Hello, Jean. I'm happy to hear from you. I wrote a lengthy reply to your note and lost it somewhere before it posted. I believe your James Madison Rooks is brother to my great grandmother, Susannah Rooks. A nice person on the internet told me that we are descended from William Rooks, Sr. a Revolutionary War veteran. He moved from NC to Gwinnett Co., GA and was listed in the 1820 census. There he drew in the Land Lottery of 1827 Carroll Co., GA. The land was granted on Dec. 20, 1830 in Land District Number 4 and Land Lot number 55 later known as the Whitesburg District number 682. William Sr.'s son, William Jr., and William Jr.'s wife Sarah Cook gave birth to James Madison Rooks who is father of your James Madison Rooks and my Susannah Rooks.
It's my understanding that both William and Sarah are buried in the Rooks cemetery near Ephesus Church in Carroll Co., but I have not been able to locate it. George, who posts here sometimes, has information on the cemetaries.
It's always great to meet another Rooks cousin, Jean. I don't know whether there is a Rooks "Historian" who keeps an exhaustive list of elder and contemporary Rookses or not. I have not met one here on the internet. I was fortunate to meet a family historian for one of my other lines who was able to provide me with much, much information. What I've told you here is about all I know about the Rooks line.
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