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*Dorsey Joseph Brooks

Male 1811 - 1876  (64 years)


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  • Name *Dorsey Joseph Brooks  [1, 2, 3
    Born 22 Aug 1811  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Apr 1876  Pate Cemetery Northwest Of Catlin, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Apr 1876  Vermillion County, Illinois; 64 Yrs, 8 Mos, 28 Days Old. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I156621  My Genealogy

    Father *William Brooks,   b. Between 1780 and 1790, Western District, Virginia (Now West Virginia); See Notes Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Sarah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F65135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 *Susanna Pate,   b. 17 Mar 1804, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1869, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1837  Virginia; First Marriage For Dorsey. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Mollie Anne Brooks,   b. 14 Dec 1837, Washington County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1916, Near Oakwood, Vermillion County, Illinois; Died In A Fire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Lewis Browning Brooks,   b. 5 Feb 1840, North Of Wheeling, Brooke County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1906, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Joseph Dorsey Brooks, Jr.,   b. 12 Nov 1841, Washington County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1905, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. James Dixon Brooks,   b. 14 Aug 1844, Washington County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1916, Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F4158  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mrs. Mary Jane Miller,   b. 1818, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Nov 1869  Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Miller Brooks,   b. 1852, Illinois; Stepson Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Joshiah Miller Brooks,   b. 1857, Illinois; Stepson Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F4159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "1st Generation:
      DORSEY BROOKS, (His first name was Joseph, but preferred Dorsey.) (B.August 22, 1811 in Ohio D. April 20, 1876 Vermillion County,Illinois) Was a boot and shoe manufacturer. Marrie (1) Susanna(Pate) Johnson (B. March 17, 1804 in Montgomery County, Virginia D.April 22, 1869 in Vermillion County, Illinois) Both are buried inPate Cemetery near Catlin, Vermillion County, Illinois. Daughter ofJeremiah Jr. and Catherine (Fry) Pate. Issue: Mary Ann, LewisBrowning, (Joseph) Dorsey Jr., and James Dixon Brooks. Married: (2)Mrs. Mary J. Miller. Stepsons: John and Joshiah Miller."
      Source: Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins, c. 2003 [Transcribed 09 Jan2006, SLJuhl]

      Per Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins at the beginning of the Brooks FamilyRecords before 2003:
      "Brooks History
      In wanting to learn more about our Douglass and Brooks history, I madea trip to Danville, Illinois to visit my aunt Alice Shappard. (AliceMargaret Douglass) My family had moved from Danville when I was ateenager, and I had lost track of most of the famies on my mothersside of the family. We had quite a nice visit and a few more beforeshe passed away.
      She had a book of "The LaBaw Family Record" written by R.K. Buckner,that included the Douglass family. I borrowed it ti copy. Now have abook of my own (this book is now with the compiler, SLJuhl).
      Aunt Alice had a Family Bible and on one page was written:
      Dorsey Brooks b. 1812 VA.
      Susanna Pate
      Mary Ann b. 12-14-1838
      Lewis Browning b. 2-5-1840 Wheeling VA. d. 9-22-1906
      Dorsey Jr. b. 11-12-1841
      James dixon b. 8-14-1843
      She never mentioned any of the family except Lewis Browning, so maybeshe didn't know that the rest of this family also lived in VermillionCounty, Illinois. Her quote was: "Lewis was born in Wheeling, VA. Hecame to Indiana and was never known to return to VA. (W. VA.) Hisfamily was very dishearted when he joined the Army (CO. A. 71 IllinoisInfantry) and fought for the North instead of the South in the CivilWar."
      In the year of 1862, Dorsey Brooks #1, brought his family toVermillion County, Illinois. All but Lewis lived and died there andare buried in three different cemeteries, Catlin-Danville-Oakwood."{Transcribed 10 Jan 2006, SLJuhl]

      A Source: United States Federal Census Records of Dorsey Brooks andfamily:
      1840 Western Dist., Brooke Co., VA. (No. of Wheeling, W. VA.)

      Source: 1850 Independence TWP., Washington Co., OH.; Plus per JoyceL. Clore Elkins Census records
      Name: Dorsey Brooks, Shoemaker
      Age: 37
      Estimated birth year: abt 1813
      Birth Place: Ohio
      Gender: Male
      Home in 1850
      (City,County,State): Independence, Washington, Ohio
      Dorsey Brooks
      Susan
      Mary A.
      Lewis B.
      Dorsey
      James D.
      Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Independence, Washington,Ohio; Roll: M432_738; Page: 533; Image: 709.
      www.Ancestry.com; 22 May 2007; SLJuhl, compiler

      Source: 1860 Whitewater, near Cinn., Hamilton Co., OH.; Census perJoyce L. Clore Elkins records
      Name: Dorsey Brooks, Farmer; value 300/200
      State: OH
      County: Hamilton County
      Township: Whitewater Township
      Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
      Page: 198
      Database: OH 1860 Federal Census Index; www.Ancestry.com; 22 May 2007
      Source: Name: Dorsey Brooks
      Age in 1860: 51
      Birth Year: abt 1809
      Birthplace: Ohio
      Home in 1860: Whitewater, Hamilton, Ohio
      Gender: Male
      Value of real estate: View image
      Household Members: Name Age
      Dorsey Brooks 51 OH
      Susan Brooks 58 VA
      Mary A Brooks 21 OH
      Lewis Brooks 19 VA
      Dorsey Brooks 17 OH
      www.Ancestry.com; 22 May 2007, SLJuhl, compiler
      Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Whitewater, Hamilton, Ohio;Roll: M653_980; Page: 198; Image: 399.

      (1862) Danville, Illinois - children married there in 1863.
      1870 Oakwood, Vermillion Co., IL.
      1880 Dist. 211, Catlin, Vermillion Co., IL.

      Correspondence from:
      Ruth B. Hamernik
      108 N. Crowapoint
      Ada, OK 74820

      To:
      Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins
      103 Washington
      Montezuma, IN. 47862
      Dated: Sunday 14 April 1991
      ?Dear Cousin Joyce!
      I am still enjoying the feeling of finally hearing from a livingBROOKS relative! So nice of you to get in touch and nice of Clovis togive you my name. I think I have the items ready to send you tomorrow?. Hope you can make out my notes, especially. Just ask if somethingneeds explaining.
      Sending census readings for Dorsey?s family. I don?t know where hewas before the 1840 census of Brooke Co., Va. In his father?shousehold I guess, age about 19 (29). But before 1850 we don?t getnames of everyone in the household ? just the head of household. Sowill have to find out some other way, and I hope he will show up in awill or from some other Brooks researcher. His birth state on thecensuses was always listed as Ohio, so I have been using that.
      If Susan PATE mostly finished growing up in Dearborn, Ind. I don?tknow where she met up with old Dorsey Brooks. Although there areJohnston?s shown in Brooke Co., Va. Census. But that is also a commonname. I have a hunch (only a hunch) that Dorsey had a background ofbeing earlier in Hamilton co., Ohio and just across the river fromSusan and met her there. He did go there by 1860, as shown on census. By 1862 the family was in Danville, Ill. And your Lewis B. andbrother Dorsey, Jr. married in Vermillion Co., Indiana in 1863. Ijust wish the courthouse in Dearborn Co. hadn?t burned the recordsthere. Well, Maybe some PATE researcher will know and we will findout more about Susan and her marriages.
      I have submitted queries for later publication in the BROOKS HISTORIANquarterly, and for the ILLIANA quarterly at Danville, Ill. Will beprinted in about July. Will let you know if I get a response. TheDanville group has really helped me a lot for year?s ad I learnedabout our family so much from records there. I am a long time memberof our local genealogical library and volunteer. So have usedmicrofilm and books for all my research ?. And have written manyletters, of course. This is the side of my family that I knew almostnothing on when I started. So I appreciate any little bits I get.
      Lewis Browning ?.. Gosh, I thought I would never know his middle name! With first sons usually named for the father?s father, I hope thiswill be a clue, or the name of his grandfather. A puzzle at thistime, but maybe something will come to light. I just KNOW that theBrowning?s next door to them in 1840 are kin in some way. And I don?tthink Susan was Dorsey?s first wife ?. She would have been about 34years old when the first child was born and that just doesn?t seemright. Or maybe there were younger children we know nothing about andthey had died. But the family I have heard from knows nothing aboutthat. Or any children she might have had by that George Johnston.Anyway, I now know to look for BROWNING family clues.
      And the Margaret Brooks I met in Danville told me that her uncles usedto refer to Susan as ?that old Susan Pate?! Well, I do think she wasprobably the mother of my James Dixon Brooks. Margaret said all ofthe sons and grandsons could do shoe repair. She is granddaughter ofDorsey Jr.
      I can?t find the 1860 census note I had with the parents of MargaretRandall on it. I copied it once but it?s lost I guess! But I dorecall that Margaret was still single at home. And I think had abrother Charles. Maybe others, too. And I recall that her mom bornin England. Vermillion Co. would probably have more info on thatfamily. The two little boys of Lewis and Margaret that I found on the1870 census probably died.
      Your Lewis was the only child of old Dorsey I couldn?t find in lateryears after 1870. I?ve looked and looked, because our ?cousin?Margaret in Danville said he did live because her father told how theyalways looked forward to a visit from ?Uncle Lew?. And that wouldhave been after 1870. Then several months ago in an Illiana quarterlyI saw a listing of some GAR members joining after the Civil War. Anda LOUIS Brooks was one that turned out to be yours. But I wasn?t sureuntil you wrote that he was the same Lewis. Margaret Brooks said yourLewis was at one time a machinery salesman. Her family told her thatI guess.
      I don?t have a name for the cemetery where Lewis B. is buried. Wouldyou send it later? And a picture of the marker if there is one and itisn?t too much trouble. I hope to get pictures from the PATE cemeterywhere old Dorsey and Susan are buried. They have stones. That?s Igot their death dates only last year. All but Lewis are buried outfrom Danville in 3 different cemeteries.
      Lewis? only sister Mary Anne was known as Mollie and that is the nameon her tombstone? ?Aunt Mollie? Thoroughman and the dates (error onbirth year). Her husband is also buried there, dying much earlierthan she. They had no children and she married at age of about 38.
      What did you think about your Lewis being listed as the Constable onthe 1870 census? This was in the little town where they lived whenthey came from Ohio. Near the cemetery north of their where mine areburied at the Hebron Methodist Church cemetery. It is such a prettylittle church and cemetery well kept and still used some, though it issmall. I hope you can go there some day and see it. There used to bea town of Newtown close, but the town is gone. Oakwood is still thereand on the map. North of there is where the cemetery is.
      Well, I think I will let you rest and hope this is not too much todump on you! I wanted to send you what I have and will keep in touchwith anything else I find. Hoe this has helped. I had no expense oncopying.
      Sincerely, Ruth?
      [Transcribed: 11 Jan 2006, SLJuhl]

      Correspondence from:
      Ruth B. Hamernik
      108 N. Crowapoint
      Ada, OK 74820
      To:
      Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins
      103 Washington
      Montezuma, IN. 47862
      Dated: Monday, 22 Apr 1991
      ?Dear Joyce,
      I?m back again?.Wanted to send you this enclosed 1860 census ofVermillion Co., Ind. Where your Margaret Randall is still in herfather?s household, just 3 years before she married your Lewis BROOKS.
      And I am sure that Margaret?s mother was not the Elizabeth listedhere. That explains your mention that Margaret had a half-brother. Ithink the 2 year old Thomas W., and Lewis E. age 1, are bothhalf-brothers of Margaret. And I believe the Charles COLTON, bornEngland like Elizabeth, is probably Elizabeth?s brother.
      So Elizabeth, the wife of Wm. RANDALL here, is a second wife. I willlook at an earlier census if it is available here and see who hisfirst wife was. There were COLTONS in other countries but I haven?tlooked at them yet, as they aren?t your line.
      Maybe we can eventually find some marriage records that will help findthe first wife of Wm. Randall. I?ll try, and let you know what Ifind.
      I?ve desperately tried with what is available here, to get a tie-infor the BROWNING and BROOKS family. Don?t have what I need, and itwas in a time period that?s hard to research.
      But I?m still hoping for some success and will keep in touch with you. Again I thank you for writing to me.
      Sincerely, Ruth?
      [Transcribed, 11 Jan 2006, SLJuhl]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2707] The Brooks Family Of Indiana.

    2. [S2708] Dorsey Brooks, Federal Census Records (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S2709] Aunt Alice Shappard. (Alice Margaret Douglass), Several Personal Interviews (Reliability: 3).