Hi again Jim. I re-read your response to my inquiry and wanted to give you additional information. I have the Brooks line back to England in 1690. The progenitor of my Brooks bloodline was John Brooks, Sr., Esq. who emigrated from England in 1735 to North Carolina. He was married in England to Susan Narsin. They had 6 sons. The book: "Brooks and Kindred Families" by Ida Brooks Kellum is about 300 pages of this line. Regrading "Granny Brooks" (Alice Linam Brooks) Her father, Israel Linam joined the 54th Tenn. vol Inf Regt and was a Sgt. He went AWOL and then, evidently deserted. John H. Linam was one of the largest slave owners in Lawrence Co. and Israel was opposed to slavery. I think at least one other of John's sons was anti-slavery. Not long after Israel married Mary Scott (daughter of Thomas McLaughlin Scott), they moved to Cairo, Ill. for the remainder of the Civil War. They couldn't return to Tenn. and instead moved to Abilene, Ks. Israel opened the first general store/saloon in Abilene. He also owned a farm outside of town. He knew the original Wild Bill Hickock. I have some really interesting stories from Aunt Nina (she got them from her mother) about life on the Great Plains. Just before John H. Linam passed away, Israel and he reconciled and they returned to Tenn. They didn't stay long and moved to Russellville, Ark. In 1899, Israel went to Paris, Texas looking for his brother, the one who also didn't support slavery. Israel died and is buried in Paris. I have a photocopy of the paperwork for his grave plot signed by Mary Scott Linam. She llived well into the 20th century. Dewey M. Brooks was born in may 1898 in Tigger Valley, Ark, just outside of Hot Springs. He worked in a stave mill (owned by my Gibbs relatives) and lost two fingers in a sawmill accident. He would later go on to establish a cigar and liquor stores in hot Springs. he and Idell Gibbs married in 1916. They moved in the early 1930's to San Diego and opened a cigar and liquor store on 6th street in downtown San Diego. They lived in Mission Valley. I look forward to continued correspondance and we can share more information. Regards. Doug.