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Subject: [BROOKS] John BROOKS' (1690-1766) Progenitor
Date: 31 May 2003 16:03:33 -0600


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Surnames: BROCHE > BROOKS
Classification: Query

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Message Board Post:

In trying to breach the "brick wall" regarding our BROOKS progenitor, it all seems to end (according to family tradition) with a Sir John BROOKS, Esq. and his wife, Susan NARSIN. I, as well as many others, have been unable to find any record in the English/British peerage of such a person, nor has anyone found a NARSIN family that had a Susan of the right age and in the right place to have been the wife of this John BROOKS. However, there is a well-documented John BROOKS who was born about 1690 in the American Colonies, who married a Winifred (probably a MARTIN), and died in 1766 in Orange (now Chatham) Co., NC. He is the same man, without the "titles", that has been our "brick wall".

Our dear BROOKS cousin Dorothy Stanaland SAMUEL, who is an accomplished researcher, author and genealogist, has found the ancestry of our John BROOKS (1690-1766). Beginning with "Tidewater Virginia Families, A Magazine of History and Genealogy", Volume 3, Number 2, August/September 1994, pages 76-82, James W. DOYLE, Jr. wrote a series of articles over a period of several years regarding this family. James W. DOYLE, Jr. did a masterful job of researching and meticulously documenting this family. Dorothy made the pertinent articles available for me to study; in my opinion, the "brick wall" has been breached.

It turns out that our progenitor was a French Huguenot, who migrated to Virginia in 1634. He was John BROCHE, a surgeon. Over the years his surname, BROCHE, gradually evolved in BROOKS.

I am frankly astounded that none of you - compilers, researchers, historians - have found this treasure trove of information.

Any serious BROOKS researcher or historian should find or purchase prior copies of "Tidewater Virginia Families, A Magazine of History and Genealogy" and study the articles. This magazine is edited and published by, Virginia Lee Hutcheson DAVIS, who is a highly regarded researcher, authority, and author of many articles and books on the history and genealogy of Tidewater Virginia.

"Tidewater Virginia Families, A Magazine of History and Genealogy" can be contacted at 316 Littletown Quarter, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185-5519. Their Website is: <http://users.erols.com/tvf/index.html>;

The lineage is as follows:

BROOKS: Six Generations of Johns

1-John BROCHE (1)
sp: __________(f) __________
. . . 2-John BROCHE (2) Surgeon
b: 1600 in probably Guines, near Calais, France
d: bef 23 Dec 1662 in probably York Co., VA
. . . sp: Barbery __________
m: bef 13 Jan 1634/35
. . . . . . . 3-John BROACH (3)
b: abt 1630
d: abt 1703
. . . . . . . sp: Mary JONES
m: bef 4 Jan 1670/71
. . . . . . . . . . . 4-John BROOKS (4)
b: 1671 in southern (Old) Rappahannock Co., VA
d: bet Dec 1733 and Jan 1733/34 in Caroline Co., VA
. . . . . . . . . . . sp: Phebe (?) MARTIN
m: aft 1690
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John BROOKS (5)
b: abt 1690
d: 1766 in Orange (now Chatham) Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sp: Winifred (?) MARTIN
b: bet 1690 and 1699
m: abt 1709
d: bef 1756/57 in either Cumberland or Orange
(now Chatham) Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Thomas BROOKS
b: abt 1710 in Chatham Co., NC
d: abt 1796 in Chatham Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Joab BROOKS Esq.
b: abt 1712 in probably Chatham Co., NC
d: abt 1775 in Chatham Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-John BROOKS (6)
b: abt 1716
d: abt 1786 in GA
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Marcus BROOKS
b: abt 1720
d: 1821 in Chatham Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-James BROOKS
b: abt 1725
d: aft 1812 in Franklin Co., GA
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Isaac BROOKS
b: abt 1727 in Halifax Co., NC
d: abt 1825
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Martha BROOKS
b: abt 1729
d: in Cumberland Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . 4-Barbary BROACH
b: abt 1678
. . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret BROACH
b: abt 1678
. . . . . . . . . . . 4-Rice BROACH
b: abt 1711

Good hunting!






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