John Brooks of Holland married a lady from France and settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1800s, having a son named John. Young John was born in 1837 and as a teen bound out to learn the tailor trade. He is found in the 1860 census of Giles Tennessee where he married that same year to a Roxanna Permilia Smith, daughter of Caroline Bond and Thomas Smith. Roxanna also named a son John before they moved to Lamar County Texas, as seen on the 1880 census, but her husband died there of tuberculosis and she returned to her home town to remarry, to a Dr Crittendon Smith. Her son John married Annie Clark Ballard, daughter of Dora Craig and James Cal Ballard and moved to Montgomery Alabama, along with his work with the railroad. Annie had only one child: James Edgar Brooks in 1895. James married Susie Mae Cooper, a daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Carter and Levi Benjamin Cooper. Sarah's parents were Mary Josephine Hereferd of Virginia and Thomas Randolph Carter of South Carolina. Mary had long shiny black hair and coal black eyes and both her parents were born in Virginia. Levi's parents were Sarah F Lee and Charner P Cooper of Chambers County Alabama - both their families came from South Carolina and settled in former Creek Nation. Thomas Carter's father came from South Carolina, John Wise Carter with a wife only known as "Mary".
James Edgar Brooks and Susie named a son James Jr. Their son married Mary Ella Thornton, daughter of Bessie Mae Hood and Milton Elijah Thornton. Milton's parents had come from Georgia to Elmore County Alabama, George Thornton and an indian wife, Mary Angeline Partridge. Bessie's parents were Ella Olivia Baxley and L. W. Hood of Slapout Alabama - Ella's parents were Louisa Miranda Holt and James Hardie Baxley of the Civil War all buried in Holtville, Elmore County, AL.
Mary Ella's son Charles married Kathy and both of her parents were mixed Cherokee.