Children of Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks: Mary Jane Lindsey (1826-1850) and Husband James Irwin Brooks

Memory A. Lester, “Bible Record of James Brooks,” Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 86,11 (November 1952), p. 1177
Memory Aldridge Lester, Old Southern Bible Records: Transcriptions of Births, Deaths, and Marriages from Family Bibles, Chiefly of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1974), pp. 38-9

Mary Jane’s date of birth, 10 November 1826 (at Oakville, Lawrence County, Alabama), is recorded in the bible of her father-in-law (who was also her great-uncle) James Brooks. In November 1952, Memory Aldridge Lester published a transcript of this bible register in the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, stating that the bible then belonged to Nettie Raymond Brooks Young, and she had transcribed the bible at Mrs. Young’s house in Moulton, Alabama, in June 1951.[1] Lester published the same transcription in 1974 in a book entitled Old Southern Bible Records.[2] (On this bible originally owned by James Brooks, see this previous posting.)

I have not seen the original Bible record or a photocopy or digital copy of it. The register of this Bible starts by recording the dates of birth and death of James Brooks (1772-1835) and his wife Nancy (Isbell) (1786-1835), noting that the couple married 8th March 1804. The bible register actually states that James died in 1838, but Lawrence County, Alabama, records show that he died before 21st October 1835, when his son Thomas R. Brooks appealed for administration of his father’s estate.[3] The bible register then goes on to record the dates of birth of James and Nancy’s children. 

This bible passed from James and Nancy to their son James Irwin/Irvin Brooks, whose three marriages are recorded in the bible, along with the names and birthdates of his children. Nettie Raymond Brooks, owner of the bible in 1951, was a daughter of James I. Brooks by his third wife Sarah Ann Shelton (Hightower). Mary Jane Lindsey was James I. Brooks’s first wife. Mary Jane’s mother Jane and Mary Jane’s husband James were first cousins. It should be noted that the Elizabeth Brooks to whom Mary Jane’s brother Samuel Asbury Lindsey wrote a letter from the Mexican War was a sister of James Irwin Brooks. Another sister of Elizabeth and James, their sister Clarissa, married Mary Jane’s uncle Fielding Wesley Lindsey. James I. Brooks gave bond with Wesley in Lawrence County on 20 June 1835 for his marriage to Clarissa Brooks.[4]

James Irwin Brooks and Mary Jane Lindsey married 25th February 1840 in Lawrence County, Alabama.[5] The minister marrying the couple was Methodist minister Moses Stroude Morris, who officiated at the weddings of Mary Jane’s siblings John Wesley Lindsey (to Margaret S. Gibson), Sarah Brooks Lindsey (to James B. Speake), and Mark Jefferson Lindsey (to Mary Ann Harrison).[6]

James Irwin Brooks and wife Mary Jane Lindsey had sons John Fletcher Brooks (born 11 April 1843 at Oakville, Lawrence County, Alabama), and James Dennis Brooks (born 14 June 1845, also at Oakville). Their names and dates of birth are both recorded in the bible of James Brooks. The first son was given the name of an early Methodist divine, John William Fletcher (1729-1785), who was a contemporary of John Wesley and an influential interpreter of the Arminian theology espoused by the Wesleyan movement. Because of his importance in the formative period of Methodism, many Methodist families in the 19th century named sons John Fletcher. John’s brother James Dennis was named for his grandfathers James Brooks and Dennis Lindsey.

Mary Jane died at the young age of 23, leaving her two small sons motherless. An obituary notice for her appeared in the Methodist publication the Nashville Christian Advocate on 26 April 1850.[7] It states that she had died on 31 January 1850 at the residence of her mother Jane Lindsey near Oakville, Alabama, and was the wife of James Brooks. The obituary notes that she left two little boys. The author of the obituary was a Methodist minister who lived in Lawrence County, Reverend David M. (Mason) Dancy (1808-1853), who would die there on 28 April 1853.[8]

Following Mary Jane’s death, James I. Brooks remarried in Lawrence County on 22 March 1853 to Mary Minerva, daughter of William Tuttle and Lucretia Overstreet.[9] Mary Minerva died on 19 February 1864, and James then married Sarah Ann Shelton, a widow Hightower at the time of their marriage on 2 December 1866 in Lawrence County.[10] As with James’s marriage to Mary Jane Lindsey, the dates of his subsequent two marriages are recorded in the bible he inherited from his father. The bible of James Brooks apparently erroneously gives Mary Minvera Tuttle Brooks’s date of death as 19 February 1854, according to Memory A. Lester’s transcript.

Notes on James Irwin Brooks

The record of births in his father’s bible states that James Irwin Brooks was born 29 November 1813; this source spells his middle name as Irvin. James’s father James Brooks moved from Wythe County, Virginia, to Wayne County, Kentucky, in the late 1790s, as did James’s brother Thomas Madison Brooks, father of Jane Brooks Lindsey. Both James and Thomas were born in Frederick County, Virginia — James in 1772, as noted in his bible (see above on this), and Thomas on 28 October 1775, according to his bible, which was discussed in a previous posting. They were sons of an older Thomas Brooks who died testate in Wythe County before 12 February 1805, with wife Margaret.[11] This is likely the Thomas Brooks who appears in the marriage register of Christ Church parish in Middlesex County, Virginia, marrying Margaret, daughter of John and Jane Beaumont/Beamon/Beaman on 29 January 1771, though I have not found absolute proof for that conclusion.[12]

James Brooks and Nancy Isbell married in Wayne County, Kentucky, on 8 March 1804, and in May 1810, James Brooks’s father-in-law Godfrey Isbell sold his land on Beaver Creek in Wayne County, Kentucky.[13] By December 1811, he appears in the records of Warren County, Tennessee. In 1812, James and Nancy Isbell Brooks seem to have followed her father to Warren County,[14] and this was the birthplace of their son James Irwin Brooks on 29 November 1813. 

By 14 September 1819, James Brooks had moved his family to Morgan (at this point, it was called Cotaco) County, Alabama, where he was appointed to a view a road on the west fork of Flint River.[15] By 1820, James had established his family in Lawrence County, where he is enumerated on the federal census in that year.[16]

James Brooks’s son James Irwin Brooks begins appearing in Lawrence County records by 16 September 1834, when — as James Brooks, Jr. — he and Richard Puckett entered into a mortgage in Lawrence County to his father James Brooks, Sr., with Puckett representing the firm of Hodges and Puckett, and with Darius Lynch as trustee of the mortgage. On 13 October 1834, Lynch proved the instrument before Dennis Lindsey and Samuel Irwin, justices of Lawrence County.[17]

The index to loose court case files in Lawrence County points to an 1836 circuit court case concerning an “affray” in which James I. Brooks was involved.[18] As a previous posting notes, on 26 July 1840, Mark and Mary Jane Dinsmore Lindsey sold land in Morgan County to a James Brooks. As the posting also states, since there were two men named James Brooks of age in Lawrence and Morgan Counties at this point — James Irwin Brooks and his first cousin James R. Brooks (1818 – after January 1851) — it’s sometimes difficult to determine which of the two is referenced in a particular county record. In my view, this land sale was likely made to James R. Brooks, son of Thomas Madison Brooks and Sarah Whitlock, who bought a piece of land in Morgan County from his father’s estate in June 1840.

Following his wife Mary Jane’s death on 31 January 1850, James I. Brooks was enumerated (as James Brookes) on the federal census in Lawrence County on 4 November in the household of G.W. (George Washington) Wade. James’s age is 36, his birthplace Tennessee, and he’s farming. Also in the household are his sons John, 7, and James, 4.[19]

As noted previously, James I. Brooks remarried in Lawrence County on 22 Mar 1853, to Mary Minerva Tuttle, who died 19 February 1864. James I. Brooks is enumerated on the 1860 federal census in Lawrence County’s northern division.[20] His name appears as James I. Brooks, and his occupation is listed as overseer — evidently for John W. Jones, a farmer with considerable resources listed as the only member of his household immediately above James. James’s age is 46 and his birthplace is Tennessee. In the household are wife Mary M., 26, and children John, 17, James D., 14, Thomas W., 5, Susan C., 3, and Mary F., 5 months, all born in Alabama. John and James D. are, of course, James’s sons by Mary Jane Lindsey. The other three children — Thomas Washington, Susan Caroline, and Mary Frances — are children by wife Mary Minerva, whose names and dates of birth appear in the James Brooks bible.

As noted above, following the death of his second wife in February 1864, James married a third time, on 2 December 1866, to Sarah Ann Shelton, who was a Hightower widow when James married her. James appears with wife Sarah on the 1870 federal census in Lawrence County at Oakville post office, with his age given as 55 and place of birth as Kentucky.[21] Wife Sarah is 39, born in Alabama. In the household are children Thomas, 14, Mary, 9, and Jackson, 1, all born in Alabama. Also in the household are Sarah’s children by her first husband Henry Hightower, who had died in 1863: Reuben and Sarah Hightower, 15 and 12. The Brooks children listed with the family in 1870 are two of James’s children by Mary Minerva Tuttle — Thomas Washington and Mary Frances — with James and Sarah Ann’s son Jackson S. Brooks.

Living next door to James and Sarah and their family on this census is the family of William and Jane Bigham, in whose household James’s son by Mary Jane Lindsey, John F. Brooks, is living, listed as a farmer, aged 26.[22]

James Irwin Brooks is evidently the Jim Brooks whom Sarah Brooks Lindsey Speake mentions in a 1 May 1877 letter to her sister Margaret Lindsey Hunter in Coushatta Louisiana. In that letter, Sarah says that Jim Brooks was living near the Antioch church. Antioch is a Church of Christ presently located near Hillsboro north of Oakville. If its current location is the same as in 1877, then this is the vicinity in which James I. Brooks was living at the end of his life. The bible James inherited from his father records James I. Brooks’s date of death as 2 November 1878. Neither James’s burial place nor those of his wives are known.

The Sons of James Irwin Brooks and Mary Jane Lindsey

As noted above, when Mary Jane died at the young age of 23 in 1850, she left two small sons, John Fletcher and James Dennis Brooks, who were raised by their father and his second wife Mary Minerva Tuttle. Both sons followed their uncle Thomas Madison Lindsey from Lawrence County, Alabama, to McLennan County, Texas, in their adult lives. 

1. John Fletcher Brooks was born 11 April 1843 at Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama. As stated previously, his name and date of birth are recorded in the bible his father James I. Brooks inherited from his father James. The 1850 and 1860 federal censuses show him living in the household of his father James Irwin Brooks, who had married his second wife Mary Minerva Tuttle in 1853.[23]

NARA M311, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from Alabama Units, RG 10

On 6 March 1862, John enlisted at Hillsboro, Alabama, in Co. C. of Alabama’s 9th Infantry regiment, CSA.[24] One of the cards in his service packet filed by Howard’s Grove general hospital in Richmond, Virginia, states that he was aged 20 on 31  August 1864, when he was admitted to the hospital with a broken arm, and that his occupation was a tailor. He was furloughed on 16 September 1864, bound for Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. John had previously been wounded slightly on 3 May 1863 at the battle of Salem Church, Virginia.

By 1870, John had returned home to Lawrence County where, as we’ve seen, he was enumerated on the federal census in the household of William and Jane Bigham living next door to his father and step-mother Sarah Ann Shelton (Hightower).[25]

Moulton Advertiser (26 May 1871), p. 3, col. 1.

On 21 May 1871 in Lawrence County, John married Sarah Jane Young, daughter of John J. Young and Lucinda Underwood.[26] As a marriage announcement in the Moulton Advertiser newspaper notes, the couple were married by Baptist minister Reverend John Lee Lattimore (1836-1887), son of Reverend Samuel Stockton Lattimore and Frances Ann Compere, whose parents were pioneer Baptist missionaries in the southeastern U.S..[27]

In 1880, John and his family are found on the federal census living at Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama.[28] John is 39, a farmer born in Alabama. Wife Sarah is 28, also born in Alabama. In the household are daughters Ever (i.e., Eva), 5, and Elizabeth, 3. The family is living next door to Sarah’s father John Young, and three households away is the family of William and Jane Bigham with whom John was living in 1870.

At some point between 8 June 1880, when he appears on the census in Lawrence County, and 25 April 1903, when he married a second wife in McLennan County, Texas, John moved from Alabama to Texas. John’s brother James Dennis had preceded him to McLennan County, marrying their cousin Mary Frances Lindsey, daughter of Thomas Madison Lindsey, there on 2 February 1870. When and where John’s wife Sarah Jane died or where she is buried has not been determined. The family has not been located on the 1900 federal census.

McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. O, p. 454

On 25 April 1903 at Waco in McLennan County, John married Prudence E. Warren, widow of William Gregg Smith.[29]The couple appear on the 1910 census federal census in McLennan County.[30] The census notes that John F. Brooks was 68, a farmer born in Alabama. Wife Prudie was 49, born in Tennessee. The couple had been married 8 years and had had three children, of whom one was living. This is a son Jim who is enumerated in the household in 1910, aged 17.  

This is the last record I’ve found for John Fletcher Brooks. By 1920, Prudence appears on the federal census (as Prudie Brooks), a widow living in the household of Benton and Lizzie Jones in McLennan County.[31] Lizzie was her daughter by William Gregg Smith. Prudence died at Benton and Lizzie Jones’s house in Waco on 11 August 1930 and is buried in Robinson cemetery at Robinson, McLennan County. Her daughter Lizzie provided information for her mother’s death certificate, stating that her parents were Benjamin and Emaline Taylor Warren.[32]

It appears that John F. Brooks had died between 1910-1920, probably in McLennan County. I have not found a date or place of death or burial. Prudence’s first husband William Gregg Smith is buried in Robinson cemetery, as is John F. Brooks’s brother James Dennis Brooks. I have been unable to find further information about John F. Brooks’s son James/Jim by second wife Prudence Warren, or his daughters Eva and Elizabeth by Sarah Jane Young. An Eva Anna Brooks married J.T. Walden in McLennan Co., Texas, on 24 December 1889, with the marriage record providing no information about the ages of either, but noting that Eva was Miss Eva Anna Brooks.[33] On 23 October 1892 in McLennan County, a Miss Eva Brooks married Lawton Cash Black in McLennan County.[34] She is buried at Fletcher cemetery at Robinson in McLennan County, with her tombstone (and death certificate) stating that she was born 26 August 1871 in Alabama and died 28 April 1953 in McLennan County. Her death certificate gives her parents as Jessie F. Brooks and Long (given name unknown). Her son Joel Black provided this information.[35]

Another John Fletcher Brooks who was a contemporary of the son of James Irwin Brooks and Mary Jane Lindsey is found in Texas records in the lifetime of James and Mary Jane’s son. This John Fletcher Brooks was born in 1844 and died in 1930. His family lived in Brooks Chapel twelve miles west of Carthage, Texas, a community named for a church founded by John Fletcher Brooks, who was son of Reverend Asbury Brooks and Emily Hopkins of Knoxville, Tennessee.

2. James Dennis Brooks was born 14 July 1845, according to the bible of his grandfather James Brooks inherited by his father James Irwin Brooks — though the date of birth recorded on his tombstone is 14 October 1846. The family was living at Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama, at the time. As noted previously, James Dennis is in his father’s household in Lawrence County on the federal censuses of 1850 and 1860. 

McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. 1, p. 145
A note of thanks to Saundra Pool for sharing this document at her Pool family tree at Ancestry

By 1870, James Dennis had gone from Alabama to McLennan County, Texas, joining his uncle Thomas Madison Lindsey, whose daughter Mary Frances James Dennis Brooks married on 2 February 1870.[36] The couple were married by Reverend Thomas Stanford (1813-1892), a pioneer Methodist minister in Texas for whom Stanford Chapel cemetery (in which Thomas Stanford is buried) is named.[37] James Dennis and Mary Frances were Lindsey first cousins and Brooks cousins, too, since his father James Irwin Brooks was a first cousin of Mary Frances’s grandmother Jane Brooks Lindsey.

Mary Frances Lindsey Brooks and children William Tolbert and Birdie Brooks, photo uploaded by Saundra Pool to her Pool Family tree at Ancestry

Later in 1870 on 10 August, James and Mary Frances were enumerated on the federal census in McLennan County.[38] The census shows James Brooks (this is the name given) as 21, a farmer, and wife Mary as 19, both born in Alabama.

James Dennis and Mary Frances appear again on the 1880 federal census in McLennan County.[39] J.D. Brooks is 25 (the first initial is mistranscribed in published copies of the census as O.), and wife M.F. is 22, both born in Alabama. In the household are children Tolbert, 6, J.T., 3, a son, and Maggie, 2, all born in Texas.

James Dennis Brooks died at Moody in McLennan County on 22 March 1891 and is buried in Robinson cemetery. As noted previously, his tombstone apparently gives his date of birth as 14 October 1846. His Find a Grave memorial page, which I’ve just linked, does not have a photo of the tombstone. 

The 1900 federal census shows his widow Mary Frances as head of her household at Moody in McLennan County.[40]The census states that she is widowed and the mother of eight children of whom four were living. It also indicates that she was born in December 1854 in Alabama. In the household are children Minnie, born August 1881, Johnnie M. (female), born June 1884, William, born February 1888, and Berttie (female), born June 1890. All children were born in Texas.

In 1910, Mary Frances is found on the federal census living at Martha in Jackson County, Oklahoma, in a household headed by her son William Tolbert Brooks.[41] The census gives Mary Frances’s age as 56 and states that she was born in Georgia (which is incorrect). Son William T. is 22 and farming, and also in the household is Mary Frances’s daughter Birdie, listed here as B.B. Brooks, 20. The census gives initials for each member of the household.

By 5 June 1917, when he filed his World War I draft registration card, William Tolbert Brooks was farming near Bay City in Matagorda County, Texas.[42] The draft card states that his mother was dependent on him, though it does not specify that she was living with him. By 1920, Mary Frances was definitely in Matagorda County, since the federal census of that year shows her living in that county with her brother Dennis Adam Lindsey (Dennis A. on this census), who was farming, aged 55, born in Alabama.[43] Mary Brooks is listed as Dennis A.’s sister, 67, born in Alabama. Also in the household is a Vista whose surname is indicated by a slash, so that it’s not clear if she is Vista Lindsey or Vista Brooks. She’s listed as Dennis Adam’s niece, aged 26 and born in Texas. I think it’s likely that this is Mary Frances’s daughter Birdie, who was born in 1890 according to a number of sources, though various sources have conflicting information about her birthdate.

On 20 November 1936, Mary Frances’s son William Tolbert Brooks murdered his wife Mary on their farm near Bay City, Texas, a crime he confessed and for which he was sent to the Texas state penitentiary, where he died. In newspaper accounts of his confession, he states that Mary had nagged him because he took care of his mother and sister, and this is what prompted him to murder her.[44] This implies that at some point prior to her death, Mary Frances was living with son William Tolbert Brooks and her daughter Birdie Brooks in Matagorda County.

Texas Death Certificates, 1926 May, vol. 38, #18822

Mary Frances Lindsey Brooks died at Lubbock, Texas, on 5 May 1926. Her death certificate, for which her nephew James Walter May (son of James Daniel May and Jane Novella Lindsey) was informant, does not give an address at which she was residing at the time of death.[45] Since J.W. May states that he was in Lubbock, perhaps she was living with this nephew and his wife at the time of her death. The attending physician H.A. Castleberry states that he had been treating her for gastric carcinoma from 1 April 1926. Her nephew states that her father was T.M. Lindsey and her mother’s name not known, and that she was born 25 December 1854 in Alabama. 

Mary Frances is buried in Lubbock city cemetery, where her sister Jane Novella Lindsey May is also buried, as are her son James Walter May and wife Lula Frances Simpson May. Mary Frances’s daughter Minnie Daniel Brooks and husband James Edward Simpson are also buried in the Lubbock cemetery. Mary Frances’s tombstone gives her name as Francis [sic] Lindsey Brooks, and states that she was wife of James Dennis Brooks. It gives the same dates of birth and death as are found on her death certificate.

James Dennis Brooks and Mary Frances Lindsey had the following children, all with surname Brooks: 

1. Tolbert, born about 1874 at Moody in McLennan County, Texas, died 1880-1900, probably at Moody.

2. James Thomas, born about 1877 at Moody in McLennan County, Texas, died 1880-1900, probably at Moody.

Minnie Daniel Brooks and husband James Edward Simpson, photo uploaded by Saundra Pool to her Pool Family tree at Ancestry

3. Minnie Daniel, born 1 August 1879 at Moody, died 3 July 1943 at Lubbock, married 14 January 1901 in Cooke County, Texas, to James Edward Simpson, son of William Benjamin Simpson and Mary Susannah Spruill. Minnie and her husband are buried in the Lubbock cemetery.

Johnnie May Brooks and husband Henry Clements Simpson, photo uploaded by Saundra Pool to her Pool family tree at Ancestry

4. Johnnie May, born 6 June 1884 at Moody, died 8 October 1917 at Martha, Jackson County, Oklahoma, married 19 July 1903 in Carter County, Oklahoma, to Henry Clements Simpson, son of William Benjamin Simpson and Mary Susannah Spruill. Johnnie May is buried in Martha cemetery in Jackson County, Oklahoma.

5. William Tolbert, born 18 February 1889 at Moody, died 8 February 1959 at Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, married 8 May 1918 in Matagorda County, Texas, to Mary, a widow Storm at the time of their marriage, according to the marriage document filed in Matagorda County. Newspaper accounts at the time William T. Brooks confessed to his wife’s murder state that she was Mrs. Mary Sturm, when the couple married.

6. Birdie B., born 19 January 1890 at Waco, died 10 January 1936 at Friona, Parmer County, Texas, married 1926 to Marion Francis Robinson.[46] She is buried in Friona cemetery, according to her death certificate.

[1] Memory A. Lester, “Bible Record of James Brooks,” Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 86,11 (November 1952), p. 1177.

[2] Memory Aldridge Lester, Old Southern Bible Records: Transcriptions of Births, Deaths, and Marriages from Family Bibles, Chiefly of the 18thand 19th Centuries (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1974), pp. 38-9.

[3] Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Bk. E, p. 288. 

[4] The original marriage bond is on file at the Lawrence County courthouse under jurisdiction of Probate Court; these records have been indexed by Lawrence County Archives, and microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

[5] Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. B, p. 256.

[6] See George O’Reilly, The History of the E. James Brooks Family of Lawrence County, Alabama (Huntsville, Alabama; 2019), p. 143, who states that the marriage record shows Rev. M.S. Morris reporting that he married the couple on 25 February 1840 after James I. Brooks received license on the 22nd.

[7] Nashville Christian Advocate 14,26 (26 April 1850), p. 4, col. 5.

[8] See his obituary in the Montgomery, Alabama, Weekly Advertiser (25 May 1853), p. 3, col. 3, which states that he was born in Greenville County, Virginia, in 1808, and came with his father at an early age to Lawrence County, Alabama, where he had died at his residence on 28thultimo. The obituary gives his name as Rev. David M. Dancy.

[9] Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. A, p. 152.

[10] Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. D, p. 208. Sarah Ann’s first husband was Henry Hightower, whom she married in Lawrence County on 26 October 1850: see Lawrence County Probate Court (Marriage) Bk. A, p. 17.

[11] Wythe County, Virginia, Will Bk. 1, pp. 308-9. The will was dated 4 November 1804 and probated 12 February 1805.

[12] See National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia from 1653 to 1812 (Richmond, Virginia: Christ Church, 1897), p. 199, transcribing the original parish register.

[13] Wayne County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. B, p. 33.

[14] See History of the E. James Brooks Family of Lawrence County, Alabama, p. 26, citing Warren County, Tennessee, Tax List 1812, p. 15.

[15] Morgan (Cotaco) County, Alabama, Orphans Court Bk. 1, p. 28; as cited in History of the E. James Brooks Family of Lawrence County, Alabama, p. 26. See also John Knox, A History of Morgan County, Alabama (Decatur, Alabama: Decatur Printing Co., 1967) p. 45. 

[16] 1820 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, p. 1.

[17] Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. F, pp. 339-340.

[18] Lawrence County, Alabama, Loose Court Case Papers box 22, f. 54, #849.

[19] 1850 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, 8th district, p. 379 (dwelling and family 216; 4 November).  

[20] 1860 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, northern division, p. 1041 (dwelling and family 357; 1 June).

[21] 1870 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, township 1, range 6 west, Oakville post office, p. 33 (dwelling 25, family 26; 15 August).  

[22] Ibid., dwelling 24, family 25.

[23] See supra, n. 19-20.

[24] See NARA M311, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from Alabama Units, RG 109.

[25] See supra, n. 21-2.

[26] Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. F, p. 86.

[27] Moulton Advertiser (26 May 1871), p. 3, col. 1. A biography of John Lee Lattimore is in B.B. Paddock, A History of Central and Western Texas, vol. 2 (Chicago: Lewis, 1911), pp. 847-8.

[28] 1880 federal census, Lawrence County, Alabama, Oakville post office, township 7, range 6, beat 9, p. 396D (ED 171; dwelling 116, family 115; 8 June).  

[29] McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. O, p. 454. Prudence Warren married William Gregg Smith on 12 February 1885 in Wilson County, Tennessee. He died 22 June 1901 in McLennan County and is buried in Robinson cemetery there. Prudence Warren Brooks’s death certificate (11 August 1930, Waco, Texas; Texas Death Certificates, 1930 August, vol. 82, #40930) states that her parents were Benjamin Warren and Emaline Taylor.

[30] 1910 federal census, McLennnan County, Texas, precinct 1, p. 23A (ED 77; dwelling and family 368; 5 May).

[31] 1920 federal census, McLennan County, Texas, p. 5A.

[32] See supra, n. 29.

[33] McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. F, p. 231.

[34] McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. H, p. 61.

[35] Texas Death Certificates, 1953 April, vol. 41, #20772.

[36] McLennan County, Texas, Marriage Bk. 1, p. 145.

[37] See “Stanford Chapel Cemetery” at the Texas Historical Markers website. See also Van D. Massirer, “Richie,” in Historic McLennan County: An Illustrated History, ed. Sharon Bracken (San Antonio, Historical Publishing Network, 2010), p. 58.

[38] 1870 federal census, McLennan County, Texas, west of the Brazos, p. 114 (dwelling and family 119; 10 August).

[39] 1880 federal census, McLennan County, Texas, p. 265D (ED 120; 12 June — no dwelling and family numbers recorded on this page). 

[40] 1900 federal census, precinct 6, p. 1 (ED 89; dwelling and family 5; 1 June). 

[41] 1910 federal census, Jackson County, Oklahoma, Martha post office, p. 10B (ED 144; dwelling and family 179; 10th May).

[42] NARA, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; Ancestry database U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

[43] 1920 federal census, Matagorda County, Texas, justice precinct 5, p. 4B (ED 140; dwelling 93, family 96; 26-7 January). 

[44] See, e.g., “Texan Admits Slaying,” Waxahachie Daily Light (24 March 1939), p. 1, col. 3.

[45] Texas Death Certificates, 1926 May, vol. 38, #18822.

[46] Her death certificate, for which her husband was informant, gives her date of birth as 19 January 1900, but other sources including the federal censuses indicate that she was born in 1890, not 1900. Her father died 22 March 1891.

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