Descendants of JAMES BROOKS
Generation No. 1
1. JAMES1 BROOKS was born Bef. 1775 in GEORGIA, U.S.A., and died
bef. 1834 and after 1831 in FLORIDA, U.S.A.. He married ANNA (1796?)
Notes for JAMES BROOKS:
(if the hunch I have is correct), James was born prior to 1775. He mar.
1795-1807. 1808 1ST son born. definite location in 1820 according to census
records was Washington Co., Georgia. also living in the area was HARRIS
BURNEY who was named along with JAMES A. GOFF as heirs to JAMES BROOKS'
estate in LEON Co./ JEFFERSON Co., Fla. Located the KEYSTONE GEN. SOC. in
Talked with Donna Weihaus the director of the society and also a practicing
lawyer. address is : P.O. Box 50, Monticello, Fla. 32344 (904)997-2559.
The area where JAMES lived in Fla. was typically grown in cotton. Cotton
harvested and transported down to the sea along the old Plank road. There it
sold and barrels of salted fish were bought and transported home for the
In the GA land lottery of 1805 there are 4 BROOKS listed as registered
lottery but as not receiving land, EDMUND BROOKS, JAMES BROOKS, JOHN BROOKS,
and WILLIAM BROOKS. in order to enter the lottery you had to be a resident
of GA for at least 1 year and a U.S. citizen.
JAMES BROOKS is listed in the EXTANT SURVEYOR'S RECORDS in the archives
in GA. as receiving a warrant for land in MAY 17, 1784 with the land being
next to JOHN HILL and Mr. LAWSON.
There was a warranty deed listed in the Jefferson Co. deed book "A" p.
dated Jan 19, 1833. James BROOKS received land in the amount of 240 acres
James L. Parish for the sum of $635.00 described as follows - E 1/2 SW 1/4
35 Twp. 3 N range 3 E. W1/2 - NE 1/4 sec 35 twp. 3 N range 3 E, E 1/2 NW 1/4
35 twp. 3 N range 3 East. Wit A.R. HARVEY.
This appears to be the same land that JAMES BROOKS transferred to his son
M. BROOKS that later was transferred to JAMES R. BROOKS his older bro. who
died Feb. 15th 1857 at the age of 49 and NANCY D. BROOKS his 2nd wife sold
at auction for $6,000.00 after his death.
Children of JAMES BROOKS and ANNA are:
i. SUSAN A.2 BROOKS.
ii. NANCY JANE BROOKS.
2. iii. JAMES RUSSELL BROOKS, b. February 19, 1808, GEORGIA, U.S.A.; d.
February 15, 1857.
3. iv. JOHN M. BROOKS, b. 1810, GEORGIA, U.S.A..
Generation No. 2
2. JAMES RUSSELL2 BROOKS (JAMES1) was born February 19, 1808 in
GEORGIA, U.S.A., and died February 15, 1857. He married (1) ELLEN S.
GOFF May 30, 1837 in JEFFERSON CO., FLORIDA, U.S.A.. He married (2)
ANN D. GRACE February 07, 1850 in THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A..
Notes for JAMES RUSSELL BROOKS:
CENSUS 1850 - Nov. 28,1850 JEFFERSON CO., FLA. (Georgia)
397|397|James R. Brooks|42|M| |2700|
" |/| | | |
" | " |Nancy D. " |23|F| |
" |/| | | |
" | " |Julia " |11|F|
Florida | |/| | |
" | " |Elizabeth " |9 |F| |
" | |/| | |
CENSUS 1840 - JEFFERSON CO. FLA. PG.52
James R. Brooks |1 Free white male 30 < 40| 2 free
white females < 5|
|1 free white female 20 < 30| 1 free white female 60
|2 slave black males < 10| 1 slave black male
10 < 24|
|2 slave black males 24 < 36| 8 slave black females
|2 slave black females 10 < 24| 1 salve black female 24 < 36|
|1 slave black female 36 < 55| total : 22
number of persons employed in agriculture - 15
Territory of Florida
This Indenture made this the eighth day of March, Eighteen Hundred
Thirty Two. Between David Y. Farmer of the one part and James Brooks of the
other part each of the county and territory aforesaid. Witnesseth that
Farmer hath this day made and delivered to the James Brooks his certain
promissory Note subscribed with his hand and bearing even date with these
presents whereby the said D. Y. Farmer Hath promised to pay the said
Brooks or Bearer Four Hundred and Thirty Five Dollars on or before the first
day of January Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Three ensuing the date hereof for
value received, now for and in consideration the sum of four hundred &
five dollars by the said James Brooks to the said D. Y. Farmer the receipt
whereof is hereby acknowledged as well as for the better securing this
of the aforesaid promissory note, the D.Y. Farmer hath bargained and sold
the James Brooks his heirs and asignings a certain tract or parcel of land
being in the County and Territory aforesaid being known and distinguished as
west half north west quarter of section 35. Township and range north & east
containing 80 acres likewise the east half south west quarter of section 35.
township and Range and North and East containing 80 acres. likewise the east
half northwest quarter of section 35. township and range north and east
containing 80 acres. to have and hold the said bargained promises to the
Brooks his heirs and assigns to his and their own proper use benefit and
forever and the said D.Y. Farmer for himself, his heirs executors admin. the
said bargained promises unto the James Brooks will warrant and forever
against his own claim or the claim of any person or persons what ever
nevertheless that if the said D.Y. Farmer his heirs exec. and admin. shall
or cause to be paid unto the said James Brooks his heirs and assigns the
aforementioned of four hundred and thirty five dollars on the day and time
appointed payment thereof in the said promissory note according to the
said note and from henceforth as well this present incentive and the right
the property there conveyed as the promissory note shall cause determined
void to all intentions and purposes. otherwise remain in full force at law.
in testimony where of the said D. Y. Farmer hath hereunto set his hand and
the day and year above mentioned.
signed and delivered in presence of
James R. Brooks
David Y. Farmer
JAMES R. BROOKS BECAME THE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD IN 1833-1834. He was named
guardian of his 2 sisters and bought land near lake Miccosukee. He had
and was listed as a farmer in the census.
Notes for ELLEN S. GOFF:
‚Territory of Florida
County of Jefferson
To any ordained Judge, Justice of the Peace or regular ordained preacher of
the Gospel- - - . Greeting.
These are to permit you to Join together in Holy
Matrimony James R. Brooks
and Miss Ellen S. Goff and make your return to the Clerks office as the Law
Given under my hand at Monticello this 29th day of May
Samuel R. Sessions Clk
I hereby certify that the within mentioned couple was united in holy
the Law directs.
May 30 - 1837 -
John L. Echy P. E.
Notes for ANN D. GRACE:
ANN D. GRACE is known as Nancy D. Brooks.
Children of JAMES BROOKS and ELLEN GOFF are:
i. JULIA3 BROOKS, b. August 13, 1838.
ii. ELIZABETH ELLEN BROOKS, b. October 20, 1839; d. June 24, 1863.
Notes for ELIZABETH ELLEN BROOKS:
DIED AT AGE 24. LISTED IN THE 1850 CENSUS FOR JEFF CO. FLA.
iii. SUSAN MARGARET BROOKS, b. December 14, 1841.
Children of JAMES BROOKS and ANN (Nancy) D. GRACE are:
Bill from Dr. Leonard Oct. 1862 to Nancy Brooks wife of James R. Brooks
4. iv. JAMES AUGUSTUS3 BROOKS, b. November 08, 1851, JEFFERSON CO.,
FLORIDA, U.S.A.; d. January 30, 1913, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL CO.,
v. GEORGE BROOKS, b. July 01, 1854.
5. vi. WILLIAM RUSSELL BROOKS, b. March 17, 1855, LEON CO., FLORIDA, U.S.A.;
d. April 20, 1911, THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A..
vii. MARY BROOKS, b. June 08, 1856.
viii. ELLEN BROOKS, b. 1859.
Notes for ELLEN BROOKS:
THIS IS FROM A NOTE IN THE FAMILY BIBLE. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO READ. THE
DATE IS QUESTIONABLE.
3. JOHN M.2 BROOKS (JAMES1) was born 1810 in GEORGIA, U.S.A..
He married ELIZA JANE TAYLOR February 13, 1837 in MONTECELLO, JEFFERSON CO.,
FLORIDA, U.S.A., daughter of RICHARD TAYLOR.
Notes for ELIZA JANE TAYLOR:
found a reference to Eliza J. Brooks mar. Henry M. HURST Mar. 8, 1855.
Co. Marriage records bk C p. 6
Children of JOHN BROOKS and ELIZA TAYLOR are:
i. RICHARD W.3 BROOKS, b. 1838, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
ii. JOHN F. BROOKS, b. 1840, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
iii. MARTHA A. BROOKS, b. 1841, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
iv. THOMAS J. BROOKS, b. 1843, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
v. SUSANNAH BROOKS, b. 1848, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
vi. DAVID W. BROOKS, b. 1850, FLORIDA, U.S.A..
Generation No. 3
4. JAMES AUGUSTUS3 BROOKS (JAMES RUSSELL2, JAMES1) was born
November 08, 1851 in JEFFERSON CO., FLORIDA, U.S.A., and died January 30,
1913 in LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL CO., LOUISIANA, USA. He married
ELIZABETH S. HALL December 10, 1875.
Notes for JAMES AUGUSTUS BROOKS:
JAMES A. BROOKS
LAKE PROVIDENCE, LOUISIANA CHECK
THE PROVIDENCE CEMETERY... THE OAKLAND
PLANTATION? K. C. BURNEY OBIT IS KIGIAN C. BURNEY 4-26-1833 - 3-23-1884 ALSO
RUSSELL J. BURNEY 6-19-1858 - 4-23-1918 AND WILLIAM P. BURNEY 1841 -
AGE 57. ordered a book about the area. are these the children of
Notes for ELIZABETH S. HALL:
HER PARENTS CAME FROM GEORGIA. She is listed in the census as BESSIE.
Children of JAMES BROOKS and ELIZABETH HALL are:
6. i. JAMES GORDON4 BROOKS, b. April 26, 1885; d. 1934.
ii. JULIA ELIZABETH BROOKS, b. August 10, 1886; d. September 02, 1887.
iii. RUBY BROOKS, b. January 14, 1887, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROL CO.,
LOUISIANA, U.S.A.; d. July 13, 1895, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROL CO.,
Notes for RUBY BROOKS:
DIED AS A CHILD ON CARROLLTON PLANTATION JUNE 9TH _____.
BURIED IN PROVIDENCE CEMETERY, LA.
5. WILLIAM RUSSELL3 BROOKS (JAMES RUSSELL2, JAMES1) was born March
17, 1855 in LEON CO., FLORIDA, U.S.A., and died April 20, 1911 in
THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A.. He married (1) FLORENCE J.
WILSON November 12, 1878 in THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A..
He married (2) MINNIE WILSON July 13, 1899.
Notes for WILLIAM RUSSELL BROOKS:
THOMASVILLE REGISTER SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1911
MR. W. R. BROOKS DEAD.
Well Known Citizen Passed away Thursday morning.
The announcement of the death of Mr. W. R. Brooks Thursday morning was a
shock to his many friends in this city. He was suddenly attacked by acute
indigestion and died before a physician could reach his home.
Mr. Brooks was born in Leon co. Fla., Mar 17th, 1854, and was the son of
and Mrs. Russell Brooks, well known pioneer citizens of this section. He has
been a resident of this county for many years and was widely known and
Mr. Brooks was married twice, first to Miss Florence Wilson in 1878,
to Miss Minnie Wilson in 1899. He is survived by his last wife and two
daughters, misses Minnie and Nanny Brooks, and two sons Joe and Hansell
He also leaves one brother J. A. Brooks who is at present a resident of Lake
Mr. Brooks joined the Methodist church when quite a young man and has
his life been a faithful and consistent member. His work and good example
stand as a monument to his memory. In his death the church and community has
lost a staunch friend and coworker.
The funeral was held at the home 2 miles north of the city Friday morning
10 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. G. W. Mathews, Pastor of
Methodist church. The burial took place at the Wilson Cemetery 5 miles North
Thomasville after services.
The press joins friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved
and relatives. May the Father whom he so faithfully served bind their
hearts and give them comfort.
----MOVED TO THOMASVILLE FROM FLORIDA ABOUT 1880 OR BEFORE.
WEEKLY TIMES ENTERPRISE FRIDAY APRIL 21, 1911
SUDDENLY TAKEN AWAY
Mr. William R. Brooks Attacked with acute indigestion this morning and died
short time after.
Friends will learn with sincere regret of the sudden death this morning of
W. R. Brooks, at his home a mile from town this morning. He was well until
o'clock, coming from the field to the house at that time. He got better and
passed away suddenly and without warning.
He leaves a wife and four children, Messrs Joe and Hansell Brooks and
Minnie and Nannie May Brooks. He has been a resident of this county since
birth, living near town for over thirty years. He has just passed the
fifty-seventh milestone of life.
The funeral will occur at the Wilson burying ground, five miles from town
the Irwinville road tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. Rev Matthews
More About WILLIAM RUSSELL BROOKS:
Burial: April 21, 1911, THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A.
Notes for FLORENCE J. WILSON:
1880 CENSUS INDEX - BROOKS WILLIAM
WHITE MALE 25 YEARS OLD BIRTH IN FLA. LIVED IN THOMASVILLE ED.82 SH 60 LINE
#637 THOMAS CO.
BROOKS, FLORENCE WIFE AGE 22 BIRTH FLA.
BROOKS, RUSSELL J. AGE 3/12 BIRTH GA.
THOMASVILLE TIMES SAT MAY 21 1898.
died at her home 3 miles north of Thomasville, May 12th, Mrs. Florence
wife of W. R. Brooks. She was truly an excellent woman. She was long the
subject of a most painful affliction, but she was never heard to complain or
murmur. She leaves her aged parents, devoted brothers and sisters, a fond
loving husband, and five dear children to mourn their loss.
Notes for MINNIE WILSON:
found a ref to Minnie WILSON mar to Jack JOHNSON MAY 9 1914. Jefferson co.,
Fla. marriage records Bk 3, p. 33
Children of WILLIAM BROOKS and FLORENCE WILSON are:
7. i. RUSSELL JOSEPH4 BROOKS, b. March 10, 1880, THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO.,
GEORGIA, U.S.A.; d. March 16, 1959, SAN ANDREAS, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A..
ii. JOHN WILLIAM BROOKS, b. July 30, 1882; d. August 03, 1900.
Notes for JOHN WILLIAM BROOKS:
SOME MYSTERY SURROUNDS JOHN WILLIAMS' DEATH. HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD When he
died AND HIS BROTHER RUSSELL JOSEPH NEVER WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT.
iii. GLEN GRACE BROOKS, b. September 14, 1884; d. September 15, 1885.
iv. MINNIE GERTRUDE BROOKS, b. June 19, 1888.
Notes for MINNIE GERTRUDE BROOKS:
found a ref to a Gertrude Brooks mar. Abraham Jenkins May 21, 1918 in
Co. Marriages bk.3, p. 276 Not sure if it's related.
8. v. MAIMIE NANNY BROOKS, b. September 29, 1890.
vi. HANSELL MERRILL BROOKS, b. August 31, 1894; d. September 25, 1947.
Notes for HANSELL MERRILL BROOKS:
According to ERNEST GLEN FREEMAN, HANSELL was buried in the FREEMAN plot at
LAUREL HILL CEMETERY.
Generation No. 4
6. JAMES GORDON4 BROOKS (JAMES AUGUSTUS3, JAMES RUSSELL2, JAMES1)
was born April 26, 1885, and died 1934. He married (1) Eula Virtee
King and had issue Deryl Brooks
(2) Kate Gaines Richey
Notes for JAMES GORDON BROOKS:
at age 25 James Gordon Brooks was still living with his parents and sister
Julia Brooks in 1910.
James Gordon Brooks
Gordon Brooks in a Mercantile Store where he worked after loosing
his property in Lake Providence, LA.
Child of JAMES BROOKS and Kate BROOKS is:
i. JAMES ARTHUR5 BROOKS, b. June 23, 1923, LOUISIANA, USA; d. July 12,
1925, LOUISIANA, USA.
Notes for JAMES ARTHUR BROOKS:
FOUND IN CEMETERY LISTING FOR LAKE PROVIDENCE CEMETERY BLOCK 5 SEC 2
7. RUSSELL JOSEPH4 BROOKS (WILLIAM RUSSELL3, JAMES RUSSELL2,
JAMES1) was born March 10, 1880 in THOMASVILLE, THOMAS CO., GEORGIA, U.S.A.,
and died March 16, 1959 in SAN ANDREAS, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.. He married
MARTHA ANN WATTS July 17, 1916 in ORANGE, TEXAS, U.S.A., daughter of WILTZ
Notes for RUSSELL JOSEPH BROOKS:
Mr. R.J. Brooks Married in Orange Texas, Monday- Wedding Surprise to his
Friends in Thomasville will be surprised to learn of the wedding, Monday, at
Orange Texas of Miss Martha Watts of that city and Mr. R J Brooks of
(Medical note: he had Alzheimer's late in his life).R.J. Brooks family lived
in St. Petersburg, FL Aug 29, 1945.
Notes for MARTHA ANN WATTS:
MARTHA HAD CHRONIC ASTHMA. She died of heart failure.
Children of RUSSELL BROOKS and MARTHA WATTS are:
9. i. DOROTHY ALLEN5 BROOKS, b. April 16, 1918.
10. ii. JOSEPH WATTS BROOKS, living
11. iii. MARGARET ELIZABETH BROOKS, living
12. iv. WILLIAM RUSSELL BROOKS, living
8. MAIMIE NANNY4 BROOKS (WILLIAM RUSSELL3, JAMES RUSSELL2, JAMES1)
was born September 29, 1890. She married FREEMAN.
Children of MAIMIE BROOKS and FREEMAN are:
i. BILLY5 FREEMAN.
ii. ERNEST GLEN FREEMAN.- living
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