Researching Brooks, Ballard, Baxter, Ward out of the 1700s Carolinas into Tennessee and Alabama along with the Fenn families of Alabama into Texas and back again.
When the land in Texas was offered to the whites at two dollars an acre, many families moved to try it out but eventually returned to their home land
Lawrence County is located in Middle Tennessee, one of the state's three "grand divisions."
Lawrence County was formed mostly from Indian territory as a result of the Treaty of 1816 with the Chickasaw Indians, and Hickman County and a small portion of Giles County.***
One of the first commissioners and justices of the peace from Lawrence County was David Crockett. He ran a water-powered grist mill, powder mill and distillery in the area of the county that is now David Crockett State Park. Although he was only here for four or five years, David Crockett had a tremendous impact on the county and is a main attraction for tourists.
In addition to the county seat of Lawrenceburg, other primary communities are presently Summertown, Henryville, Ethridge, Leoma, Loretto, St. Joe, West Point, and Iron City. Most of these were once major towns and their existence came about either because of Jackson's Military Road or due to iron ore mining.
Several people have influenced Lawrence County's history. Colonel George Henry Nixon was Colonel during the Civil War, a politician, and the person most responsible for the railroad coming to Lawrence County. James Jackson Pennington was our most famous inventor having invented and patented a working model of an "Aerial Bird" -- similar to a zeppelin -- in 1877. Thomas Paine was a lawyer, politician, and teacher, but most important, he was appointed the first Commissioner of Education in Tennessee in the 1880's by the Governor. During this time he helped develop the public education system. In 1899 Paine was appointed Commissioner of Agriculture. James D. Vaughan transformed Lawrenceburg into the undisputed capital of Gospel Music in America. People came from all over the south to attend his school of music. Vaughan Publishing Company printed gospel music books and had branch offices in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas.
- 1920 John Brooks in Alabama (768 KB)
John Brooks and Annie Ballard in Montgomery Alabama
- Ballard and Baxter in 1850 Lewis Tennesee (770 KB)
Finding Larkin Ballard and his inlaws appear on the same page. It is Larkins' granddaughter Anna thru James Ballard who married John Brooks in TN and had our James Edgar Brooks later found in Montgomery Alabama
- 1860 R P Smith in Mt Pleasant, Maury TN (613 KB)
Caroline Bond Smith has remarried to John Cox....it shows her children living in this household as Smith before Roxanna Permilia married John Brooks.
- 1910 Montague Texas Thomas Fenn (617 KB)
Thomas of Alabama with wife Lula. Thomas was son of John and Emeline Fenn, born in Tuskegee AL
- WWI draft card registration (24 KB)
James Edgar Brooks
- 1900 Emily Fenn (782 KB)
mother of Thomas and William Fenn, wife of John, she is found in Russell Alabama living with her grandson by Ida, young W O Murry and his wife Annie Fletcher Murry. Emily was known as Emiline Harrell born in Macon Georgia where she married John Fann and they later moved into Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama having William, Madison, Thomas, Ida in the 1850s.
- 1930 James Brooks in Montgomery AL (1086 KB)
with wife Susie Mae Cooper and James Jr
- 1880 David Craig (966 KB)
Lawrence Tennessee - this family connects to Annie Ballard Brooks
- Rebecca Caroline Pennington (587 KB)
1860 Lawrence Tennessee - She married Wm Craig and they had Willie Eudora Craig who married James Ballard. The Ballards had Anna Ballard who married John Brooks and Anna had James Edgar Brooks who went to Montgomery Alabama and then married Susie Mae Cooper ( Mamaw )
- 1880 Anna Ballard (1002 KB)
Lawrence Tennessee with many relatives living around them.
- 1900 Anna Ballard Brooks (885 KB)
Lawrence Tennessee - with husband and baby Edgar. Her father James Ballard is at the bottom of this page.
- 1860 John Brooks (643 KB)
Giles Tennessee, working as a tailor, John is from Pennsylvania
- 1880 John Brooks in Texas (833 KB)
shows his father from Holland