Children of James Brooks (1772 – 1835) and Wife Nancy Isbell: Hannah Isbell Brooks (1809-1828), Margaret C. Brooks (1811-1826), and James Irwin Brooks (1813-1878)

Hannah I. and Margaret C. Brooks

3. Hannah Isbell Brooks was born 24 April 1809 in Warren County, Tennessee, and died 6 March 1828 in Lawrence County, Alabama. The date of death is recorded in the family bible noted above, which indicates that Hannah died unmarried and without progeny.

4. Margaret C. Brooks was born 20 December 1811 in Warren County, Tennessee, and died 15 December 1826 in Lawrence County, Alabama. As with her sister Hannah, Margaret’s death date is recorded in the family bible, and, again, the bible record suggests that Margaret died unmarried and with no children. 

Something to note at this point: James and Nancy named their first four children for the children’s grandparents. Godfrey Isbell and Hannah Isbell Brooks were named for Nancy’s parents, and Thomas and Margaret Brooks were named for James’s parents. 

James Irwin Brooks

5. James Irwin Brooks was born 29 November 1813 in Warren County, Tennessee, and died 2 November 1878 in Lawrence County, Alabama. On 29 February 1840 in Lawrence County, he married Mary Jane Lindsey, daughter of Dennis Lindsey and Jane Brooks. A previous posting discusses Mary Jane Lindsey and her husband James Irwin Brooks, and their children. As that posting notes, the family bible owned by James I. Brooks records Mary Jane’s date of birth, 10 November 1826. As the same posting notes, Mary Jane’s date of death is stated in an obituary for her written by Methodist minister David Mason Dancy and published in the Methodist publication Nashville Christian Advocate on 26 April 1850.[1] This states that she had died 31 January 1850 at the residence of her mother Jane (Brooks) Lindsey near Oakville, Alabama.

The posting linked in the preceding paragraph has a digital image of the license James obtained on 22 February 1840 for his marriage to Mary Jane Lindsey, which has a return written on it by the officiating Methodist minister, Reverend Moses Stroude Morris, stating that he had joined the couple in matrimony on 25 March 1840.[2] On other Brooks and Lindsey marriages at which Moses Stroude Morris presided, see the previous posting linked above. 

James Irwin Brooks bond and license for marriage to Mary Minerva Tuttle, loose-papers marriage files of Lawrence County, Alabama

As the posting linked above also notes, after Mary Jane’s death, James remarried on 22 March 1853 in Lawrence County to Mary Minerva Tuttle, daughter of William Jackson Tuttle and Lucretia Jones. James gave bond for this marriage on that date with R.S. Gantt and received license for the marriage.[3] As noted previously, Lucretia Jones was a daughter of Reverend Elliott Jones, a pioneer Methodist minister in Wayne County, Kentucky, who moved from there to Lawrence County, Alabama, along with the Brooks and Lindsey families, and who officiated at the wedding of Dennis Lindsey and Jane Brooks in Wayne County. Note, too, that Minerva Tuttle’s brother Elliott Jones Tuttle married James Irwin Brooks’s sister Mary Ann Brooks.[4]

The posting linked above provides further documentation of the life of James Irwin Brooks, noting his marriage on 2 November 1866 in Lawrence County to Sarah Ann Shelton, the widow of Henry Hightower at the time of the marriage, following Mary Minerva Tuttle Brooks’s death on 19 February 1864.[5]

An interesting set of documents not discussed in the posting linked above is a Lawrence County circuit court case file showing that, like his brothers Godfrey and Thomas (again, see the previous posting), James was charged with having engaged in an affray.[6] On the third Monday in September 1836, the court charged James and John B. Smith with having engaged in a public fight, “to the terror of the people; and against the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama.” The papers in the case file show James giving bond on 22 November 1836 with James B. Speake, husband of Sarah Lindsey Speake, whose sister Mary Jane James would marry in 1840. The case file also shows James’s brother Johnson H. Brooks being subpoenaed to testify in the case along with Thomas Crayton on 20 March 1837. The documents in the file show Brooks and Smith found guilty.

The posting linked at the beginning of these notes about James Irwin Brooks discusses James’s children by Mary Jane Lindsey and their families — a. John Fletcher Brooks and b. James Dennis Brooks, who married his cousin Mary Frances Lindsey, daughter of Thomas Madison Lindsey and Margaret Jane Torrence). By Mary Minerva Tuttle, James I. Brooks had the following children:[7]

c. Clarissa Isbell Brooks (born 9 February 1854, Lawrence County, Alabama; died prior to 1 June 1860 in Lawrence County).[8]

Tombstone of Thomas Washington Brooks, see Find a Grave memorial page of Thomas W. Brooks, Rosenthal cemetery, McLennan County, Texas, created by DM, with a tombstone photo by Judy Reamy

d. Thomas Washington Brooks (born 4 March 1855, Lawrence County, Alabama; died 25 December 1930, McLennan County, Texas; on 18 December 1899 Lawrence County, married Julia Henrietta, daughter of James B. Hamilton and Mary M. Cottingham; buried in Rosenthal cemetery, McLennan County, Texas).[9]

e. Susan Caroline Brooks (born 10 September 1857, Lawrence County, Alabama; died 1860-1870, Lawrence County).

Tombstone of Mary Frances Brooks Byars, see Find a Grave memorial page of Mary F. Brooks Byars, Bald Knob cemetery, Five Points, Lawrence County, Alabama, maintained by FHTerry with a tombstone photo by FHTerry

f. Mary Frances Brooks (born 24 February 1860, Lawrence County, Alabama; died 4 October 1907 at Oakville, Lawrence County; on 11 November 1885 in Lawrence County, she married James Milton, son of William Dudley Byars and Emeline Weatherford; buried in Bald Knob cemetery, Five Points, Lawrence County).[10]

The children of James Irwin Brooks and wife Sarah Ann Shelton were as follows:[11]

g. Jackson S. Brooks (born in 1869, Lawrence County, Alabama; died 23 July 1897, Lawrence County).[12]

h. Charles W. Brooks (born in 1871 in Lawrence County, Alabama; died 20 May 1875, Lawrence County).[13]

Nettie Raymond Brooks wedding announcement, Moulton Advertiser (26 May 1898), Thursday, p. 2, col. 4
Nettie Brooks Young obituary, Decatur Daily (26 August 1952), p. 2, col. 3

i. Vinetta (“Nettie”) Raymond Brooks (born 17 April 1874, Lawrence County, Alabama; died 25 August 1952 at Five Points, Lawrence County, Alabama; on 18 May 1898 near Oakville in Lawrence County, she married Charles Abner, son of John Young and Frances Ann Lambert; buried at Red Hill cemetery, Lawrence County).[14] Note that Nettie Raymond Brooks Young was the owner of the Brooks family bible transcribed by Memory Aldridge Lester at Moulton, Alabama, in June 1951. Note, too, that Nettie’s half-brother John Fletcher Brooks married Charles Abner Young’s half-sister Sarah Ann Young.

Though this is a brief posting, I’m going to end it at this point because the information I have about the next son of James Brooks and Nancy Isbell, their son Johnson H. Brooks, is considerable, and covering him and his family in this posting would make for a very long posting. I’ll begin my next installment about James and Nancy’s children with a discussion of Johnson H. Brooks.


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

[2] The marriage license and return are in the original records marriage file in Lawrence County, Alabama; the marriage is also recorded in Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. B, p. 256.

[3] See the original bond and license on file in loose-papers marriage files of Lawrence County, Alabama. The marriage is recorded in Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. A, p. 152.

[4] See the Moulton Democrat (22 May 1856), p. 3, col. 4, announcing a petition presented to Lawrence County probate court at its April 1856 term by Benjamin and John W. Jones, executors of Elliott Jones, to sell the land and enslaved persons of Elliott Jones’s estate. This announcement states that Lucretia, wife of William Tuttle, both deceased, was a daughter of Elliott Jones and had left five children, including E.J. Tuttle and “Mamiva,” wife of Jas. Brooks.

[5] Lawrence County, Alabama, Marriage Bk. D, p. 208.

[6] Lawrence County, Alabama, loose-papers court files box 22, folder 54, circuit court case 49. 

[7] The dates of birth of James’s children by Minerva Tuttle are recorded in the Brooks family bible. For further information on these children and their families, see George A. O’Reilly, The History of E. James Brooks Family of Lawrence County, Alabama (1500 Trinity Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35802-2779; Oreilly0103@gmail.com), pp. 166-189.

[8] Since Clarissa is not in James’s household on the federal census in 1860, it appears that she died between her birth and 1 June 1860 when her family was enumerated on the census.

[9] The date of death appears on Thomas’s death certificate, which shows he died at Waco, with his daughter Myrtle the informant for the death certificate, who stated that his parents were J.I. Brooks and Minerva Tuttle — see Texas Death Certificates, McLennan County, October-December 1930, #55046. In addition, Thomas’s tombstone in Rosenthal cemetery, Rosenthal, McLennan County, Texas, states his date of death — see Find a Grave memorial page of Thomas W. Brooks, Rosenthal cemetery, McLennan County, Texas, created by DM, with a tombstone photo by Judy Reamy.

[10] See Find a Grave memorial page of Mary F. Brooks Byars, Bald Knob cemetery, Five Points, Lawrence County, Alabama, maintained by FHTerry with a tombstone photo by FHTerry.

[11] For further information, see O’Reilly, The History of E. James Brooks Family of Lawrence County, Alabama, pp. 185-199.

[12] Jackson S. Brooks’s date of death is recorded in the Brooks family bible, which does not record his date of birth.

[13] Charles W. Brooks’s date of death is recorded in the Brooks family bible, which does not record his date of birth.

[14] See her Find a Grave memorial page created by FHTerry, which transcribes her obituary from Decatur Daily, 25 August 1952.

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