits in the County Records Part 2 section. This index is alphabetized by county name. Counties starting with a letter in the first half of the alphabet are in County Records Part 1 and those in the second half of the alphabet are in County Records Part 2. The actual published copy of the index is alphabetized by last name.

If I wanted to look for a will for Henry Williams in Caswell County, NC only, then I could type in “Henry Williams Caswell” into the search box and it would bring up 1 hit in County Records Part 1.

Search of Henry Williams in Caswell Co., NC

Search of Henry Williams in Caswell Co., NC

Hits

Hits

Click on the County Records Part 1 link and I get a display of 1 record for Henry Williams.

Information Results Display

Click on the blue “I” icon in the first line

Will Record of Henry Williams, Caswell Co., 1796

Will Record of Henry Williams, Caswell Co., 1786

The record depicts information for this Henry Williams. The will was recorded 1786 in Caswell Co., NC. The call number and MARS Id number are not important.

Once you find the will date, person’s name and county, you can go to the Archives and look through the will boxes. They are organized by county first, then alphabetized by last name. Before you can look through the records you have to fill out a call slip. The call numbers start with a 3-digit prefix assigned to the county of interest. Caswell County’s 3-digit prefix is 020. Then the next 3-digits are assigned to document type. For wills, that number is always 801. 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 will of Henry Williams, 1786, Caswell County, using the following call number: 020.801.25. Box 25 containing the surname Williams.

The archivist will give you the whole box and you can only take out 1 file folder at a time. You must keep all documents inside the folder in order at all times. You can request copies be made by filling out a copy request form. Copies are $0.10 a page.

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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
 
 

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