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  The Brooks came to York Co. VA in 1634, to New Kent Co. by 1642 and to King and Queen Co. VA in 1670 to 1689. There were 6 generations of John Brooks. The 3rd John married Mary Jones, daughter of Rice Jones and probably lived in old Rappahannock, now Richmond Co. VA. The 4th John mentioned in Caroline Co. VA. The 5th John was an early settler on Roanoke River adjoining John Green about 1725 in Halifax Co. North Carolina. By 1735 he moved to Cape Fear in NC,  by   1757 Orange Co. NC, 1763 to   New Hanover Co. NC and Bladen Co. (now Cumberland Co.). The 6th John born about 1720 married Jane May who was the daughter of John May and Jane Williams. Their son John Hannah Brooks was the father of Sarah Brook who married Richard Shirley.




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