Leah herXmark Brooker born<1782 died 1820 Barnwell Deeds A306 3/10/1803 3/21/1803 Joseph Jackson sells to Leah Brooker for $300 a negro girl Rachel about 10 years old. Wit: Tarleton Brown, Shadrick his+mark Smith. Barnwell Deeds J505 1817.

I Leah herHmark Brooker for L&A & $5 give to my daughter Lurany Smith my young negro woman slave Rachel signed 5 Apr. 1817, Wit: Henry Dortch, Isaac Bourdeaux, rec: 24 Oct. 1817.

Leah Brooker, will signed 17 Nov. 1819 rec. 1820, ex: Giles Miller,  Barnwell Will Book B page 105. Probate Package 34-3 to son John Brooker one sow & pigs, granddaughter Sary Ann Elizabeth Jackson horse bridle & saddle all my corn fodder & cotton & all my household furniture & one sow; grandson Wm. D. Jackson one sow, grandson Jesse G. Jackson one sow. All my hogs to be equally divided between my son John Brooker & my granddaughter Sary Ann E. Jackson. Giles Miller, Esq. Sole executor. wit: Giles Miller, Elizabeth herXmark Rudd.  Children:

  1. Lurany Brooker married a Smith (deed J505).  Could this could be Loreana - born 1792 who married Shadrach Smith. They ended up in Thomas County GA. Mark Green
  2. John Brooker born <1819 (will)
  3. ___ Brooker, daughter married a Jackson died by 1819. Children:
    1. Sarah (Sary) Ann Elizabeth Jackson (will)
    2. William D. Jackson born <1819 (will)
    3. Jesse G. Jackson born <1819 (will)


___ Brooker had 2 known sons & 1 daughter: Joseph Brooker & John Brooker, conjectured unknown daughter

1) Joseph hisXmark Brooker born <1796 died c1817, one of two documented sons of ___ Brooker.  According to Kathleen Ogelsby, Joseph Brooker married Mary Edenfield.  The deed below very strongly implies that Wm. Edenfield married Joseph Brooker's sister, and that she was the mother of the first three children listed.  There seems to be no other reason that he would not have left the items in the 1817 deed to his brother's children.  Does anyone have clues or suggestions on this?  If so, please send them to me (fclark@bigfoot.com).

Barnwell Deeds J295 2/12/1817 - 2/27/1817, I ,Joseph Brooker in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have for my brother in law Wm. Edenfield & his 3 children: Hiram A., Wm. Nix, and Tabitha, and also for diverse other good causes and considerations, I Joseph Brooker hereunto moving give unto: Wm. Edenfield: cross cut saw, Broad Ax, Adz, Auger, pair still yards; Hiram A.: cow & calf; Wm. N. 2 cows & calves; Tabitha: 2 cows & calves. I appoint Wm. Edenfield as a trustee until Hiram A., Wm. Nix, and Tabitha arrive at the age of 21, and should they die without lawful issue it to revert to the heirs of Wm. Edenfield. Joseph Brooker to have full control and use during my natural life and after my death Wm. Edenfield is to take possession for his three children. Wit: T. Riley, Moses Kerby. (Return to Edenfield)  Why did Joseph Brooker single out these children of William Edenfield?  Was it because they were the children of his sister, ___ Brooker, who was the  conjectured first wife of William Edenfield?  Does anyone have clues to this mystery?  Please send them, if so.

Barnwell Deeds J298 2/12/1817 - 2/27/1817. I Joseph Brooker in consideration of the natural love and affection I have and do bare for my nephew John Brooker, Jun., give to him the following property: a large pot, 2 trunks, bed, all stock of cattle after J295. Wit: Thomas Riley, Jesse Edenfield.

Barnwell Deeds O386 7 Feb. 1817 rec. 1 March 1824 Joseph hisXmark Brooker negro woman Fillis (sic) conveyed to him by his brother John Brooker. Further as certain deeds given to Wm. Brooker Eldest son of sd. John Brooker was still to confine the said property to the legal heirs of the said John Brooker. Wit: John hisTmark Brooker.

Barnwell Deed J306 Wm. Edenfield signs affidavit that Joseph Brooker deceased intended his land for Joseph Brooker his nephew. Wit: John his~mark Brooker, Wm. Brooker (says same) 3/17/1817, 3/19/1817.

2) John hisXmark Brooker born <1742 died 1817. In 1787 deeds his brother Joseph Brooker a slave "Fillis." Barnwell Deeds J370 Love and Affection for my loving children I gave to them a family of negroes. Wit: Sam'l P. Youmans, Jacob G. Powers. 15 Apr. 1817, rec. 16 April 1817.  Six Documented children of John Brooker: William Brooker, John Brooker, Mary Brooker, Sarah Brooker, daughter, son:

  1. William hisXmark Brooker born <1763-1836, married Mary (was she daughter of John Jackson listed in his will 4 July 1832?). 1st son of John, willed negroes Frank, Harry, Peter, Phillis. William Brooker Barnwell Deeds Bk. 3 p234 8/25/1784 - 7/27/1785. Sells to Hugh Hardin for $145 100 acres on Upper Three Runs near the Savannah River bordering SW: Wm. Cater? Part of tract to Lewis Johnson Wit: Leah Robison, James Montgomery. Barnwell Deeds Bk. 1 p196 3/26/1786 - 12/21/1787, Thomas Cox sells to Wm. Brooker for 12 45 acres by Davis' Branch being part of 295a surveyed by Wm. Green for Thos. Cox & granted to Cox on waters of Davis' Branch near Belldock Mills it being north corner of aforesaid tract. 26 Mar. 1786 Thomas hisTmark Cox. Wit: Hugh hisHmark Pellam, Wm. Owens. Barnwell Deeds Bk. 3 p 234 purchased from Hugh Hardin 3/10/1804 9/1/1804 $145 100 acres on Upper Three Runs.  William Brooker, Barnwell Will C168, bundle 65-6, administered by Jesse Miller 6 June 1836 discharged 15 Sept. 1857: beloved wife Mary Brooker all my lands and plantation where I now live with all my stock & plantation tools household and kitchen furniture with all my movable and perishable property to be hers during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage to be equally divided between my six children. Viz: "my son Joseph and daughter Mary, $2 each," rest equally divided between "my six children:" William, Henry, Sarah Ann, John, Hamilton Preston, and Edward." (As worded in will) I appoint Jesse Miller and John Brooker, Senior, executives. Signed 14 May 1836. Wit: David Williams., John Jenkins, James J. Gill. Qualified by Jesse Miller 4 July 1836. Probate paid to S.A. Brooker (I -FOC- assume she is the only daughter Mary Brooker) who married Washington Strange 26 Sept. 1842, and a child's share ($63) apparently paid to Sarah Ann Ferguson (married to George Ferguson) in 1853.  Eight documented children of William Brooker.  The first two, Joseph and Mary, are listed separately as "son" and "daughter," may be illegitimate:
    1. Joseph E. Brooker (got a full share after all)
    2. Mary Brooker
    3. William H. Brooker (full share)
    4. Henry Brooker (full share)
    5. Sarah Ann Brooker married George Ferguson before July 1856 (received a half share)
    6. John R. Brooker (full share)
    7. Hamilton Preston Brooker tuition paid in 1840 (seems to be J.B. full share)
    8. Edward Brooker tuition pd in 1840 (I could not find him listed in 1853 distribution)
  2. John hisXmark Brooker born <1796, named as son, given slave Lucia & her 2 children: Mary & Little Phillis. John hisXmark Brooker Barnwell Deeds M202 1 Jan. 1817 sell to Dixon Calhoun for $2000 four negroes: Lucy & her 3 children Mary, Phillis, & Amos. Wit: Lewis Stokes, Samuel Calhoun. Rec: 2 Nov. 1820.
  3. Mary Brooker married a Myrick, given slave Kittin (f)
  4. Sarah Brooker married Stenson, given slave boy Jack
  5. daughter married a ___Thomas who was dead by 1784
    1. Mary Thomas named as granddaughter, given slave Caroline
  6. son dead by 1784
    1. Joseph Brooker born <1796, named as grandson, given slave girl Esther.

3. ___ Brooker, implied daughter, alive 1798-1806, married William Edenfield 1766-1837.  Barnwell Deeds J295 2/12/1817 - 2/27/1817, I Joseph Brooker in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have for my brother in law Wm. Edenfield & his 3 children: Hiram A., Wm. Nix, and Tabitha, and also for diverse other good causes and considerations, I Joseph Brooker hereunto moving give unto: Wm. Edenfield: cross cut saw, Broad Ax, Adz, Auger, pair still yards; Hiram A.: cow & calf; Wm. N. 2 cows & calves; Tabitha: 2 cows & calves. I appoint Wm. Edenfield as a trustee until Hiram A., Wm. Nix, and Tabitha arrive at the age of 21, and should they die without lawful issue it to revert to the heirs of Wm. Edenfield. Joseph Brooker to have full control and use during my natural life and after my death Wm. Edenfield is to take possession for his three children. Wit: T. Riley, Moses Kerby.  It may be that Joseph Brooker is here referring to the brother of his wife, as I was told that he married Mary Edenfield, but I have seen no record of this, and I was also told that Barbara Allen was the wife of William Edenfield, while extant records show that she was clearly Barbara Savage.  There is another interpretation here.  If Joseph Brooker did marry a sister of William Edenfield, this could be why he left the above deed, but it does not explain at all why he only singled out the first three children of William Edenfield, since other children had been born and were alive at the time of the aforementioned deed.  In my (FOC) opinion, the evidence clearly favors the interpretation that William Edenfield was married twice, and I think this deed strongly implies the first wife was this unknown Brooker.  Does anyone have a Bible record, or other clues on this issue?


Comments by Paul Edenfield:

There is a bible at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC that has the bible of (Mary Edenfield) Brooker. The bible has the following information:

"Mary Brooker Her Book [Mary Edenfield, b. Dec. 1746, m. Joseph Brooker, lived on land grant in S.C.]

My daughter Ellendar Brooker the daughter of Joseph and Mary Brooker was born in the year of our Lord 1770 August the 1 day Mary Edenfield the daughter of Thomas Edenfield and Mary Edenfield was born August ?? in the year of our Lord 1799 [Thomas Edenfield, Jr. b. March 26, 1768, m. Mary Ann Creamer, lived on farm in S.C.] Wm. Edenfield the son of Thomas Edenfield and Mary his wife was born March ? day in the year of out Lord 1802.

Joseph Brooker Edenfield the son of Thomas and Mary Edenfield was born June 29th 1804.

Peter was born January 17th in the year of our Lord 1803 negro"

My understanding is that there is another Bible, whereabouts unknown, that has information on Thomas Edenfield, his wife Elizabeth Creamer, and their children, but I've never been able to locate this one.


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