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Mary A. Hiner of Keokuk, Iowa and Petersburg, VA
Posted by: Joe Cox (ID *****6271) Date: September 08, 2006 at 07:50:34
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Does anyone have any information about Edward Brooks or his family, including his wife who perhaps was previously widowed. Her name prior to marrying Edward was Mrs. Mary A. Hiner and I believe she moved from Keokuk, Iowa to Petersburg, Virginia in about 1884. I have a chest of Mary's lined with an old newspaper from Keokuk dated August 30, 1884 to support this possibility, although the census doesn't show her living there and married to Edward until 1910.

"The facts and conclusions which I have drawn:
Edward Brooks was born in Virginia around 1850, likely the son of a black mother and a white father who were also Virginians.
In 1880 he was still single, living in Petersburg and working as a carpenter.
His oldest daughter was born about 1882, so he probably bought the land (Nov 1880) and soon built the house because he was just married or planning to get married.
In 1900, he had 4 children: Nettie 18, Thomas Edward 16, Bessie 15, and Ruth 11. (These match the kids listed in the will perfectly.) He also had a 60 year old lady named Caroline Love living in the household listed as a boarder. His first wife was apparently already dead.
In 1910, he was married to Mary A (presumably Mrs. MA Hiner) and all of the children were still at home.
In 1920, it was just him and Mary, all of the kids were gone.
His 1929 will didn't leave anything to Mary, so presumably he had outlived a second wife.
Bessie married Lewis Wells. They did not have in kids in 1920 or 1930, so that's probably one line out.
I think Nettie married Everett Holmes. They had several kids.
Ruth married A Peyton Farley. Their youngest child was Edward B Farley, born in 1925.
I found Edward Brooks Farley listed as a surviving friend of a guy who died in May 2005!"


Census records:

1920 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Edward Brooks
Home in 1920: Petersburg Ward 2, Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia
Age: 70 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
BirthPlace: Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouses's Name: Mary A
Father's Birth Place: Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: Virginia
Marital status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 744
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Edward Brooks 70
Mary A Brooks 58


1920 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Mary A Brooks
Home in 1920: Petersburg Ward 2, Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia
Age: 58 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862
BirthPlace: Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouses's Name: Edward
Father's Birth Place: Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: Virginia
Marital status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 744
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Edward Brooks 70
Mary A Brooks 58





Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Petersburg Ward 2, Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia; Roll: T625_1903; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 744.


Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920. T625, 2,076 rolls.

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1910 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Edward Brooks
[Edwards Brooks]
Age in 1910: 60
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
BirthPlace: Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: Virginia
Spouses's Name: Mary A
Home in 1910: Petersburg Ward 2, Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Edward Brooks 60
Mary A Brooks 46
Nettie B Brooks 28
Thomas E Brooks 26
Bessie Brooks 24
Ruth C Brooks 21




Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Petersburg Ward 2, Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia; Roll: T624_1641; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 79; Image: 157.


1900 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Edward Brooks
Home in 1900: Petersburg Ward 3, Petersburg City, Virginia
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
BirthPlace: Virginia
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Race: Black
Occupation:
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Edward Brooks 43
Nettie Brooks 18
Bessie Brooks 15
Edward Brooks 16
Ruth Brooks 11
Caroline Love 60 Boarder





Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Petersburg Ward 3, Petersburg City, Virginia; Roll: T623 1736; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 97.


1880 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Edward Brooks
Home in 1880: Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852
BirthPlace: Virginia
Relation to head-of-household: Self
Father's birthplace: VA
Mother's birthplace: VA
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Carpenter
Marital status: Single
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members: Name Age
Edward Brooks 28


Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia; Roll: T9_1363; Family History Film: 1255363; Page: 343.1000; Enumeration District: 92; .



Thanks so much!!

Joe Cox


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