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)

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.

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

Flippin – Brooks NC Connections

In an earlier post, I noted that a Dorothy Brookes married Thomas Flippin, 1769, Gloucester Co., VA. They had 3 known children, – Armistead (b. 1770), Jenny (b. 1775), and Thomas Flippin (b. 1773) – who were born in Gloucester Co., VA. and recorded in the Kingston Parish Registry.

Although Dorothy Brooks’ parents are not known by me at this time, I believe she is connected to one of the Thomas Brooks families of Gloucester Co., VA and Caswell Co., NC.

The following are Brooks – Flippin references from Caswell Co., NC:

April court 1790 – Henry Flippin, orphan of Thomas Flippin, late of Gloucester Co., VA, chose Thomas Brooks Sen. to be his guardian. Thomas Brooks Jun, attorney, was appointed power of attorney to demand and receive all negroes, money, etc. due said orphan from the estate.

January Court, 1794 – Armistead Flippin reported the inventory of the estate of Thomas Brooks, dec’d.

April Court 1795 – Armistead Flippin purchased items and reported on the sale of items from Thomas Brooks’ estate (co-admin. Jane Brooks)

[Note: I am not sure if the Thomas Brooks estates in 1794 and 1795 are for the same person because Jane is only mentioned as co-admin on the later one - To Do: Copy and review estate file of Thomas Brooks, 1794, Caswell Co., NC]

April Court 1798 – Jane Brooks and Armistead Flippin produced an account settlement for the estate of Thomas Brooks, Jun. (listed payments to persons)

Note GS 5/18/07: It is possible that Jane Brooks was the wife of Thomas Brooks and she administered his estate along with Armistead Flippin. Jane was probaby “Jenny” Flippin from the Gloucester Co., VA Kingston Parish Registry, daughter of Thomas Flippin and Dorothy Brookes, born Feb 10, 1775. Kay Haden (khaden at comcast dot net) included this information in the pdf file she sent to me on 5/17/07 on Jonathan Brooks. In her file, she listed Thomas Brooks Jr married Jane “Jenny” Flippin 16 Feb 1791 in Caswell Co., NC. She cited W. Leigh Brooks and IGI as her sources for this information.

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Additional Flippin family references in Caswell Co., are:

Janurary court 1804 – Armistead Flippin is allowed to keep 1 negro named John from the estate of Henry Dixon Jr; The legatees “agreed he shall keep for his share of estate.”

Note: Armistead Flippin must be connected to the Dixon family somehow to receive items from his estate.

In 1808, Samuel Flippin purchased items from the estate of Phillip Cox.

Brooks family references from Kingston Parish, Gloucester / Matthews Co., VA

Yesterday I emailed Kay Haden who posted a rootwebs family tree file that included information on the Brooks, Williams, and Holderness families. In her file, she lists Thomas and Mary Blacknall Brooks as the parents of Elizabeth (md. Holderness), George, Charles, and Christopher Brooks (md. Susannah Williams). In her email, she listed the Kingston Parish Registry of Gloucester (later Matthews Co.), VA as her source for the information on George and Christopher Brooks. I found copies of the registry online on ancestry.com. I was able to pull all of the references to the Brook(e)s families, as well I found the connection to the Flippin family.

There were 17 entries for Brook(e)s family members in the Kingston Parish Registry of Gloucester Co., VA (Kingston Parish became Mathews County, VA in 1791). Some of the entries indicate time of birth, marriage, death, and familial relationships. There are two page numbers listed at the end of each entry, the first is the page in Matheny’s book; the second page number is the page of the original vestry register.

Thomas Brooks & Mary Blacknall Family:

Thomas Brooks married Mrs. Mary Blacknall, Dec. 16, 1749, by Rev. Richard Locke. License. (3/217)

1. George Brookes, son of Thomas and Mary. Born May 8 and Baptized June 12, 1757. (32/14)

2. _______her Brookes, son of Thomas and Mary. Baptized February 1_, 1755. No page listed.

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George Brooks & Susannah Davis Family:

George Brooks married Susannah Davis, May 18, 1756. (3/221)

1. John Brooks, son of George and Susanna. Born May 8 and Baptized November 15, 1767. (32)

2. Joyce Keeble Brookes, daughter of George and Susanna. Born May 30 and Baptized June 30, 1762. (32/23)

3. Nancy Brookes, daughter of George and Susanna. Born January 20 and Baptized March 13, 1774. (32/156)

4. Susanna(h) Brookes, daughter of George and Susannah. Born April 21 and Baptized June 16, 1765. (32/28)

5. Thomas Brookes, son of George and Susanna. Born February 26, 1757. (32/14)

6. William Brookes, son of George and Susanna. Born October 12 and Baptized December 9, 1770. (32/38)

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Dorothy Brookes & Thomas Flippin Family

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Other miscellaneous Brook(e)s family entries:

Johannah Brookes married Henry Robinson, Nov. 7, 1765. License. (19/225)

Mary Brookes married Thomas Jones, May 12, 1763. License. (224)

Ann Brooks married Christopher Dawson, June 25, 1758. (6/222)

Ann Smith Brooks, daughter of Richard and ______. Born April __, 1770 and Baptized April 11, 1770. (32/37)

Joseph Brooks married Frances Murry Killigrew, Dec. 29, 1754. (3/220)

Source information: Kingston Parish, Virginia Register, 1749-1827 by Matheny, Emma R., comp. Richmond, VA: 1963. Source Location: Ancestry.com & Olivia Raney History Library, Wake Co., NC

1784 Tax Lists Caswell County NC – Brooks

BROOKS Family
Caswell County, NC

Source: Caswell County NC Will Books 1777 – 1814, and 1814-1843 (Abstracts) by Katherine Kerr Kendall

1784 Tax List

NC State Archives, Book C.R. 020.701.1, Compiled by Henry E. Kendall

St. David’s District:

Thomas Brooks – 810 ac. on Moons Creek, 1wp, 2 bp. (p. 140)

Charles Brooks – 0 ac, 1wp, 0 bp

Nash District:

Artha Brooks – 450 ac. On Bowl’s Branch, 2 wp, 1 bp

John Brooks – 415 ac. On Bols Branch, 1 wp, 0 bp

Tabitha Brooks – 0 ac., 1 wp, 0 bp

(Became Person Co in 1792)

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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