Micajah Brooks (1761 - 1862)

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Birthplace: Chatham, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Rockmart, Polk, Georgia, United States
Managed by: James Edward Winfrey
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About Micajah Brooks

Micajah was 101 years old when he died.

His mother sent him to the mill when he was an overgrown boy of fourteen. He met up with recruiting officers, left his horse and meal, joined the Army, and wasn't heard of for 7 years. They thought he was dead. Evidently Micajah was remembering his old home in Chatham Co.,N.C. and the girl he left behind, and this was an opportunity to get back to the land of his nativity. The trek back was long and hard. He stopped in South Carolina where he had kinsmen living, and enlisted for more service. Then went on to Chatham Co., N.C. and married before returning home. He returned to N.C. during the Revolution, about 1785.

The cemetery in which Micajah Brooks is buried was given by his son-in-law, Woodson Hubbard, as a family burying ground about 1850.

A descendant of Ruth Bertha Brooks Moseley, indicates that Micajah Brooks & Mary Hunter had 2 children named John. The 1st was born 1790, the 2nd 1792, with a note that the 1st must have died early in life.

Died 2: Micajah lived to be 101 years old.

Died 3: June 15, 1862, Paulding Co., Ga.

Military service 1: His pension claim: W.27649

Military service 2: He later served in the Georgia Troops under Capt. John Hill, Joseph Mimms, John Wilson, Stephen Bishop, Samuel Beckam, David Miller & Col. Elijah Clark, and was in an expedition to the Cherokee Nation & was at the surrender of Augusta, Ga.

Military service 3: Micajah served in th Revolution under Captain Few, George Barber, & Col. Elijah Clark in the Ga. troops.

Military service 4: Abt. March 1780, When returning home to North Carolina, he enlisted in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He served 3 months as a pri. under Capt. Bartley Martin, Col. Leroy Hammond in South Carolina Troops.

Military service 5: 1827, For his services he was granted land in Henry Co., Ga.

Military service 6: August 19, 1850, While a resident of Paulding County, Ga.

Property: Micajah, his son John &wife Elizabeth, and his daughter Nancy & husband Woodson Hubbard, received land grants now known as the Everette plantation in Polk Co., Ga. The original grant & deeds were in the possession of Mr. & Mrs. James Everette.

Residence 1: 1775, Arived in Georgia. They settled in that part of Wilkes Co., Ga., that was later included in Warren. Then moved to Putnam Co., then to Jasper Co.and finally settled in Paulding Co., Ga., a part of which is now Polk Co.

Residence 2: After the homeplace was sold to Hosea Camp, Micajah moved to Fish Creek and settled on a hill above a large spring. Here he lived with his 2nd. wife.

Residence 3: Abt. 1832, He moved to Paulding Co., soon after the territory was surveyed.

Micajah BROOKS was born on 25 Dec 1761 in Fayetteville, Chatham County, North Carolina. He served in the military between 1775 and 1782 in Revolutionary War. He moved in 1785 to Georgia. He was buried in 1862 in Polk County, Georgia. Grave marked by DAR in Polk County, five miles west of Rockmart, Georgia. He died on 15 Jun 1863 in Polk County, Georgia.

MICAJAH BROOKS was a soldier of the Revolution. His pension clam W. 27649, shows that he was born in Chatham County, N. C., 12-25-1767. The Bible left by his daughter says he was a son of 'John and Jane (May Brooks, and a grandson of John Brooks who was born in England Th. John Brooks appeared in Bladen County, N. C., in 1735. From there moved with his wife, Susan, and sons, to Orange, now Chatham County, N. C. In 1771. John Brooks, Jr., and his wife, Jane, sold their land in Chatham County, N. C., and later moved to Georgia. The pension paper of Micajah shows that they arrived in Georgia in 1775, They settled In that part of Wilkes County, Ga., that was later included in Warren.

Micajah served in the Revolution under Captain Few, George Barber and Col. Elijah Clark in the Georgia Troops. When returning home North Carolina, he enlisted in Edgefield District, South Carolina, March 1780 or 81 and served three months as a private under Capt. Bartley Martin, Col. Leroy Hammond in the South Carolina Troops. Re afterwards served in the Georgia Troops under Captains John Hill, Joseph Mimms, John Wilson, Stephen Bishop, Samuel Beckam, David Miller and Col. Elijah Clark, and was in an expedition to the Cherokee Nation and was at the surrender of Augusta, Ga..

He was allowed a pension on an application executed 8-19-1850, while a resident of Paulding County. He died 6-15-1862. He married second, about 1839, Margaret T. Carter and she was allowed a pension in 1877 while living in Polk County, Ga. In 1869 she stated that she was sixty years old. Micajah Brooks is the only Revolutionary soldier by that name found in the Revolutionary records. For his services he was granted land in Henry County, GA in the Land Lottery of 1827.

Micajah Brooks lived to be 100 years old, and was a well known person through several generations. Jennie Lynne Wingard of Rockmart, Ga., said, I remember my grandmother, Mary Eudora Hubbard Carpenter, telling about her grandfather, Micajah Brooks. She remembered him quite well. She loved to tell how his mother sent him to the mill when he was an overgrown boy of fourteen. "He met up with a recruiting officer, left his horse and meal, joined the Army, and wasn't heard of for several years. They thought he was dead." Evidently Micajah was remembering his old home in Chatham County, N. C., and the girl he left behind, as this was an opportunity to get back to the land of his nativity. The trek back was long and hard. He stopped in South Carolina where he had kinsmen living, and enlisted for more service. Then went on to Chatham County, N. C., and married before returning home.

When he returned to North Carolina in about 1785 during the Revolution he married Mary Hunter of Chatham County, N. C., daughter of Elisha Hunter, a German Seaman, whose wife was Margaret Stute. They settled first in Wilkes County, Ga. (now Warren Co.) then moved to Putnam County, then to Jasper County and finally settled in Paulding County, a part of which is now Polk County, Ga. He moved to Paulding County soon after the territory was surveyed in 1832.

Micajah Brooks and his son John Brooks and wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter Nancy and her husband, Woodson Hubbard, received land grants now known as the Everette plantation in Polk County, Ga. The original grant and deeds are now in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. James Everette. Some of the original rooms of the Micajah Brooks home are now a part of the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Everette. These rooms are made of brick that were made near the home and they were not destroyed when the home burned several years ago. These two rooms are said to be the first brick building erected in the county. The deed by which John Brooks, son of Micajah, deeded the property to Hosea Camp in 1849 is also in the possession of Mr. Everette. Hosea Camp was the great grandfather of Mr. James Everette.

The cemetery in which Micajah Brooks is buried was given by his son-in-law, Woodson Hubbard, as a family burying ground about 1850 and in 1851 Nancy Brooks Hubbard, wife of Woodson Hubbard, was the first person to be buried there.

After the home place was sold to Hosea Camp, Micajah Brooks moved to Fish Creek and settled on a hill above a large spring. Here he lived with his second wife, Margaret T. Carter. This last homestead was sold by his widow, Margaret, and their son, Green L. Brooks to L. W. Harris in 1868. On Sept. 19, 1878 L. W. Harris sold it to William Phillips, husband of Caroline Frances Wilson Phillips, a granddaughter of Micajah Brooks. William Mitchell Phillips gave this place to his eldest daughter, Nancy Jane Phillips Blissette and after her death her youngest daughter, Jane Lillian Blissette Thacker, bought the old home at public auction and it is now in her possession.

The William Witcher Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, unveiled a marker, with appropriate ceremonies, at the grave of Micajah Brooks, Revolutionary Soldier, on May 31st, 1950. The marker was rededicated by the Chapter and the descendants of Micajah Brooks on February 21st, 1999.

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Micajah BROOKS18,88,606 was born on 25 Dec 1761 in Chatham Co., NC.18,88,606 He died on 15 Jun 1862 in Polk Co., GA.18,88 He was buried in Hubbard Cemetery, Rockmark, Polk, GA.18 Micajah Brooks was a Revolutionary War veteran, the oldest one living in the South at the time he died. His pension claim #W. 27649 states his place of birth and the date. He is buried in Paulding County, Georgia in a part of what is now Polk County. The Daughters of the American Revolution have erected a monument at the site.

Micajah Brooks served under Captain Few, George Barber, and Colonel Elijah Clark of Georgia. After his initial tour of duty he reenlisted in South Carolina's Edgefield District in March of 1780 or 1781; he served three months under Captains Hill, Mimms, Wilson, Bishop, Beckham, and Miller and, again, under Colonel Elijah Clark.

A copy of Micajah Brooks' pension application is in the possession of the submitter, as well as a copy of the Paulding County marriage record listing his second marriage to Margaret T. Carter in 1839.

Micajah Brooks was listed in the 1850 United States census of Paulding County, Georgia.

Both of Micajah Brooks' sons by his wife Margaret T. Carter (Carter Brooks and Green Brooks) died without issue.

Ida Brooks Kellam in "Brooks and Kindred Families" makes several references to Bibles in the possession of various descendants, and she states that Micajah Brooks' daughter had in her possession such a family Bible. This may have been Nancy Brooks Hubbard.

Some researchers list Phoebe Ann Brooks as a child of Micajah Brooks and Mary Hunter, but the evidence supporting this is slim.

Micajah Brooks was found in the 1820 census of Monticello Township, Jasper County, Georgia.

Micajah Brooks was awarded land in the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery on March 20 of that year; the land was awarded as a reward for his service in the Revolutionary War. (Allen's District, #26, District #24, Muscogee

County.)

Micajah Brooks was in the 1830 census of Henry County, Georgia. He was in Paulding County by 1837, where he was enumerated in a state census certified November 6, 1837.

Micajah Brooks was in the 1850 census of Paulding County, Georgia, excerpt as follows:

Micajah Brooks, age 85 (sic), Farmer, born North Carolina

Margaret Brooks, age 42, born Georgia

Carter Brooks, age 7, born Georgia

Green L. Brooks, age 5, born Georgia

In 1860 Micajah and his family were listed as follows:

Micajah Brooks, age 104 (sic), born North Carolina

Margaret Brooks, age 53, born Georgia

Carter Brooks, age 17, Farmer, born Georgia

Green Lee Brooks, age 14, born Georgia

Source:

Descendants of John Brooks, Esq

e-mail from Nancy Shire

sndshire@sbcglobal.net

6 Sep 2007

Descendant of John and Elizabeth Taler Brooks.

Parents: John BROOKS Jr and Jane Jean MAY.

Spouse: Mary HUNTER. Micajah BROOKS and Mary HUNTER were married in 1784 in Polk Co., GA.18,88 Children were: Elisha BROOKS, John BROOKS, Elijah BROOKS, Jane (Jennie) BROOKS, Ruth Bertha BROOKS, Elizabeth BROOKS, Mary Sarah BROOKS, Nancy BROOKS, Temperance BROOKS, Laney BROOKS.

Spouse: Margaret T. CARTER. Micajah BROOKS and Margaret T. CARTER were married on 27 Jun 1839 in Paulding Co., GA.18 Children were: Carter BROOKS, Green Lee BROOKS.

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Headstone at grave of Micajah Brooks is found in the Woodson Hubbard Cemetery, Rockmart, Polk County, Georgia. Micajah Brooks (1761-1863) was the GGG Grandfather of Beulah Elizabeth Moore (1862-1933), who was married to Milton B. Starr (1856-1910). Micajah was married to Mary Hunter. The years listed for Micajah are not a typo, as he apparently lived over 100 years. He saw service in the American Revolution and died during the War for Southern Independence.

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Micajah Brooks's Timeline

1761
December 25, 1761
Chatham, North Carolina, United States
1785
May 27, 1785
Age 23
1785
Age 23
Georgia, USA
1790
1790
Age 28
1793
1793
Age 31
Wilkes, GA, USA
1793
Age 31
1804
November 9, 1804
Age 42
Warren, Georgia, United States
1839
June 27, 1839
Age 77
Paulding, Georgia, United States
1862
June 15, 1862
Age 100
Rockmart, Polk, Georgia, United States
June 1862
Age 100
Rockmart, Polk co, GA, USA