Re: Benjamin Beckner, wife Rachel Brooks
Rachel Beckner. Somehow missed this post. Rachel was my ggggrandmother. Her daughter, Sarah E, born 1838 was first married to Simeon H. Gaines, on April 26, 1857 in Dallas TX They had one son at least one child, Simson Gaines, called Sim who was born about 1861 in TX. Simeon died from the effect of exposure to a blizzard. Sarah married Barney Kemp. The lived in the Dallas area for some time and then moved to Mills County (Goldwaithe) where they were active in the Baptist church. They are buried in the Mt Pleasant cemetery there. Their son, George Washington Kemp married Neva Elnore Bird and this couple were my grandparents. They lived in Mesquite around 1900 and were married in 1910 at Farmer's Branch TX. Her family had a grocery business there and I am told that the couple met when George became employed at the store. Back to Rachel, she was the daughter of Henry Brooks and his 3rd wife, Elizabeth Laurance (noted as her middle name) Davis Brooks. Elizabeth was 27 and Henry 63 when they married in KY but after the children were born they moved to IN and then on to MO following Henry's older sons, Lynch and Henry. Marriage records are available in the Madison Co KY. Elizabeth and Henry had six children together, the oldest Robert died as an infant. The next 4 were also born in Kentucky and the youngest in IN. Elizabeth died Dec 2, 1836. Henry died Jan 29, 1837. He had been ill for some time, not sure what happened to Elizabeth. Their oldest daughter, Nancy, age 16, married in MO in Jan 1837 betwwen the deaths of her parents, a man named Stockton. History this couple are available in Johnson Co. Rachel turned 13, in April 1837 and married Benjamin in Oct 1837. He was 30 years old. There are several records in Johnson county which indicate that Benjamin went to great length to make sure that Rachel would not receive if he died the land awarded him by land patent. Makes you wonder, but then she was only 13 and probably would not have been able to handle business transaction very well. Benjamin and Rachel had 10 children together. They moved to TX and she is buried at the Old Abby Frost Cemetery at Mesquite TX. Apparently, they were pretty prominent people there. Benjamin is on some county records, served on some juries etc. One of Rachel's daughters married to Enoch Bennett, son of Hiram Bennett one of the founders of Dallas TX. Rachel had 3 brothers. Ambrose (called Amber)was a Baptist minister. He first wife became ill and they moved from MO to KY due to her health. She recovered in KY and they moved to MS where she finally died. He married Minnie Watson in MS and they moved near Waco TX where he was preached for another 20 yrs or so. I think they is buried at Hillsboro TX. He is probably related to those you mention around Cleburne. The two younger sons were John and Henry D. Some confusion on the dates for Henry and John. Not sure about Henry D. life. John died at aged 20 and is buried in MO in the same cemetery as his mother. They are buried at the Hobson Cemetery in the Hazel Hill Township, Johnson Co MO. The web information says that the cemetery has been destroyed. Well, yes it has been run over by cattle but the fence is still visable and there would probably be 50 readable stones if someone would take time to uncover them from brush and leaves. I have a picture of John's tombstone which is leaning against a tree against a tree so I can't tell where the grave is. There is a local history book that says that Elizabeth Brooks was the first person buried there but she nor Henry are listed in the cemetery records. I can't find her stone or any record of husband Henry who only died some 56 days later and would be presumed to have been buried by his wife. Henry's son, was one of the first doctors in the area, Dr Lynch Brooks. He had moved to Van Buren Co (now Cass Co) a county west of Johnson Co and I suppose it is possible that Henry had moved to be nearer him. Lynch wrote alot of information in what he called The Commonplace Book. The cemetery in Johnson county is on privately owned land now. The owner is not fond of having people on his land, but did agree for us to go there. It is right over the fence from a county road that has pretty much been abandoned but still can be walked from a more traveled county road. Some of the cemeteries were placed along or near old stagecoach routes and now are practically inaccessable unless you are prepared to walk a mile or two. John was married and had one child. His wife remarried according to a history book to a local man named Martin. On the Davis information doesn't include a 6th child at all.I would make the comment that there are many, many people with the same names in these families Brooks and Davis. You practically have to keep the dates with the specific Henry to make sure you are talking about the right person. Henry (Elizabeth's husband) named a son Henry born to his first wife(Rachel Frost Brooks). Then he named children with Elizabeth, Rachel and Henry D. Elizabeth Davis Brooks father was named Henry and she had a brother Henry. I could go on.