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Updated July 8, 2014

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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 Carolina.

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 Blood.

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 married Westbrook.
In the WAR a Colonel Thomas Carter and Captain John Carter with their many children migrated from SC to Talladega, AL and even named their sons after each other. Those sons and grandsons served in the Civil War and John's son, Thomas Randolph Carter went to Montgomery where he married Lacy Jane Bozeman.Her dad Jesse and his siblings had inherited Peter's estate, so as they died off, Thomas made a big land purchase off Henry's share in 1848. So when you look at the monuments of Lacy and Thomas, know that you are standing on the old plantation of Peter Bozeman, in lands formerly owned by the Creeks.
Now step back and study the facts and read the clues between the lines. Study those who lived in indian territories and learned from them, survived thanks to them. Study the ladies they married and if they had a last name; most did not.

Family Photos
  • Sarah (143 KB)
    Sarah Elizabeth Carter - Cooper with her children including Susie Mae
  • Carter , John Wise (35 KB)
    1821 Land Record
  • Gilly Bozeman (114 KB)
    Wife Of Peter born 1807
  • Thomas Randolph Carter (46 KB)
    With first wife Lacy Jane Bozeman.
  • Thornton, George (56 KB)
    1839 Land Record
  • James E Brooks Jr and Mary Ella Thornton (6 KB)
    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.
  • Partridge, George (51 KB)
    1858 Land Record
  • Baxley James H (483 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service
  • Baxley James H (64 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service1
  • 1888 James H. Baxley (56 KB)
    Land Record - Homestead
  • Baxley James H (351 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service2
  • 1930 census of Brooks and Cooper (1512 KB)
    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.
  • Baxley James H (618 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service3
  • 1930 census Milton Elijah Thornton (446 KB)
    Bessie Mae Hood his wife with children include Mary Ella Thornton who married James E Brooks Jr
  • Baxley James H (398 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service4-Judge Smith
  • 1840 John Wise Carter (360 KB)
    Talladega Alabama census, father of Thomas Randolph Carter and the grandfather of Sarah Elizabeth Carter Cooper - great grandfather of Mamaw
  • Baxley James H (796 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service-Pension Application
  • 1914 (72 KB)
    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.
  • Baxley James H (451 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service-Pension Application 2
Related Files
  • Lee and Cooper in 1840 Chambers County AL (107 KB)
    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.
  • Ramsey to Herriford and Carter (29 KB)
    Mary Josephine Hereferd's mother was Jemima Ramsey of Virginia.
  • John and Roxanna Brooks families (155 KB)
  • Thornton - Partridge (54 KB)
    Research on Mary Ella Thornton - Brooks' ancestors on her father's side.
  • Carter, Thomas Randolph (47 KB)
    Hope Hull visit to find the tombstone of the grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks and he was the great grandfather of James Edgar Brooks Jr.
  • Westbrook (161 KB)
    Beverly's inlaws
  • Baxley, Grandmother Ella Olivia (11 KB)
    A 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.
  • Carter in South Carolina (99 KB)
    father 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.
  • Baxter, Rowena Densy (20 KB)
    Grandmother of Annie Clark Ballard Brooks and great great grandmother of Charlie
  • Mary 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.
  • 1786 Marriages (66 KB)
    Peter Bozeman and Sarah Brown were the parents of Jesse and William Henry Bozeman, plus another son named Peter E. Bozeman who married Gilly
  • Hood - Thornton - Brooks - Smith (29 KB)
    Tracking family from North Carolina to Alabama through Tennesssee
  • Thomas Randolph Carter born 1820 SC (6 KB)
    Civil War Records............father of Sarah Elizabeth Carter Cooper ..........grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks.
  • Hans Brooks of Holland 1800 (25 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.
  • Partridge, Mary Angeline (4 KB)
    Parents of 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 Tears.
  • Joe Stephens -Civil War (4 KB)
    Joe and 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.
  • Stokes Cemetery on Bozeman Land- Hope Hull (39 KB)
    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 )
  • Ballard, James Cal of Tennessee (80 KB)
    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.
  • Colonial Records (3 KB)
    Saving a few documents relating to my ancestors.
  • Cooper and Lee (49 KB)
    Chambers County Records
  • Bond, John Baptist (80 KB)
    Father of 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.
  • Cooper in Civil War (86 KB)
    Father of Levi Cooper
  • Herriford of Virginia (50 KB)
    Mary Josephine 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.
  • Anderson in Civil War (30 KB)
    Father of Nancy
  • Carter in Civil War (9 KB)
    T. R. Carter father of Sarah
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