A James Brooks, Revolutionary War soldier, drew land in the 1827 lottery in Jasper County (William C. Stewart, Gone to Georgia, Washington, D.C. National Genealogical Society, 1965). The orphans of James Brooks of Davis’ District, Walton County, drew land in the 1827 lottery. It is clear that the James Brooks, RWS who drew land in Jasper County in 1827 was not the same man.
James Brooks was born about 1758 (N.S.D.A.R – Georgia Revolutionary Soldiers) in Virginia (according to the census report of his son, Paschal Brooks). He married Elizabeth Traylor December 26, 1782 in Caswell County, North Carolina (Frances T. Ingmire, Colonial Georgia Marriages from 1760-1810, St. Louis: 1985). Several Brooks marriages took place in Caswell County.
This is the same James who had been named as guardian for two Traylor children in Wilkes County, (Early Records of Georgia, ibid.). Records of Oglethorpe County were searched, and it is confirmed that he was the other James, who lived in the part of Wilkes County that became Oglethorpe County. He was named as guardian for Frances Traylor and Milley Traylor, orphans of William Traylor.
In 1794, James and Elizabeth Brooks sold two hundred acres to Middleton Brooks, all of Oglethorpe County. In Gone to Georgia, it was revealed that Middleton Brooks witnessed a deed of purchase for William Traylor in 1787, the same man whose orphaned children were placed under the care of James Brooks in 1792.
Middleton Brooks was born in Caroline County, Virginia, lived in Halifax County, Virginia at the time of his enlistment, and moved to Wilkes County, Georgia in 1786 (Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Volume I:A-E, Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990).
James Brooks, who married Elizabeth Traylor in Caswell County, was closely associated with Middleton Brooks. Caswell County is just across the state line from Halifax County, but not bordering each other.
Children linked to The Rev. James Brooks and Elizabeth Traylor:
Bolling (or Bevin)
James Brooks, Jr.
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