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John Brooks
b.1730 Ireland
d.abt. 1794/95 Knox County, Tennessee
  • HJohn Brooks1730 - Abt 1794/95
  • WAnn IrwinEst 1740 -
m. 1759
  1. Maj. Moses Brooks1760 - 1830
  2. Joseph BrooksEst 1761 to 1767 - 1810
  3. William Brooks1763 - 1846
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Name John Brooks
Gender Male
Birth? 1730 Ireland
Marriage 1759 Virginiato Ann Irwin
Death? abt. 1794/95 Knox County, Tennessee

John Brooks was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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About John Brooks

John Brooks, father of Moses and Joseph Brooks (and probably William Brooks) likely came from Pennsylvania (as did many other esrly Augusta settlers) and arrived in the area of Augusta County, Virginia shortly before he and his son Moses were listed in the "tithables list" in 1781 (shown below). There does not appear to be any other records in Augusta County that apply to John, making it likely that he spent only a few years in Augusta County. Both of his sons married daughters of Robert Gamble, who also migrated through Augusta County to Tennessee. John Brooks migrated to Tennessee prior to his death in Knox County in abt. 1794/95.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Vol. 2 - Tithables, 1781; Alexander Robertson's List: Samuel Hind and son John, Patrick Crawford and sons George and John, Robert Craig and sons John, Robert, and James, James and George Crawford, brothers Robert, John, and William, John Givens and sons Samuel, James, and William, Richard Rankin and sons Isaac and Richard; William Patterson and son William; James Givens and sons Samuel, Robert, and James, George Campbell and son John, Samuel Henderson and sons James, William, and David, John Lemons and son John, James Kerr and son James, George Anderson and son James, Andrew Russell and son Mathew, Robert Rogers and Father, John Allison and son Andrew, Timothy Coil and son Thomas, Adam Donlap and son William, James Alexander and sons Andrew and James, David White and James and Gordon, Henry Liner and son Henry, Ro. Stephen and son James, James Shackelford and son Reuben, Samuel Bell and son Samuel, Robert McColley and son Joseph, Jno. Patterson and son Robert, Mrs. Jane Wallace and son William, John Richey and son John, Col. George Mathews and son John, Jno. Brooks and son Moses, George King and son Robert, John Surfice and sons Martin, John, and Jacob, Thomas Hick and son Thomas.


Records in Tennessee

John Brooks (to) Moses Brooks 200 acres in Knox County.
This Indenture made this fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred ninety four between John Brooks of the one part & Moses Brooks of the other both of the county of Knox and territory of the United States of America south of the river Ohio. Witnesseth that the said John Brooks for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said Moses Brooks his heirs and assigns forever
a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres be the same more or less lying and being in the county of Knox on the north side of Holsten river bounded as follows (viz) Beginning at a stake on the ----- line of a three hundred acre survey conveyed to sd. John Brooks by ----- Donalson ... the division line between said Moses Brooks and John Brooks to a stake on the bank of the river thence up the meanders of sd. river to a white oak corner to McMillan two hundred acre survey then north eight west along the division line between sd. Moses Brooks and McMillan two hundred and fifty six poles to a stake then in a direct line or course to the beginning
with all ... to have and to hold ... In witness whereof the sd. John Brooks hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above writen.
(Signed) John his x mark Brooks (seal)
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of
William Kerr junr.
Joseph Brooks
State of Tennessee Knox County Circuit Court February Term 1819.
The execution of this deed was proved in open court by the oath of William Kerr who also made oath that Joseph Brooks the other witness to this deed is dead whereupon it was admitted to record. Let it be registered upon payment of the state tax.
Given under my hand and private seal having no seal of office, at office February 11, 1819.
H. Ramsey Clk.
[Registered 4/8/1819.]
[Source: Knox County, Tennessee, Deeds 1R/178].