Ruth Brooks (1775/1780 – 1837 and Husband John Greenwood, and Mary Rice (1776/8 – abt. 1825) and Husband Joshua Wilson: Additions to Previous Postings

Drew Smith, Organize Your Genealogy (Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2016), p. 108

Or, Subtitled: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Sometimes our searches for genealogical records yield negative results. That is, we search for material we hope or even expect to find in vital records, land records, court records, etc., and find that no such material is there. Part of the process of genealogical research is noting the lack of records for which we’ve done careful searches.

Children of Ruth Brooks (1775/1780 – 1837) and Husband William Greenwood 

James Mickleborough Greenwood, son of Edmund Greenwood and Jennettie Foster, from “Personal and Professional Papers of James Mickleborough Greenwood (1874–1914), Ms Collection G14),” at the website of Truman State University’s Pickler Memorial Library

Or, Subtitled: “If you can’t pay, don’t buy”

The children of William Greenwood and Ruth Brooks were as follows:

Children of Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747 – 1805) and Wife Margaret: Ruth Brooks (1775/1780 – 1837) and Husband William Greenwood (2)

1798 tax list, Botetourt County, Virginia, from Botetourt County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax Lists, 1783-1851, available digitally at FamilySearch

Or, Subtitled: “Many of them attained prominence in the educational and executive departments of State”

I noted in the previous posting that Bartlett/Bartlee Greenwood, brother of William Greenwood who married Ruth Brooks, last appears on the Charlotte County, Virginia, tax list in 1795, and that he then moved his family to Botetourt County, Virginia. Information about the family’s move to Botetourt County for several years appears in Cameron Allen’s history of the Sublett family, which states that Bartlee Greenwood’s grandson G.W. Greenwood is the source of this information.[1] 

Children of Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747 – 1805) and Wife Margaret: Ruth Brooks (1775/1780 – 1837) and Husband William Greenwood (1)

John Carroll Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, Illinois: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), p. 335

Or, Subtitled: “The Greenwood family is one, around which cluster many interesting reminiscences”

Ruth Brooks was, I’ve concluded, the fifth child of Thomas Brooks and Margaret Beaumont/Beamon of Frederick and Wythe Counties, Virginia. When I say “I’ve concluded,” I don’t mean there’s uncertainty about whether Ruth was a child of Thomas and Margaret. Thomas’s 4 November 1804 will in Wythe County names daughter Ruthie Greenwood.[1]