I'm researching for my niece. Has anyone come across this family?
J M Rooks and his wife Caroline [MNU]. They had the following children: Stephen, Julia, Emily, Eliza, Franklin and Charles.
Charles is the connection to my Niece and her husband's Rooks family. Charles W Rooks son Richard Franklin Rooks, his grandson John Marshall Rooks, Sr., His great grandson John Marshall Rooks Jr. his 2nd Great Grandson John Michael Rooks Sr and 3rd Great Grandson John Michael Rooks Jr.
This is what I have found so far in the Census for J M Rooks and family
J. M. Rooks was born about 1811 in Barnwell County, South Carolina, USA. He married Caroline about 1833 just a guesstimate at this point. I just started the research yesterday for Rooks. I've read this board until I'm cross-eyed. lol
I've seen where people have his father as Vardiman and I can find no proof of that.
1840 United States Federal Census about Maddison Rooks Name:Maddison Rooks County:Barnwell State:South Carolina Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: [1835-1840] 1 [Stephen Jefferson Rooks Sept 1834]
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 [James Madison Rooks 1802-1811]
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: [1835-1840] 2 [I show 3 girls actually but only two here at the time of enumeration?] Julie A , Emily  and/or Florence Eliza Rooks **See 1850 USFC
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 5 Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1 Free White Persons - Under 20:3 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 5 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 5
1850 United States Federal Census about J M Rooks Name:J M Rooks Age:39 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811 Birth Place: South Carolina Gender:Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Barnwell, South Carolina Family Number:1217 Household Members: NameAge J M Rooks39 [James Madison Rooks 1811] Caroline Rooks30 [Carolina 1820] Stephen Rooks17 [Stephen Jefferson Rooks 1834] Julia Rooks16 [Julia A Rooks 1835] Emily Rooks13 [Emily Rooks 1837] Eliza Rooks12 [Florence Eliza Rooks 1838] Franklin Rooks7 [Franklin Rooks 1844] Charles Rooks4 [Charles W "Charlie" Rooks 1845]
1860 United States Federal Census about Caroline Rooks Name:Caroline Rooks Age in 1860:59 Birth Year:abt 1801 Home in 1860:Barnwell, South Carolina Gender:Female Post Office:Barnwell Value of real estate:View image Household Members: NameAge H Caroll22 Tobitha Caroll50 W D Elkins28 A J Bates38 Sarah Bates30 W E Bates8 M C Bates6 R E Bates4 J A Bates2 J H Bates20 Catharine Killogg65 Caroline Rooks59 Julia A Word23 Florence E Rooks18 Franklin Rooks16 Charles M Rooks13