|JOHN BROOKS, ESQ.
B. (ENG) D. (NC)
1. Thomas Brooks
....b. 1710(ENG) d.1796m. Mary Harris....
2. JOAB BROOKS....
b. 1712(ENG) d.1775(NC)
m. CATHRINE DIMMAUX.. b..d.(NC)
3. John Brooks,Jr b. 1715(ENG) d. 1790(NC)m. Jane May
4. Mark Brooks b.1720(ENG) d. 1819(NC)m. Fannie Harris
5. James Brooks B. 1725(ENG) d.1812(NC)m. Elizabeth Smith
6. Isaac Brooks b.1727(ENG) d.1825(TN) m. Ruth Terrell
This record is concerned with the family of John
Brooks,Sr.,Esq.. Tradition says he brought his wife,
Susan, and six sons to Virginia, lived there a short
while, then came to North Carolina, about 1735. He first stopped in the West Indies with his
five brothers,and then came to Virginia. Here the brothers separated, three of them went North, the other three came
The first record of John Brooks,Sr. in North Carolina was in 1735 when he was granted land in Bladen Co.,
later included in Cumberland Co. Bible records show
that he came from near the mouth of the James River
in Virginia. Another Bible record says "John Brooks
and consort, Susan, from England thought about 1700." Through succeeding generations there has been handed
down a chest known as the "Sea Chest" and said to
have been brought from England by Susan Brooks, wife
of John Brooks Sr. On the side of the chest in
original lettering is "S.B.-1735." So with all of
this evidence left behind, we accept the tradition
that John Brooks,Sr., brought his family of six sons
and his wife, Susan, from England to America in the
early part of the seventeen hundreds.
Colonial Records of North Carolina gives us
interesting items on the life of John Brooks,Sr. in
Bladen Co.,N.C. Soon after settling there John
Brooks,Esq. appeared before the council appealing to
the Court to settle a land question. After he had
been granted land, he built a mill on what he
supposed was his own land. Later the adjoining land
was granted and it was found that the land was on his
neighbors grant. The Court adjusted the problem by
granting John Brooks,Esq. the land on which the mill
stood, and added more land to the other grant. In
1742-49-50- and 51, John Brooks,Esq. was appointed as
Justice Of The Peace for Bladen Co. N.C.. It must be
remembered that at this time county courts were
composed of Justices and they were called the
Commission Of Peace.
In 1754 an Act was passed by
North Carolina Legislature to erect a county from the upper part of Bladen County and St James Parish was
established. John Brooks,Esq. was appointed Vestryman for this Parish. The new county was what is now Cumberland Co.,NC. On 3-18-1756 the name of John Brooks was dropped as Justice of the Peace for Cumberland County. It was at this time that John Brooks and his family moved to Orange Co.N.C. (now Chatham County.) Cumberland Co. records show that on 10-1-1756 John Brooks,Esq. of Cumberland Co. sold Edward Dunsfield land that had been patented to him 9-10-1735,"about ten miles above Rock Fish Creek." He sold it "in consideration of the sum of eight pistols, to him in hand paid by the said Edward Dunsfield." Then in 1757 John Brooks,Esq., of Orange County (Chatham County), sold Edward Dunsfield 100 acres in Cumberland County and joining the tract of 400 acres which he sold him in 1756. This definitely establishes the date of his removal to Orange County( Chatham County ), N.C.
On 5-9-1755 John Brooks was granted 640 acres in Chatham County,N.C., by the agent of Lord Granville. All of his grants in Chatham County total about 1,500 acres His home and lands were included in Chatham County when it was formed in 1770.
John Brooks,Sr. settled on the South Side of Tick Creek, about three miles East of Ore Hill,N.C. His son,Thomas Brooks, settled on the South side of Rocky River near the Hugh Dixon mill, now called Thomas' Mill, originally built by John Harris. His sons, Joab and Mark Brooks settled on the head waters of Ephraim's Creek, about two miles Northwest of Ore Hill. At or before the death of John Brooks, Sr. the homeplace fell to his youngest son, Isaac Brooks.
Tradition says that John Brooks,Sr. and his sons,traveled from Cross Creek in Cumberland Co. (now site of Fayetteville,N.C., to Orange County(Chatham County) in canoes up the waters of the Cape Fear River and Deep River, leaving their canoes about where the town of Gulf now stands. They went North on foot for about ten miles, and after locating the place of their future home, they returned to their canoes and went back to Cross Creek for their families.
Records show us that John Brooks,Sr. was a man of influence. The family in England had been outstanding before they came to America. Named among the incorporators of the Virginia Company, 1609, was Sir John Brooks, listed "in Virginia Commission,1631. So it is easy to understand why John Brooks, Esq. was immediately identified as a member of the Courts in his adopted land. He also seems to have been a man of wealth. He built what was then considered a costly home. The house was a two story building, framed,weatherboarded,ceiled, and had glass windows and paneled doors, a good building that stood until about 1940.
| CATHERINE DIMMAUX|
b... (?) d... (?)(TN)
1..Margaret Brooks b.(NC) d. (?) (went to Tennessee 1806)<
2..LARKIN TIPPETT BROOKS b.1772(NC) d. 1837(NC) (went to Tennessee, later returned to Chatham County)
m. (His Second Cousin), CATHERINE BROOKS b.1776(NC) d.1836(NC)(Daughter of Thomas Brooks,Jr.)
3..Sarah Brooks b. (NC) d. (NC) (went to Tennessee 1806)
4..Joab Brooks,Jr. b.1770(NC) d. 1850(NC) (heired Joab Brooks,Srs home place)
5..Isaac Brooks b. 1774(NC) d. after 1850(TN) (went to Tennessee 1806)
m. RUTH EVANS b.1774(NC) d. after 1850(TN)
Note: Her mother was Ruth Evans and grandmother was Mary McPherson
6..John Brooks b. 1775(NC) d.(?) (went to Tennessee, later returned to Chatham County)
Note: The dates of emigration are an approximation.
Joab Brooks,Esq. was living in Orange County(Chatham County NC) prior to 1756, having moved there from Cumberland County, NC.
Early Chatham County court records show him appointed as a member of the Court as Magistrate and as a member of Justices. He was also appointed as Commisioner of Peace. Captain Joab Brooks commanded the Chatham County Militia in 1771. The Militia had a roster of 137 men.
In 1761 he was granted 375 acres "in the county of Orange on the waters of Ephraims creek".
It was on this parcel of land that Joab Brooks lived and it was included in Chatham County at its formation.
His land grants totaled more than one thousand acres.
In 1774 Joab Brooks,Esq. was appointed Judge of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Session.
On Nov 14, 1775, his will was proved in Court by Thomas and Isaac Brooks, his execs., and his estate was ordered to be sold.
|1. JOAB BROOKS b.1801(NC)d.Cir.1860(TN)m. NANCY HUNTER b.1801(NC) d.cir.1830(TN)|
2. Parker Brooks b.1802(NC) d..?..
3. John Brooks b.1800(NC) d..?..
4. Thomas Brooks b. 1804(NC) d..?..
5. Larkin Brooks,Jr. b.1813(NC) d..?..
6. Mary Brooks b.1821(NC) d..?..
7. Margaret b.?.d.?.
8. Catherine Brooks b.?.d.?.
CATHERINE BROOKS married her Second Cousin, LARKIN BROOKS.
Her parents were:THOMAS BROOKS,JR.. b.1780 d.1812(NC) and MARTHA TEMPLE b... d...(NC).
THOMAS BROOKS.JR's parents were THOMAS BROOKS,SR. b.1710(Eng) d.1796(NC) and MARY HARRIS b...d...(NC).
WILL OF LARKIN BROOKS
The following was copied from the will of Larkin Tippett Brooks,Sr., proved in Chatham County, N.C.,August 1837
"I give and bequeath the tract of land whereon I live to my three sons, John M.,Thomas, and Larkin,Jr., said land to be equally divided between them.|
"it is my desire that these three brothers shall pay to their brother Joab Brooks, 100 Dollars each.
I leave my wife, Catherine Brooks, the house and all outhouses, all lands she may be able to cultivate, two horses, one cow, one calf, two feather beds and furniture, my sideboard, desk, and cupboard, with all it generally contains, and all kitchen furniture, for her lifetime. At her death to be divided as surplus estate."
"i give my daughter, Patsey T. Culbertson, one negro girl.
I give my daughter, Kitty B. McIntosh, one negro girl, one cow, one calf and one horse.
The rest of the estate to be equally divided between all my children, Thomas, Parker, Joab, John M., Larkin,Jr., Polly Culbertson, and Kitty B. McIntosh. All but my son Parker, who must pay his brother, Joab Brooks, 100 Dollars."
Larkin Brooks (SEAL)
NOTE: NANCY HUNTER, also born in Chatham Co. NC,was probably a granddaughter of ELISHA AND MARGARET(STUTE) HUNTER of Chatham County. Elisha died in 1778 and wife Margaret died in 1791.
|JOAB BROOKS |
b. 1801(NC) d. 1860(TN)
| 1st. NANCY HUNTER |
(Other Children Of Nancy Hunter Unknown)
BROOKS m. 2nd. Jane H. b.1819(NC)
Buried in the Grundy County Cemetery in Tracy City,Tennessee. (It is possible that Jane H. was Nancy Hunters younger sister.)
(1) William Brooks b.1837(TN)
(2) Amanda Brooks b.1840(TN)
(3) James C. Brooks b.1842(TN)
(4) Clementine Brooks b.1843(TN)
(5) Hannibal Brooks b.1845(TN)
(6) David K.Brooks b.1847(TN)
(7) Polk Brooks b.1856(TN)
(8) Calvin Brooks b.1858
The first records of Joab Brooks in Tennessee show him marrying Nancy Hunter, of Chatham County, NC, in Maury
Co.,Tennessee in 1819.
Census shows Joab Brooks Family in Cannon Co.
Tennessee in the 6th District with his second wife and six children.
John R. Brooks,Sr. and his wife Martha Wimberly, are also listed in the 6th District at the home of Martha's Grandmother, Martha Pelham. This farm was near Joab Brooks' place.
Joab Brooks is not shown in 1860 census, although,
his son, John R. Brooks and family are
His second wife, Jane H. is shown in the 1860 Tennessee census in Franklin County, Tennessee: Jane H. Brooks age_41,with her children James_18, , David_13, Polk_4, Calvin_2.b 1858.
This would indicate Joab Brooks died between 1858 and 1860, as he is not listed in the 1860 census.
Franklin County is adjacent to Grundy Co. where Jane H. Brooks is buried.
JOHN R. BROOKS|
b. 1828 d.....(TN)
| MARTHA WIMBERLY |
b. 1829 d....(TN)
1. William J. Brooks b. 1848 d....(TN)|
2. Finnegan Brooks b.1854 d.---(TN)
3. Pamlee Brooks b. 1856 d...(TN)
4. Marsha Brooks b. 1861 d.....(TN)
|6. Jiroma Brooks b.1867 d...(TN)|
7. Ridley Brooks b.1867 d....(TN) m. Addie Thurman b.1879 d...(TN)
Note: All Children born in Cannon County, Tn.
NOTE: MARTHA WIMBERLY was the daughter of ISAAC WIMBERLY,JR. b. 1811 was living in Cannon Co in 1840 with his wife (...?...PELHAM born circa.1810
MARTHA'S paternal grandfather was ISAAC WIMBERLY,SR. b.circa.1780-1790.
MARTHA was the maternal grandaughter of ISHAM PELHAM b.circa 1780 and MARTHA PELHAM b.1783.
JOHN R. BROOKS,JR.|
| ROSA HOBBS |
|1. Ora Brooks b.1891 d.1971 m. Preston Meeks|
2. Robert Doss Brooks b.1891 d.1891
3. Olive Brooks b.1892 d.1940 m. Van McBee
4. Lena Brooks b.1897 d.1990 m. Garnett Roddy
5. Lois Brooks b.1899 d.1996 m. Marvin Henley
6. Dorothy Brooks b.1901 d.1985 . William Reed
7. Johnnie Brooks b.1903 d.1971 . Roy Reed
8. Hayes Brooks b.1905 d.1996 m. Claude Hutchinson
*Note: JOHN R. BROOKS,JR. Killed In The Street Mine
Disaster,Grundy Co. Tn. (1907)
JESSE R. BROOKS
b.June 17,1908 d.Jan.15.1978
1. JESSE WAYNE BROOKS b.Dec.29,1928
2. JAMES IRA BROOKS b.Oct.31,1930 m. KATHRYN JUNE HALEY B.OCT.1,1927
3. DOROTHY ANN BROOKS b.Nov.1932 d.May 17,1963|
4. CHARLES DAVID BROOKS b.Dec.2,1937 m. BONNIE ROSE HESSLER b.6/6/1939
5. DONALD HAYES BROOKS b.Nov.15,1942 d.May 29,1997
6. JOEL VAN BROOKS b.Sep.17,1949 m.PAMELA ALLEN b.
JAMES IRA BROOKS|
| KATHRYN JUNE HALEY|
1. KAREN JUNE BROOKS|
|STEPHEN MICHAEL ERIXON|
PERRY BROOKS ERIXON
2. MARK HALEY BROOKS|
b. Dec 23,1959(CO)
DONNA JOYCE POSS|
(1). BRITTANY DANIELLE BROOKS
(2). BENJAMIN HALEY BROOKS