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Ancestors of Patrick Martin Stevens, Jr.

      24. Thomas Brookes406,407, born Abt. 1732408; died Abt. 1819409. He was the son of 48. Jonathan Brookes and 49. Elizabeth [--?--]. He married 25. Mary [--?--] Blacknall 16 December 1749 in Kingston Parish, Gloucester Co., VA410,411,412,413.

      25. Mary [--?--] Blacknall413,414, born Abt. 1734 in probably Gloucester Co., VA415. She was the daughter of 50. Reverend John Blacknall and 51. Ann [--?--].

Notes for Thomas Brookes:
Thomas, who is my ancestor, must have been quite well-to-do based on the Court records... both Mike Marshall, <>, and Kay Haden kindly gave me the notes below. The first are from Mike.

I finally found a copy of the book on the Kingston Parish Register (Gloucester/Matthews County, VA). It covers the dates 1749-1827. On page 3 is the entry Thomas Brookes and Mrs. Mary Blacknall, December 16, 1749 by the Rev. Richard Locke. By license. This comes from page 27 of the original of the register. A Rev. John Blacknall was minister of Kingston Parish and appears on the first page of the incomplete vestry book for the year 1740, but since the vestry book is incomplete and the parish dates back much further, it is not clear how long he had served before 1740. He died 1747, so I am wondering whether the "Mrs." Mary Blacknall who married Thomas Brookes was his widow. There were other Blacknall and Brook(e)s entrys in the register but I only copied a few. There were two entries that may pertain to the children of Thomas and Mary (Blacknall) Brookes. They are as follows:

George Brookes son of Thomas and Mary born May 8, bap. June 12, 1757.

____her Brookes, son of Thomas and Mary bap. February 1, 1755. Part of the given name is missing but I suspect it is CHRISTOPher, as a Christopher Brookes shows up in the Caswell County, NC records. The Kingston register also has this entry: Thomas BROKES died January 28, 1757. Not sure who he is, but he can't be Jonathan's father.

In Jonathan Brook's pension file, he says he was born in Gloucester County, VA June 7, 1762 and that when he was quite young his father moved to Brunswick County, VA where he lived four or five years before they moved to Caswell County. In that regard, I found several Brooks entrys in the Brunswick records including a deed (DB 9, page 680) wherein Thomas Brooks and Mary his wife of Brunswick sell 200 acres to John Mitchell. The deed is dated December 1, 1769. I think this was about the time Thomas moved on to the part of Orange County, NC that became Caswell in 1777.

Mike Marshall

Notes from Kay Haden:

Marriage record lists her as Mrs. Mary Blacknall; married by Rev. Richard Locke.... She wasn't the widow of the Rev. John Blacknall who served the Parish from the beginning of the book in 1740 (perhaps earlier) until he died in 1747 because his widow seems to have been the Mrs. Ann Blacknall who received a large payment of tobacco on 20 Oct 1748 from Kingston Parish (approximately half of the payment Rev. John had been receiving per year)

She wasn't the widow of Charles Blacknall whose wife was a Mary and who had two children baptized in Kingston Parish - Charles, b. 10 Jan, & bap 19 Feb 1758 and Mary, b. 16 Aug, bap. 12 Sep 1755. Charles died between the Nov 1761 vestry meeting and the one in Nov of 1762 when his position is replaced.

VIRGINIA TITHABLES FROM BURNED RECORD COUNTIES, Robert F. Woodson and Isobel B. Woodson, 1970. Thomas Brookes Hanover Co, 1763, 40 acres [I've no idea if this can be the same Thomas Brookes.] In Gloucester Co, Kingston Parish, in both 1774 and 1775 is a George Brookes - there's every likelihood this is a kinsman.

Thomas Brookes sold 75 acres of land bounded by land of William & Edward Denton and Edward Goodrich to said Goodrich on 27 July 1752 in the Parish of St. Andrew, County of Brunswick, VA. There was no dower release. [ p.256-259 copy from Leigh Brookes ]
Thomas Brookes puchased 200 acres in Brunswick Co VA from William Gwyn and his wife Elizabeth 22 Jun 1765. [ p.12-14 copy from Leigh Brookes]

Caswell DB A
19 Mar 1773 Thomas Willson of Halifax Co VA to Thomas Brooks of Orango Co, Province of NC for 100#'s. 240 acres on Moon't Crk. Tract Willson purchased of William Morris which Morris purchased of Earl Granville 7 Jun 1761. Wit: John Williams, William Gwyn

He puchased additional land in Caswell Co NC June 10, 1778. 570 acres on both sides of Moon's Creek. William Holderness and Charles Brooks were chain carriers for the Survey. Patent #30. Caswell DB A, p.254

"When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell Co NC 1777-1977" by William S. Powell, 1977, p.100-101: ...first court ....met at the house of Joseph Smith ...on March 26, 1792. ...Thomas Brooks became the county Treasurer.

NC Land Grants in TN [Listed by Grant Number, different from Warrant Number]
p.83 #94 Thomas Brooks. 429 acres. South side Cumberland River
p.125 [Appendex A] BROOKS, Thomas. Military Grant 94. Assigned by Andrew Haddock, Sgt.

TN Land Entires. The following could belong to Thomas Brookes Jr.
#3988 25 Nov 1783 Warrant 311. Sgt. Andrew Haddock, 429 acres delivered to Henry William. Grant to Thomas Brooks.
[Vol. 3, p.336]
#10911. Warrant 311; Location 667 4 Mar 1785 Thomas Brooks to Andw Haddock, transfer 429 acres on S side of Cumberland River; border; begins a first bluff above mouth of Red Rive, down the river. John Eliot. [Vol. 6, p.1092]

Caswell DB E
24 May 1786 Samuel Morgan to Robert Blackwell for 133#'s. 300 acres on Moon's Crk. adj Brankin's line, William Morgan. Wit: Thos. Brookes Sen., Thomas Brookes
17 Oct 1786 Andrew Vannoy, formerly of Caswell, to Samuel Moore for 100#'s. 640 acres on Moon's & Country Line Creeks adj Thomas Brookes crossing McCaskil's Crk, Thomas Hart, Campbell's claim, claim of Thomas Rice. By Stephen Williamson & Richard Smith who have POA of Vannoy. Wit: Charles Dixon, Zere Rice

Caswell DB H
20 Feb 1794 Thomas Brookes to William Holderness for 300#'s. 300 acres on Moon's Crk, being tract Brooks purchased of Thos Wilson & Wilson of William Morris, which Morris purchased of Earl of Granville on 7 Jun 1762. 'Wit: Benj. Shelton, Armstead Watlington, Leonard Shelton. [See DB A, p.28]

18 Feb 1794 Thomas Brooks to Charles B. Brooks for 100#'s. 200 acres on Moon's Crk adj Page, Swift. Wit: William Holderness, Jonathan Brooks, Ann Brooks.
7 Mar 1795. Thomas Brookes as Sheriff. Lands of William Campbell sold re judgment.

Caswell DB J
9 Nov 1795 NC Grant #1123 to John Swift. 313 acres on Moon's Crk adj Ingram, Brookes, Cobb.
6 Apr 1796 Thomas Brookes to Jonathan Brookes for 100#'s. 270 acres on Moon's Crk. Wit: William Holderness, John Goodson.

Caswell DB L, p.220
4 Mar 1798
William Holderness to Thomas Brookes for 500#'s. 200 acres on Moon's Crk being land purchased of William Moore which Moore purchased of Earl of Granville, Jun 1762
Wit: Jonathan Brookes, Ann Brookes
Is this part of the land Thomas Brookes sold to William Holderness in 1794? See DB H, p.395.

Caswell DB M
2 Oct 1800 Thomas Brookes to Jonathan Brooks. 150 acres on Moon's Crk. Wit: William Holloway, Armd. Watlington.
25 Feb 1801 Thos. Brookes to Armistead Watlington for 100#'s. 150 acres on Moon's Crk adj Swift. Wit: Jonathan Brookes, Robert Holderness
10 Apr 1802 William Holderness to Robert Holderness for 200#'s. 390 acres on Moon's Crk adj Brookes. Wit: Armistead Watlington, Thos. Holderness
20 Aug 1801 Thomas Brookes to Jonathan Brooks for 112#, 10sh. 150 acres on Moon's Crk. wit: Armistead Watlington, William Holderness
Is this a corrected deed for the the deed of 2 Oct 1800?

1810 Caswell Co NC Census, p.5. There are two Thomas Brooks in this Census, but I believe the one of p.5 to be correct as he is shown as owning 7 slaves; the other Thomas has none. Two males in the household: 1m +45 [Thomas] and 1m 16-26. The sons were married - this could be the fatherless grandson Thomas. In 1819 he gave land and slaves and his household articles to this grandson.

Deed Book T
p.70 20 Jan 1819 Thomas Brooks to William Russell for $1200, Negro fellow Abram. Wit: J. B. Watlington, Thos. Holderness.
p.205 29 Nov 1819 Thomas Brooks Sen to Thomas Brooks Jun, son of Thomas Brooks, Jun. Dec'd ...170 acres [son Thomas is dec'd and he is giving land to his grandson]
p.207-08 10 Dec 1819 To beloved grandson Thomas Brooks only son of Thomas Brooks dec'd ...3 slaves and household articles and livestock.
p.208 17 Aug 1819 Thomas Brooks Snr to beloved grandson Robert Holderness for love and affection....3 slaves, Ede and sons Lewis and Abram. [Robert Holderness' mother must surely have been a daughter of Thomas Brooks, Sr.]

Thomas Brooks Senior probably died soon after these deeds of 1819. The following estate file in the NC Archives is probably not his. Only a Thomas Brooks, age 25-46 appears in the 1820 Caswell NC Census.

Caswell Co NC 14 Oct 1824. Jonathan Brooks, Thomas Graves, Armistead Watlington posted bond for settlement of estate of a Thomas Brooks, Deceased. [Printed Bond looks much like 1834, but a note on the back says plainly 1824.] Estate records received from North Carolina Archives also contain a lawsuit resulting from the beating of a slave named Ned of the goods and chattels of Thomas Brooks, deceased, brought by Jonathan Brooks, administrator of Thomas Brooks. The beating took place on the 10th of Jan 1825. Ned and a woman, Rosetter are the only slaves listed in the Inventory of Thomas Brookes submitted by Jonathan Brookes.
From "The Free Press" published in Halifax, 3 Sep 1824, North Carolina Deaths: "Caswell County. 12th ult Thomas Brooks, aged 28. LDS Microfiche #6046798. [This is approximately the time I believed this senior Thomas had died from the estate records. Perhaps the above estate papers are not for him at all. The grandson was approximately 4 years older than this Thomas and could not have been younger based on the age of his father. Jonathan did have a son named Thomas who could very well have been this age. Nowhere in the estate papers is the relationship between Jonathan and Thomas stated.]


  Notes for Mary [--?--] Blacknall:
See the notes under her husband. She very well was a widow, Mrs. Mary Blacknall, widow of a Blacknall. At least the Parish register calls her that. It is conceivable that she was the Reverend John Blacknall's widow, but I doubt it. The records say that his widow was Ann, not Mary. He died in 1747, however, and the date at least fits with a Brookes-Blacknall marriage two years later. (See the notes also under Thomas Brookes, b abt 1732.) But of course that would be too rational and easy a choice! Were Ann and Mary the same, though....?

More likely she was the daughter or daughter-in-law of the Reverend John Blacknall, and one might interpret the Mrs. in the Register loosely in that regard, perhaps.

Kay Haden, op. cit., notes that the "Marriage record lists her as Mrs. Mary Blacknall; married by Rev. Richard Locke.... She wasn't the widow of the Rev. John Blacknall who served the Parish from the beginning of the book in 1740 (perhaps earlier) until he died in 1747 because his widow seems to have been the Mrs. Ann Blacknall who received a large payment of tobacco on 20 Oct 1748 from Kingston Parish (approximately half of the payment Rev. John had been receiving per year)

"She wasn't the widow of Charles Blacknall whose wife was a Mary and who had two children baptized in Kingston Parish - Charles, b. 10 Jan, & bap 19 Feb 1758 and Mary, b. 16 Aug, bap. 12 Sep 1755. Charles died between the Nov 1761 vestry meeting and the one in Nov of 1762 when his position is replaced."

I think if she were a widow, she was the widow of a child of Reverend John Blacknall, if not a widow, she was his child. With that caveat, I will show her as his child pending better information!

Other Blacknall Kingston Parish Gloucester (Matthews) County Register entries (from Mike Marshall, <>, op. cit.) are:

Charles Blacknall, son of Charles and Mary, born 10 Jan and bap. 19 Feb 1758.
Fanny Blacknall, daughter of Elizabeth Marchant, whose father as she sayeth is Richard Blacknall. Born 17 Oct and bap. 18 Dec 1763.
Mary Blacknall, daughter of Charles and Mary, born 16 Aug and bap. 12 Sep 1755.
Thomas Brookes m. Mrs. Mary Blacknall, 16 Dec 1749.
Ann Blacknall m. Wm. Gibbons, 11 May 1771.
Betty Blacknall m. Mr. Hayes, 29 Mar 1766.
Wm. Lucas m. Mary Blacknall, 12 Dec 1772.
Sarah Blacknall m. John Nuttall 5 Mar 1763.
Mrs. Ann Blacknall, (prob died) 24 Sep 1758

In September 2007, Mike adds two more pieces of info on these Blacknalls: the first:

"Hi Pat, Hope you're doing well. I ran across a couple of items I wanted to pass along. They can both be found in 'Records of colonial Gloucester County, Virginia,' by Polly Cary Mason. The first (p. 130) relates again to the Blacknall-Hardin connection. It is a deed from Charles Blacknal to John Berry: 'Charles Blacknal of the County of Gloucester in Virginia and Mary his wife to John Berry of the County of Middlesex sold 125 acres in Middlesex County being the half part of the land bequeathed to William Needles by John Needles his Father by his last will dated 26th May 168X (can't read last digit) and now descended to Charles Blacknal by the last will of George Hardin late of Middlesex County Father to Mary the wife of said Blacknal. 4th October 1748. Signed Charles Blacknal. Witnesses: Churchill Jones, John Robinson and Robert Elliott. Recorded: Middlesex County 4th October 1748 Test Tho: Price Cl Cur'

"The second (p. 70) comes from miscellaneous papers: Wm. Ransone receipt. June 13th 1771 Receivd of Richd Respass Junr three pounds Ten Shillings in full for the building of a house undertaken by Mr. John Blacknel. Signed Wm. Ransome. Not sure where this John fits in.

"I'll let you know if I find anything else.... Mike"

and the second:

"One thing I found, but kind of doubt its veracity. I didn't copy the entire thing, but it's a piece on a Col. Charles Christopher Blacknall who served in the Civil War. I think he died near Winchester. I found it in something called 'Southern Historical Society Papers,' Vol. 27, page 175. It discusses Col. Blacknall of Granville County, NC. In it, the following is stated: Col. Blacknall is 'a descendant of the Blacknalls of Wing, Buckinghamshire who intermarried with the 'noble and exclusive Norman family of Harcourt.' There were Blacknalls in Bucks., but I've seen nothing to connect them with Rev. John. Best regards, Mike"

Thanks again Mike!

Marriage Notes for Thomas Brookes and Mary Blacknall:
Mike Marshall, <>, kindly wrote that... he "was looking at a book I have by John Otto Yurechko called "Virginians Along and Near the Lower Rappahannock River, 1607-1799," Vol. 1 that provides information on several VA families of this area including Brooks (and variants). On page 34, there is a list of marriages with data in 3 columns. The first col. is labeled 'year,' the second 'Name,' and the third 'Spouse and Comments.'

"In the listing is the following for Brooks:

"Year = 1749
Name = Thomas
Spouse and Comments = Mrs. Mary Blacknall. 16 Dec 1754. Gloucester Co. (Matthews) [21/3]

"Now, the 21/3 refers to the original source of the information. According to the book index, ref. 21 is 'Kingston Parish Register, Gloucester and Matthews Counties, Virginia, 1749-1827,' by Emma R. Matheny and Helen K. Yates. GPC. 1979.

"In another source (a CD I own), it gives the marriage date as 16 Dec 1749 so don't know what they mean by 16 Dec 1754. I will have to find a copy of the book on the Kingston Parish register to see whether the marriage is 1749 or 1754.

"All the other dates in this column show the same year under both the heading year and the heading spouse and comments, so my guess is that it is indeed 1749. Mike"
Children of Thomas Brookes and Mary Blacknall are:
  i.   Christopher Brookes416, born 01 February 1755 in Gloucester Co., VA416,417,418; died Abt. 1781 in Caswell Co., NC419; married Susannah Williams; born Abt. 1760420.
  ii.   Thomas Brookes421, born Abt. 1756422; died 1793 in Caswell Co., NC423; married Jane Flippin 16 February 1791 in Caswell Co., NC423; born Abt. 1770424.
  iii.   George Brookes425, born 08 May 1757 in Gloucester Co., VA426; died 1791 in Forsythe Co., NC? but more likely Gloucester Co., VA427,428,429; married Barsheba Diggs 1779 in Gloucester Co., VA430; born Abt. 1762431; died Aft. October 1836 in perhaps Mathews Co., VA.
  Notes for George Brookes:
This wonderful note to me in March 2007 from Mike Marshall, <>.

"I grew up in Kernersville, Forsyth County, North Carolina. In 2005, after retiring, my wife and I moved back to NC and currently live in Guilford County, about 25 minutes from Kernersville. I am on the board of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society and a friend of mine, Jerry Taylor is also on the board. He and I are researching the history of Kernersville and families that resided in the vicinity with an eye to possibly writing a book about same in the future. Jerry lives on the Piney Grove Road just outside Kernersville. His property has a stream where George Brooks ran a grist mill in the 1800s. Pretty much across from where Jerry Lives is the place where George Brooks supposedly lived. There is an old Brooks cemetery nearby (white) and also a large number of black Brooks descendants live in the vicinity and they also have a cemetery. There is only one stone we can find in the white Brooks cemetery but lots of depressions where others were buried. There is disagreement over the name and date on the stone....."

Mike has also found a will of George Brookes who died in Forsyth County which provides for the distribution of over 3,000 acres of land.

But caution here, as Pat Howell's note under Barsheba notes. It is more than likely that our George Brookes who married Barsheba never moved to NC at all....

Then we have this also from Pat Howell: ".....On a recent trip to the Auburn University Library I found a book written by Katherine Kerr Kendall. It has an interesting record of a land grant to George Brooks in Caswell Co. 300 acres to George Brooks, Charles Lewis and Jas. Sanders 11 JAN 1779 S. Fk. Coun. Line. I think this means south fork of Country Line Creek. I wonder what these men had in common?
Pat Howell"

Interesting conjunction of the Lewis and Brookes names. Thanks, Pat

  Notes for Barsheba Diggs:
Pat Howell, op. cit., says we have the wrong George Brookes here:

This is not the same George Brooks who married Barsheba Diggs. She said in his Revolutionary War pension application that he lived all of his life in Kingston Parish. The pension application was filed not by George Brooks, but by his widow Barsheba.

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George Brooks entered service in 1776 under Capt. Josiah Foster in a militia company and served to the end of the war. His wife, Barsheba, stated, Oct. 10, 1836, Mathews Co., Va., that she had heard him speak of firing on the British while on duty at New Point. He lived in Kingston Parish, Gloucester Co., Va., all his life. She was married in 1779 by Parson Reed, and George Brooks died in 1791.

  iv.   Mary Brookes432, born Abt. 1760432
  v.   Sarah Brookes433, born Abt. 1760434; married William Holderness Abt. 1775 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC435; born Abt. 1740435.
  12 vi.   Jonathan Brookes, born 07 June 1762 in Gloucester Co., VA; died Abt. 1834 in Guilford Co., NC; married Ann Lewis Abt. 1790.
  vii.   Dorothy Brookes436, born Abt. 1766436
  viii.   Charles B. Brookes437, born Abt. 1764 in Caswell Co., NC`437; died Bef. 1816437; married Sarah Williams.

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