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Ruth McConigly, op. cit., 15 August 1998:Richard's will proved April, 1790 in Caswell Co., NC, maybe b. Gloucester Co., VA.His wife at the time of his will was Ann,first wife unknown.Children: Ann (married Soloman Graves, then Sheppard by 1808;William Bird (mar. Sarah Paine, moved to Giles Co.,TN);Elizabeth (Betsey);Francis Armistead (may also mar. Sheppard);Jonathan (marriedAnn Lewis,d/o Rev. Iverson Lewis); and other sons not mentioned in will may be Thomas & Charles.
In November, 2002, Michael Sawyer sent me a copy of a two-page handwritten paper from the old Brookes plantation in Aiken Co., SC, written by Iverson Lewis Brookes. I have transcribed it under the notes for him, and he says that his grandfather was Thomas Brookes. Based on that, the Jonathan above, son of Richard, cannot be the one who became Iverson's father... Thomas must also have had a son Jonathan, and so I will correct these notes... see also just below!
May 2000"W. Leigh Brookes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>"Dear Pat, Thanks for your note on our Brookes Family. I notice you have Jonathan as a son of Richard Brookes and I think he may be the son of Thomas Brookes instead - I have not proved that, although. Jonathan mentions in his application for a Revolutioary War Pension that he was born 7 Jun 1762 in Gloucester Co. VA and moved with his father when young to Brunswick County, VA. I found Thomas there but have not found Richard there.I think that Richard and Thomas were brothers as they received land from a Jonathan Brookes according to a land survey in September of 1754 which states according to the last will and testament of Jonathan Brookes. Thank you so much for the information you sent. I did not have much on Jonathan and Ann's family. I hope we can share some additional information later. Look forward to hearing from you.W. Leigh Brookes"Thanks Leigh!
Kay Haden at <email@example.com> sent me (Jan 2006) the following notes on Richard Brookes:
VIRGINIA TITHABLES FROM BURNED RECORD COUNTIES, Robert F. Woodson and Isobel B. Woodson, 1970.Richard Brookes, Stafford Co, 1768, 180 acres.
Caswell DB E, p.300
14 Feb 1788George Barker to Richard Brookes for 100#'s.400 acres adj Alex Kerr, Williams' line.Wit:William Barker, David Barker.
Ann may have been Richard's second wife.First child almost too old to have been this Ann's child.
Will written 3 Oct 1789 and probated April 1790.Names beloved wife Ann Brookes and leaves her one third that is to be equally divided among the four youngest children at her death:William Bird Brookes, Betsy Brookes, Frances Armisted Brooks, and John Brookes.Dau:Ann Smith Graves.Exec:Ann Brookes, and son-in-law Solomon Graves.
Caswell DB R, p.128
2 May 1809William B. Brooks to James Shapard of Orage Co NC.Richard Brooks decd owned 420 acres on Stoney Crk adj Alexander Kerr and same to be equally divided between sons, Wm B. & John Brokks.Wm B. Brooks conveyed to William Clifton his part.Part of John Brooks divided to Wm B. Brooks, James Shapard in right of his wife Frances Armistead Brooks.For $120 Wm Brooks sells to Shapard all his right & title to said land.Wit:William Clifton, Wylie Yancey.
Caswell Co Deed Book T, p.92-4.Deed of trust from James Shapard of Orange Co to Jeremiah Lea of Caswell includes 400 acres on Country Line & Stoney Creeks adjacent Alexander Kerr or so much of this tract as willed by Richard Brooks, dec'd to his son John Brooks.18 Jul 1818.
Richard BROOKES and Ann [BROOKES] were married.1Ann [BROOKES] was born about 1755.She died before Jan 1808 in Caswell County, North Carolina.
May have been Ann Armistead, daughter of Robert & Catherine, born Gloucester Co VA Sep 12 1756.
Caswell Co NC 1800 Census: Ann Brookes, head of household, age 26-45, 1m 10-16 (John); 1m 16-26 (Wm Bird); 1f 16-26 (Frances).If Ann's age is correct in this census she would have been very young when daughter Ann Smith was born - possibly Richard was married earlier?
Left Will in 1808 leaving her estate to her grandchildren.Nothing was left to the children of Ann Smith (Brooks) Graves.Another possible suggestion this Ann was not the mother of Ann Smith.There was also no mention of Betsy or John; probably both deceased.William B. was executor.
Sale of her estate was held in February of 1808; proceeds were 135.0.10.Many of the articles bought by William B. & Jonathan Brooks.Caswell Co Original Estates.CR.020.508.8.Ann Brooks. 1808.
Inventory of Estate January Court 1808. Caswell Co NC