I am researching the Rev. John J. Brooks, b. 12 July 1880, Londonderry, Ireland, d. 22 Oct. 1880, Jackson, Madison, Tenn. According to obituary information, he came to the U.S. when he was 13 and lived for two years in Philadelphia before moving to Purdy, TN. He became a merchant in Lexington, TN. He married twice, the second time to Sallie Acton. I need solid information on his first wife, because my information has him as the father of William James Brooks, my great-grandfather, by this woman.
I'm trying to find anything I can on John J. Brooks. An obituary says he was a sought-after preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Tennessee, and that he brought his parents and other family members over from Ireland after he settled in Lexington, TN. I can't find anything to indicate who his parents were.