Or, Subtitled: Marriage Returns, Permission Notes, and Faded Old Photos
I haven’t discovered estate documents for Rebecca Brooks, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Beaumont/Beamon Brooks, or her husband Jacob Walters. Since the couple’s children were born well in advance of the 1850 federal census when individuals began to be named on the census (with the notable exception of enslaved individuals), there are not census listings, either, to enable researchers to create a picture of this family based on the federal census. What follows is my best attempt compile a list of the children of Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks in the absence of estate records for Jacob and Rebecca or censuses listing the names of their children, and to provide information about them:
Or, Subtitled: “You can’t tell much about the birth of a baby, except that you were there” (Peggy LaRue Walters on Abraham Lincoln’s birth, at which she assisted)
Rebecca Brooks, daughter of Thomas Brooks and Margaret Beaumont/Beamon, was born in 1786 in Frederick County, Virginia. Rebecca was enumerated twice on the 1850 federal census, once in the household of her son Jacob Warren Walters in McCracken County, Kentucky, and once in the household of her son-in-law Barrett Pace in Barren County, with both census entries stating that she was 64 years old and born in Virginia. The 1860 census, in which Rebecca appears in the household of her son-in-law David Foster Pace at Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky, gives Rebecca’s age as 74 and place of birth as Virginia. Barrett and David Foster Pace were brothers, sons of Joseph Pace and Martha Foster, who married sisters Margaret and Grace Walters, daughters of Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks.
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.