Children of Jesse Brooks (1783/1786 – 1860) and Wife Mary: Delphia, Jesse, Mary, John B., Rebecca, and Joseph D. (2)

The final six children of Jesse and Mary Brooks were as follows:

Delphia Brooks Locke

e. Delphia Brooks was born 1813-5 in Wayne County, Kentucky. The 1850 federal census, in which she is listed with her second husband Richard Lock in Barren County, Kentucky, gives her age as 37 and her birthplace as Kentucky.[1] In 1870, Delphia is listed as Delpie Lock in the household of her sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband Jacob Lock in Edmonson County, Kentucky.[2] As we’ve seen previously (and here), Jacob Lock was a son of Richard Lock(e) by his first wife Nancy Dean. The 1870 federal mortality schedule for Edmonson County states that Richard died in that county in March 1870 of consumption.[3]

The 1880 federal census suggests that Delphia was born in 1820, a date of birth that seems less accurate than the 1813-5 birth range suggested by the 1850 and 1870 federal censuses. In 1880, Delphia appears as the widowed mother-in-law of Richard T. Coats in his household in Edmonson County.[4] Richard was the husband of Delphia’s daughter Nancy Jane Lock(e).

The 1820 date of birth for Delphia would make her younger than some of her siblings whose known birthdates were after her date of birth. It seems clear that Delphia is the female aged under 10 years in Jesse Brooks’s household in 1820, which would place her birth before 1820.[5]

Delphia Brooks’s husband Richard Locke appears (with this surname spelling) on the 1860 federal census in Edmonson County, but, though the census enumerates Richard and his children living with him in 1860 (and, presumably, with wife Delphia), it omits Delphia’s name.[6]

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 5, 1831, available digitally at FamilySearch
Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage  Register Bk. 1, p. 105, available digitally at FamilySearch

As we’ve seen previously, on 30 March 1831, Delphia married Robert Humphrey in Barren County, with her father Jesse Brooks writing a note of permission for the marriage.[7] A digital copy of Jesse Brooks’s permission note for this marriage is found at the link I’ve just posted, which also notes that Robert Humphrey gave bond with Foster Pace for the marriage (the bond erroneously states that Humphrey and Pace were the two spouses), and Rev. Jacob Locke, pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist church, to which the Brooks family belonged, performed the marriage. Rev. Jacob Locke was the father of Delphia’s second husband Richard Locke or Lock.

As we’ll see in a subsequent posting, Foster Pace, Robert Humphrey’s bondsman for Robert’s marriage to Delphia Brooks, was a son of Joseph and Martha Foster Pace of Barren County, who had sons Barrett and David who married Margaret and Grace Walters in Barren County, both daughters of Jesse Brooks’s sister Rebecca by husband Jacob Walters.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1841, available digitally at FamilySearch

As has also been previously noted, it appears that Robert Humphrey died between 1839 and 1841 — he does not seem to be listed on the 1840 federal census in Barren County, Kentucky, and his last child by Delphia, a daughter Margaret, was born in 1840 — and his widow Delphia then remarried to Richard Locke, son of Rev. Jacob Locke and wife Margaret Jett, in Barren County on or just after 21 October 1841, when Richard gave bond for the marriage with Delphy Humphrey’s brother John Brooks.[8]

As the preceding posting indicates, an 1896-7 equity court case in Edmonson County contains valuable information about Richard Locke, his third wife Delphia Brooks, and Richard’s son Jacob Lock by his first marriage to Nancy Dean, as well as about Jacob’s wife Elizabeth Brooks, sister of Delphia. Details about this case are found at the posting I have just linked. Among the important pieces of information contained in affidavits given in this case is that Richard Locke was married twice before he married Delphia Brooks — first to a Dean (Nancy) and then to a Hall (Elizabeth). This information appears in an affidavit given by George Walker Lock in Edmonson County in 1897; George was a son of Richard Locke by Delphia Brooks. 

Testimony by Mary Ann Penick Logsdon, a daughter of Lissey Penick, in the case file also indicates that Delphia Brooks was a sister to Elizabeth Brooks who married Jacob Lock, Richard Locke’s son by Nancy Dean, and also to Rev. James Brooks — and that all three were children of Jesse Brooks. Lissey Penick was a daughter of Milly Locke Penick, a daughter of Richard Locke by wife Elizabeth Hall.

Mary Ann Penick Logsdon also deposed that her grandfather Richard Locke died about 1869 (as we’ve seen, the 1870 federal mortality schedule for Edmonson County shows him dying in 1870), and that he was buried on the “Ann Doyle place” in that county in an unmarked grave. Testimony by Nancy Jane Locke Coats, daughter of Richard Locke by Delphia Brooks, states that her parents moved to Edmonson from Barren County about 1850-3. 

I have not found a date of death or burial information for Delphia Brooks Locke. My last record of her is the 1880 federal census cited above, which shows her living in 1880 as a widow in the household of her daughter Nancy Jane and Nancy Jane’s husband Richard T. Coats in Edmonson County. Delphia evidently died between 1880 and 1900, probably in Edmonson County, and I think it’s likely she’s buried with husband Richard Locke on the “Ann Doyle place” in Edmonson County. For notes on the Doyle family, see this previous posting: As noted in that posting, the progenitor of this family in Barren and Edmonson Counties was Richard G. Doyle (1794-1864), who was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist church and who later pastored Little Jordan Baptist church, which was also pastored by Jacob Lock, husband of Elizabeth Brooks.

Delphia Brooks’s children by first husband Robert Humphrey were as follows (all surname Humphrey): Susan (born abt. 1833), John (born abt. 1835), James (born abt. 1838), and Margaret (born abt. 1840). These Humphrey children are all found in the household of Richard Locke and wife Delphia on the 1850 federal census in Barren County, Kentucky,[9] and then I do not find them any longer — though I should note I have not done an exhaustive search for further information about them. I think all these Humphrey children of Delphia were likely born in Barren County.

By Richard Locke, Delphia Brooks had the following children (all surname Locke or Lock): Nancy Jane (1842-1919, married Richard T. Coats); Rebecca (born abt. 1844, died prior to 1897, evidently unmarried); Martha Ann (1846-1923, married John William Whitlow); and George Walker (1850-1921, married Josephine Fitzgerald).

Jesse Brooks

f. Jesse Brooks was born in 1816, I think, in Wayne County, Kentucky. The reason for my qualification of his birthdate: While the 1850 federal census shows him as born in or around 1816, his death record in Barren County, Kentucky, has his birthdate a decade later, and would indicate that he was born in 1826.[10] The 1850 federal census gives his name as Jesse Brooks Jr., and states that he was 34 years old and born in Kentucky. This census listing has his wife Lucinda aged 31, and shows their children George T., Susan Elizabeth, James H., and Mary J. Brooks in the household, with ages ranging from 6 to 0. I find death certificates for three of the children, Susan, James, and Mary, with birthdates listed; these show Susan Elizabeth (Carder, at the time of her death on 29 January 1916 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri) born 27 September 1844; James H. (died 22 February 1930 at Alvaton in Warren County, Kentucky) born 16 February 1848 and Mary Jane (Sanson, at the time of her death on 15 December 1952 in Warren County) born on 19 October 1849.[11]

Lucinda’s year of birth varies from census to census. As I’ve just noted, the 1850 federal census listing suggests a birth year of 1819 for her, while in 1860, she’s assigned a birth year of 1822 and the 1880 federal census shows her born in 1825.[12]

Barren County, Kentucky, Register of Deaths, 1854, p. 6, available digitally at FamilySearch

Jesse’s listing in the Barren County death register for 1854 states that he was 28 years old when he died in that county on 17 February 1854 of liver disease, and indicates that he was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, son of Jesse and Mary Brooks. It’s certainly possible that Jesse married in 1842 (as we’ll see in a moment) at age 16 and began fathering children soon after he married, but in my view, the 1816 birthdate of the 1850 census fits better for him than the 1826 birthdate of his death listing.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1842; available digitally at FamilySearch

On 27 December 1842 in Barren County, Jesse Brooks gave bond with Edmund White for Jesse’s marriage to Lucinda White.[13] Edmund White was Lucinda’s brother. They were children of Edmund White and Susannah Robertson of Warren County, Kentucky, a family that had settled first in Barren County when it moved from Virginia.[14] Susannah was the daughter of James Robertson and Mildred Clack, who married 16 October 1792 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Mildred was the daughter of Susannah Thomson Clack discussed in a previous posting, which notes that Jesse Brooks Sr. witnessed Susannah Clack’s will in Barren County on 22 February 1827, and that Susannah was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist church in Barren County, the church to which the Brooks family belonged, from 1802.[15] Minutes of Mount Tabor Baptist in Barren County show Jesse and Lucinda Brooks joining the church in 1848, with Lucinda transferring her letter of membership from Elk Spring church in Warren County.[16]  

As noted above, Jesse Brooks and Lucinda White had the following children, all surname Brooks: George T. (1845-1879, married Elizabeth Ann Dean); Susan Elizabeth (1844-1916, married David W. Carder); James H. (1848-1930, married Rebecca Wilson); and Mary Jane (1849-1952, married Joseph J. Sanson).  

The 1850, 1860, and 1870 federal censuses all indicate that George was born in 1845, but his tombstone in Berea Christian Church cemetery at Polkville in Warren County, Kentucky, states that he was born 18 August 1835, a date some years before his parents’ marriage. It’s clear to me that 1845 is the correct year of birth. Note, too, that Susan Brooks Carder’s death certificate gives her parents’ names as William Brooks and Lucinda White, whereas Jesse Brooks is correct for the father.

I have not found burial information for Jesse Brooks or his wife Lucinda White Brooks, or a death record for Lucinda. Note that the 1850 federal census shows Jesse and Lucinda White Brooks living next door to Thomas Forrester and wife Nancy, discussed in a previous posting, as I noted that some researchers think Nancy was a daughter of Jesse Brooks Sr.’s son James.

Mary Brooks Brown

g. Mary Brooks was born about 1817 in Wayne County, Kentucky. The birth year implied for her on federal censuses from 1850 to 1880 varies from 1815 to 1819: The 1850 census has her born in 1819, the 1860 census in 1815, and the 1870 and 1880 censuses in 1817.[17]

According to Laura J. Stewart at the Find a Grave memorial page for Mary ”Polly” Brooks Brown, who is buried in an unmarked or unidentified grave in McConnell cemetery at Cave City in Barren County, Kentucky, an obituary for Mary was published in the Glasgow Times on 10 October 1898.[18] This obituary may be one found on a FamilySearch page for Mary, which has a digital copy of an obituary for Polly Brooks Brown from an unidentified source. I cannot find a way to save a copy of this obituary; it reads as follows:

Mrs. Polly Brown, the only sister of the late Rev James Brooks, died at her home out on Beaver creek one day last week at the advanced age of eighty-four years, and was buried in the Brown burying ground on the Oliver McConnell farm. She was a most excellent Christian woman, and her long life was well-spent.

Note that the information that Mary Brooks Brown was the only sister of Rev. James Brooks is not correct. He also had sisters Elizabeth, Delphia, and Rebecca.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1841, available digitally at FamilySearch

On 17 August 1841 in Barren County, John T. Brown gave bond with John Brooks to marry Mary Brooks.[19]John Brooks was Mary’s brother. John Thomas Brown was born on or about 1817 in Kentucky. I have not found a death or burial record for him. 

John B. Brooks

h. John B. Brooks was born about 1819 in Wayne County, Kentucky. This birth year is consistently indicated by federal censuses from 1850 to 1880.[20] All of these censuses state that John was born in Kentucky. From 1860 forward, federal censuses also state that he had the middle initial B.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage file 9, 1843, available digitally at FamilySearch

John Brooks gave bond with Edmund White on 25 January 1843 in Barren County, Kentucky, for John’s marriage to Patsy White.[21] Edmund was Martha White’s brother. Martha was a sister of Lucinda White, who married John Brooks’s brother Jesse on 27 December 1842 with Edmund White giving bond with Jesse Brooks Jr. (see above on this marriage). As noted previously, Lucinda (and Martha) were daughters of Edmund White and Susannah Robertson of Warren County, and Susannah was a granddaughter of Susannah (Thomson) Clack, whose will Jesse Brooks Sr. witnessed on 22 February 1837 in Barren County. The 1860 federal census shows John and Martha Brooks and their children living two doors from Lucinda White Brooks and her children in Warren County, following Jesse Brooks Jr.’s death on 17 February 1854. It appears that the two families moved together from Barren to Warren County in the 1850s.

Minutes of Mount Tabor Baptist church in Barren County, to which the Brooks family belonged, show John and Martha Brooks joining that church in 1849.[22]

The last record I’ve found for both John and Martha is their listing on the 1880 federal census in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. I think they were in Muhlenberg County in their senior years in 1880 because their younger son William Henry Brooks was living there at the time with his family. It appears to me that both died after 1880, possibly in Muhlenberg County.

The children of John B. Brooks and Martha White were as follows, all with surname Brooks: Susan Jane (1843-1916, married Jesse J. Ervin); Mary Etta (1843-1919, married William H. Piper); William Henry (1847-1929, married Hester A. Cline); and William Edward (1851 – bef. 1880).

Photo of Rebecca Brooks uploaded to Ancestry by Claude Edward at his “Edwards Family Tree

Rebecca Brooks Staples Taylor

i. Rebecca Brooks was born 17 May 1825 in Barren County, Kentucky. Her birthdate is recorded on her death certificate in Pike County, Illinois, where she died at Pleasant Hill on 26 April 1912.[23] The death certificate states that she was born in Kentucky and that her maiden name was Brooks (her married name was Taylor at the time of her death). Her Find a Grave memorial page (Mason cemetery, Nebo, Pike County, Illinois) gives her date of birth as 17 May 1822, apparently citing a source entitled Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s Scrapbook as reported by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.[24] But on the memorial page is a transcript of what appears to be an obituary for Rebecca submitted by Robin Poindexter, which states that Rebecca died 26 April 1912, aged 86 years, 11 months, 9 days. This yields a birthdate of 17 May 1825, not 1822.

The 1850 federal census, showing Rebecca in the household of her parents Jesse and Polly Brooks in Barren County, shows Rebecca as 26 years old.[25] And when Rebecca married her first husband George H. Staples in Barren County on 30 December 1852, the record of the marriage in Barren County’s register of marriages gives her age as 28.[26] It’s also clear that Rebecca was born in Barren County and not in Louisville, Kentucky, as her Find a Grave memorial page states.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond Bk. 1, p. 194, available digitally at FamilySearch
Barren County Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 47, available digitally at FamilySearch
Kentucky Archives, Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Barren County, 1852available digitally in Ancestry’s database Kentucky, U.S., Marriage Records, 1852-1914

On 29 December 1852 in Barren County, George H. Staples gave bond with William Staples to marry Rebecca Brooks.[27] The marriage return by Rev. William Kidd shows that he solemnized the marriage the following day.[28] The county register of marriages also shows 30 December 1852 as the date of marriage.[29]

Pike County, Illinois, loose-papers marriage file, available digitally at FamilySearch
Pike County, Illinois, Marriage Record Bk. 1, p. 264, available digitally at FamilySearch

According to research of Robin Poindexter cited at a FamilySearch page for Rebecca Brooks, George Staples abandoned Rebecca after the couple had had three children, and in 1858, she moved with her children to Pike County, Illinois, where her brother Joseph was living. Rebecca then lived with Joseph Brooks until she married James Madison Taylor in Pike County on 3 October 1858.[30] James had previously been married to Jeanetta Philpot on 8 March 1838 in St. Clair County, Illinois. On 1 November 1854 in Pike County, he married Elnoria St. John prior to Jeanetta filing for a divorce, and was jailed for bigamy. James and Elnoria apparently divorced before he married Rebecca Brooks Staples, since Elnoria married George W. Lyman in Pike County on 14 August 1856, with the marriage record giving her name as Elnoria St. John.

As noted above, what appears to be a transcript of an obituary for Rebecca Brooks Taylor is found on her Find a Grave memorial page, and seems to have been submitted by Robin Poindexter.[31] The same obituary transcript is on the FamilySearch page for Rebecca linked in the preceding paragraph. It reads,

Mrs. Rebecca Brooks nee Steeples Taylor, was born near Louisville, Kentucky, May 17, 1822, died April 26, 1912 at the age 86 years, 11 months, 9 days. She was converted in her early youth and united with the Baptist Church in the community in which she lived. She was married to one Geo. Steeples. To this union was born three children. After which Steeples deserted her leaving her to maintain herself and children. In 1858 she came to Illinois to her brother Joseph Brooks making her home with him until she married James M. Taylor. To this union were born four children Charlottie, Ada, Samuel, and Joseph. All of whom have preceded her to the land where sorrow is never known except Joseph, to him and family we extend our sympathy. She united with the Nebo Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian life. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She leaves one son and a number of grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

As noted previously, if Rebecca was aged 86 years, 11 months, and 9 days when she died on 26 April 1912, she was born 17 May 1825 and not 1822 — and the 1825 birth is given in her death certificate in Pike County, Illinois.[32] And, of course, Rebecca was née Brooks, and Staples and Taylor were her married names.

By husband George H. Staples, Rebecca Brooks had the following children, all with surname Staples (also spelled Steeples or Steaples in some records): Mondora Elizabeth (1853-1910?, married Wallace Henry Wells); and James H. (1854/5-?). Note that according to the obituary transcribed by Robin Poindexter cited above, Rebecca had three children by George H. Staples, but I have found records of only these two.

By husband James Madison Taylor, Rebecca Brooks had the following children, all surname Taylor: Samuel (abt. 1860 – bef. 1880); Charlottie (abt. 1862 – bef. 1880); Joseph Henry (1864-1944, married Margaret Elizabeth Gresham); and Ada (1866-1891, married Marion A. Lewis).

Joseph D. Brooks

j. Joseph D. Brooks was born 10 August 1826 in Barren County, Kentucky. This is the date of birth recorded on his tombstone in Forest Hill cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.[33] Death notices for Joseph in the Kansas City Republic and Kansas City Star newspapers state that he was aged 82 when he died in Kansas City on 3 August 1908.[34]

Joseph gave his age as 35 when he enlisted at Pittsfield, Illinois, on 14 August 1862 in Company C of the 99th Illinois Infantry (Union).[35] On the 1900 federal census, Joseph also reported his birthdate as August 1826.[36] Both his Civil War service records and the 1900 federal census say he was born in Kentucky. 

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond Bk. 1, p. 9, available digitally at FamilySearch
Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 10, 1848
Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 28, available digitally at FamilySearch

On 27 September 1848 in Barren County, Kentucky, Joseph D. Brooks gave bond with Redmon Crews to marry Mary J. Rickets.[37] On the same day, the couple were married by Joseph’s brother Rev. James Brooks, with the marriage record giving Mary’s name as Mary Jane Ricketts.[38]  

Joseph and his wife Mary Jane continued living in Barren County a few years following their marriage, and are enumerated on the 1850 federal census there.[39] As previously noted, the obituary of Joseph’s sister Rebecca transcribed by Robin Poindexter states that Rebecca moved from Barren County to Pike County, Illinois, in 1858 to join her brother Joseph in Illinois, so at some point between 1850 and 1858, Joseph moved his family to Pike County, Illinois. I have been unable to locate either him or his sister Rebecca on the 1860 federal census. The 1870 federal census shows the family continuing to live in Pike County at that point, but by 1880, they had moved to Henry County, Missouri, and in 1900, Joseph and wife Mary Jane are enumerated in Cass County, Missouri.[40]

As indicated above, Joseph enlisted in Company C of Illinois’s 99th Infantry on 14 August 1862 at Pittsfield, Illinois. His enlistment papers indicate that he was living at Pleasant Hill in Pike County at the time, and was a farmer, aged 35, born in Kentucky, 5’7″ tall, with dark hair, blue eyes, and fair complexion.

“The Death of Joseph B. Brooks of Argentine,” Kansas City Star (3 August 1908) p. 4, col. 5
“Joseph D. Brooks Dead,” Kansas City Republic (6 August 1908), p. 1, col. 3

As noted previously, death notices are found for Joseph D. Brooks in the Kansas City Republic and Kansas City Star.[41] Both state that he died at the house of his daughter Mrs. C.A. Goodrich in Kansas City and was buried at Forest Hill cemetery in Kansas City. His tombstone gives his date of death as 3 August 1908, and shows that his wife Mary Jane is buried with him.

Joseph D. Brooks and Mary Jane Ricketts had the following children, all with surname Brooks: William Thomas (1849-1925, married 1] Cynthia Alice Sloan, 2] Eliza Jane Palmer); John (abt. 1855 – bef. 1880); Arminta F. (1859-1934, married Robert Wroe Briggs); Elizabeth A. (1859-1893, married Bion J. McVeigh); Samuel Harrison (1865-1941, married Cora May Fink); and Ella May (1869-1942). A daughter Ada found in Joseph’s household on the 1870 federal census appears to be his daughter Ella May.


[1] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 313A (dwelling 98/family 101; 23 July). Her name is given as Delphy Lock.

[2] 1870 federal census, Edmonson County, Kentucky, 4th precinct, Brownsville post office, p. 414A (dwelling 249/family 252; 30 June).

[3] 1870 federal mortality schedule, Edmonson County, Kentucky, p. 349. Richard’s name is given as Richard Lock, aged 82, a blacksmith born in Virginia.

[4] 1880 federal census, Edmonson County, Kentucky, 11th district, p. 556D (dwelling 189/family 190; 24 June). Delphia’s name is given as Delpha Locke.

[5] 1820 federal census, Wayne County, Kentucky, p. 104.

[6] 1860 federal census, Edmonson County, Kentucky, p. 88 (dwelling 594/family 597; 16 July).

[7] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 5, 1831, available digitally at FamilySearch. See also Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage  Register Bk. 1, p. 105, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[8] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1841, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[9] See supra, n. 1.

[10] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 356A (dwelling 731/family 751; 31 August); Barren County, Kentucky, Register of Deaths, 1854, p. 6, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[11] Missouri Department of Health Death Certificates, 1916, #5449, available digitally at Missouri Secretary of State’s Missouri Digital Heritage site; Kentucky Department of Health Death Certificates, 1930, #9999, available digitally at FamilySearch (but with no image of the original); and 1932, #31121, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[12] 1860 federal census, Warren County, Kentucky, district 1, Bowling Green post office, p. 777 (dwelling/family 675; 27 July); 1880 federal census, Warren County, Kentucky, Goshen post office, p. 105D (dwelling 210/family 230; 17 June). In 1860, Lucinda is widowed and heads a household with her four children; in 1880, Lucinda is living with the family of her daughter Mary Jane and husband Joseph Sanson.

[13] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1842; available digitally at FamilySearch.

[14] See Emery H. White, The Barrens: A Family History of South-Central Kentucky (Glasgow, Kentucky: Emery H. White, 1986), pp. 24-5.

[15] Barren County, Kentucky, Will Bk. 3, p. 50.

[16] See Sandra K. Gorin, Mt. Tabor Church Minutes, Barren County, Kentucky (Glasgow, Kentucky: Gorin Genealogical, 1994), pp. 301, 307.

[17] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 319B (dwelling 195/family 204; 29 July); 1860 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, district 2, p. 1013 (dwelling 839/family 844; 1 September); 1870 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, Glasgow Junction, p. 621A (dwelling/family 29; 17 August); 1880 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, Glasgow Junction, p. 196A (ED 16; dwelling/family 94; 8 June). The 1850 census shows John Brooks living next to Jacob H. Lock, a son of Jacob Locke and Esther Ann Hall; Jacob Locke was a son of Elder Jacob Locke.

[18] See Find a Grave memorial page Mary ”Polly” Brooks Brown, McConnell cemetery, Cave City, Barren County, Kentucky, created by Laura J. Stewart.

[19] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 8, 1841, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[20] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, 1st division, p. 310A (dwelling/family 53; 22 July); 1860 federal census, Warren County, Kentucky, district 1, Bowling Green post office, p. 777 (dwelling/family 673; 27 July); 1870 federal census, Warren County, Kentucky, Goshen post office, p. 165A (dwelling/family 162; 20 July); 1880 census, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Paradise post office, p. 177D (ED 140; dwelling 230/family 232; 16 June).

[21] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage file 9, 1843, available digitally at FamilySearch

[22] Gorin, Mt. Tabor Church minutes, Barren County, Kentucky, p. 360.

[23] Pike County, Illinois, Death Record Bk. 3, p. 218, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[24] Find a Grave memorial page of Rebecca Brooks Taylor, Mason cemetery, Nebo, Pike County, Illinois, created by Kathy Robinson. There is no photo of Rebecca’s tombstone on the memorial page, so I’m not certain if the 1822 year of birth appears on it.

[25] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 318A (dwelling168/family177; 26 July).

[26] Kentucky Archives, Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Barren County, 1852available digitally in Ancestry’s database Kentucky, U.S., Marriage Records, 1852-1914.

[27] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond Bk. 1, p. 194, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[28] Barren County Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 47, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[29] See supra, n. 26.

[30] Pike County, Illinois, Marriage Record Bk. 1, p. 264, available digitally at FamilySearch; and Pike County, Illinois, loose-papers marriage file, available digitally at FamilySearch

[31] See supra, n. 24.

[32] See supra, n. 23.

[33] See Find a Grave memorial page of Joseph D. Brooks, Forest Hill cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, created by Steve McCray, with a tombstone photo by Steve McCray.

[34] “Joseph D. Brooks Dead,” Kansas City Republic (6 August 1908), p. 1, col. 3; “The Death of Joseph B. Brooks of Argentine,” Kansas City Star (3 August 1908) p. 4, col. 5.

[35] See the summary of Joseph D. Brooks’s Civil War service at the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Detail Report of the Illinois Archives on the website of Illinois Secretary of State.

[36] 1900 federal census, Cass County, Missouri, Sherman, p. 21 (dwelling/family 49, 3 June).

[37] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond Bk. 1, p. 9, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[38] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 28, available digitally at FamilySearch. James Brooks’s original return for the marriage is in Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 10, 1848.

[39] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 319A (dwelling 183/family 192; 27 July).

[40] 1870 federal census, Pike County, Illinois, Spring Creek, p. 403B (dwelling/family 130, 9 August); 1880 federal census, Henry County, Missouri, Clinton, p. 371A (ED 174; dwelling 56/family 58, 5-6 June); 1900 federal census, Cass County, Missouri, Sherman, p. (ED 40; dwelling/family 49, 3 June).

[41] See supra, n. 34.

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