Amanuensis Monday – The Will of Thomas Brooks

Transylvanian Dutch blog author John Newmark started the Monday blog theme called Amanuensis Monday. According to John, “amanuensis” means:
“A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.”

This week I am posting a transcript of the will of Thomas Brooks of Caswell County, North Carolina written on the 31st of March, 1855.

The following will was obtained from the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information on locating wills and ordering copies from the North Carolina State Archives, please reference my Looking for Wills at the North Carolina State Archives - Updated post.

The following will was found in the Caswell County Series of Original Wills, 1771-1927, box no. 1
Call no. 020.801.1

Summary of Will:

Written: March 31, 1855

Wife: Martha

Children:
William Brooks (<21 years of age)
Nicy Brooks
Mary Ann Brooks

Executrix:
wife Martha Brooks

Original Scanned Images:

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p1

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p1

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p2

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p2

Transcript of Will:

In the name of God amen I Thos Brooks of the county of Caswell and State of North Carolina being in mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory Blessed be God do this 31st day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five publish and ordain this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following that is to say first of all I recommend my precious and immortal soul unto the hands of God who give it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner,

Item 1st I give and bequeath to Martha my wife my tract of land on which I live containing 237 acres more of less and my stock of all description plantation tools household and kitchen furniture wagon and harness and carriage also the provisions of all description on hand during her natural life or widowhood.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my son William Brooks when twenty one years of age a seventy five dollar horse and a good Saddle and bridle. Item 3rd I will and bequeath at the death or marriage of my beloved wife Martha, that in the event my daughters Nicy and Mary Ann are both or either of them single, they are to have one hundred dollars of my estate each and then come in for an equal division with the rest of my lawful heirs.

I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Martha my executor to carry into effect this my last will and Testament herby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament this day and date signed sealed and acknowledged to be the last will and Testament of Thos Brooks in presents of Charles G Russell and Byrd D Paylors.

Witnesses:
Charles G Russell
Byrd D Paylor

Thomas (His Mark X) Brooks (Seal)

Unfortunately, at this time, I do not know much about this family. Thomas Brooks’ estate was probated in 1855 because there is a file at the North Carolina State Archives in the Caswell County Loose Papers of the Estate Files for Thomas Brooks, dated 1855. My goal is to copy, scan, and transcribe the contents of that file the next time I got to the Archives. If you know anything about the family of Thomas and Martha Brooks, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me directly at ginger.reney at gmail dot com.

Related Posts:

The Wills of Richard Brooks (1789) and his wife Ann Brooks (1808)

Caswell Co NC Wills – BROOKS

The following original wills are housed at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The collection title is “Caswell County, North Carolina Series of Original Wills, 1771-1927″ and the call number is C.R. 020.801.1. The Brooks family wills were contained in the first box of the series (no. 1).  There might have been more Brooks family wills contained in the box written after 1900. I only inventoried those wills written before 1900 (on 10/25/2008).

  1. Richard Brookes, dated 1790 (wife Ann)
  2. Ann Brooks, dated 1808 (wife of Richard)
  3. Thomas Brooks, dated 1855 (wife Martha)

The will of Richard Brookes was recorded in Caswell County, North Carolina Will Book B, p. 321.  This will was abstracted in Katherine Kerr Kendall’s book “Caswell County, North Carolina will books, 1777-1814″ on page 30. (See entry below)

Abstract

The abstract reads the following:

Richard Brooks (spelled Brookes on original) [actually the "e" is crossed out on the original that I looked at in 2008] – Will – w. 3 Oct 1789. Wife Ann; 4 youngest children William Bird Brooks (under 21), Betsy Brooks, Frances Armstead Brooks, John Brooks; daughter Ann Smith Graves; Exec: wife Ann and son in law Solomon Graves. Wit: W. F. Smith, Israel Barker.

The will of Ann Brooks was recorded in Caswell County, North Carolina Will Book E, p. 379.  This will was abstracted in Katherine Kerr Kendall’s book “Caswell County, North Carolina will books, 1777-1814″ on page 109. (See entry below)

abstract

The abstract reads the following:

Ann Brooks – Will – w. 4 Mar 1806. Son William B. Brooks; 9 grandchildren: Wm B. Brooks sons John, Robert, & William and daughters Betsy, Ann, and Joanna; Frances A. Sheppard’s daughters Ann, Betsy, and Polley.  Exec:  son Wm B. Brooks. Wit:  Sol Graves, S. Graves, John L. Graves.

The will of Thomas Brooks includes the following:

Thomas Brooks – Will – written 31 Mar 1855
Wife: Martha Brooks
Children: son William Brooks (under 21), daughters Nicy and Mary Ann.
Exec: Wife Martha Brooks
Wits: Charles G Russell and Byrd D Paylor

There was no estate folder for Richard Brookes at the archives. There are, however, estate folders for the Thomas and Ann Brooks listed above.

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Goals:

  1. To copy, scan, and transcribe the wills of Richard, Ann, and Thomas Brooks of Caswell Co., NC from the Archives

- Update 10/25/08:  These 3 wills were copied by the Archives.

-  Update 4/2/09: Wills were scanned into my computer and info entered into my genealogy software.

-  Update 9/7/2010:  The wills of Richard, Ann, and Thomas Brook(e)s were scanned, transcribed and uploaded to this blog.

  1. To copy, scan, and transcribe the estate records of Ann and Thomas Brooks of Caswell Co., NC from the Archives

Sources:

  1. Caswell County, North Carolina Series of Original Wills, 1771-1927, C.R. 020.801.1, North Carolina State Archives.
  2. Katherine Kerr Kendall, 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, can be searched online at ancestry.com.

Related Posts:

Brooks family estate records from Caswell 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

Charles Brooks, Caswell Co., NC

I first ran across Charles Brooks in the ancestry.com online version of Katherine Kerr Kendall’s abstracts, “Will Books of Caswell Co., NC, 1777-1814 & 1814-1843.” According to the Will Book Abstracts, Charles Brooks wrote his will in Caswell Co., NC 7 Oct 1815 and mentioned his wife, Sally Brooks and “brother-in-law” Nathan Williams and son George Brooks to execute his estate. Charles Brooks’ will was proved in Caswell Co., NC in January court 1816.

Charles’ wife, Sally Brooks, was the daughter of Colonel Henry Williams. In his will written 1785, Henry Williams listed his daughter “Sally Brooks” as an heir (and son Nathan Williams). Sally Williams Brooks was the sister of Susannah Williams Brooks, wife of Christopher Brooks.

The following is a brief summary of who Charles Brooks was, however there is no indication about who his parents were. I hope to add more about that later. Kay Haden’s Rootsweb Family Tree File listed Charles Brooks as one of the sons of Thomas Brookes and Mary Blacknall. She also has Christopher Brookes (md. Susannah Williams) and George Brookes as brothers of Charles Brookes. They were both mentioned in the Kingston Parish Registry of Gloucester / Mathews Co., VA as sons of Thomas and Mary: “_______her Brookes”, baptized February 1755, son of Thomas and Mary; and “George Brookes,” born May 8 and baptized 12 Jun 1757, son of Thomas and Mary (p. 14).

Charles Brooks

Charles Brooks was born between 1756-1765 (1800 & 1810 Census reports) and died in Caswell Co., NC between 15 October 1815 when he wrote his will, and Jan 1816, when his will was proved. He married Sally or Sarah Williams, daughter of Henry Williams before 1785 (mentioned in father’s will of 1785 as Sally Brooks). Sarah or Sally was born between 1766 and 1770, according to the 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, & 1840 Census reports and died about January 1841 in Caswell Co., NC. (Sarah’s son George posted bond for administration of his mother’s estate on 4 Jan 1841).

There is no marriage recorded in Caswell Co., NC between Charles Brooks and Sarah/Sally Williams (Caswell Co marriage bonds, online, USGenWeb). If they married before 1777, the marriage bond could have been filed in Orange Co., NC (Caswell was formed from Orange Co., NC in 1777), or other neighboring counties (Orange was split to form Guilford, Chatham and Wake Counties in 1771; Caswell County in 1779); A search of the online archives for these counties did not bring up a marriage record. Based on the ages reported by the census reports for Sally and Charles Brooks, they were probably married between 1776-1785. They did not have any children older than 15 years listed on the 1800 census report, so that puts the birth of first child (still living) at about 1785, so probably their marriage date was more likely around 1785.

Charles was not listed on the 1777 Tax List, so he was probably not yet 21 or still living at home. He was listed on the 1784 tax list, however, he was not taxed for any land; Although he was listed on the 1784 tax list and the 1800 census report, he was not listed on the 1790 census report for any counties in NC.

Charles Brooks did not file for any land grants in Caswell Co. NC. (The grantor / grantee indexes on microfilm were not clear enough to see if there were any entries for Charles) To Do: I need to search the Deed book abstracts by Kendall to see if he bought or sold any land in NC - update 8/1/07: There were several entries in the deed book abstracts for Charles Brooks: 15, 53, 55, 57, 67, 87, 116, 136, 153, 166, 182, 188, 196, 252, 262, 292, 321, 339, 348, 356, 362. This blog entry will be updated as copies are obtained of these entries.

Charles and Sally Williams Brooks had 15 known children who were born between 1785 (1800 Caswell Co., NC census) and 1816 (when Sally Brooks deeded all of her property to her 15 children listed by name. Caswell Co., NC Deed book R, p. 273-4):

1. Blacknell Brooks
2. Patsy Brooks
3. George Brooks
4. Ursley Brooks
5. Polly Brooks
6. Elizabeth Brooks
7. Henry Brooks
8. Susannah Brooks
9. Jane Brooks
10. Sally Brooks
>11. Frances Brooks
12. Rebekah Brooks
13. Dolly Brooks
14. Henrietta Brooks
15. Melinda Brooks

According to the 1800 census report, there were 3 male children and 6 female children under the age of 15 living in the home.

Timeline of Events for Charles and Sally/Sarah Brooks:

8/1/07: Updated from Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Caswell County, North Carolina Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts:

1779

Deed Book A, p. 254, State of NC, No. 30, to Thomas Brooks, 570 acres on both sides of Moon’s Creek and McCorkles Creek of Moon’s. 3 Mar 1779. chain carriers were Wm. Holderness and Chas. Brooks. (Caswell Co., NC Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts, Katherine Kerr Kendall, p. 15)

1784
1784 Tax List, St. David’s District, Charles Brooks, 0 ac, 1wp, 0 bp (Will Book Abstracts, p. 139)

1785
Henry Williams mentions daughter Sally Brooks in his will written 12 April 1785, Caswell Co., NC

Caswell Co., deed book C, p. 105, 10 July 1785, William Holderness of Caswell Co., to William Page of same, for 161 pounds, 266 acres on Moon’s creek adjacent Robert Embry, Thos. Brooks, Henry Cobb, William Adkins. Witnesses: Tho. Brooks Sen., Charles Brooks. (Caswell Co., NC Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts, Katherine Kerr Kendall, p. 67)

1794

Caswell Co. deed book H, p. 396-7: Thomas Brooks of Caswell Co., NC to Charles B. Brooks of same, for 100 pounds, 200 acres on Moon’s Creek adjacent Page, Swift. 18 Feb 1794. Witnesses were William Holderness, Jonathan Brooks, and Ann Brooks. (Caswell Co., NC Deed Books, 1777-1817, Abstracts, Katherine Kerr Kendall, p. 153)

1795
“Charles B. Brooks” bought items from the estate of Thomas Brooks Jun., 18 Feb 1794. Other buyers included Jane Brooks, Edmund Williamson, Will Page, Sen., Armstead Flippin, Jonathan Brooks, and Azariah Graves. The sales report was given by Jane Brooks, and Armistead Flippin, administrators. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall p. 48 – Will Book C, p. 116, April Court 1795).

Charles Brooks also bought items from the estate of Henry Williams, 22 Sept 1795. Other buyers included William Rice, Elizabeth Williams, Malon Stacy, Samuel Dickie, Humphrey Roberts, Richard Oldham, Thomas Slade, Eli Stacy, Joseph Williams, Nathan Williams, William H Rice, David Gooch, James Yancey, and George Poe. Report given by William Rice, executor. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall p. 50 – Book C, p. 140, October court 1795).

* I am not sure if this is Henry Williams, Charles Brooks’ father-in-law, or a son of Henry Williams. Henry Williams died in 1786 and this estate sale was in 1795, which is 10 years after his death. I will check the estate records to see if this was included in Henry Williams’ estate

1799
Charles Brooks bought items from the estate of Mary Simpson. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, abstracts by Kendall, p. 65 – Will Book C, p. 388, April Court 1799).

1800
“Chas Brooks” was enumerated on the 1800 Caswell Co., NC Census report (Hillsboro), p. 148: In the household, there were 1 male under 10 years of age, 2 males between 10-15 years, 1 male between 26-44 years (Charles), 4 females under the age of 10, 2 females between 10-15 years, and 1 female between 26 – 44 years of age (wife); Both Charles and his wife were born bet. 1756-1774.

1801
Charles Brooks purchased items from the estate of Macksfield Henslee. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 78 – Will Book D, p. 79, October Court 1801).

1803
Charles Brooks purchased items from the estate of John Brown dec’d, 22 Nov 1798. Report given by John H. Brown. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 85 – Will Book D, p. 162, April Court 1803)

1810
Charles Brooks purchased items from the estate of Joseph Bush. Other buyers included Maryann Bush, Zenas Bush, Thomas Harrelson, Betsy Flemming, John Simmons, Archibald Rice, Stephen Ingram, … Thomas Holderness, Hosea McNeill, etc (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 118- Will Book F, p. 109, April Court 1810)

Charles Brooks was enumerated on the 1810 Caswell Co., NC Census Report, p. 48: In the household, there was 1 male between the ages of 10-15, 1 male between the ages of 16-25, 1 male over 45 years of age, 5 females under the age of 10, 2 females between 10-15 years, 3 females between 16-25 years and 1 female between 26- 44 years of age. Charles was born before 1765; His wife was born between 1766-1784.

1815
“Charles H. Brooks” wrote a will 7 Oct 1815 and mentioned wife Sally Brooks to raise all children and brother-in-law Nathan Williams and son George Brooks to execute the estate.

Charles Brooks died in Caswell Co., NC between 7 Oct 1815 and Jan 1816.

Is there a copy of his will filed in Caswell County Will folders at the NC State Archives?

1816
Charles’ will was proved Jan court 1816: “Charles H. Brooks,” will written 7 Oct 1815, wife Sally Brooks to raise children and dispose of estate at her discretion. Exec: Brother in law Nathan Williams, son George Brooks. Wits: Henrietta Rice, Jesse Payne. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 9 – Will Book G, p. 134, Jan court 1816).

To do: Copy, scan and transcribe the will of Charles Brooks, 1816, Caswell Co., NC from the NC State Archives.

George Brooks purchased 1 sorrel mare and 1 bay horse from the estate of Charles H. Brooks, 29 Jan 1816. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 10 – Will Book G, p. 159, April Court 1816).

Nathan Williams and George Brooks, executors of the estate of Charles Brooks, submitted a statement of property of Charles Brooks, deceased. There was a note against Edmund Rice that was due 1815. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 11 – Will Book G, April Court 1816)

Sally Brooks, George Brooks, William H. Rice, Samuel Fielder, Nathaniel Rice & others purchased items from the estate of Elizabeth Williams, 29 Jan 1816.
(Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 11 – Book G, p. 180, April Court 1816).

Sally Brooks of Caswell Co., to beloved children Blacknell Brooks, Patsy Bush, George Brooks, Ursley Brooks, Polly Brooks, Elizabeth Brooks, Henry brooks, Susannah Brooks, Jane Brooks, Sally Brooks, Frances Brooks, Rebekah Brooks, Dolly Brooks, Henrietta Brooks, Melinda Brooks, for love and affection, all her property after her decease or intermarriage. If 3 youngest are under 12, brother Nathan Williams and son George Brooks should be execs; each to have 15/17 part exept a colt known as Medley. 21 Mar 1816. Wits: Gregory Hightowner, John Walterfield. (Caswell Co., NC Deed Book R (1777-1817), p. 1816, 273-4)

1820
1820 Caswell Co., NC Census Report:
Sarah Brooks household: 1 male 16 to 26; 1 female under 10, 3 females 10 to 16, 2 females 16 to 26, 1 female 26 to 45, 1 female over 45 years; 6 slaves. Sarah Brooks was born before 1775.

1826
Salley Brookes was a “debtor” to the estate of Dr. Edward Foulkes, per ledgers A, B, and C, accounts dating back to 1818. This list is 6 pages long. Also included as debtors were people from other counties. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 79 – Will Book L, p. 52, April Court 1826).

1830
1830 Caswell Co., NC Census Report:
Sarah Brooks, 1m 30-40; 1f 15-20, 1f 20-30, 1f 60-70; + 9 slaves
Sarah was born bet. 1760-1770.

1840
1840 Caswell Co., NC Census Report:
Sarah Brooks, 1f 5-10 (probably a granddaughter), 1f 20-30, 1f 70-80
Sarah Brooks was born between 1760-1770.

1842
In the January court 1842, George Brooks reported on the Inventory of negroes of Sarah Brooks, deceased, which were sold to Richard Jones, Saml. Moore, Henry W. Brooks, & Henry Cobb. (Caswell Co., NC Will Books, Abstracts by Kendall, p. 155 – Will Book O, p. 317, Jan court 1842).

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