Children of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899): Adopted Daughter Rebecca Ann Chiek and Son Thomas Jefferson Brooks

“Who’s Who in Texas and Why? Robert A. Brooks,” Austin American (4 November 1916), p. 4, col. 6

Or, Subtitled: “Often has the editor of this paper heard his father speak of Tom Brooks and of his tender regard for him”

Rebecca Ann Chiek Brooks Collier

As a previous posting indicates, Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899) and his second wife Aletha Sorrells adopted a daughter, Rebecca Ann Chiek, who is enumerated in their household in Houston, Texas, in 1860 as Ann, aged 9.[1] This census gives A.M. Brooks’s surname, but the other family members — his wife Aletha, her granddaughters Mary and Fanny, both of whose surname was Moffatt, and Ann — are not given surnames in this census.

3 thoughts on “Children of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899): Adopted Daughter Rebecca Ann Chiek and Son Thomas Jefferson Brooks

  1. Researching Elijah McDaniel and family in Lawrence County AL. Needing to know his father and mother and his relationship to Thomas J , Patton Anderson SR, James Looney, James A , and Walter F McDaniel, all residents over a span of 1820-1880 in Lawrence Co AL.


    1. I don’t seem to have much information on Elijah, unfortunately. I do know that Charles Wesley Brooks, son of James Brooks and Nancy Isbell, is listed in Elijah’s household on the 1850 census in Lawrence County, and Charles was an overseer — I think likely for Elijah. And a 1 May 1877 letter sent by Sarah Lindsey Speake of Lawrence County to her sister Margaret Lindsey Hunter in Red River Parish, Louisiana — Sarah and Margaret were daughters of Dennis Lindsey and Jane Brooks, an aunt of Charles Wesley Brooks — mentions Elijah McDaniel. Sarah tells Margaret that James Dennis Lindsey, son of Fielding Wesley Lindsey and Clarissa Brooks, had bought the old Elijah McDaniel place. Clarissa was a sister of Charles Wesley Brooks. A biography of Elijah’s grandson William T. McDaniel states that his grandfather Colonel Elijah McDaniel (1796-1868) was a native of North Carolina who moved as a young man to Danville, Alabama, spending the rest of his life there engaged in planting (Albert Burton Moore, History of Alabama and Her People, vol. 2 [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1927], p. 120). The 1860 federal agricultural schedule shows Elijah holding 440 acres of cultivated land in Lawrence County’s southern division and 1,000 acres of uncultivated land. That seems to be about all I know about Elijah at present, unfortunately. I can’t say that the other names you mention ring any bells for me, except that I think James Looney may have had ties to the Birdwell family found in early Lawrence County records, most of whose descendants went from there to Texas.


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