Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899): Information about His Second Wife Aletha Sorrells

Mary Jane Moffatt Harriman’s 4 September 1896 affiedavit in Brazos County, Texas, District Court case #2809, 15 March 1895-15 October 1897, Mary J. Harriman et al. vs. D.C. Giddings et al., as transcribed by George W. Glass in Aletha Sorrels Hope Freel Patterson Pierce Brooks

Or, Subtitled: “She was born in Georgia and her father moved with her to Mississippi”

What I’m sharing with you about the second wife of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899), Aletha Sorrells (Hope, Freel, Patterson, Pierce) is for the most part not my own research. I’m borrowing shamelessly from George W. Glass, the genealogist who, as I told you in a previous posting, compiled a number of dossiers full of genealogical notes, transcripts and copies of documents, and other material relating to the history of Aletha Sorrells. I cited some of Glass’s collections extensively in my last two postings about Alexander M. Brooks — in particular, his “Hope Family Notes [and] Notes on Aletha Sorrels Hope,” “Aletha Sorrels Hope Freel Patterson Pierce Brooks,” and “Miscellaneous Notes on the James Hope Family.”

Children of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Wife Sarah Whitlock: Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899) — Houston Years and Final Years in Tyler County, Texas

“A.M. BROOKS DEAD: An Old Citizen of Houston Passes Away at Warren,” Houston Post (13 February 1899), p. 8, col. 2

Or, Subtitled: “In the death of Major A.M. Brooks, a good man has gone to his reward”

This posting continues two previous ones chronicling the life of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899), son of Thomas Brooks and Sarah Whitlock, from his birth in Wayne County, Kentucky, through his (first) marriage in Lawrence County, Alabama, in 1835 and then his move to Texas in 1838 and his life in Bastrop, Texas, up to 1859. This posting about Alexander will focus on the final part of his life in Houston after he married his second wife Aletha Sorrells (Pierce) there in 1849, and then his final three years in Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

Children of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Wife Sarah Whitlock: Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899) — Move to Texas and Years in Bastrop

Brooks-Wilbarger House, Bastrop, Texas, photo made 12 March 1834 by L.C. Page Jr. for Survey HABS TX-33-C-6, at the Historic American Buildings Survey site maintained by Library of Congress

Or, Subtitled: “I came to Texas in the fall of 1838 and have lived here ever since”

This posting is a continuation of a previous one chronicling the life of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899), a son of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Sarah Whitlock of Wythe County, Virginia, Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Alabama. The previous posting focuses on Alexander’s years in Wayne County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Alabama. As it notes, according to testimony Alexander gave on 1 November 1895 in the Brazos County, Texas, District Court case, Mary J. Harriman et al. vs. D.C. Giddings et al., his move from Alabama to Texas took place in the fall of 1838.[1]

Children of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Wife Sarah Whitlock: Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899) —Wayne County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Alabama, Years

Transcript of bible register of Alexander M. Brooks, from a 1 November 1895 deposition of A.M. Brooks in Brazos County, Texas, District Court case #2809, 15 March 1895-15 October 1897, Mary J. Harriman et al. vs. D.C. Giddings et al.

Or, Subtitled: “He left Lindsay to clear up the debts of the firm, which brought him to the ground”

Alexander Mackey Brooks, son of Thomas Brooks (1775-1838) and Sarah Whitlock (1774-1837), was born 8 September or 8 November 1808. The two sources I’ve found providing a record of his date of birth have conflicting information, and I’m inclined to think the 8 November 1808 date is correct, since it’s a transcription of a bible register in which Alexander recorded his date of birth.

Children of Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879) and Wife Nancy Westfall

Ezra Josiah Vroman, wife Elizabeth Ellen Brooks, and children, about 1901-3, photo uploaded by Richard G. to Find a Grave memorial page of Ezra Josiah Vroman, Antioch Christian cemetery, Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri, created by Joan Endsley, maintained by Nancy Meadows

Or, Subtitled: “She was the last of her family and is survived only by several nephews and nieces”

This posting is a continuation of a previous one in which I provided information about the children of Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879) by his first wife Nancy Gillespie. Following Nancy Gillespie’s death, on 29 March 1849 in Randolph County, Missouri, Thomas married Nancy Westfall, and that couple had the following children:

Children of Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879) and Wife Nancy Gillespie

History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri (St. Louis: National Historical Co., 1884), p. 550

Or, Subtitled: “Two splendid orchards, one in especial, containing 250 trees — apple, peach, cherry and other fruits”

This posting is a continuation of a previous posting in which I discussed the life of Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879), a son of Thomas Brooks (1775-1838) and Sarah Whitlock (1774-1837) of Wythe County, Virginia, Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Alabama. As that posting notes, Thomas Whitlock Brooks moved with wife Nancy Gillespie, daughter of Robert Gillespie and Margaret Edmundson, from Wayne County, Kentucky, to Randolph County, Missouri, in 1832. Nancy died in Randolph County between 1843 and 1 December 1848, and on 29 March 1849, Thomas W. Brooks married Nancy Westfall, daughter of Cornelius Westfall and Edith Wilson. 

New Information About the Rice Family of Frederick County, Virginia

Transcript of register of bible of Patrick Rice of Frederick County, Virginia, done in April 1898 by John Seaton at house of Adolphus Lafayette Reid, Greenup, Kentucky, apparent owner of this blbie in 1898; transcript found in the bible of George Rice, son of Jehu Rice of Greenup County, Kentucky
Transcript of register of bible of Jehu Rice, son of Elizabeth Rice, apparently done in April 1898 by John Seaton at house of Adolphus Lafayette Reid, Greenup, Kentucky, who perhaps owned the Jehu Rice bible in 1898; transcript found in the bible of George Rice, Jehu’s son

Or, Subtitled: Precious Transcripts of Old Bible Registers, Tucked Away in Family Bibles

This posting is another interruption in the series I’m currently doing about the children of Thomas Brooks (1775-1838) and wife Sarah Whitlock of Wythe County, Virginia, Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Alabama. I’ve promised you a continuation of my discussion of the family of Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879). I’ll soon be posting information about Thomas W. Brooks’s children by his wives Nancy Gillespie and Nancy Westfall.

Children of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Wife Sarah Whitlock: Thomas Whitlock Brooks (1805-1879) of Wayne County, Kentucky, and Randolph County, Missouri

History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri (St. Louis: National Historical Co., 1884), pp. 541-3

Or, Subtitled: “He entered land and devoted his time to improving his place and farming”

Thomas Whitlock Brooks, son of Thomas Brooks (1775-1838) and Sarah Whitlock (1774-1837), was born 22 December 1805. This date is recorded in his father’s family bible (and see also here). As the postings I’ve just linked state, I have not seen or found information about the bible’s provenance — except we know that the bible originally belonged to Thomas Brooks and was bought by Thomas’s son Charles at his father’s estate sale in April 1839 — and haven’t seen the original bible register. I’m relying for information on a transcript of the register (by an unidentified person) published in 1988.[1] The transcriber of the bible read the name of this son of Thomas and Sarah Whitlock Brooks as Thomas R. Brooks. A biography of George H. Cottingham, who married Thomas Whitlock Brooks’s daughter Sarah Margaret, in History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri, gives Thomas Whitlock Brooks’s middle initial as B., and a biography of Thomas’s son William C. Brooks in the same work shows it as N.[2]

Children of Margaret Brooks (1803-1855) and Husband Ransom Van Winkle of Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Illinois

Alexander Van Winkle, photo uploaded by Wendy Roiser to Find a Grave memorial page for Alexander VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado

Or, Subtitled: “Two children were placed in baskets and strapped on a horse, looking like a peddler’s pack-horse”

This posting continues a two-part series (here and here) that I did previously about Margaret Brooks (1803-1855), a daughter of Thomas Brooks (1775-1835) and Sarah Whitlock. Margaret married Ransom Van Winkle, son of Abraham Van Winkle and Charity Sallee, in Wayne County, Kentucky, in 1823, and in 1829, the couple moved their family to Morgan County, Illinois, where Margaret and Ransom died and are buried. 

Nottingham Monk (bef. 1720 – 1793) of Northampton County, Virginia, and Bertie County, North Carolina: Probable Wife — Elishea Belote

Will of John Beloat, 3 May 1722, Northampton County, Virginia, Record Bk. XXIII-R, Deeds, Wills, etc., 1718-1725, p. 152

Or, Subtitled: “I give them all my Hogs Corne & meat but if abigaile Should marry then to have no part of ye Hogs”

I’m going to interrupt my series tracking the children of Thomas Brooks (1775-1838) and wife Sarah Whitlock of Wythe County, Virginia, Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Alabama, for a moment to share with you some information that connects to a previous series I posted on this blog about an entirely different family, the Monk family of Northampton County, Virginia, and Bertie and Martin Counties, North Carolina. I have promised you a posting on the children of Thomas and Sarah Whitlock Brooks’s daughter Margaret (1803-1855) and husband Ransom Van Winkle, and will return to that series after I discuss this new material I have to share with you.