Children of Thomas Brooks (1775 – 1838) and Wife Sarah Whitlock: Sarah (1822 – 1897) and Mic- (1814 – ?)

I have no information beyond this bible entry showing that Thomas and Sarah had a son whose name was Mic—, and I assume that this son died young, since he appears in no family records other than the bible register. I think his name would likely have been Micajah or Michael. This son was Thomas and Sarah’s seventh child.

10. The tenth and last child of Thomas Brooks and Sarah Whitlock, a daughter Sarah who was named for her mother, was born 4 March 1822 in Wayne County, Kentucky, according to the transcribed bible register.[2] As a previous posting notes, Sarah’s tombstone in Lindsey cemetery at Speake, Lawrence County, Alabama, gives her date of birth as 24 March 1822.[3] As the posting I’ve just linked also notes, an obituary of Sarah written by Reverend Marion Briscoe and published in Moulton Advertiser on 8 July 1897 gives the date of birth found in her parents’ bible, 4 March 1822, as her date of birth, and states that she was born in Wayne County, Kentucky.[4] Digital images of both this obituary and Sarah’s tombstone photo are at the posting I’ve just linked.

The register of her parents’ bible also states that Sarah Brooks was baptized on 13 December 1824 by Reverend Henry Grigg.[5] The name is actually Gregg and not Grigg; Henry Gregg (1792-1836) was a Methodist minister charged with the circuit in Wayne County, Kentucky, in 1824 when Sarah was baptized.[6]

As has also been noted previously, 1 May 1838 in Morgan County, Alabama, Sarah married David Dinsmore Lindsey, son of Mark Lindsey and Mary Jane Dinsmore. A digital copy of the marriage record from Morgan County Marriage Bk. 1, p. 338, is at the posting I’ve just linked. That posting also discusses the wedding Thomas Brooks gave his last daughter as he himself was moving towards death (he died 25 October 1838). As that posting notes, receipts in Thomas’s estate file to the firm of Hogan & Lindsey show Thomas buying, right before Sarah’s wedding, all sorts of items that were clearly for her wedding.[7]

Though Thomas was moving towards death when the wedding took place, it appears he was determined to see his last daughter married in style. For the wedding, he bought fancy silk, Irish linen, a white belt, blue ribbon, white satin, white ribbon, lace, yellow silk, silk hose and gloves, a headdress, and a bunch of flowers. For the wedding celebration, he bought cinnamon, nutmegs, and a large bowl to serve punch, and the spices were also probably for Sarah’s wedding cake, as well. At this period, wedding cakes in the South were still the traditional British fruitcake, an expensive item considered especially festive, with its costly dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

The posting I linked several paragraphs above, which discusses Sarah’s wedding, contains all of the information I have about her, and rather than repeat that information here, I’ll direct readers to that posting. As noted above, it offers a digital image of the obituary of Sarah that Reverend Marion Briscoe, a Baptist minister, published in the Moulton Advertiser on 3 July 1897.[8] The linked posting also offers a transcription of this obituary.

As the posting I’ve just linked also states, a death notice for Sarah also appeared in the Moulton Advertiser on 3 June 1897.[9] A digital image of this death notice is at the head of this posting. It states,

A good old Mother in Israel gone. Died. On Sunday last, at the home of her son D.D. Lindsey, Mrs. Sallie Lindsey, aged about 80 years. For 50 years or more she had been a member of the Methodist church. She was a most estimable lady. indulgent mother, obliging neighbor. True friend. May the sweetest flowers bloom over her grave.

As another previous posting states, in a remembrance of Sarah’s father-in-law Mark Lindsey that he published in Hartselle’s Alabama Enquirer on 17 October 1889, Anderson G. Copeland says the following of Sarah and of Clarissa Brooks, Sarah’s first cousin who married Fielding Wesley Lindsey, brother of Sarah’s husband David Dinsmore Lindsey: “No better women live this side of Heaven. None ever sung and shouted more, none will have a better right to the tree of life than they.”

With this posting, I’m ending my long series on the Brooks line, and I’ll now start a new series focusing on the Whitlock family, the family of Thomas Brooks’s wife Sarah Whitlock. It’s worth noting, as I launch this series on the Whitlock family in the period in which Queen Elizabeth is being mourned, that descendants of the Virginia immigrant ancestor James Whitlock (1651-1716), are all distant cousins of Queen Elizabeth, sharing with her through her mother’s line a proven common ancestor, Richard Whitlock, who died in 1556.

[1] “Brooks Bible,” Itawamba [Mississippi] Settlers 8,3 (September 1988), pp. 151-2.

[2] Ibid.

[3] See Find a Grave memorial page of Sarah Brooks Lindsey, Lindsey cemetery, Speake, Lawrence County, Alabama, created by Warren Glenn, with tombstone photos by F.H. Terry and Ray and Marty Lindsey. Phil Waldrep, Cemeteries of Lawrence County, Alabama, vol. 1 (P.O. Box 148, Trinity, Alabama, 1993), p. 323, transcribes the tombstone record, noting that it has an inscription reading, “We shall meet again sweet mother / In a brighter time than this / Where the anguish of this world of ours / Is lost in deathless bliss.”

[4] Marion Briscoe, “In Memoriam,” Moulton Advertiser (8 July 1897), p. 3, col. 4

[5] See supra, n. 1.

[6] See A.H. Redford, The History of Methodism in Kentucky, vol. 3 (Nashville: Southern Methodist Publishing House, 1870), p. 43; and “Religious and Missionary Intelligence, State of Methodism in the West,” The Methodist Magazine 8,4 (April 1825), p. 153.

[7] Thomas Brooks’s loose-papers probate file is held by the Morgan County Archives in Decatur.

[8] See supra, n. 4.

[9] Sarah Brooks death notice, Moulton Advertiser (3 June 1897), p. 3, col. 4.

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