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Joshua brooks, 1850 Meriwether Co. Census
Posted by: Ann Lackey (ID *****4010) Date: April 13, 2004 at 10:50:32
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Is anyone researching this Joshua Brooks? This 1850 census in Meriwether County is where only initials of family members other than head of household were listed. Joshua and Minerva's oldest child listed is a female at 17. I am wondering if there was an older son who had left home, namely William J. born in 1832. Could this Joshua be my long sought second great grandfather?

I have seen where Joshua Brooks was an appraiser at an estate sale for William J. Brooks' wife's father, Graves Swanson. At least, I think that Mary Jane Swanson, an orphan of Graves, is the wife of William J. Brooks. They married in Troup Co. in 1854. The guardianship cases had been transferred from Greene Co. to Troup.

A cousin told me that he had been driven by a house near Mountville where our grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Brooks, had once lived. He was listed on the 1870 Harris County census at age nine with his father, William J. Brooks. The family could have been with Mary Jane's guardian, Jackson Prather, in Meriwether.

This William J. was probably the one who enlisted in the Confederate Infantry, 56th Regiment, in Villa Rica.

I will appreciate hearing from others researching Brooks in this area.

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