I ended my previous posting, which inaugurated a new set of postings focusing on the family of Elizabeth Brooks (1747/1750 – 1816) and husband George Rice, by telling you that my next posting would begin documenting Elizabeth and George’s lives in detail. Since I made that promise, I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to get a clear grasp of one basic and essential part of that documentation: when was George Rice born? I have yet to find a document that makes the birth year plain, and haven’t run across other researchers who’ve found that evidence, either.
Or, Subtitled: “Your Orator Further Sheweth” — Valuable Inheritances and Predictable Litigation
With this posting, I’m climbing back up the Brooks family tree and starting to track lines stemming from another daughter of Mary Brooks, the earliest Brooks ancestor I’ve been able to prove. As I’ve indicated previously, Mary died testate in Frederick County, Virginia, with a will dated 9 July 1786. In her will, Mary named children Mary (Hollingsworth), Elizabeth (Rice), Thomas, Sarah (Asdril [i.e., Ashdale]), Susanna (Haynes), and James. As the posting I’ve just linked says, I have not been able to discover the name of Mary’s husband, or her maiden surname, or where this family lived before I first catch sight of them in Frederick County, Virginia, records in March 1767.