Thanks for your response. I've been gone for a week, so I too am slow in responding.
I have no good supporting evidence that William Brooks was from NC. I've seen reports on the internet (as you indicate) that William Brooks is from NC. On page 164 of the "History of Clay Co., 1884 (1969 republication) there is the statement ". . . the father and mother were natives of North Carolina." The is no indication of the source of this statement by the author, so it could very well be incorrect. It could also be the source that has produced many of the statements to this effect on the internet.
In the Clay County Genealogical Center, Louisville, IL, in the Brooks vertical file, there is a single page, handwritten by someone with a notation in different handwriting "Written by S. E. (Emma) Brooks ????? 1893, Ingraham, IL. At the top of the page, in the handwriting of the person who wrote the script there is, "Record. 1896.)
Under that there is the listing, " William Brooks Sr. was born in N.C. June 11, AD 1784. His wife Susannah Brooks was born in Indiana, in October, 10, 1788. Her maiden name; Wiman. (Above the Indiana someone has penciled in N.C.)
I certainly agree that none of this provides primary evidence that William was born in NC. I offer it simply as a lead for anyone looking for earlier information about William.
If you wish to correspond with me further about this, I'll be very glad to hear from you either on the Forum or by e-mail. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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