Updated May 3, 2009
|About Our Family
Brooks Families of the South.
......Hans Brooke had
three boys and one girl....Henry, Edward, John and Lula
Christine....They settled in Reading PA. The parents died leaving
minor children, and the little girl was adopted...John, our
grandfather, was bound out to a tailor to learn that trade....He was
very unhappy and ran away, arriving in Columbia TN about 1860 and we
find him on the Giles County 1860 census in TN working as a tailor
but as John Brooks...That year he married Roxanna Permilia Smith
She was just breaking up with her other boyfriend, Doctor
Crittendon Smith and fell in love with John Brooks...John and RP had
Walter and Nora before joining a wagon train to Texas where John,
Lula, Nimrod and Tom were born......
...John died in 1882 of
tuberculosis and is buried in Paris TX. Roxanna went back to TN to
marry Doctor Terry Crittendon Smith. He actually heard she was
widowed and went to Texas to marry her and bring her back to TN.
They lived and died in Sandy Hook, Tennessee.
Their son John
married Annie Clark Ballard and had only one child, James Edgar
Brooks - soon they moved to Montgomery Alabama.
The Smith and
Ballard families came out of North Carolina about 1800 migrating
into Tennessee's Indian Territory.
Permilia named her first
son Walter Brooks, and this author finds no Walter in the lineage,so
why use this name? and another son JOHN Edwin but the census looks
like his middle initial was H., and JOHN married Annie Clark Ballard
in TN and they moved to Alabama being transferred with the railroad
and then lived on Adams Avenue near the train station. Annie had
only one child, James Edgar Brooks, who became a bookkeeper with the
State, and later married Susie Mae Cooper who soon named her own son
James Edgar Brooks Jr., a daughter Christine . Susie was the
daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Carter and Levi Benjamin Cooper of
Chambers County AL.
Annie's photo shows dark black hair and
coal black eyes. Annie's parents were both born in Tennessee, James
Calvin Ballard and Willie Eudora Craig but their ancestors migrated
from the Carolinas. "Dora's" mother was Rebecca Caroline Pennington
and she married William Craig in 1860. Rebecca's mother was only
known as "Gracy" who married William Pennington, and his mother was
only known as "Kezziah" born about 1750 in South
Her mother was Caroline Bond, daughter of a John
Baptist Bond of North Carolina. Parents of Caroline Bond ( who
married 3 times? ) were John Baptist Bond and Kitty Stone. Many
researchers are looking into the Stone name as being of Cherokee
In Georgia was Joseph Baxley born 1815 married to Mary
Evans and making their way into Alabama. Their son James married
Louisa Miranda Holt and they resided in "Holtville" in Elmore County
AL. Also in Elmore County was L. W. Hood who married their daughter
Ella Olivia Baxley. Ella's daughter Bessie married a Milton Elijah
Thornton in Elmore County. Elijah's parents also came out of
Georgia, Mary Angeline Partridge amd George Thornton. Elijah's
daughter Mary Ella married James Brooks. Mary Ella's granddaughter
|Family Photos |
Sarah Elizabeth Carter - Cooper
with her children including Susie Mae
, John Wise (35 KB)
Bozeman (114 KB)
Wife Of Peter
Randolph Carter (46 KB)
wife Lacy Jane Bozeman.
George (56 KB)
1839 Land Record
E Brooks Jr and Mary Ella Thornton (6
Her parents were Bessie Mae Hood and Milton Elijah
Thornton. Bessie's parents were Ella Olivia Baxley and L W Hood.
Milton's parents were Mary Angeline Partridge and George Thornton.
George (51 KB)
1858 Land Record
James H (483 KB)
truly (368 KB)
James H (64 KB)
James H. Baxley (56 KB)
Record - Homestead
James H (351 KB)
census of Brooks and Cooper (1512
Both their widowed mothers live in this household
which includes James E Brooks Jr who later married Mary Ella
Thornton and had Charlie in 1953.
James H (618 KB)
census Milton Elijah Thornton (446
Bessie Mae Hood his wife with children include Mary
Ella Thornton who married James E Brooks Jr
James H (398 KB)
Confederate Service4-Judge Smith
John Wise Carter (360
Talladega Alabama census, father of Thomas Randolph
Carter and the grandfather of Sarah Elizabeth Carter Cooper -
great grandfather of Mamaw
James H (796 KB)
Confederate Service-Pension Application
John Edward Brooks with Annie
Clark Ballard, parents of James Edgar Brooks, of Tennessee. James
married Susie Mae " Mamaw" Cooper and had James Edgar Brooks, Jr.
- Jr married Mary Ella Thornton.
James H (451 KB)
Confederate Service-Pension Application 2
|Related Files |
to Herriford and Carter (29
Mary Josephine Hereferd's mother was Jemima Ramsey
Family (89 KB)
So many other names
in our genealogy, so many other locations to research.
- Partridge (54 KB)
Mary Ella Thornton - Brooks' ancestors on her father's side.
Family Tree (79 KB)
A nice view of
our ancestors and their children.
Ancestors of Amos Westbrook
Grandmother Ella Olivia (11 KB)
visit to the Cain's Chapel cemetery to locate the tombstones of
Ella and her husband L W Hood plus her parents buried down the
road in Coosa River Cemetery in "Holtville" were James H Baxley
and Louisa Miranda Holt. These were ancestors of Mary Ella Brooks,
as Ella Olivia was the mother of Bessie Mae Hood - Thornton.
Stones (398 KB)
Years Gone By
in South Carolina (99 KB)
of Thomas was John Wise Carter and his dad was Captain John Carter
of the American Revolution who married Elizabeth Wise, the
daughter of Am Rev Soldier John Wise.
Ella Thornton, wife of James Edgar Brooks Jr (258 KB)
Her father was Milton Elijah Thornton
and her mother was Bessie Mae Hood. This focus on the Thorntons as
they migrated out of Georgia into Elmore County Alabama. Milton's
mother was Mary Angeline Partridge.
- Thornton - Brooks - Smith (29
Tracking family from North Carolina to Alabama
Brooks of Holland 1800 (25
John Brooks born 1837 to a father from Holland and a
mother from France is what is found on the 1860 census when young
John is a boarder in a home in Giles County Tennessee, where he
met and married Roxanna Smith. Roxanna had a son named John who
married Annie Clark Ballard and Annie then named a son James Edgar
Genealogy Memo (5 KB)
and a few extra notes
- followup (5 KB)
John Brooks born
1837 to a father from Holland and a mother from France is what is
found on the 1860 census when young John is a boarder in a home in
Giles County Tennessee, where he met and married Roxanna Smith.
Roxanna had a son named John who married Annie Clark Ballard and
Annie then named a son James Edgar Brooks. Annie's father was
James Cal Ballard. Roxanna's father was Thomas Smith and her
mother was Caroline Bond...............James Edgar Brooks married
Susie Mae Cooper, the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Carter and Levi
Benjamin Cooper........Susie named her son James Edgar Brooks Jr.
Cemetery on Bozeman Land- Hope Hull (39
Jesse Bozeman's daughter Lacy is buried here near
her husband Thomas Randolph Carter, a Civil War Soldier, and the
grandson of Am Rev Soldier, Captain John Carter... Jesse's father
was Peter Bozeman a soldier in the American Revolution. Lacy and
some of the children died in an epidemic. Jesse and his wife's
tombstones have been separated by a large tree and the stones are
broken. The top of Thomas' monument has fallen to the side but
Lacy's monument stands tall. The Carters and Bozemans once owned
large plantations here. Peter Bozemans grave was not found ( yet )
In fact Jesse's brother William Henry Bozeman was Kathy's ggg
grandfather and his grave is not found ( yet )
James Cal of Tennessee (80
Father of Annie Clark Ballard Brooks was married to
Eudora Craig in Tennessee. Parents of James Ballard were Rowena
Densy Baxter and Larken Francis Ballard born about 1830 in
Tennessee long before the Trail of Tears began.
and Smith of Tennessee (150
Another family researcher has a beautiful webpage to
John Baptist (80 KB)
Caroline Bond Smith was married to Catherine Stone - Caroline Bond
married probably 3 times in Tennessee but her first husband Thomas
Smith was the father of Roxanna Smith - Brooks. Notes on this page
include Henry Smith, father of Thomas and then the Ballards of
North Carolina - Larken Ballard's mother was Kizziah Dickens.
Baxley, Holt, Hood, Thornton in
and Letters (55 KB)
letter of WWI, pictures and letters
and Cooper in 1840 Chambers County AL (107
Elijah Lee born 1777 married Malinda Phillips and
their daughter Sarah F. Lee married Charner P Cooper in Chambers
County. Charner's parents were "Alsey" and Andrew Cooper of South
Carolina. Charner's son was Levi Benjamin Cooper who ended up
working in Hope Hull on a farm owned by Thomas Randolph Carter and
married the man's daughter.
and Roxanna Brooks families (155
Thomas Randolph (47 KB)
visit to find the tombstone of the grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper
Brooks and he was the great grandfather of James Edgar Brooks Jr.
Annie Ballard and James Brooks,
Susie Cooper, Elijah Lee, several tombstones found in Alabama
Scanned photos of people and their
Annie Ballard and James Brooks,
Susie Cooper, Elijah Lee, several tombstones found in Alabama
Rowena Densy (20 KB)
of Annie Clark Ballard Brooks and great great grandmother of
Brooks Kin (38 KB)
Carter, Bozeman and McClain notes
Randolph Carter born 1820 SC (6
Civil War Records............father of Sarah
Elizabeth Carter Cooper ..........grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper
Marriages (66 KB)
and Sarah Brown were the parents of Jesse and William Henry
Bozeman, plus another son named Peter E. Bozeman who married Gilly
Mary Angeline (4 KB)
Angeline were Mildred Smith and George Partridge of Georgia. Her
husband was George Thornton of Georgia and his parents were Nancy
Katherine Culpepper and Charles Thornton. Nancy's mother was
Martha Blackstone born 1814 Georgia, long before the Trail of
Stephens -Civil War (4 KB)
Sarah Mills Stephens of Montgomery had a daughter Alice who
married John T Bozeman but she died soon after giving birth to
their 4th child.
and Lee (49 KB)
Records (3 KB)
Saving a few
documents relating to my ancestors.
of Virginia (50 KB)
Hereferd was the second wife of Thomas Randolph Carter and their
daughter was Sarah Elizabeth Carter - Cooper ( mother of Mamaw ).
When Thomas died, Mary had him buried by his first wife Lacy
Bozeman and their children.
in Civil War (86 KB)
in Civil War (30 KB)
in Civil War (9 KB)
T. R. Carter
father of Sarah
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