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Allen Brooks
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1792
Death: Oct. 21, 1866

Allen Brooks was the son of Joab Brooks & Catherine Campbell (b. in Scotland). In 1784 Joab was granted certificate of Colonel Elijah Clarke, which entitled him to 250 acres of Georgia land for military service in the Revolutionary War. Allen's gf., John Brooks, Jr., was likely was a "Regulator" in the Stamp Act protest movement against the British Crown in the 1760's & 70's. John Brooks, Sr. owned many hundreds of acres of land, and was an attorney, Justice of the Peace, and a "man of influence." - Per CHAPTER 1 OF "BROOKS FAMILY OF WALTON COUNTY, GEORGIA" American Generation 1: John Brooks, Sr., by Preston Earl Newman and David Allen Brooks.

Allen Brooks served in Capt. Adam Heath's Co., First GA Reg. during the War of 1812/Creek War. He married Narcissa Carter in Warren Co. Ga. in 1817, and they moved to Mississippi Territory in 1818/1819, and settled on Warrior River (now AL).

Allen Brooks and brother Terrell lived in adjoining plantations in the southwest section of Lowndes Co., Miss. Allen worked hard and cleared much land, and had "1,000's of acres." Brother Micajah was justice of the peace of Lowndes Co. in 1830 (per records of marriages performed by him). Later census records show Micajah's branch of the tree in nearby Noxubee County.

The Brooks-Henkel Cemetery is on what had been Allen Brooks' plantation. Daughter Phoebe's grandson, H.C. Gray (my grandfather), was raised in the area less than 40 years after Allen Brooks' death; there were other descendants in the area at that time. HC Gray stated that Allen & Narcissa Brooks' home was located "not too far" east of where the Brooks-Henkel Cemetery is located, and showed my mother from the cemetery. The (white) cemetery is surrounded by a beautiful iron fence, and the "colored" cemetery adjoined on the north (per descendant James O. Henkel, Jr. in 1964). The cemetery was located on the Crawford-Starkville road at one time. The road and cemetery were deeded to Lowndes Co., but in reality, became part of a farm, which farm was later owned by Allen Brooks' descendant Jimmy Henkel, a childhood playmate of H.C. Gray. The road into the farm is blocked by a gate. Cousin Robert Lee Gray lives in the area; he stated that the landowner must be contacted in advance for access to the cemetery.

It seems that daughter Elizabeth Brooks Henkel wrote the following in the Albert Henkel Bible:

(Note: not all names = complete or necc. Spelled correctly copied the way I found it)

"Allen Brooks, my father, was bnorn July 14th 1793
Narcissa Brooks, my mother, was born Nov 16th 1804
Phebe C. Brooks was born July 19th 1819
Charity Brooks was born Aug 27th 1821
Catherine was born Apr 25th 1823
Joab Martin was born July 13th 1826
(Elizabeth was born "22nd April 1828" per Albert)
Elanor was born Oct 14th 1830
Allison Perry was born Nov 1st 1832
Mary Ann was born May 29th 1835
John Mac was born July 24th 1837
Margret A. was born Nov 24th 1839
Medarena was born Dec 15th 1843
Georgia was born Nov 1st 1845"

Allen Brooks' will, written 1/28/1865 mentions another wife- "To wife Betty Brooks, property (slaves), also everything she owned or brought on the place." (That's not the entirety of his will by any means.)

As of 1964, Allen Brooks' Bible was in possession of (g-grandson) Randle C. Carpenter of Starkville, Miss. 
Family links: 
  Narcissa Carter Brooks (1804 - 1860)*
  Phoebe Carter Brooks Gray (1819 - 1882)*
  Catherine Brooks Carraway (1823 - 1858)*
  Elizabeth Brooks Henkel (1828 - 1896)*
  Eleanor Brooks Randle (1830 - 1862)*
  Allison Perry Brooks (1832 - 1842)*
  Elizabeth Jane Brooks Joiner (1833 - 1907)*
  Mary Alice Brooks Randle (1835 - 1864)*
  John Micajah Brooks (1837 - 1860)*
  Margaret Ann Brooks (1839 - 1860)*
*Calculated relationship
Brooks-Henkel Cemetery
Lowndes County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: james brooks christoffer...
Originally Created by: nut4genealogy
Record added: Feb 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33636116

- Marca Lee Jennette McInnes Murray
 Added: May. 8, 2009

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