was born on 6 Jun 1808 in Grayson County, Virginia.341 She died on 12 Sep 1888 in Sonoma County, California.341 She was buried in Sep 1888
in Beeson Cemetery, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California.341
The 1850 Census for Georgetown, El Dorado County, California, taken Dec
14 1850, shows Mary Brooks, 42, as head of household with: Ira Bidwell, 22, a
miner; Marintha A. Bidwell, 16; Barbary J. Bidwell, 14; Thomas E. Bidwell, 4;
Joseph Brooks, 22; Elizabeth Brooks, 19; Polly Brooks, 18; William Brooks, 13;
Julia Ann Brooks, 11; Mary A. Cassady, 6; and John Bidwell, 1.
1880 Census for Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, shows Mary
Bedwell Brooks living with her sons, Thomas J. Brooks and Henry Clay Brooks.
Next door on one side is her brother Franklin Bedwell and his wife Salina; in
the other side is a 44-year-old farmer named William Brooks, who has a wife (Eliza,
40) and ten children (Edwin, 20; Mary, 18; Lucinda, 14; James, 12; Emily, 10;
Martha, 9; Samuel, 9; Henry, 6; Charles, 3; and George, 1). William (born in
Tennessee), Thomas J. (born in Missouri), and Henry Clay (born in California)
Brooks all list their parents as being born in Tennessee (father) and Virginia
(mother). Is William Brooks also Mary Bedwell Brooks' child?
and John Bidwell were married in 1827 in Missouri.
Mary Bedwell and John Bidwell had the following children:
Mary Bedwell and [--?--] Andrews were married
in 1834. Mary Bedwell and [--?--] Andrews had
the following children:
Jane Andrews was born on 17 Nov 1836 in Lexington, Missouri.
She died on 6 Mar 1908.|
Mary Bedwell and James
Brooks were married in 1844. James Brooks
was born on 12 Feb 1808 in Tennessee.341,342 He died on 13 Oct 1857 in California.341 He was buried in Beeson Cemetery,
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California.341
Mary Bedwell and James Brooks had the following children: