A Brooks lineage I. John BROOKS, Sr., Esq. (Miller and Justice of the Peace), b. circa 1690 in England; m. Susan ______; d. circa 1766. They had issue: 1. Thomas BROOKS, b. circa 1710 in England 2. Joab BROOKS, Esq., b. circa 1712 in England 3. John BROOKS, Jr., b. circa 1715 in England 4. Mark (or Marcus) BROOKS, b. circa 1720 in England 5. James BROOKS, b. circa 1725 in England 6. Isaac BROOKS, b. circa 1727 in England "A 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 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... 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., came to America and was immediately identified as a member of the Courts in his adopted land. He also seems to have ben a man of wealth. He built what was then considered a costly home." (Source: Ida Brooks Kellam [1950], BROOKS & KINDRED FAMILIES, pp. 10-12.) II. Joab BROOKS, Sr., Esq. (Judge), b. circa 1712 in England; m. Catherine DIMMAUX; d. 1775 in Chatham County, North Carolina, and had issue: 1. Margaret BROOKS, probably went to Tennessee 2. Larkin Tippett BROOKS, b. circa 1772, went to Tennessee 3. Sarah BROOKS, m. and went to Tennessee 4. Joab BROOKS, Jr., b. January 29, 1770 5. Isaac BROOKS, b. circa 1774 6. John Dimmaux BROOKS, b. 1775 in North Carolina For Revolutionary service of Joab BROOKS, Sr., the Daughters of the American Revolution have accepted his service on the Commission of Peace in Chatham County, NC, 1775; DAR National No. 295993. (Source: Ibid., pp. 28-29, 62.) III. John Dimmaux BROOKS, b. 1775 in North Carolina; m. Rebecca Boyd MCKAUGHAN in 1793 (b. 1775 in Pa., daughter of Archibald MCKAUGHAN, Jr., and wife Jane Mercer from Pa. to Tenn., and granddaughter of Archibald MCKAUGHAN, Sr., m. near Belfast Ireland, Rebecca BOYD, daughter of Falexander BOYD of Belfast, Ireland. They later came to New York and then to Pa. and then to Tenn. Rebecca (BOYD) MCKAUGHAN d. 8 November 1812 in Jackson County, Tennessee. They had issue: 1. Joab BROOKS, b. 1795, living in Scott County, Arkansas in 1874 and said he was 79 years old 2. Jane Mercer BROOKS 3. Mary Hudson BROOKS 4. Winnifred Chappel BROOKS 5. Sarah Blocker BROOKS 6. Catherine Harris BROOKS 7. Rebecca Dimmaux BROOKS 8. Archibald BROOKS After his marriage John Dimmaux BROOKS went back to Chatham County, North Carolina for only a few years, but records show him buying and selling, and he also appears in the census. (Source: Ibid., p. 29.) IV. Joab BROOKS (Farmer), age 54 in 1850, b. in Tennessee and m. Nancy ______; who had children: 1. Aaron F. BROOKS, 1850 age 17, b. in Illinois 2. Joab W. BROOKS, 1850 age 14, b. in Carroll County, Tennessee 3. Thomas F. BROOKS, 1850 age 12, b. in Carroll County, Tennessee 4. William S. BROOKS, 1850 age 6, b. in Mississippi 5. Mary C. BROOKS, 1850 age 2, b. in Mississippi (Sources: 1850 US Census, Prairie Twp., Prairie Co., Arkansas, p. 292:20; 1840 US Census, Carrol County, Tennessee, p. 34; 1830 US Census, Carroll County, Tennessee, p. 162; 1820 Census, Chatham County, North Carolina; 1800 U.S. Census, Chatham County, North Carolina.) Joab was a Confederate soldier (2nd Mounted Rifles, Company B), enrolled on 20 September 1861 at Camp Cooper, Missouri by Col. McIntosh, initially for 12 months; promoted from Private to Corporal on 24 May 1862; captured at Reedville, Tennessee on 31 January 1863 and sent to City Point; left sick on 26 December 1863; captured again on 22 December 1864. (Source: CSA military records, US National Archives).
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