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Named after my great grandmother Lorena Bozeman McClain who was born in 1890 Ramer, Montgomery, Alabama, I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about this great lady and her heritage.

After my parents passed away and my husband died of cancer, I began to write about them and their family trees when I was unable to sleep.

Our families have traveled many miles and intertwined in the same
communities, some knowing each other, many moons ago.

Lorena was named after her mother Alice Lorena Stephens and the story was that Alice's great grandfather was in the American Revolution and married to a full blood Cherokee, giving her a Biblical name. Indian unrest was so bad in the Carolinas, they packed up and moved to Dublin and Ramer in Alabama. Records indicate there were several Stephens Plantations in that area once, near many other migrating families like Broadway, Bozeman, Gibson, Timmons, Dillard, Money, Hill, Gardener, McClain, Anderson, Sellers, with most of their children intermarrying.

Colonial Records

Alabama Migrations and mine were right in the midst of it.
http://www.archives.state.al.us/teacher/settle.html
After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Government established laws to survey and sell land gained from Britain. The area that became Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi Territory from 1798 to 1817. Many settlers arrived in the area before government lands had been surveyed. Unable to buy, they simply picked a location, built a cabin, cleared fields, and put in crops. Such families were called squatters. Land laws were passed to provide legal title to land for settlers who already lived on the land. Some settlers claimed land by British or Spanish land grants, and others were squatters who claimed land by right of pre-emption....Starting in 1804, U. S. Land Offices were established to sell land in the area which would become Alabama. By law federal land was sold to the highest bidders at public auctions. Alabama sales attracted men from all over the nation, many of them speculators. Groups of speculators bought large tracts, sometimes for as little as $10 an acre, then resold at $20 to $100 an acre. When an auction ended, poorer migrants could buy less desirable land for as little as $2 an acre. The smallest amount one person could buy was 160 acres. Under the Land Law of 1800 a purchaser could put one-fourth down and pay the rest off over three years. But when the price of cotton fell to eighteen cents a pound, few could meet payments on land bought at inflated prices. By 1820, Alabama owed the federal government $11 million--more than half of the national land debt. In 1820 and 1821 Congress passed new laws to deal with this problem. The Land Law of 1820 required future buyers to pay the entire amount in cash but lowered the minimums to $1.25 an acre and 80 acres. Those already in debt were aided by the Relief Act of 1821 which permitted them to keep part of their land and return the rest to the government or buy it all on the installment plan at reduced rates. Introduction to the Settlement Unit: The defeat of the Creek Indians opened the heartland of Alabama to white settlement and caused Alabama fever to sweep the nation. Pioneers by the thousands left Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia seeking fertile land for growing cotton. Mississippi territorial law was in place, but when Mississippi became a state, Congress created the Alabama Territory in 1817. Congress designated St. Stephens as capital of the Alabama Territory and approved a legislature of Alabama delegates already elected to the old Mississippi territorial legislature. William Wyatt Bibb, a Georgia physician who had served in the United States Congress and had powerful friends in Washington, was named Territorial governor. He was also elected as the first governor when Alabama became a state December 14, 1819. He helped establish the government, pass laws and administer justice. The following documents deal with cost of government, land speculation, cotton, and law as settlers poured in the area during the early settlement of Alabama.At the start of the 19th century, Indians still held most of present-day Alabama. War broke out in 1813 between American settlers and a Creek faction known as the Red Sticks, who were determined to resist white encroachment. After General Andrew Jackson and his Tennessee militia crushed the Red Sticks in 1814 at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in central Alabama, he forced the Creek to sign a treaty ceding some 40,000 sq mi (103,600 sq km) of land to the US, thereby opening about three-fourths of the present state to white settlement. From 1814 onward, pioneers, caught up by what was called "Alabama fever," poured out of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky into what Andrew Jackson called "the best unsettled country in America." Wealthy migrants came in covered wagons, bringing their slaves, cattle, and hogs. But the great majority of pioneers were ambitious farmers who moved
  • Me (238 KB)
    My grandson is made up of all of genes.
  • Marriage Record (524 KB)
    Annie Ballard wed John Brooks in Tennessee
  • Marriage Record (1122 KB)
    John Brooks Sr married Roxanna "Annie" "Roxie" Permilia Smith in Tennessee and had son John who married Annie Ballard
    • FILES (5 KB)
      RELATED WEBPAGES
    • Family (25 KB)
      My Many Grandfathers
    • Documents (791 KB)
      Records found on many of our relatives, Baxley, Ballard, Bond, Bozeman, Carter, Cooper, Coonfield, Cochran, Fenn, McClain, Stone, Little, Parker, Stephens, Tefft, Wright, Weatherford, Young
    • Documents 2 (94 KB)
      Records found on many of our relatives, Baxley, Ballard, Bond, Bozeman, Carter, Cooper, Coonfield, Cochran, Fenn, McClain, Stone, Little, Parker, Stephens, Tefft, Wright, Weatherford, Young
    • 1830 census (12 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama
    • Dallas County (18 KB)
      My Census records saved from my own subscription for future reference.
    • Lowndes County (14 KB)
      Census Records
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    • 1990s (62 KB)
      Victor D
    • 1851 (1352 KB)
      Aunt Gilly to Uncle Jesse signed by Stephens after the death of Gilly's husband Peter.
    • 1890s (26 KB)
      Siblings of Frank D
    • 1838 (173 KB)
      William Henry
    • 1913 (192 KB)
      Marriage License
    • 1930 (1512 KB)
      Susie Mae and James
    • 1950s (447 KB)
      Arizona
    • 1900 (435 KB)
      Grandfather George Partridge
    • 1911 (307 KB)
      Nancy Kizar Hill
    • 1930 (1097 KB)
      Luella and Frank
    • Anderson (76 KB)
      Montgomery AL
    • 1840 (360 KB)
      John Carter moved from SC to Talladega AL
    • 1850 Martha Hill (647 KB)
      Montgomery AL
    • 1765 (207 KB)
      Map of the South
    • Ben (31 KB)
      abt 1900
    • Isaac (142 KB)
      1800 Ky tax list
  • Family History (959 KB)
    Documents
  • Documents (1163 KB)
    The path of my ancestors
  • Alabama Territory 1819...
    The lands of Montgomery County were put up for auction at the Federal Land Office in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1816. Larger parcels were sold to developers who subdivided the land into lots for urban commercial and residential use, predetermining a major city on the banks of the Alabama River at Montgomery. A hardy and superior class of people penetrated the wilderness. Settlements and towns sprang into existence everywhere. The City of Montgomery, which became the county seat in 1822, was built on the side of the Indian town Ikanatchati (Econachatee), which means red ground, and Towasa on a high red bluff known to Alibamu Indians as Chunnaanaauga Chatty.

    I have taken pictures of the historical markers found downtown about the former Indians who lived here along the Alabama River and near the train station, but keep in mind there was another train station in Ramer on the east side of Montgomery County where the First Little White House of the Confederacy was placed and Ramer was the home of many large plantations in this research.

    Hundreds of families began their journey into the state with many settling in Montgomery County long before it became civilized and left a legacy for us all to be proud of.

    John Hill, John Stephens, Benjamin Lewis, Howell and Richard Mason, Peter Bozeman, John Stacie, Abner McGehee, Abner Broadway, John Stephens, Elisha Anderson, William and Alfred Sellers, David Campbell, Matthew Stokes, John McQueen, George Gibson, William Chisholm, George Bush, Bunberry Flinn, James Moon, Deer, Norman, Hampton Hilliard, Henry Graves, etc.

    Dozens of my ancestors served in the Civil War and many lost their crops or farms but they bounced back. Some even tried the new land in Texas after the Alamo but most returned to their native home in Montgomery.

    When the train finally came through down by the river, families loaded their wagons and hauled their crops down the old dirt road called Dexter Avenue to sell or ship out.
     
  • Aunt Ethel's Home (128 KB)
    This tiny home was built by Aunt Ethel and her husband Jace Gibson and my picture was taken when my sister Pam and I visited the area around 2005 after hearing the story from her daughter Peggy whom we lost not long afterward to kidney cancer. Peggy's story was that Ethel and Jason had several children at the time, all living in a tent on this farm, while they built their new home around 1930. It seemed to be one of the oldest homes still standing in 2005. Ethel and Jace are buried down the road at Hills Chapel Cemetery on the Long Road close to her father John Thomas Bozeman and his 4th wife Sara Ellen Bean. Sara raised these children after their mother died young and told them stories, like she was related to the hanging Judge Roy Bean. She was a wonderful stepmother who also gave them four more siblings before she passed away. Many of these descendants still remain in Dublin, Ramer, Grady, and Hickory Grove.
  • Pam's husband Larry Fuller passed away in 2008 (75 KB)
    His mother was Hazel Richards, buried at his foot.
  • Confederate Pension Application (869 KB)
    April 1896 Grandmother Nancy applies for Peter's pension the first time.
    • Aunt Ethel Notes (68 KB)
      Since her sister was my great grandmother and Ethel had many surviving but elderly children in the Dublin and Ramer Communities, I located and contacted a few for information. I managed to meet several of Ethel's descendants in May 2007 at Hills Chapel Church which was a marvelous gathering of cousins. We exchanged research and took many photos.
    • Meeting New Cousins (1 KB)
      Locating Lost Family Graves
    • Aunt Ethel's Granddaughter (41 KB)
      Elizabeth and her daughter researching our ancestry of Grandpa John Thomas Bozeman.
    • 1830 (214 KB)
      Study of my families in Montgomery 1830
    • Anne (123 KB)
      Tracing our roots and branches.
    • Elisha Anderson of NC died in 1834 (51 KB)
      His will is found probated in Montgomery, mentions his wife, daughters and son Elijah - Elijah had our Seaborne Montgomery Anderson who had Nancy Jane. Seaborne had a brother named Elijah who died in the Civil War 1861 and home was listed as Hickory Grove. Hickory Grove is also where our Grandpa McClain lived. Some researchers think that Elisha Anderson was the son of Elmore Anderson and a full blood indian all born in 1700s North Carolina, near the Sellers and Pool families who were also of mixed blood.
    • 1880 (366 KB)
      Study of my families in Montgomery 1830
    • Anne (160 KB)
      Tracing our roots and branches.
    • Meet The Folks (38 KB)
      Relatives and Research
    • 1850 (23 KB)
      Following my ancestor's path.
    • Charles (155 KB)
      Roots and Branches.
    • My Family (323 KB)
      Documents
    • Wares Ferry Road A Shawnee Village (16 KB)
      1821 Several indian villages were found like Sawonagi and indian burial mounds still exist in that area.
    • Westbrook (223 KB)
      Grauer, Holt, Glass, Brasswell, Holly, Penton, Jones, Johnson
    • Our Ancestors Speak (521 KB)
      One clue after another as we follow their trails.
    • Yellow Fever (9 KB)
      yes it also struck Montgomery and some of our kin
    • 1840 (74 KB)
      Montgomery Transcription has my Abner Broadway, John Carter, Daniel McQueen, Lewis, Stokes, Ross, Gunter, Hill, Bozeman, Graves, Anderson, Sellers, Johnson, Mills, and many others, including George Bush and a John Booth, of course the John Wilkes Booth you've heard of actually performed in a theatre downtown Montgomery. There are actually some old fish ponds in south Montgomery County where you know who George Bush comes to go fishing with old friends..........So very many of their children and grandchildren were intermarried, that we may all be cousins way back when.
    • Our Ancestors Speak (15 KB)
      Continuing with the Carters
    • Dublin, Ramer, and Hope Hull (23 KB)
      All up and down these old country roads, were once our family plantations and some graves were recently found.
    • Meeting New Cousins (100 KB)
      Tracing Our Roots in the early days of Montgomery
    • DNA of Jimmy (111 KB)
      Jimmy Ray and Alan's DNA test to the local Bozeman family is a perfect match.
    • Uncle Meady Sells Share of Plantation (41 KB)
      Our connection to cousin Wayne Bozeman through Grandpa William Henry's son Meade. Meade was the brother of our Peter Edward whom we found buried at Dublin.
    • 1786 (62 KB)
      Marriages before the migration to Montgomery include Lacklan McIntosh, Peter Bozeman
    • Census Notes (138 KB)
      Montgomery Bozeman Families
    • Uncle Meady Descendant (31 KB)
      Richard and William researching the Montgomery families is also cousin to Wayne of Elmore.
    • Bio of Aunt Ethel (18 KB)
      Ethel Bozeman married J Gibson, the son of Clopton Gibson and Rebecca Lou Broadway ( Grandma's sister) they lived in Dublin/ Ramer Community, after you leave Hwy 231 which is known as Warrior Hill Road.
    • Census Notes Updated (138 KB)
      Montgomery Bozeman Families
    • Uncle Meady's brother Peter (35 KB)
      Sharon is researching William Henry's other brother who married Gilly and moved to Louisiana and died in 1851 of the cholera.
    • Graveyards (9 KB)
      Taking photos of old tombstones
  • 1838 William Henry (69 KB)
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  • Letter 1916 (952 KB)
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  • 1880 Catherine (323 KB)
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  • Letter (549 KB)
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  • 1949 Charles (264 KB)
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  • Lorena (233 KB)
    1950
  • 1910 Elizabeth (513 KB)
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  • Luella (53 KB)
    1910
  • 1925 Alice (19 KB)
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  • Lattie (173 KB)
    1880
  • 1925 Alice and Katie (41 KB)
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  • 1829 Sarah (265 KB)
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  • 1880 Joe (83 KB)
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  • 1851 Gilly Goodson (753 KB)
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  • PEB 1834 (69 KB)
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  • 1830 Barsheba (497 KB)
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  • ALB (1351 KB)
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  • 1850 Isaac in Indiana (1863 KB)
  • 1830 in Alabama (11 KB)
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  • Introduction (24 KB)
    One step at a time
  • Search Land Records and Documents (1 KB)
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  • Search Bozeman Gen Web (1 KB)
    Famlies migrating into Covington and Montgomery Counties of Alabama by 1820 as many more followed their trail down the Old Federal Road through Creek Nation
  • Family Research (687 KB)
    Following the path they created, their trails and journeys, their children, and more
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  • Montgomery Area Famlies (30 KB)
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  • Hiram Little at the Alamo (28 KB)
    Not mine but my Hiram Little moved there in 1860 so are we connected.
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    Back and forth they traveled, settling here and there, looking for work or looking for rich soil to grow their crops, I trace my elders through history, by census records, tax lists, military documents, and I visit old lost cemeteries to photograph their tombstones to learn more about them.

    They are included in many old books about a states' history or early pioneers and other family books like Wagon Tracks by Fenn, Stephens Ancestry by Clyde, Sketches by Reverend Bozeman, Milo's Custer's stories of Miller in Rockingham, Green River KY Families, Cochran Clan, Indiana History included Coonfield and Clark, Barbour County History includes Fenn and the Indians,
    History of Muhlenburg included Little and Handley, on and on there is documentation, which can be followed by census record study which gives names and ages of family members, and church records of the old days and archives of courthouses reveal important data.

    Much is written and speculated about our Martin Weatherford and his wife Mary half blood leaving Virginia to own a huge plantation in Georgia, but he had fought for the British, and was very outspoken and soon banned from the State and moved to the Bahamas, but their son Charles, also left his family in VA to marry Sehoy in Alabama and have a son who led the Redsticks in the Creek War. Charles may have left 4 children behind in VA including Catherine Weatherford who married John Wright in 1811.

    Charles Brooks had dozens and dozens of ancestors migrating into Alabama in the early 1800s. Joseph Baxley born 1815 Georgia or possibly as some speculate, in SC., married Mary Evans and named a son James H. - the tombstone of James has the middle name as Hardie. James served in the Civil War and married Louisa Miranda Holt and resided in "Holtville". Their daughter Ella Olivia Baxley married L. W. Hood and had Bessie Mae Hood who married Milton Elijah Thornton. Elijah's parents were Mary Angeline Partridge, an indian, and George Thornton, a mixed blood from Georgia, who had settled in Central, Elmore County, Alabama. Elijah's daughter, Mary Ella Thornton married James Edgar Brooks Jr. Parents of James were Susie Mae Cooper and James E Brooks Sr. James and Susie are listed on the 1930 census with both their widowed mothers. Susie's ancestors were in Chambers County about 1830: Andrew Cooper and "Alsey" from SC living near Malinda Phillips and Elijah Lee born 1777 SC. Their children Sarah F. Lee married Charner P. Cooper, a soldier from the Civil War, and had a son named Levi who moved to Hope Hull working on a farm owned by Thomas Randolph Carter, where he fell in love with the daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Carter. Parents of Thomas were "Mary" and John Wise Carter of SC who had migrated to Talledega. Thomas is buried in Hope Hull on his old plantation by his first wife Lacy Jane Bozeman. Her name was Lucy on census but Lacy on her tombstone. Thomas served in the Civil War and his grandfather Captain John Carter served in the American Revolution, along with his own father in law, John Wise of South Carolina....The second wife of Thomas Carter was Mary Josephine Hereferd of Virginia and she was the mother of Sarah Elizabeth Carter...Mary was not very happy with this marriage and had only the one child. She buried Thomas by his first wife. Some of Mary's family settled in Alabama and some moved on to Texas. Mary's mother was Jemima Ramsey of Virginia.

    Parents of James Brooks were Annie Ballard and John Brooks of Tennesse and they are all buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery Alabama. John was a railroad man, born to Roxanna Permilia Smith of TN and a John Brooks born 1837 Pennsylvania.
    John 1837 died of tuberculosis in Texas. Parents of Roxanna were Caroline Bond and Thomas Smith. Parents of Annie Ballard were Dora Craig and James Ballard of TN. Some of these families migrated into Tennessee about 1800 from the Carolinas living amongst the Cherokee Indians and Chickasaw so they could have been mixed blood. Annie's picture shows she was a dark lady with black eyes and black hair and so was her husband's features very dark but I would suspect his from the Smith side of the family.

    Charles Brooks wed Kathy Cochran in Montgomery Alabama. She was at least one eighth Cherokee blood. Her parents were Anne Carter and Frank Cochran. Anne's parents were Alice Emily McClain and Cecil Earl Fenn Carter. Emily was called Emma,Ellie, and Emmer by her parents Lorena Bozeman and Charles McClain Lorena's parents were Alice Lorena Stephens and John Thomas Bozeman. Charlie's parents were Elizabeth Broadway and Josiah Marion McClain.

    The father of John Bozeman was Peter Edward Bozeman, a Civil War Soldier who married Nancy Jane Anderson, and her father was Seaborn Montgomery Anderson, another Civil War soldier. Seaborn had married Lavinia Jane Sellers.

    Cecil Carter's parents were Anna Lou Stone and William Franklin Fenn. Frank was born in Tuskegee to Emeline Harrell and John Fenn a Civil War soldier of Georgia. Anna's parents were Mary Ann Hendrick and Augustus Marvin Stone of Georgia. Anna divorced Frank Fenn about 1901/1902 and remarried to a Carter, then to a Dasher, as found in Georgia census records.

    Studying Marengo County finding Elizabeth Grauer Westbrook in 1850 back home with her parents and baby William, she is obviously pregnant with George, and divorced.

    Family Photos

    • Anne Carter 's Grandpa's Death Certificate (458 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama 1922 death certificate of William Franklin Fenn born 1855 in Tuskegee, Macon County Alabama, former Creek Indian Nation to Emeline Harrell and John Fenn of Georgia - John had served in the Civil War and moved his family to Alabama in the 1860s.
    • Anne Carter 's Uncle Frank Fenn (18 KB)
      Her daddy's brother born 1895 resided in Coosada, had a farm on Airport Road, a family cemetery and the Church Cemetery he donated, and later his land became Coosada Elementary School. Frank served in WWI and worked for the railroad and he was the father of Bob Fenn, the principal of Robinson Springs School around 1987. Frank's tombstone is next to his brother Robert's in their family graveplot. Robert never appeared on a census record but was known as Uncle Lee. Franks' features are very much like those of Billy Carter and of Mark Carter.
    • Anne Carter and Frank Cochran (54 KB)
      1953 by the cactus in Arizona - They married in 1951 and moved to Tulsa Oklahoma for a while, then to Arizona, and then back through Mena Arkansas and Chetopa Kansas before returning to Alabama.
    • Frank Cochran (212 KB)
      Family photo about 1937 with Frank on the left
    • Mary Angeline Partridge Thornton (300 KB)
      Mother of Milton Elijah Thornton in Elmore County Alabama and the granny of Mary Ella Thornton Brooks.
    • Frank Cochran and Son Frank Jr and son (30 KB)
      Family in Montgomery about 1993
    • Minnie Lee Gibson (83 KB)
      Daughter of Ethel Mae Bozeman's daughter Ruby Gibson - Minnie's daughter contacted me and sent the picture; please do write again. It has been such a joy hearing from my new found cousins.
    • Frank Cochran's father as a child with Jacob (108 KB)
      Family in Kansas - "Pop" Frank Delbert Cochran was a handsome little lad with much resemblence to the pictures of his many grandsons, born to parents Clora Jane Miller and Jacob Benjamin Cochran - both had become widowed in Iowa 1870s and married there before migrating to Hill City of Graham County Kansas in 1882 .
    • Sam Little (984 KB)
      Uncle Sam was the son of John Wright Little and a brother to Lattie. Lattie told her children stories of their Indian Heritage while Uncle Sam would deny them all - he didn't want to be indian.
    • Frank Cochran's mother Luella (119 KB)
      Luella was the daughter of Lattie Little and Ben Coonfield born in Arkansas. Lattie was born in Kentucky and Ben's family had been born in Indiana both with ancestors mentioned in those states' history books .
    • John T. Bozeman (3 KB)
      Son of Peter and Nancy, married Alice Stephens, having Ethel Mae and Lorena Emma Bozeman, this photo may have been taken around 1890. John is buried at Hills Chapel Cemetery in front of the church at Dublin beside his brother Peter James, who died of suicide.
    • Frank Cochran's mother Luella's MOM Lattie (63 KB)
      Luella was the daughter of Lattie Little and Ben Coonfield born in Arkansas. This picture of Lattie shows her indian features quite nicely. Lattie Cedonia Little was born in Kentucky to Catherine Crigler and John Wright Little, who had served in the Civil War.
    • Home (105 KB)
      kids
    • Frank Cochran's great grandmother Crigler (323 KB)
      Luella was the daughter of Lattie Little and Ben Coonfield born in Arkansas. Lattie Cedonia Little was born in Kentucky to Catherine Crigler and John Wright Little, who had served in the Civil War. This picture of Lattie as a small child with her sister Sadonia and their mother Catherine Crigler of Kentucky. Catherine was the daughter of Catherine Roby and Abraham Crigler who were of Mixed Blood.
    • Home (131 KB)
      kids
    • Frank Cochran's great grandfather John W. Little (479 KB)
      John Wright Little military description, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, served in the Civil War, made guns, was a blacksmith, born in Kentucky 1843 to Catherine Wright and Hiram L. Little. John's family refused Indian Land Allotment. Catherine Wright Little was the daughter of Catherine Weatherford and John Wright of Charlotte VA as they married there in 1811.
    • Home (45 KB)
      Westbrook Surnames: Grauer, Braswell, Glass, Holley, Penton, Jones, Johnson, and more.
    • cousin (128 KB)
      Mark
    • cousin (15 KB)
      Brad
    • Tombstone of Elijah Lee (28 KB)
      One of the many grandfathers of Charles Brooks was born in 1777 SC and settled in Chambers County Alabama by 1830 is buried beside his wife and his son at Old Harmony Church. Elijah's daughter Sarah Lee married her neighbor Charner P . Cooper, a Civil War soldier and had a son named Levi Benjamin Cooper who settled in Hope Hull on T. R. Carter's plantation as a laborer and then married Carter's daughter.
    • Frank Cochran's great grandfather John W. Little (26 KB)
      John Wright Little military description, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, served in the Civil War, made guns, was a blacksmith, born in Kentucky 1843 to Catherine Wright and Hiram L. Little. John's family refused Indian Land Allotment. Catherine Wright Little was the daughter of Catherine Weatherford and John Wright of Charlotte VA as they married there in 1811. This picture of John as he got older and grey.
    • John W. Little's cousin Lucius Powhatan Little (40 KB)
      John Wright Little's mother had a sister Martha who married Douglas Little, a brother of Hiram. Martha named her son Powhatan in honor of their indian blood. Powhatan was a writer, lawyer and a judge in Owensboro Kentucky History books.
    • Lucius Powhatan Little's Mother (33 KB)
      John Wright Little's mother had a sister Martha who married Douglas Little, a brother of Hiram. Martha named her son Powhatan in honor of their indian blood. Powhatan was a writer, lawyer and a judge in Owensboro Kentucky History books. This picture of Martha Wright is all we have of that lineage, lovely lady with indian features died of euthanasia according to old records of LP and his daughter Laura.
    • John Wright Little Family Photo (39 KB)
      About 1900 he moved them all to Marble, Arkansas after his wife died and appeared on the 1900 and 1910 census
    • Baxley, James H. (483 KB)
      One of the many grandfathers of Charles Brooks, served in the Civil War and had a farm in Holtville, Elmore County. Much information of Grandpa Baxley was sent by cousin Glenda, a new found email pal with extensive Baxley family research.
    • Kathy Cochran wed Charles W. Brooks (33 KB)
      Photo taken about 1995 before he got sick with colon cancer. Charles was the son of Mary Ella Thornton and James Edgar Brooks Jr
    • Charles W. Brooks' parents (6 KB)
      Charles was the son of Mary Ella Thornton and James Edgar Brooks Jr - Parents of Mary Ella were Bessie Mae Hood and Milton Elijah Thornton. Parents of James were Susie Mae Cooper and James E. Brooks.
    • Susie Mae Cooper's dad (50 KB)
      Levi Cooper married Sarah Elizabeth Carter and had Susie Mae. Levi's father Charner Cooper had served in the Civil War and married Sarah Lee of Chambers County Alabama.
    • Susie Mae Cooper (40 KB)
      Levi Cooper married Sarah Elizabeth Carter and had Susie Mae. Levi's father Charner Cooper had served in the Civil War and married Sarah Lee of Chambers County Alabama. Sarah Lee's father was Elijah Lee born 1777 South Carolina and had served in the War of 1812, then married in Georgia to Malinda Phillips, settled in Chambers County upon land purchased directly from a Creek Indian and they are buried there - tombstones found at the Old Harmony Church beside their son James Lee who died in the Civil War..... This picture of Susie Mae with her spouse James E. Brooks.
    • Susie Mae Cooper with her mother Sarah (68 KB)
      Levi Cooper married Sarah Elizabeth Carter and had Susie Mae. Sarah was the daughter of Mary Josephine Hereford of Virginia and Thomas Randolph Carter of SC who had settled in Hope Hull. Thomas served in the Civil War and it is written that he furnished his own horse and it is written that he spent time in a Virginia Hospital during a sickness and one can only wonder if that is where he met the beautiful Mary Hereferd because her entire family soon moved into Montgomery Alabama.
    • Susie Mae Cooper 's granny (58 KB)
      Mary Josephine Herriferd married T R Carter and had Sarah Elizabeth Carter. Mary's parents were Jemima Ramsey and John Herriford of Virginia, all migrated to Alabama.
    • Grandpa Stone (90 KB)
      Augustus was the father of Anna Stone Fenn Carter - parents of Augustus were Sarah Davies and Benjamin Wilburne Stone but census transcribers listed him as Stowe......all born in Georgia they are found in 1850 Macon Alabama and the father of Benjamin resided beside him named Michael Stone born in Maryland 1700s.
    • Grandma Stone (88 KB)
      Augustus was the father of Anna Stone Fenn Carter and his wife was Mary Ann Hendrick of Georgia - her father was Christopher Columbus Hendrick, who moved on from Alabama into Texas after his daughter left home.
    • Annie (440 KB)
      Annie Carter was named after her grandmother Anna Lou Stone. Annie was Kathy's mother. Annie had open heart surgery in 1980 just weeks before Beverly was born but managed to walk into that hospital to hold her first grand daughter with amazing strength and pride in her family.
    • Grandpa Charles McClain (1888 KB)
      Death Certificate - his daughter Alice married Cecil Earl Fenn Carter, the son of Anna Stone. Charlie raised the children of Alice and Cecil when they died by 1939. Charlie was the son of Elizabeth Broadway and Josiah Marion McClain. Census records show the date of birth of Charlie was 1886 and all other records seem to differ because his wife was not very educated. Few could read or write back then. His funeral memorial booklet shows the names of his parents, wife, and many children. Served in WWI but has no headstone on his grave at Dublin Church of Christ. Grandpa had lazy eye but none of the children inherited it.
    • Susie Mae Cooper 's grandfather (35 KB)
      Mary Josephine Herriferd married T R Carter and had Sarah Elizabeth Carter. This picture of Thomas shows his first wife Lacy Bozeman and their family before the epidemic. When Thomas died, Mary had him buried near Lacy and their children and Mary never married again and never had any more children.
    • William Marion McClain (1713 KB)
      Charlie's cousin by his father's first marriage. They all connect to Josiah Marion McClain born 1838. Josiah was first married to Julia America King in Georgia who bore him several children - Josiah served in the Civil War, injured at the Battle of Franklin TN and apparently sent back to Alabama to recover but obviously forgot about his family and remarried. Julia filed for divorce for dessertion in 1872 and tried to apply into the Cherokee Nation Rolls. His second wife Elizabeth filed for a Widows Pension in 1897.
    • James Brooks' mother (72 KB)
      Annie Clark Ballard of Tennessee married John E Brooks and had only one son named James. This beautiful Annie's parents were Dora Craig and James Ballard of Tennessee early 1800s history.
    • Charles McClain's wife Lorena Bozeman (11 KB)
      Not sure who posted her as his mother on his death certificate. Lorena was the daughter of Alice Lorena Stephens and John Thomas Bozeman of the Dublin/ Ramer area in Montgomery County and she had indian blood.
    • Cemetery at Hope Hull (1 KB)
      Thomas R Carter buried near Lacy Jane Bozeman's monument but the top of his has fallen. He served in the Civil War and owned a plantation in Hope Hull. He buried her parents here in this cemetery. Cemetery located off I-65 Hope Hull Exit on the McLean Road in huge pasture on the right.
    • Lorena's sister Ethel Mae Bozeman (91 KB)
      with husband Jace Gibson who was also first cousin to Charlie McClain because their own mothers were sisters ( Broadway ) Ruby on horse - Ruby was mother of Elizabeth who we met in Dublin at the Hills Chapel Church. Ethel's children and grandchildren are still living in that Dublin/ Ramer area and can lead you to much of their heritage.
    • Cemetery at Hope Hull (21 KB)
      Thomas R Carter buried near Lacy Jane Bozeman's monument but the top of his has fallen. He served in the Civil War and owned a plantation in Hope Hull. He buried her parents here in this cemetery. Cemetery located off I-65 Hope Hull Exit on the McLean Road in huge pasture on the right.
    • Clopton Gibson (184 KB)
      Ethel's father in law came from South Carolina
    • Tombstone of Jesse Bozeman, father of Lacy Carter (264 KB)
      states he was born 1793 and a tree separates him from one of his wive's graves. He came from Darlington South Carolina with his father Peter who had served in the American Revolution and their many families to settle in Hope Hull in 1826. Jesse bought 160 acres in 1827 while his father wrote letters found at the Probate Office where he expected free land for his military service. Peter died in 1829 and is buried closeby one would expect - his grave is not yet found. Jesse is buried near his daughter Lacy's very large monument and his son James Freeman Bozeman who died in the Civil War, and many of Lacy's children.
    • 1920 Anna Lou Stone Fenn Carter Dasher in Macon GA (133 KB)
      Apparently she is now widowed and taking care of her mother - Cecil was in Fort Bliss in the Army.
    • Tombstone of Peter Edward Bozeman (1350 KB)
      Son of Martha Hill and William Henry Bozeman of Darlington SC who also settled in Hope Hull.....William was born about 1802 a son of Peter and brother of Jesse. Wm's son Peter Edward was married to Nancy Jane Anderson and he served in the Civil War and she got his pension - papers at Probate Office - Nancy had son named John Thomas Bozeman who married Alice Lorena Stephens. This tombstone is found in Dublin behind the Hills Chapel Church while his son John is buried in front of the church.
    • James H Baxley (871 KB)
      Tombstone - Civil War Soldier - married Louisa Holt and had Ella Olivia Baxley who married L W Hood and had Bessie Mae Hood. His father Joseph Baxley was born about 1815 in Georgia and was married to Mary Evans, in 1841 Chambers County Alabama, - all found in 1850 Macon County Alabama but in 1860 were back in Muskogee Georgia
    • Tombstone Ella Olivia Baxley Hood (94 KB)
      Mother of Bessie Mae - Ella was daughter of James Baxley in Holtville, Elmore County, Alabama
    • Tombstone L. W. Hood (58 KB)
      Cains Chapel Cemetery at Slapout - father of Bessie Mae Hood Thornton......L. W. was called Wesley.
    • Tombstone Bessie Mae Hood Thornton (34 KB)
      Cains Chapel Cemetery at Slapout - mother of Mary Ella Thornton Brooks was nicknamed Bubber. Bessie was married to Milton Elijah Thornton and Bessie's parents were Ella Olivia Baxley and L. W. Hood. Milton's parents were Mary Angeline Partridge and George Thornton of 1800s Georgia who had settled in Cold Springs, Elmore.
    • 1830 Alabama Creek Nation (38 KB)
      The Indian Territory that our ancestors traveled through in 1830
    • 1870 Uncle William Stone (384 KB)
      Tallapoosa County Alabama
    • Alice Lorena Stephens Bozeman (78 KB)
      Dublin burial, mother of Lorena McClain
    • 1930 James Brooks (1512 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama - wife Susie Mae Cooper. Susie bore him a son James Jr. and called him Bubba.
    • Anne Carter Cochran (18 KB)
      Married to Frank Cochran, she had Kathy in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and then they moved to Mesa Arizona where her sons were born
    • Beverly at Coosa River (816 KB)
      Surveying the Cemetery where the Baxleys are buried
    • Anne Carter Cochran (59 KB)
      Birth Announcement from Montgomery Advertiser
    • Holt - Baxley (794 KB)
      Louisa Miranda Holt born 1847 was granny to "Bubber" Bessie Mae Hood Thornton and great great granny of Charles W. Brooks
    • Anne Carter Cochran's Daddy was Cherokee (25 KB)
      Cecil Earl Fenn Carter born 1900
    • Cemetery Survey (213 KB)
      Beverly photographs tombstones of her great great grandparents tombstones, Mary Angeline Partridge and George Thornton, the parent of Milton Elijah Thornton near Santuck, in Central at the Mount Hebron Primitive Baptist Church.
    • Anne Carter Cochran's Mother was mixed blood (19 KB)
      Alice Emily McClain Carter, daughter of Lorena Bozeman and Charles Allen McClain
    • Clora Jane Miller (102 KB)
      Frank Cochran's granny was married to Jacob Cochran and named a son Frank Delbert Cochran. When Jacob died the widow made her rounds, spending a few months with each of her grown children's families. She smoked a pipe, read the ashes and taught them to pop corn. her ancestors of Ireland had settled in Rockinham Virginia where we find Rev. Alexander Miller of the 1700s buried at Cooks Creek Cemetery. Clora's mother was Mary Clara Parker of Ohio, who some say made medicine with the indians, born to Sara Tefft and Archelaus Parker of the New York Indian County. Tefft has a wonderful 1600s history in Rhode Island, where one of the Uncles was hanged by King Phillip.
    • Anne Carter and Frank Cochran (60 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama about 1950
    • Nancy Jane Anderson Bozeman tombstone (29 KB)
      Widow of Peter Edward Bozeman, is buried by two of her sons in this family plot, not far from the Brooks and Coopers and Fenns who are also buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery Alabama.
    • Anne Carter 's Daddy's Death Certificate (230 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama 1939 death certificate confirms his parents to be Ann Stone and Wm Frank Fenn as witnessed by his brother Emmett Marvin Fenn
    • Walton McClain (35 KB)
      with Charlie McClain on the farm in Ramer about 1930 - Walton joined the military for most of his life and earned his PHD. buried at Alexandria VA
    • Frank Delbert Cochran (50 KB)
      Son of Clora Jane Miller and Jacob Benjamin Cochran served in WWI while Jacob was a Civil War soldier of the Ohio Infantry.
    • Uncle Cecil Earl Carter born 1932 (33 KB)
      Son of Alice McClain and Cecil Earl Fenn Carter was the father of Victoria Carter, all buried at Memorial Cemetery except Vickie who was cremated by her half sisters.
    • Uncle William Lawrence Carter born 1935 (25 KB)
      Son of Alice McClain and Cecil Earl Fenn Carter he was the brother of Anne and Cecil Jr. Alice died giving birth to "Billy". Billy spent most of his life in Indian Territory Oklahoma.
    • Anne Carter and Frank Cochran in Arizona 1957 (447 KB)
      Pictures taken by Billy Carter, Anne's brother, accompanied by Lillian, Billy's first wife
    • Peter Edward Bozeman (16 KB)
      grandfather of Lorena Emma Bozeman McClain and he was the great great great grandfather of Kathy.
    • Family Tree (8 KB)
      Charlie Brooks family on Rootsweb.com
    • Letter by Ethel Bozeman Gibson (9 KB)
      Her life as told to her children
    • Peter Edward Bozeman (1 KB)
      Beverly took me to Dublin to locate these tombstones - grandfather of Lorena Emma Bozeman McClain and he was the great great great grandfather of Kathy.
    • 1910 Charles McClain (6 KB)
      Kathy's great grandfather on census with his mother, stepfather, his own wife Lorena and baby
    • Baxley to Charles Brooks (11 KB)
      Coosa River Cemetery
    • Peter Edward Bozeman's Uncle Jesse - Hope Hull (47 KB)
      Beverly took me to Hope Hull to locate these tombstones - plus we found the grave of T R Carter, a great great grandfather to Charlie Brooks. Carter's daughter Sarah married Levi Cooper, the son of Charner Cooper.
    • 1920 Charles McClain (61 KB)
      Kathy's great grandfather on census in World War I
    • Anderson, Seaborn Montgomery, father of Nancy (16 KB)
      Nancy Jane Anderson married Peter Edward Bozeman in Dublin and they had John Thomas Bozeman who fathered Lorena.
    • John Wise Carter's land records (51 KB)
      Father of Thomas Randolph Carter came from South Carolina to Alabama.
    • Alabama Research (28 KB)
      So many ended up in Alabama
    • Mordecai Bozeman, father of Peter, John, James. (5 KB)
      Mordecai served in the American Revolution with sons Peter and John. Peter moved to Alabama about 1826 while John moved to Mississippi in 1823. James remained in Darlington County SC.
    • T R Carter (9 KB)
      Born 1820 served in Civil War, married Jesse's daughter Lacy Bozeman who died in an epidemic then married to Mary Josephine Hereford of Virginia, and had Sarah Elizabeth Carter
    • 1 Introduction (286 KB)
      1
    • Related articles (831 KB)
      Interesting Reading.
    • Civil War Kin (32 KB)
      Several relatives in the war
    • Baxley, James H. buried at Coosa River (11 KB)
      Charlie's mom's great grandfather
    • Kathy's mom's great great great grandpa Bozeman (5 KB)
      Mordecai Bozeman served in the American Revolution = father of Peter Bozeman who migrated to Hope Hull who also served along with him in the War - they were paid for their services and received land grants in Darlington County South Carolina.
    • Much about my relatives (45 KB)
      Kathy's parents and their relations
    • Kathy's mom's great great Grandpa Josiah McClain (70 KB)
      Josiah Marion McClain was born in Georgia to Anna and James McClain. Josiah married first to Julia King and had a family in Georgia, then he joined the Civil War in an Alabama Infantry and was with Elizabeth Broadway by 1870 having a son named Charles Allen McClain. Charles and his wife Lorena had a daughter named Alice McClain who married Cecil Carter.
    • Census images (26 KB)
      My kin found on census records in 1790, 1800, 1810 and other good stuff
    • Genealogy (22 KB)
      Research
    • Charner P Cooper (1 KB)
      grandfather of Susie Mae "Mamaw" Cooper Brooks - Charner served in the Civil War and married Sarah F Lee of Chambers County.
    • Brooks Family (610 KB)
      Our Relatives
    Brooks Families of the South.

    ......Hans Brooke had three boys and one girl....Henry, Edward, John and Lula Christine....They settled in Reading PA. The parents died leaving minor children, and the little girl was adopted...John, our grandfather, was bound out to a tailor to learn that trade....He was very unhappy and ran away, arriving in Columbia TN about 1860 and we find him on the Giles County 1860 census in TN working as a tailor but as John Brooks...That year he married Roxanna Permilia Smith

    She was just breaking up with her other boyfriend, Doctor Crittendon Smith and fell in love with John Brooks...John and RP had Walter and Nora before joining a wagon train to Texas where John, Lula, Nimrod and Tom were born......

    ...John died in 1882 of tuberculosis and is buried in Paris TX. Roxanna went back to TN to marry Doctor Terry Crittendon Smith. He actually heard she was widowed and went to Texas to marry her and bring her back to TN. They lived and died in Sandy Hook, Tennessee.

    Their son John married Annie Clark Ballard and had only one child, James Edgar Brooks - soon they moved to Montgomery Alabama.

    The Smith and Ballard families came out of North Carolina about 1800 migrating into Tennessee's Indian Territory.

    Permilia named her first son Walter Brooks, and this author finds no Walter in the lineage,so why use this name? and another son JOHN Edwin but the census looks like his middle initial was H., and JOHN married Annie Clark Ballard in TN and they moved to Alabama being transferred with the railroad and then lived on Adams Avenue near the train station. Annie had only one child, James Edgar Brooks, who became a bookkeeper with the State, and later married Susie Mae Cooper who soon named her own son James Edgar Brooks Jr., a daughter Christine . Susie was the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Carter and Levi Benjamin Cooper of Chambers County AL.

    Annie's photo shows dark black hair and coal black eyes. Annie's parents were both born in Tennessee, James Calvin Ballard and Willie Eudora Craig but their ancestors migrated from the Carolinas. "Dora's" mother was Rebecca Caroline Pennington and she married William Craig in 1860. Rebecca's mother was only known as "Gracy" who married William Pennington, and his mother was only known as "Kezziah" born about 1750 in South Carolina.

    Her mother was Caroline Bond, daughter of a John Baptist Bond of North Carolina. Parents of Caroline Bond ( who married 3 times? ) were John Baptist Bond and Kitty Stone. Many researchers are looking into the Stone name as being of Cherokee Blood.

    In Georgia was Joseph Baxley born 1815 married to Mary Evans and making their way into Alabama. Their son James married Louisa Miranda Holt and they resided in "Holtville" in Elmore County AL. Also in Elmore County was L. W. Hood who married their daughter Ella Olivia Baxley. Ella's daughter Bessie married a Milton Elijah Thornton in Elmore County. Elijah's parents also came out of Georgia, Mary Angeline Partridge amd George Thornton. Elijah's daughter Mary Ella married James Brooks.
  • Sarah (143 KB)
    Sarah Elizabeth Carter - Cooper with her children including Susie Mae
  • Carter , John Wise (35 KB)
    1821 Land Record
  • Gilly Bozeman (114 KB)
    Wife Of Peter born 1807
  • Thomas Randolph Carter (46 KB)
    With first wife Lacy Jane Bozeman.
  • Thornton, George (56 KB)
    1839 Land Record
  • James E Brooks Jr and Mary Ella Thornton (6 KB)
    Her parents were Bessie Mae Hood and Milton Elijah Thornton. Bessie's parents were Ella Olivia Baxley and L W Hood. Milton's parents were Mary Angeline Partridge and George Thornton.
  • Partridge, George (51 KB)
    1858 Land Record
  • Baxley James H (483 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service
  • Yours truly (368 KB)
    author
  • Baxley James H (64 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service1
  • 1888 James H. Baxley (56 KB)
    Land Record - Homestead
  • Baxley James H (351 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service2
  • 1930 census of Brooks and Cooper (1512 KB)
    Both their widowed mothers live in this household which includes James E Brooks Jr who later married Mary Ella Thornton and had Charlie in 1953.
  • Baxley James H (618 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service3
  • 1930 census Milton Elijah Thornton (446 KB)
    Bessie Mae Hood his wife with children include Mary Ella Thornton who married James E Brooks Jr
  • Baxley James H (398 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service4-Judge Smith
  • 1840 John Wise Carter (360 KB)
    Talladega Alabama census, father of Thomas Randolph Carter and the grandfather of Sarah Elizabeth Carter Cooper - great grandfather of Mamaw
  • Baxley James H (796 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service-Pension Application
  • 1914 (72 KB)
    John Edward Brooks with Annie Clark Ballard, parents of James Edgar Brooks, of Tennessee. James married Susie Mae " Mamaw" Cooper and had James Edgar Brooks, Jr. - Jr married Mary Ella Thornton.
  • Baxley James H (451 KB)
    Certificate of Confederate Service-Pension Application 2
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  • INTRODUCTION (1 KB)
    My Genealogy
  • Ramsey to Herriford and Carter (29 KB)
    Mary Josephine Hereferd's mother was Jemima Ramsey of Virginia.
  • Brooks Family (89 KB)
    So many other names in our genealogy, so many other locations to research.
  • Thornton - Partridge (54 KB)
    Research on Mary Ella Thornton - Brooks' ancestors on her father's side.
  • Brooks Family Tree (79 KB)
    A nice view of our ancestors and their children.
  • Westbrook (161 KB)
    Beverly's inlaws
  • Baxley, Grandmother Ella Olivia (11 KB)
    A visit to the Cain's Chapel cemetery to locate the tombstones of Ella and her husband L W Hood plus her parents buried down the road in Coosa River Cemetery in "Holtville" were James H Baxley and Louisa Miranda Holt. These were ancestors of Mary Ella Brooks, as Ella Olivia was the mother of Bessie Mae Hood - Thornton.
  • Carter in South Carolina (99 KB)
    father of Thomas was John Wise Carter and his dad was Captain John Carter of the American Revolution who married Elizabeth Wise, the daughter of Am Rev Soldier John Wise.
  • Mary Ella Thornton, wife of James Edgar Brooks Jr (258 KB)
    Her father was Milton Elijah Thornton and her mother was Bessie Mae Hood. This focus on the Thorntons as they migrated out of Georgia into Elmore County Alabama. Milton's mother was Mary Angeline Partridge.
  • Hood - Thornton - Brooks - Smith (29 KB)
    Tracking family from North Carolina to Alabama through Tennesssee
  • Hans Brooks of Holland 1800 (25 KB)
    John Brooks born 1837 to a father from Holland and a mother from France is what is found on the 1860 census when young John is a boarder in a home in Giles County Tennessee, where he met and married Roxanna Smith. Roxanna had a son named John who married Annie Clark Ballard and Annie then named a son James Edgar Brooks.
  • Brooks Genealogy Memo (5 KB)
    My research and a few extra notes
  • Brooks - followup (5 KB)
    John Brooks born 1837 to a father from Holland and a mother from France is what is found on the 1860 census when young John is a boarder in a home in Giles County Tennessee, where he met and married Roxanna Smith. Roxanna had a son named John who married Annie Clark Ballard and Annie then named a son James Edgar Brooks. Annie's father was James Cal Ballard. Roxanna's father was Thomas Smith and her mother was Caroline Bond...............James Edgar Brooks married Susie Mae Cooper, the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Carter and Levi Benjamin Cooper........Susie named her son James Edgar Brooks Jr. in 1927.
  • Stokes Cemetery on Bozeman Land- Hope Hull (39 KB)
    Jesse Bozeman's daughter Lacy is buried here near her husband Thomas Randolph Carter, a Civil War Soldier, and the grandson of Am Rev Soldier, Captain John Carter... Jesse's father was Peter Bozeman a soldier in the American Revolution. Lacy and some of the children died in an epidemic. Jesse and his wife's tombstones have been separated by a large tree and the stones are broken. The top of Thomas' monument has fallen to the side but Lacy's monument stands tall. The Carters and Bozemans once owned large plantations here. Peter Bozemans grave was not found ( yet ) In fact Jesse's brother William Henry Bozeman was Kathy's ggg grandfather and his grave is not found ( yet )
  • Ballard, James Cal of Tennessee (80 KB)
    Father of Annie Clark Ballard Brooks was married to Eudora Craig in Tennessee. Parents of James Ballard were Rowena Densy Baxter and Larken Francis Ballard born about 1830 in Tennessee long before the Trail of Tears began.
  • Brooks and Smith of Tennessee (150 KB)
    Another family researcher has a beautiful webpage to share.
  • Bond, John Baptist (80 KB)
    Father of Caroline Bond Smith was married to Catherine Stone - Caroline Bond married probably 3 times in Tennessee but her first husband Thomas Smith was the father of Roxanna Smith - Brooks. Notes on this page include Henry Smith, father of Thomas and then the Ballards of North Carolina - Larken Ballard's mother was Kizziah Dickens.
  • Tombstones (2 KB)
    Baxley, Holt, Hood, Thornton in Elmore County
  • Pictures and Letters (55 KB)
    James Brooks letter of WWI, pictures and letters
  • Lee and Cooper in 1840 Chambers County AL (107 KB)
    Elijah Lee born 1777 married Malinda Phillips and their daughter Sarah F. Lee married Charner P Cooper in Chambers County. Charner's parents were "Alsey" and Andrew Cooper of South Carolina. Charner's son was Levi Benjamin Cooper who ended up working in Hope Hull on a farm owned by Thomas Randolph Carter and married the man's daughter.
  • John and Roxanna Brooks families (155 KB)
    listing
  • Carter, Thomas Randolph (47 KB)
    Hope Hull visit to find the tombstone of the grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks and he was the great grandfather of James Edgar Brooks Jr.
  • Tombstones (41 KB)
    Annie Ballard and James Brooks, Susie Cooper, Elijah Lee, several tombstones found in Alabama
  • Photos (4 KB)
    Scanned photos of people and their tombstones
  • Tombstones (1 KB)
    Annie Ballard and James Brooks, Susie Cooper, Elijah Lee, several tombstones found in Alabama
  • Baxter, Rowena Densy (20 KB)
    Grandmother of Annie Clark Ballard Brooks and great great grandmother of Charlie
  • Kathy Brooks Kin (38 KB)
    Cochran and Carter, Bozeman and McClain notes
  • Thomas Randolph Carter born 1820 SC (6 KB)
    Civil War Records............father of Sarah Elizabeth Carter Cooper ..........grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks.
  • 1786 Marriages (66 KB)
    Peter Bozeman and Sarah Brown were the parents of Jesse and William Henry Bozeman, plus another son named Peter E. Bozeman who married Gilly
  • Partridge, Mary Angeline (4 KB)
    Parents of Angeline were Mildred Smith and George Partridge of Georgia. Her husband was George Thornton of Georgia and his parents were Nancy Katherine Culpepper and Charles Thornton. Nancy's mother was Martha Blackstone born 1814 Georgia, long before the Trail of Tears.
  • File (4 KB)
    Files
  • Miscellaneous (22 KB)
    Research Notes
  • Joe Stephens -Civil War (4 KB)
    Joe and Sarah Mills Stephens of Montgomery had a daughter Alice who married John T Bozeman but she died soon after giving birth to their 4th child.
  • Cooper and Lee (49 KB)
    Chambers County Records
  • Colonial Records (3 KB)
    Saving a few documents relating to my ancestors.
  • Herriford of Virginia (50 KB)
    Mary Josephine Hereferd was the second wife of Thomas Randolph Carter and their daughter was Sarah Elizabeth Carter - Cooper ( mother of Mamaw ). When Thomas died, Mary had him buried by his first wife Lacy Bozeman and their children.
  • Cooper in Civil War (86 KB)
    Father of Levi Cooper
  • Anderson in Civil War (30 KB)
    Father of Nancy
  • Carter in Civil War (9 KB)
    T. R. Carter father of Sarah
    • Allen Wesley Hood (109 KB)
      buried in Slapout AL , brother of Bessie and Barnie - son of Ella O Hood and L Wesley Hood........could be husband of Jessie Swindall
    • Annie Clark Ballard Brooks (89 KB)
      wife of John, mother of James; the daughter of Eudora Craig and James Ballard of Lawrence TN plus her four grandparents were all born in Tennessee.
    • Brooks - Cooper headstone (69 KB)
      Greenwood Cemetery, behind the Last Supper monument; all the way to the back road of the cemetery.
    • Barnie or Buster Hood (88 KB)
      buried in Slapout AL , brother of Bessie and Allen - son of Ella O Hood and L Wesley Hood
    • Luther Vernon Ballard (72 KB)
      must have been brother to Annie as all are buried near each other in Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL
    • R E Thornton (74 KB)
      Cains Chapel, Slapout Alabama
    • L W Hood - great great grandpa (115 KB)
      buried in Slapout AL , husband of Ella Mae O Hood and father of Bessie Mae " Bubber" Hood Thornton............Bessie named her sons Lister and James...........
    • James Edgar Brooks SR (106 KB)
      buried by his wife Susie Cooper and near his mother Annie...........we found his father JOHN buried in a different section of the cemetery; yet this section had a large marker named Cooper-Brooks located in Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL
    • BROOKS - Mary Ella Thornton (87 KB)
      wife of James Edgar Brooks, mother of Charles Wayne Brooks; buried in Prattville Cemetery beside James and their other son John
    • Barnie Hood's wife (98 KB)
      Augusta Hood
    • Susie Mae Cooper Brooks (73 KB)
      buried by husband James Edgar Brooks Sr - Susie was known as Mamaw
    • BROOKS - James Edgar Jr (68 KB)
      beside wife Mary Ella Thornton and their son John in Prattville Cemetery - father of Charles Wayne Brooks, John Milton and Thomas Earl Brooks
    • Dorothy Hood (89 KB)
      Hood family in Slapout/ Holtville, Elmore County, Alabama - this cemetery is behind Cains Chapel Methodist Church on the corner of the intersection of Hwy 111
    • Zona Cooper (97 KB)
      buried in the Cooper Brooks plot
    • BROOKS - John Milton (73 KB)
      Johnny died young, buried by his parents James and Mary Brooks in Prattville AL
    • Jessie Swindall Hood (110 KB)
      Hood family in Slapout
    • Walter Cooper (80 KB)
      buried in the Cooper Brooks plot
    • BROOKS - Charles Wayne born 1953 (57 KB)
      son of Mary Ella Thornton and James Edgar Brooks; buried in Millbrook Alabama at Brookside Memorial.
    • J William Thornton (83 KB)
      Thornton and Hood family in Slapout
    • Mollie Cooper (99 KB)
      buried in the Cooper Brooks plot
    • John Brooks 1880 Texas census (833 KB)
      shows his father from Holland and mother from France....married Permilia Roxanna Smith in Tennessee and had their son, John Brooks who married Annie Ballard and came to Montgomery AL
    • Lela Thornton is beside J Wm Thornton (90 KB)
      Thornton and Hood family in Slapout
    • Bessie Mae HOOD Thornton (80 KB)
      buried in Slapout AL wife of Milton Elijah Thornton, and she was mother of Mary Ella Thornton who married James Edgar Brooks JR
    • Wesley Hood on 1910 census (342 KB)
      census image shows him as head of household with ELLA as his wife, so it leaves confusion as to the L W Hood headstone
    • Marlon Thornton (119 KB)
      Slapout
    • Milton Thornton (52 KB)
      buried in Slapout AL , he married Bessie Mae Hood and he is father of Mary Ella Thornton Brooks
    • Bessie Hood on census (19 KB)
      census image
    • Minnie Hood (79 KB)
      Slapout
    • James and Susie Brooks on census (1086 KB)
      1930 census image
    Beverly Westbrook had Carter
     
    Marengo County was created by the Alabama Territorial legislature on 1818 Feb. 6, from land acquired from the Choctaw Indians by the treaty of 1816 Oct.24. The name of the county was suggested by Judge Abner Lipscombe, and was given as a compliment to the first white settlers, expatriated French citizens and commemorative of Napoleon's great victory at Marengo over the Austrian armies on 1800 June 14.Marengo County is situated in the west-central part of the state.It is bordered by Hale, Greene, Perry, Dallas, Wilcox, Clarke, Choctaw,Sumter.

    George Grauer born 1801 Germany married Sophia Porter born 1801 North Carolina and migrated into Marengo County Alabama. Perhaps with a group of brothers and sisters, they all seemed to have settled closely together, even with Sophia's father Mark Porter and his families.

    Sophia's daughter Elizabeth was born in 1827 Alabama and she married James Westbrook in Marengo County, a son of Moses.

    The Westbrook families were also from 1700s North Carolina and may connect to a Richard Westbrook who served in the N C Militia in 1754.

    It appears that Elizabeth Westbrook was a widow with one son, William, on the 1850 census so she must have been pregnant with George Grauer Westbrook that year. In 1879 her son George married Marsella Braswell, who's families were also early settlers of Marengo County; her mother was Mary Glass, also another family of early settlers. Mary's mother was Hannah Holt, a daughter of Cader Holt, a big plantation owner who was buying land in Marengo in the 1820s. The others mentioned above have land deeds dated 1830.

    Elizabeth Westbrook remained a widow for many years and always took care of her mother Sophia, who we find together on the 1870 census when Elizabeth has remarried, to Mr. Lawson and had more children...Elizabeth's son George and his wife Marcella had several children, including Clarence Grauer Westbrook in 1879, who married Carrie Etheridge. Carrie named a son Bruce Garland Westbrook in 1919 and he married Christine Holley. Christine's son married Penton, a daughter of Lige Bennett Penton and Gertrude Jones starting their own legacy in Elmore County
     
  • 1830 John Porter (389 KB)
    Marengo census - John could be brother or son of Mark Porter
  • 1837 Land Purchase (58 KB)
    Mark Porter of North Carolina in Marengo County Alabama
  • 1830 Cader Holt (688 KB)
    Marengo County, he resides next to his son in law Willis Glass and near a Joseph Grier who may be the father or brother of George Grauer of the same county.
  • 1824 Land Purchase (36 KB)
    Cader Holt of North Carolina in Marengo County Alabama
  • 1830 Moses Westbrook (542 KB)
    Fayette County Georgia beside Yancy Westbrook
  • Clarence Westbrook (866 KB)
    1930
  • 1850 Moses Westbrook (775 KB)
    Marengo County and his son James is in this household - living next to Lipscomb
  • 1830 George Grauer (383 KB)
    And Williamson Glass in Marengo County
  • 1850 John Grower (739 KB)
    Marengo County and he is listed on the next page after Moses Westbrook. Grower is from Germany and could be the brother of George - note that the children have the same names as those of George. Just adds to the theory that several Grauers settled here together.
  • 1830 Willis Glass (373 KB)
    And Hannah Holt and her parents
  • 1840 - MYSTERY LADY WESTBROOK (802 KB)
    Sarah Westbrook has one daughter and two sons in this census - could she be the wife of Moses? Where is Moses? He is back in the picture in 1850 so we know he has not deceased - perhaps he traveled?
  • Moses Westbrooke (60 KB)
    1837 Land Purchase of 40 acres in Marengo County
  • 1837 John Ethridge Land Purchase (56 KB)
    John had bought land in Dallas County 1834 and now bought land in Marengo
  • 1930 (888 KB)
    Lige Bennett Penton
  • 1850 Braswell (746 KB)
    William and Mary Glass Braswell live next to her parents
  • 1830 Mark Porter (386 KB)
    Marengo census and Lawson is on this page
    • Civil War Notes (826 KB)
      Most of our ancestors served in the Confederate War in the Alabama Infantry, some were in the same troup together.
    • Land (32 KB)
      Cader Holt made several land purchases in Marengo County
    • Land (76 KB)
      1860 purchase by George Grauer and another by Elizabeth Westbrook
    • Penton Land Purchases (12 KB)
      1834 Coosa County and Crenshaw County
     
    • Cemetery (213 KB)
      Mt Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery is very small. George Thornton and wife Mary Angeline Partridge graves are found here.
    • Grandpa McClain (62 KB)
      Emily Alice McClain's father stands with her brother. Charles McClain's parents and grandparents spent many years in Creek Territory.
    • Cemetery (52 KB)
      Stokes-Carter Cemetery has no official name, no Stokes buried here, mostly Carters and Bozemans. Tombstones being trampled and damaged by the cattle and falling trees.
    • Charles McClain in 1908 (12 KB)
      Married Lorena Bozeman
    • Cemetery (816 KB)
      Coosa River Primitive Baptist Church has some of the original settlers of Holtville born about 1800.
    • Uncle John Coonfield (39 KB)
      Uncle to Frankie
    • Cecil Carter (230 KB)
      Anne's father was born around 1900 - nobody is really certain - at Thompson Station in Bullock County - born to a Fenn family he was adopted around 1910 when his mother remarried in Macon Georgia. His father was from Tuskegee Alabama and grandparents from former Creek Territory in Georgia but he claimed to be Cherokee blood. Enlisted in the Army about 1920 to 1930 stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Found his father living in Montgomery Alabama and returned about 1931.
    • Cemetery (865 KB)
      Cain's Chapel in Slapout has many Thornton and Hood families from the early days of Cold Springs, Elmore County, Alabama
    • Clora Jane Miller Cochran (15 KB)
      Frankie's grandmother
    • Cecil Carter (15 KB)
      Anne's father was born around 1900 - nobody is really certain - at Thompson Station in Bullock County - born to a Fenn family he was adopted around 1910 when his mother remarried in Macon Georgia. His father was from Tuskegee Alabama and grandparents from former Creek Territory in Georgia but he claimed to be Cherokee blood. Enlisted in the Army about 1920 to 1930 stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Found his father living in Montgomery Alabama and returned about 1931.
    • Cemetery (308 KB)
      Dublins' old cemetery behind Hills Chapel hidden far off into the woods.
    • Clora Jane Miller (327 KB)
      Cochran Family
    • Cecil Carter's brother Frank Fenn (51 KB)
      born 1896 at Thompson Station in Bullock County - died in Coosada on his farm at Airport Road where the school now sits. His grave is on that land he had donated to the church for a cemetery. Frank worked for the railroad, his wife boiled his dirty clothes in a pot outside - he was in WWI and hauled POWs on the train.
    • Cemetery (97 KB)
      Dublins'new cemetery for the public is across the street from the front of Hills Chapel.
    • Bill Carter (38 KB)
      about 1970 - he was Anne's brother
    • Cemetery (88 KB)
      Dublin - old gravestone being cleaned with water and a brush
    • John and Annie Brooks (72 KB)
      Moved into Montgomery Alabama after 1900 and their son James married Susie Mae Cooper. They have a strong lineage into 1800 TN
    • Cemetery (64 KB)
      Greenwood in Montgomery, very large cemetery has graves of many of the Brooks, Cooper, Bozeman, Fenn families
    • Jacob and Clora Cochran (34 KB)
      Left Iowa for Kansas Territory after 1880 with son Frank Delbert Cochran on the left.
    • Cemetery (18 KB)
      Memorial has many of my relatives' resting places - land donated by Lorena Bozeman's Uncle Robert Henry Bozeman - located between Maxwell AFB and Hope Hull and Pine Level.
    • Luella Coonfield (119 KB)
      Arkansas - she is in the center of this photo just before she married Frank Delbert Cochran. She is Cherokee by blood. Her mother was Lattie Cedonia Little of Kentucky.
    • Luella Coonfield's mother was indian (63 KB)
      Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky - Lattie Little was born to Mary Catherine Crigler and John Wright Little.
    • Cemetery (275 KB)
      Dublin Old Cemetery has tiny tombstone markers with no names
    • Cemetery (78 KB)
      Dublin Old Cemetery behind the church - Alice Lorena Stephens Bozeman, the Cherokee in grandma's lineage.
    • Cemetery (1456 KB)
      Dublin Old Cemetery behind the church - Peter Edward Bozeman of the Civil War - the clover design is a separate layer added to this homemade tombstone with penciled PEB our father added.
    • Powhatan (40 KB)
      Lucius Powhatan Little was Lattie's cousin in Kentucky - he was a lawyer, a judge, a writer, and a genealogist. They all had one common grandmother from Virginia, Catherine Weatherford.
    • Cemetery (78 KB)
      Indian Creek Cemetery in Georgia where James McClain born 1810 is buried - the father of Josiah is also the son of the elder Josiah
    • Ben Coonfield's parents (68 KB)
      Martha Frances Young of Kentucky married Benjamin Wylie Coonfield in Indiana. Their hair was so black that it looked blue in the sunshine.
    • Cemetery (14 KB)
      Hill City Cemetery in Graham Kansas is where my dad's grandparents are buried
    • Mary Catherine Crigler (323 KB)
      Born in Kentucky to Nancy Catherine Roby and Abraham Crigler, she married John Little and had Lattie and Sadona in this picture.
    • Cemetery (28 KB)
      Old Harmony Primitive Church Cemetery has few graves but includes Elijah Lee born 1777 and his wife Malinda Phillips who came to Chambers County before 1830 buying land from an old Creek Indian and they are the great great grandparents of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks.
    • Cochrans (106 KB)
      Chetopa Kansas, the Cochran family includes Frankie, Freelon and Darrell
    • Carter photo (46 KB)
      T R Carter with his first wife and family - he is great grandfather of Susie Mae Cooper Brooks.
    • Cochrans (26 KB)
      Frank Delbert's brothers and sisters.
    • Susie Mae Cooper Brooks (40 KB)
      grandmother to Charles Wayne Brooks known as Mamaw. Her mother was Sarah Elizabeth Carter who married Levi Benjamin Cooper, a son of Charner P. Cooper of Chambers County.
    • Frank Delbert Cochran (13 KB)
      Funeral Home Receipt
    • Anne Carter (28 KB)
      On the left she stands by her granny Lorena, and Lorena's daughter Katie Bell McClain. They raised her after her mom Alice McClain Carter died. All buried at Memorial
    • Frank Delbert Cochran wed Luella Ellen Coonfield (199 KB)
      Married in Arkansas, moved to Missouri, then Oklahoma, then back to Chetopa Kansas where they had Frankie in 1927
    • Anne Carter's mother (16 KB)
      Emily Alice McClain was married to Cecil Carter and she died at the age of 19 after giving birth to her third child.
    • Luella's father Ben (39 KB)
      Those Cochran boys sure look a lot like their grandfather Ben Coonfield
    • John Lewis Bozeman (1305 KB)
      Buried in Covington County, may connect to Philemon
    • Frank D. Cochran (50 KB)
      Father of Frankie and Cleo and JB
  • Files (14 KB)
    Various related webpages
  • Links (2 KB)
    Various related webpages
  • Names (9 KB)
    Those I am studying
  • Contacts (27 KB)
    Others involved in this research.
  • Search Files (39 KB)
    Records and Image
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    The first Home Steaders of the City, arriving from Iowa Territory after many years in Guernsey Ohio.

    Jacob and his first wife with six daughters appeared on the 1870 census of Iowa, then his second wife on the 1880, as they prepared for the long journey south.

    Much of their families lived near them and some even followed Jacob to Kansas.

    Some of his children and grandchildren and great grands remain in Kansas while some ventured elsewhere and began a vast lineage of their own in Arizona, California, Colorado,Missouri, Oklahoma and Alabama.
  • Research Files (791 KB)
    Regarding their widespread lineage and contributions from many others involved in the study of the families of Jacob.
  • Genealogy (3 KB)
    Links
  • Jacob (14 KB)
    Family History
  • Frank (32 KB)
    Family History
  • Alice (71 KB)
    Family History
  • Cochran (58 KB)
    Family History
  • Cochran Documents (55 KB)
    Family History
  • Cochran Documents (557 KB)
    Family History
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    • Grandpa Isaac (195 KB)
      Perry County History
    • Annie's Clan (55 KB)
      Taken about 1968
    • 1840 (371 KB)
      Sellers in Pike County
    • Grandpa Jacob (121 KB)
      Civil War Registration
    • Annie's Clan (46 KB)
      Taken about 1965
    • Lavinia Sellers - 1880 (528 KB)
      Mysterious error on census, Lavinia Jane Sellers Anderson mistakenly listed as Bozeman, but note that she is the mother in law - she is Corrintha Anderson Barfoot's mother. Lavinia was the wife of Seaborn Anderson and also the mother of Nancy Bozeman in the next household. Lavinia's parents were Levinia Anderson and William Calvin Sellers - all the Andersons being of the same family of Elisha and the Sellers all being from 1700s North Carolina.
    • Grandpa Charles and Zachariah (12 KB)
      Georgia Records 1700s
    • Annie's Clan (54 KB)
      Taken about 1953
    • Sellers (40 KB)
      Letter
    • Grandpa George (105 KB)
      Davies Kentucky
    • Grandparents of Frank (34 KB)
      his father shown on left side
    • Confederate Application for Widows Pension (852 KB)
      Grandmother Nancy Jane Anderson Bozeman ( daughter of Lavinia ) applied in 1899 with her husband's Uncle John A. Hill as the witness - her husband is buried on Uncle John's old plantation in Dublin where I have discovered his tombstone - this item adds to the suspicion of Hill in our lineage as John was the brother of Martha H. Bozeman and her father was also a John Hill in the American Revolution who eventually settled in Dublin with many of his own children.
    • 1850 (610 KB)
      Vincent Joiner and Aunt Ellen Bozeman took in her brother Meady's son after his death and one of them became big in history as the Captain Peter Henry Bozeman of Mississippi Calvary - Ellen was one of the daughters of Sarah and Peter of Darlington SC.
    • Parents of Frank (212 KB)
      shown on left side
    • Stone in Macon County (654 KB)
      1850 shows Grandfather Augustus Marvin Stone as a child with his parents Sarah Davies and Benjamin Wilburn Stone living near Ben's brother William, from Georgia, but also near their own father from Maryland, Michael Stone born 1778.
    • 1830 (76 KB)
      Grandpa Elisha Anderson in Montgomery Alabama by his son in law Alfred Sellers and by Jesse and by Captain Benjamin Lewis
    • Grandpa in WWI (130 KB)
      Military Registration
    • 1840 (576 KB)
      W H
    • Grandpa Ben in Civil War (40 KB)
      Military Registration
    • 1850 (616 KB)
      J B
    • Laura's Inquiry (563 KB)
      Owensboro Kentucky
    • 1830 (299 KB)
      W H
    • Grandpa John (122 KB)
      Land Deed
    • 1820 (531 KB)
      Sellers in Brunswick NC
    • 1920 Madison Fenn on Commerce Street, Montg, AL (817 KB)
      he is Carrie's Uncle Mat or our great grandfather Wm F Fenn's brother who died in 1927 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery by Wm F Fenn and near Emmett Fenn. Whomever buried Uncle Mat listed him as Matthew A Fenn, so they did not know much about the family's real names. Madison was a night watchman at a grocery store, according to this census, being widowed as his wife had died in Texas, prompting his return to Alabama. There is also a Rewis family on this census which we later find connected with Emmett Fenn.
    • 1930 James Brooks and Susie Mae Cooper (1086 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama census... John BROOKS Self M Male W 42 PA Farmer HOLLAND FRANCE P. R. BROOKS Wife M Female W 38 TN Keeping House TN TN Nora C. BROOKS Dau S Female W 18 TN At Home PA TN Walter H. BROOKS Son S Male W 13 TN At Home PA TN John H. BROOKS Son S Male W 7 TX PA TN Lula C. BROOKS Dau S Female W 5 TX PA TN ... W. BROOKS Son S Male W 3 TX PA TN -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ Source Information: Census Place Precinct 1, Lamar, Texas.
    • 1930 Uncle Wm Frank Fenn near Highland Avenue (998 KB)
      Carrie's brother, also brother of our grandpa Cecil Earl Fenn Carter. Uncle Frank, his wife Neva Mae Walraven, and her mother are living between Panama Street and Highland Avenue. He works on the railroad, like his brother Emmett. Uncle Frank later buys land in Coosada on Airport Road and has a family cemetery which includes his brother Robert's grave. The land later becomes Coosada Elementary School. Some is donated to the church for a cemetery. This is where cousin Martha remembered her mom, Neva, boiling Frank's workclothes in a pot outside from his job on the railroad. There was once a housefire where they lost many of their family photos and mementos, but one son remembered Frank having a photo of a guy in baseball uniform signed by Wm Arthur "Tige" Stone.
    • 1920 Susie Mae Cooper (763 KB)
      Montgomery Alabama census with her mother Sallie E Carter, widow of Thomas R Carter and his first marriage was to Lacy Bozeman
    • 1930 Eva Dakota Fenn on McDonough Stree (21 KB)
      She is now alone. At some point she moved in with her stepson Wm Frank Fenn Jr because my mother in law Mary Ella Brooks knew her and actually took her in when Eva and Frank did not get along. This might have happened in Montgomery before they all moved to Elmore County but yes, Mary Ella took care of the lady !! What a small world we live in < smiles >
    • WWI Draft Registration Card (24 KB)
      James Edgar Brooks is in Forsyth Georgia so is he in our line?
    • 1820 Elijah Fann/ Fenn in Laurens Georgia (407 KB)
      One of our great great grandfathers....married to Martha Rich and had John who ended up in Tuskegee Alabama and had a son named William Frank Fenn . Elijah's ancestors came down through the Carolinas and the wars and some were listed on the Georgia land lottery - such amazing history here !!
    • 1910 James E Brooks in Montgomery AL (384 KB)
      on Hull Street with father in law listed as Crawford, children John and Dorothy....?W. P. BROOKS Self M Male W 55 TN Farmer NC VA Carrie BROOKS Wife M Female W 33 TN Keeps House TN TN John D. BROOKS Son M Male W 25 TN Mule Trader TN TN Roxanna BROOKS DauL M Female W 22 TN At Home TN TN Walter BROOKS Son S Male W 19 TN Farm Laborer TN TN Rolla BROOKS Son S Male W 5 TN TN TN Lilly BROOKS Dau S Female W 3 TN TN TN Kate JONES Other D Female B 35 TN Dom. Servant TN TN Oscar JONES Other S Male B 3 TN TN TN -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ Source Information: Census Place District 16, Maury, Tennessee
    • 1930 Mary Ella Thornton ( married J E Brooks ) (855 KB)
      age 3 with her parents Milton Elijah and Bessie Thornton on Park Avenue in Chisholm, Montgomery County Alabama
    • 1850 Cooper (93 KB)
      Chambers Alabama Alsey Cooper is widowed with children in Chambers..
    • 1910 Wesley Allan Hood, father of Bessie Thornton (342 KB)
      Elmore County Census shows Mary Ella's grandfather but Bessie is listed on page two with her two brothers
    • John Thomas Bozeman photo (386 KB)
      father of Lorena, husband of Alice Stephens... Peter E. BOZEMAN Self M Male W 46 AL Farmer SC SC Nancy J. BOZEMAN Wife M Female W 34 AL Keeping House AL GA John Thos. BOZEMAN Son S Male W 14 AL Field Hand AL AL Peter J. BOZEMAN Son S Male W 12 AL Field Hand AL AL Corintha BOZEMAN Dau S Female W 10 AL AL AL Robt. H. BOZEMAN Son S Male W 8 AL AL AL Martha J. F. BOZEMAN Dau S Female W 5 AL AL AL Allie Lucie BOZEMAN Dau S Female W 2 AL AL AL George M. BOZEMAN Son S Male W 1 AL AL AL -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ Source Information: Census Place Dublin, Montgomery, Alabama
    • 1910 Wesley Allan Hood's children listed on PAGE 2 (19 KB)
      Elmore County Census shows Mary Ella's grandfather but Bessie is listed on page two with her two brothers
    • 1930 Creek County, Oklahoma, Carrie Fenn Johnson (993 KB)
      Cousin Martha said that Aunt Carrie married a Ben Johnson and moved to Oklahoma where they had one daughter named Jean and they lived a very poor life and probably died there. Ben is shown to have been born in Texas.
    • John Brooks of Pennsylvania in Texas 1880 census (833 KB)
      Shows his father is from Holland and his mother is from France and his wife is from Tennessee. John is 42 on this document and his children are born in Texas so they have been here nearly 20 years apparently. Roxanna Permilia Smith is using P R for her name on this.
    • 1900 Choctaw Nation Texas, Ben Johnson (927 KB)
      some of Ben's siblings are born in Indian Territory but he shows born in Texas - all citizens are listed as white. There is another Johnson family living next to them. Ben's mother is born in Alabama. They must have returned later to Alabama when he met Carrie Fenn and married her and then they moved on to Oklahoma.
    • 1860 John Brooks in Giles County TENN from PENN (643 KB)
      young man is a boarder in this household, just before he married Ms Smith and then they moved on to Texas.
    • 1920 Carrie Fenn in Alabama with her father (701 KB)
      on Commerce Street with her stepmother Eva, we do not know why Carrie/ Carolyn never lived with her own mother, but her father was ill and she stayed. Her brother Emmett is also there but we do not know why they show his middle initial as J when his middle name was Marvin, but census officials were not perfect and if Eva was the person giving out the information, she probably had no clue. Eva Dakota Fenn was very young too !!
     
     
     
    Ancestors and Descendents of.....

    Luella was born 2/8/1897 in Benton County Arkansas
    and died 5/11/1945 in a Kansas City Missouri Hospital
    after an 80 day stay that we were told was cancer related;
    some say she died from surgical mistakes made at a previous hospital.

    She was married to Frank Delbert Cochran

    Her parents were Benjamin Wallace Coonfield and Lattie Cedonia Little.

    I never knew my grandma Luella but heard many wonderful stories about her. Dad talked of watching her sit in the fields for hours filling her apron with herbs, polk, whatever was good for the family. She was a strong, loving lady who came from a long line of pioneers and soldiers and worked hard to care for her loved ones and teach them honor and respect. Dad also said her long black hair reached the floor when she brushed it out. Luella was very spiritual and kept many handwritten notes in her Bible, which was handed down to her by her mother.

    Possibly some of those notes were written by her parents.

    Luella was one quarter Cherokee plus some Creek. It's been said that some of her Wright cousins were offered land allotments in the Oklahoma Indian Territory, but this author has not yet recovered any documentation of it.

    Many of the surnames in this family are found on the Indian Rolls in Oklahoma, yet a direct connection to this line has not been found.
    Kathy tried to phone Dorline but learned she had passed away but her husband shared the phone number to Dorline's sister, Velma, who was so delightful to chat with, and also mailed a package of information before she also passed away but it was learned the Gray children grew up with the Cochran children in Kansas and many photos and memories were shared.
     
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  • Family Webpages
  • Family Photo Album
  • Luella's Mother, Lattie Cedonia Little Coonfield
  • Luella had many grandfathers, this one settled in Kentucky
  • Luella's great great grandparents Roby/Crigler
  • Luella's Weatherford, Wright, Little connection
  • Laura Little's Indian Blood inquiry
  • Luella's grandpa John Little's Civil War Registration Card
  • Luella's father in law J B Cochran's draft card Ohio Infantr
  • Luella's Mother is age 7 on this census record
  • Luella's mother in law stayed often after becoming a widow
  • Luella's in- laws photos
  • To be continued.............................
  • Photo medley - many Cochran faces
  • Coonfield Headstones
  • Luella's son went to Alabama
  • Another Coonfield cousin asking about Indian Blood
  • message board about Cherokee Coonfield research
  • message board about indian blood in the Little family
  • message board about indian blood in the Cochran family