Children of Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747 – 1805) and Wife Margaret: Susanna Brooks and Husband Ezekiel Harlan (2)

Pennsylvania Gazette (20 September 1753), p. 3, col. 2

Or, Subtitled: “Wears a cap or wig, black velvet jacket and breeches, and ruffled ſhirts, but may change his apparel”

My previous posting tells you that Susanna Brooks and her husband Ezekiel Harlan have led me on a merry chase as I’ve tried to figure out even the most basic facts about them on the basis of limited evidence, including which particular Ezekiel Harlan Susanna married, when she was born, when and where the couple met, and when and where they died. I’ve become fairly confident that the Ezekiel Harlan whom Susanna married was an Ezekiel Harlan who was born in 1769-1770, and was the son of Ezekiel Harlan (born 1732-6) who was son of Ezekiel Harlan (1707-1754) and wife Hannah Oborn of Chester County, Pennsylvania. To add to the confusion created by the plethora of Ezekiels in this line, the Ezekiel Harlan born in 1769-1770 had a son Ezekiel, too, who was likely born around 1787-8, and who appears in records of Hardin County, Kentucky, along with his father.

Children of Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747 – 1805) and Wife Margaret: Susanna Brooks and Husband Ezekiel Harlan

Hardin County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. D, pp. 426-8

Or, Subtitled: “From there on, all trace is lost”

Working on the family of Susanna Brooks Harlan, a daughter of Thomas Brooks and Margaret Beaumont/Beamon’s, has been a real trip — significant gaps in records, wild twists and turns, hypothetical possibilities that I can’t prove, but which seem tantalizingly close to the truth. I can think of few other genealogical research projects I’ve undertaken in which I’ve encountered such surprises, with so many uncertainties and tangles. What follows is my attempt to sort out the tangles. My conclusions may be wildly wrong, but this is my best attempt to put together the facts as I can find them, and make a coherent narrative out of them.

The Children of Dennis Linchey/Lindsey (abt. 1700-1762): Benjamin, Mary, and Winifred Lindsey

Lindsey, Benjamin, Warren Co NC DB 3, 334
Deed of Benjamin Lindsey to Adams Pardue, 4 March 1771, Bute County, North Carolina, Deed Bk. 3, p. 334

Or, Subtitled: Minor Children Who Remain Mysteries

As we have gone through the list of the children Dennis Lindsey names in his August 1762 Granville County, North Carolina, will, I’ve now told you what I know of Dennis’ daughter Catherine (married Roger Thornton), Margaret (married Robert Phillips, I’ve concluded), and Elizabeth (married Ephraim Clanton). As I’ve also indicated, I plan to finish this discussion with information about Dennis’ son William, about whom I have a substantial amount of documentation. About Margaret and Elizabeth, I know nothing more than their names from Dennis’ will and their husbands, if I have matched these two daughters to the correct sons-in-law named in Dennis’ will. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Linchey/Lindsey (abt. 1700-1762): Benjamin, Mary, and Winifred Lindsey”

Dennis Linchey/Lindsey (abt. 1700-1762): A Close Reading of His August 1762 Granville County, North Carolina, Will

Index to Granville Wills
Granville County, North Carolina, Will Index, vol. 1: 1749-1875 (unpaginated) — entry for Dennis Lindsey’s will

Or, Subtitled: When a Recorded Will Becomes an Unrecorded Will

I ended the previous posting offering you a transcription of the 3 August 1762 will of Dennis Lindsey, Granville County, North Carolina. As I completed the posting, I told you that in my next posting I’d provide information about the children Dennis names in this will. Before we do that, I think it’s important that we take a close look at the will itself, since it’s a primary source of information about Dennis Lindsey’s children. As we do a close reading of the will, I want to preface that close reading with this observation: We’re lucky to have this document. Continue reading “Dennis Linchey/Lindsey (abt. 1700-1762): A Close Reading of His August 1762 Granville County, North Carolina, Will”