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, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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!
|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, <email@example.com>.
"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?
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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