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

Allen's gf., John Brooks, Jr., was a "Regulator" against the corruption and tyranny of NC Royal Gov. Tyron, as were members of gm. Jane May Brooks' family.

A historical marker in Warren Co., Georgia, honoring Rev. War veterans of the county includes the names Joab Brooks (Allen's father), James Carter (gf of Allen Brooks' wife, Narcissa), Jeremiah Duckworth (Narcissa's other gf), and James May (Jane May Brooks' brother or nephew).

Allen's mother, Catherine Campbell Brooks, was b. in Scotland.

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. 2/11/1817, and they moved to Mississippi Territory in 1818/1819, and settled on Warrior River (now AL).

In 1899, Allen Brooks' son, Joab Martin Brooks, told Allen Brooks' gr-grandson, Thomas Battle Carroll, the following: “Micajah and his brothers Allen, Terrell, William and Martin Brooks left GA abt 1818 and settled on the Warrior River in AL and they remained there abt 2 years and then settled on the Tombigbee River abt 6 mi below Columbus, Miss. At least Allen Brooks settled there and his brother named William only a few miles away. . .Later on in 1832 when the Choctow Indians moved to Oklahoma, Allen Brooks moved to the sight of the old Brooks place near Crawford.”

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 "upwards of 3,000 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 following is compiled from two different writings of gr-grandson Thomas Battle Carroll, ca. 1901 ... I have very little recollection of my great grandfather ... However, I distinctly remember seeing him shortly prior to his death in 1866 (when I was 6 and 1/2). He was tall rather slender, clean shaven except whiskers low down on his throat. He had shaggy over hanging eye brows and this gave him a fierce countenance. I would guess his height at 6 ft and weight 170 or 175 lbs. Was very erect in his carriage, though abt 74 yrs old. ... Allen Brooks “and his brothers Micajah, Terrell and John, were poorly educated, but were all firm business men and possessed fine sense ... none of them were illiterate but in this day none but the rich could receive good education.

Gr-grandson Thomas Battle Carrol wrote ca. 1901 that “[Allen Brooks] joined the Baptist Church when he was 35 or 38 yrs old and remained a faithful member till his death” and that “[AB] was a Democrat in politics but never sought an office.”

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, even though Jimmy Henkel deeded the road and cemetery to the county. Allen's descendant Robert Lee Gray (dec. 10/15/2014), who lived nearby on former Brooks land, stated abt 2007-08 that the landowner must be contacted in advance for access to the cemetery.

Allen's daughter, Elizabeth Brooks Henkel, wrote the following in the Albert Henkel Bible:

(Note: 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"

As of 1964, Allen Brooks' Bible was in possession of (g-grandson) Randle C. Carpenter of Starkville, Miss.

The following is from a typed transcription of Allen Brooks' will, which was probated in 1866. All spelling, grammar and punctuation errors appeared in the transcription:

"The Last Will & Testament of Allen Brooks
State of Mississippi Loundes County
Know all men by there presents that I Allen Brooks of aforesaid state and county being of sound mind and memory but being dangerously ill think my recovery doubtful. I therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. After my death it is my wish all my just and legal debts to be paid. All my perishable property to be advertised thirty days and sold for cash. All moneys due me either by bond, note or account to be collected or put in form so as to be equally divided amongst my legal heirs. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Hetty the following property. Two thousand dollars in money, one negro girl named Fanny about fourteen years old, one negro boy named Elick about thirteen years old, also my carriage and harness. She is also to have everything she owned or brought on the place, I will bequeath my real estate as follows: my home tract of land to Phebe C. Gray. Joab M. Brooks and Elizabeth Henkel to them and their heirs to be divided by five commissioners into three tracts or parcels of land to be equal in value. My flat woods tract including the land I gave Elizabeth Henkel in all making eleven hundred and sixty acres lying in Oktibbeha County. I wish equally divided between the heirs of my daughters Ellen and Mary Randle to be divided by commissioners as above agreeable to value. I also wish my negros to be divided into eight parcels or lots after taking out to which I gave my wife to be put into lots as not to split or break families if it can be avoided. I wish them then appraised by five citizens or commissioners so as to be equal in value and then disposed of in the following manner. To be drawed for by my heirs eight in number namely Phebe C. Gray, Mary Narcissus DoBose daughter of Charity Williams (disc), Mary Stroud, daughter of Catherine Weatherall or Carraway (disc), Joab M. Brooks, Elizabeth Henkel, the heirs of Elen Randle (disc), the heirs of Mary Randle (disc), the heirs of Georgianna Doss. The balance of my personal estate to be divided in like manner. I further will and declare that it is my wish that any money or property given heretofore shall not be accounted for by any of my heirs at law, I further state that I have two law suits depending on with the estate of James Carraway for land which I wish prosecuted to the end of the law. If lost the damages paid out of my estate, the other with Elizabether Brooks for two negros. I make constitute and appoint John A. Clayton of Lownds County and James H. Gilmore of Noxubee, to be my executors of this my last will and testemant hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 28th Jany 1865." 
 
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 Spouse:
  Narcissa Carter Brooks (1804 - 1860)*
 
 Children:
  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
 
Burial:
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
Allen Brooks
Added by: Rebecca Anderson
 
 
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Descended from Allen.
- Patrick, Heather, Carmen Anderson
 Added: Sep. 29, 2016
Rest in peace , my 3rd great grandfather.
- Wesley Clark
 Added: Nov. 16, 2014

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