I wrote the previous response without spending time studying yours carefully.I still need more time to look up old records in my files to see just what I do have.
I do believe you have a lot of information about Micajah and family that will be beneficial for me if and when I decide to pursue Micajah Brooks in my studies.You have a lot of detail that I believe is accurate.
Regarding where Micajah was in 1840.I have in some of my notes (which I have now been through) that I did find Micajah in Clay Co., IL in 1840 --
IN AN IL STATE CENSUS.
This may have been only an index, because I did not find a copy of the actual census in my files.I can't find an 1840 IL State census on line to check it out.If you have access, you might want to check.I hope to go to the Allen Co. Library in about a month.I can check there if we don't acquire the actual record before then.
I did find in my notes that Micajah Brooks sold "my" Johnathan Riley a parcel of land in 1849.It was in the SW corner of Clay Co. where both families lived.Micajah came to the area first.Johnathan didn't come until after 1840, when he moved from Wayne Co., IL.
Another issue:I too considered the possibility that Moses Brooks and Micajah were related.This was several years ago before I had to give up genealogy for a period of time.As I remember, I could NOT find supporting evidence.I concluded that they might or might not be related.Do you know about something that I did not find?
Next issue: Do you know of hard evidence that there was Indian ancestry in the Brooks family?I remember I pursued this question five or six years ago and could find no hard evidence.I read at least some of the personal claims, but could find no record to prove it.Once again I would like to know if there is something that I did not find????With DNA testing being available, maybe there is hard evidence of Indian Ancestry from recent tests.If there is not, perhaps some descendent could be tested to see.
I am still interested in Micajah, though my yDNA test results raise serious question about whether I am related to William and Thirsey (Brooks) Riley (probably daughter and son-in-law).There are different possibilities why my DNA results produce serious doubt.However, I still do not know for sure.If you are interested in that issue, I can explain, but it is a bit involved.
I've read some of your other postings and found where you "guessed" that Micajah and Rachel were actually 10 years younger in the 1850 MO census.That sounds very plausible to me.
I would like to establish communication with you because you do seem to have lots of information that agrees with what I know as well as some items that I do not have in my records.Perhaps we can help each other.