A BROOKS GENEALOGY
Early American history records our family name.
Although lineages would be difficult to confirm, due to a lack of existing records, this treatise will give you an indication of the possibilities that exist.
In 1587 Governor White left his famed Lost Colony on Roanoke Island.
In the list of those left behind we find the name JOHN BROOKS.
It is interesting to note that in the colony of Indians at Pembroke, N. C., we find a Revolutionary soldier named John Brooks.
Remembering that these Indians spoke English when first discovered by white men we can only surmise that these names and the English language came from the famed Lost Colony.
In 1708 and 1709 Henry Brooks and Samuel Brooks are found on records of Bath County, N. C.
In 1707 John Brooks made his will in Currituck County, N. C., and left a widow, Mary, daughters Elizabeth, Frances and Mary, and left his plantation to his son, John Brooks.
This land was included in Edgecombe County at its formation and in 1734 John Brooks and his wife, Winnifred, sold this same land in Edgecombe County, N. C. This is the same John Brooks and wife, Winnifred, that sold 640-acres of land in Bladen County, N. C., that had been granted John in 1738,
There are no records in Cumberland for John Brooks, Jr., and very few in Chatham County.
John Brooks and his wife, Catherine, sold land in Craven County, NC, that had been patented by him in 1745.
In 1740 he is listed in Craven County, NC, with a group of "discenting persons called Baptist."
From Craven County he went to Pitt County, NC, where in 1763 he deeded his son, James Brooks, land that he had bought from Samuel Vines in 1756.
In 1768 he sold this land and at this time he is listed as James Brooks, planter of Pitt County, N. C.
In Pitt County he was granted much land, some on Swift Creek.
This is the same James Brooks that was deeded land by his father, John Brooks, In Pitt County, N. C. in 1763.
He was also granted land that he left to his daughter Selah, in Pitt County, N. C.
This is the same John May that died in Richmond County, Ga., and named his daughter, Selah, in his will.
He was also the father of Jane May that married John Brooks, Jr.,
Among the Revolutionary soldiers of North Carolina we find -"John Brooks, 12-1-1759, in Carteret County, N. C. d. 5-29-1833." "William Brooks, b. 1745 at 'Yellowbritches, Pa', enlisted from Frederick County Md., 1776; enlisted from Guilford County, N. C., 1779; moved from Guilford to Rutherford County, N. C., where he died 1-22-1844." "William Brooks, b. 8-14-1754, Middlesex County, Va., enlisted from Hertford County, N. C., 1778; volunteered in 1780 and served 3 months for a younger brother then about 16 years old and of delicate constitution. He died in Gates County, N. C., 1837 where he lived after the Revolution.