Children of Mary Brooks (d. 1787, Frederick County, Virginia) — Sarah Brooks (1750/1755 – 1810/1820) and Husband Ashdale (1)

Will of James Brooks, 16 August 1824, Frederick County, Virginia, Will Bk. 12, pp. 120-1

Or, Subtitled: A Litany of Perhaps and Supposes: How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Ashdales? How Do You Hold a Moonbeam in Your Hand?

This posting on the Brooks line I now want to discuss will, I’m afraid, be full of words like “perhaps,” “suppose,” “seems likely” — qualifiers signaling how sparse the information I’ve been able to find about this family line is, so that the best I can do with it is to make educated conjectures on the basis of such limited evidence as appears to be available.   

Children of Rebecca Rice (1783 – 1817) and Husband George W. Kiger (1782 – 1849) of Frederick County, Virginia

Letter of George Rice Kiger accepting commission as 2nd lieutenant, Voltigeurs Company, Grand Gulf, Mississippi, 6 April 1847, in NARA, Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General Main Series 1822-1860, John H. King file, RG 94 M567, digitized at Fold3

Or, Subtitled: Frontier Rangers, Mexican-War Soldiers, Texas Revolutionaries, and Loyal Unionists

As the previous posting ends by telling you, Rebecca Rice and George W. Kiger had the following children: Edwin Rice, George Rice, Mary Elizabeth, Daniel Jacob, and perhaps (more on the “perhaps” below) John Patrick, all with surname Kiger. As the posting I’ve just linked also states, George appears to have had a daughter prior to his marriage to Rebecca Rice whose name is given in the will of Rebecca’s mother as Emilia Luca Ried, and who appears in other documents as Emeline Lucia Kiger.

Children of Elizabeth Brooks (1747/1750 – 1816) and Husband George Rice (abt. 1743 – 1792): Rebecca Rice (1783 – 1817) and Husband George W. Kiger (1782 – 1849)

A portrait of George W. Kinger uploaded by K. Grant to her “Kiger-Madera-Lucas-Wells Tree” at Ancestry, with no indication of its provenance

Or, Subtitled: Military Careers Persisting Down Family Lines, as Families Scatter to Four Corners of the Earth

The last child of George Rice and Elizabeth Brooks, Rebecca (who was probably named for George Rice’s sister Rebecca Rice Connell), produced an interesting family with husband George W. Kiger, with sons who followed in the military footsteps of their grandfather George Rice, and who scattered to various places from Winchester, Virginia, where all were born. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to track the children of George W. Kiger and Rebecca Rice, primarily because there are gaps and inconsistencies in what I can discover about this family, and I had hoped to fill those gaps and resolve the inconsistencies by researching t the entire family.