The Regulator Movement

Last weekend I drove to Siler City, North Carolina to attend a lecture on The Regulator Movement of Chatham County, North Carolina, given by Mr. John H. Emerson. The lecture was sponsored by the Chatham County Historical Society and took place at the Rives Chapel Church in Siler City, North Carolina.  Tours of the church and the nearby Old Tick Creek cemetery, where the Regulator James Emerson was buried, were given prior to the lecture.  I did not make it to the church in time for the cemetery tour, however I made it inside the hall in time to get a good seat. I think attendance was higher than they expected because the organizers had to set up more chairs. The lecture itself ran for just about an hour. The Chatham County Historical Society had some books and pamphlets on a table at the back of the room that we could visit after the lecture. Another gentleman also had some weapons on display for us to look at.

The Regulator Movement is said to be the precursor and possibly even the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.  What started out as a peaceful movement enacted to change the policies governing land and property taxation and to rid the colony of corrupt politicans, ended in a gun fight at the Battle of Alamance Creek.

I decided to attend this lecture for a couple of reasons: My ancestor, Henry Williams, was living in nearby Caswell County, NC during this time (1766-1771) and was believed to have been in the Caswell County Militia. I think he may have had some involvement in the Regulator Movement. There’s been some confusion about his involvement in the Revolutionary War (see previous post here) and I was hoping to clear it up by learning about his possible role in the Regulator Movement.

I also wanted to have any excuse to drive out that way. Siler City is on the outskirts of Randolph County, North Carolina. My Godwin family settled in Randolph County in 1800 in the small community of Seagrove. Seagrove is about a 20 minute drive West of Siler City. A few weeks ago I took my first trip out to Randolph County to visit the Genealogy room in the Randolph County public library located in downtown Asheboro. You can read about my visit on my other blog here. I hope to make more trips out there to take in more of the scenery.

I did not learn any new information about my ancestor, Henry Williams, believed to have been an officer in the Revolutionary War.  There was a copy of William Powell’s book, The Regulators in North Carolina: A documentary history, 1759-1766 on one of the tables.  I did not find any mention of my ancestory, Henry Williams, in it. This was not surprising as I had already read much of the book in 2006 when I wrote a paper on the Regulator Movement for my North Carolina History Class.

A Mr. Brooks Gilbert opened up his family home, originally owned and  occupied by Isaac Brooks, also a Regulator, to the lecture attendees.  His home is located at 1958 Ike Brooks Rd, which was just a quick turn off of the Rives Chapel Church Road in Siler City. Isaac Brooks was a descendant of John and Susan Brooks, whose descendants meet every August in Siler City for a huge family reunion.  I have yet to find a connection between this Brooks family and my own of Caswell County, North Carolina, however I believe both families came from the same part of Virginia prior to their migration to North Carolina.  This Brooks family even has a highway named after them!  More to come about my visit to Isaac Brooks’ House.

Henry Williams – A Revolutionary War Soldier?

Many researchers of my Henry Williams have indicated that he was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, citing page 71 of William S. Powell’s book When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County, North Carolina 1777-1977  (Durham, NC: Moore Publishing Company, 1977) as their source. This is the only source I can find indicating that Henry Williams was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  I did not find a pension application for him or his widow or heirs in Heritage Quest’s Revolutionary War database.

Maybe Henry Williams was in the Caswell County militia and maybe he was active in that militia during the Regulator Movement (of which William S. Powell also wrote a book about – The regulators in North Carolina: a documentary history, 1759-1776).  However, I do not believe he saw duty during the Revolutionary War.  His brother, Colonel James Williams, was instrumental in the War.  He was living in the 96th District of South Carolina at the time.  In 1780, James Williams travelled to Caswell County, NC to visit his brother. It was there he wrote his will and transferred much of his property and possibly his slaves to his brother’s house for safe-keeping from the Tories. That Henry Williams was at home with his family, instead of away at war also indicates to me that he did not participate in the War.

After James’ death during the Battle of King’s Mountain in October 1780, Henry Williams, his brother and executor of his estate, reported an accounting of $25,000 that had been given to his brother, James Williams from the State of North Carolina to use to raise militia in Caswell County and surrounding counties to fight against the Tories. James’ son John Williams testified that this money was used to rally troops who were taken to King’s Mountain with him.  There is no mention of Henry Williams’ active participation in the rallying or marching of said troops. [Source: Graves, William T., James Williams: An American Patriot in the Carolina Backcountry, San Jose: Writers Club Press, 2002, p. 56]

The Author, William S. Powell, did not provide any sources or a bibliography to his book aforementioned. He did, however, note that all notes, chapter materials, and source material was given to the Gunn Memorial Library in Yanceyville, NC.  I therefore intend to visit this library and review his notes to see what source he used for his list of Caswell men who saw action in the Revolutionary War.

Update

Richard Brooks of Caswell Co., NC (1730-1790)

Richard Brooks was born about 1730, probably in Virginia, and died about 1790 in Caswell County, North Carolina.  In his will written October 3, 1789 he mentioned his wife Ann Brooks and his 5 children (see original will transcript here):

  1. William Bird Brooks (c. 1774-after 1830)
  2. Elizabeth “Betsey” Brooks (born c. 1789)
  3. Francis Armestead Brooks (c. 1781 – after 1860 in Alabama) married James Sheppard
  4. John Brooks (c. 1785 – after 1809)
  5. Ann Smith Brooks (c. 1770 – c. 1805), married Solomon Graves

Richard Brooks was living in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia prior to his removal to Caswell County, North Carolina between 1770 and 1780.  Caswell County was formed from Orange County in 1779.  It is possible, Richard lived in Orange County, North Carolina from 1770-1779 when part of the county became Caswell County.

On December 10, 1754, Richard and Thomas Brooks were listed in a survey to divide land equally between the two men according to the last will and testament of Mr. Jonathan Brooks in Kingston Parish, Gloucester Co., VA. [1]

On April 10, 1770, Richard and his wife _____’s daughter, Ann Smith Brooks, was baptized in Kingston Parish, Gloucester Co., VA [1].  Unfortunately, I did not see a marriage record for Richard Brooks in the Kingston Parish Book.

Richard’s wife Ann was listed on the 1800 Caswell County, NC census report after he died. She was listed between the ages of 26 and 45, born between 1755 and 1774. This would have made her about 16 years of age at the time of Richard’s daughter, Ann Smith Brooks’ date of birth in 1770 in Virginia.  It is possible Ann Smith Brooks’ mother was someone other than Ann. It is also possible her mother’s maiden name was Smith, for whom she was named after.

Richard’s will was written in October of 1789 and proved in January of 1790.  His Wife, Ann Brooks’ will was written March 4, 1806 and was proved in January court of 1809.  In her will, she listed her 9 grandchildren, 6 of whom were the children of her son William Bird Brooks and 3 of whom were children of her daughter Frances A (Brooks) Sheppard. Her son in law, Solomon Graves (married to Ann Smith Brooks) was listed as executor. Ann Smith Brooks Graves must have died prior to her mother writing her will in 1806 since she was not listed as an heir (or she was not the daughter of Ann).

Richard and Ann Brooks’ son William Bird Brooks settled in Giles County, Tennessee after his parents died. He was married to Sarah Paine in Person County, North Carolina.

Richard and Ann Brooks’ daughter Frances Armistead Brooks Sheppard removed to Butler County, Alabama where she died about 1860.

Richard Brooks was probably the brother of Thomas Brooks and son of Jonathan Brooks of Gloucester County, Virginia.  I believe Richard’s brother, Thomas Brooks, and his wife, Mary Blacknall, were the parents of my ancestor, Christopher Brooks (1755-1781), along with his siblings, Sarah/Sallie Brooks Holderness, Charles H Brooks, Thomas Brooks Jr., George Brooks and possibly Mary and Jonathan Brooks.

Children of Jeremiah Brooks of Person Co NC

According to the family tree file of Rosalyn Sumner, Jeremiah Brooks was born about 1773 and died in Person County, North Carolina in 1871. He married Elizabeth Thomas, 18 Mar 1795, Caswell County, North Carolina. 

The children of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Brooks were:

1. David BROOKS b: 1796 in Person County, NC
2. Nancy Woody BROOKS b: 1798 in NC
3. Green BROOKS b: ABT 1800 in NC
4. Hosey BROOKS b: AFT 1800 in NC
5. Susan BROOKS b: AFT 1800 in NC
6. Jane BROOKS b: 25 FEB 1804 in Caswell County, NC
7. Andrew BROOKS b: c 1805 in NC
8. Logan BROOKS b: 1814 in NC
9. Elizabeth BROOKS b: 1822 in NC

Related Posts:

Jeremiah Brooks of Caswell County, North Carolina

Jeremiah Brooks of Person County, North Carolina

Logan Brooks c 1814 Person Co NC

Logan Brooks was the son of Jeremiah Brooks and Elizabeth Thomas of Caswell and Person County North Carolina. He was born about 1814 in Person County, North Carolina.

1840 Person Co., NC Census Report
Logan Brooks, 1m 20-30, 2f < 5, 1f 20-30 [b. bet 1810-1820]
Same page as father, Jeremiah Brooks
Roll 368, p. 292

1850 Person Co., NC Census Report
Lougan Brooks, 36 yo (b. abt 1814), NC
Susan Brooks, 33 yo (b. abt 1817), NC
Martha J Brooks, 10 yo (b. abt 1840), NC
Jeremiah Brooks, 6 yo (b. abt 1844), NC
Ann F Brooks, 3 yo (b. abt 1847), NC
M432_640, p. 223, Image 258

1860 Person Co., NC Census Report
Logan Brooks, 47 yo (b. abt 1813), NC
Susan Brooks, 43 yo (b. abt 1817), NC
Jerrymiah Brooks, 14 yo (b. abt 1846), NC
Emily Brooks, 5 yo (b. abt 1855), NC
Rany L Brooks, 3 yo (b. abt 1857), NC
M653_909, p. 445

Related posts:

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

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)

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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

 

 

 

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