Name: Zachariah Smith BROOKS
Given Name: Zachariah Smith
Change Date: 17 MAR 2012
RELATIONSHIP: Keith Selke research.
Birth: 18 MAY 1765 in Greenville Co., South Carolina
Death: APR 1848 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina
Some researchers say he was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army and a Colonel of the South Carolina Cavalry.
Our Family Circle by Annie Elizabeth Miller, pg. 250 (available on Ancestry.com) states:
Zachariah Smith Brooks was a major in the Revolutionary War and was celebrated for his bravery.
His pension paper says "Zachariah Smith Brooks enlisted in Newberry District, S.C. shortly after the evacuation of Cambridge by Gen. Greene, and served six months as a private in Capt. John Wallace's Company of S.C. Troops, and was in several skirmishes with the Tories. He served in 1781 and 1782 in Capt. Joseph Towles, company, Col. Samuel Hammond's S.C. regiment, was in a skirmish on the Edisto River, and was stationed about six weeks on the frontier guarding the incursions of the Indians, also during his service he was enlisted as one of a corps called the Life Guard of Pickens, length of service, six months." He was afterwards appointed Col. of State Calvary, and was always known as Col. Brooks.
Old Southern Bible Records, pg. 45 (available on Ancestry.com)
Zachariah Smith Brooks was b. 18 May 1765, d. Apr. 1848, m. 1st on 17 Dec. 1776 to Elizabeth Butler (see Bible record of Capt. James Butler) That record states that Elizabeth was b. 1766, making the above marriage date highly questionable.
Whitfield b. 3 Feb. 1790
Lucinda b. 3 Oct. 1791
Betheland b. 20 Feb. 1793
Nancy b. 30 Jan. 1798
[Probably living in this home in 1846, was Betheland Foote, wife of Capt Wm. Butler and it is stated that she was b. 28 Dec. 1764. Wm. Elisha and Zach. Smith Brooks were brothers and both served in the Rev. War. They married sisters, daughters of Capt. James Butler.]
Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution p. 103 (Available on Ancestry.com)
Zacharia Smith Brooks S9294
b. 18 May 1765
d. Apr. 1848
While residing in Newberry District, he served under Capt. John Wallace and was in serveral skirmishes with the Tories. In 1781 and 1782, he served under Capt. Joseph Towles and Col. Samuel Hammond and was in a skirmish on the Edisto River. He was stationed on the frontier to prevent the invasions of Indians. At some time, he was one of Picken's life guards and was a captain. (Christie, Robert).
1790 Census Newberry Co., Ninety-Six District, SC
2 male 16 and upwards (Zachariah and ?)
1 males under 16 (Whitfield)
1 females including heads of families
1800 Census Place: Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina; .Roll 47; Page: 137
Zack S. Brooks
2 - under 10 (Whitfield and ?)
2 - age 26-45 (Zachariah and ?)
5 - under 10 (Lucinda, Behetheland, Nancy, Eliza & ?)
2 - age 16-26 (Elizabeth and ?)
Edgefield Co., SC Will Book D, Pg. 333-334
Will of Zachariah Smith Brooks
1. Son Whitfield Brooks - sole Executor
2. $3000 to be raised out of estate in such manner as most convenient for Executor to be distributed as hereinafter directed.
3. to Son Whitfield Brooks 1/4 part of the residue of estate, real & personal and $1000 of the sum mentioned in the 2nd clause, to him and his heirs.
4. to the children of deceased daughter Lucinda Bird namely, Louisa, Mary and Cornelia, as may attain full age or marry in equal shares, 1/4 of the residue of estate, real and personal and $1000 of the sum mentioned in the second clause, to them & their heirs.
5. 1/4 of the residue of estate real & personal and $1000 of the sum mentioned in the 2nd clause to daughter Beheathland Bird, & to her children in the following manner; $1000 to Beheathland and her heirs; 1/4 of the residue of estate to my daughter, Beheathland during her natural life, and upon her death, to the children of Beheathland and their heirs forever, to be equally divided among them, the issue of any deceased child, to represent their parent; except the share which may hereafter fall to Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Beheathland, which share I hereby devise to Smith Simkins and his heirs, for the use of the said Smith and his heirs in trust-nevertheless to have/hold, and manage the same for the proper, benefit and behoof of his sister, Elizabeth Taylor, during her natural life not subject either specifically or as to the issue & income thereof to the debts or contracts of her present or any future husband; and upon her death, to transfer in equal share to her children; and in case of no children or the issue of such children, then the share to be divided among her surviving brothers and sisters in equal shares.
6. 1/4 part of the residue of estate, real and personal to son Whitfield Brooks and to his heirs for their use in trust nevertheless, to have hold and manage the same for the proper use, benefit and behoof of my daughter, Nancy Blocker during her natural life, not subject specifically or as to the issues and income thereof, to the debts, or contracts of her present or any future husband; and upon her death to transfer and deliver the same, discharge from any trust in equal shares to her children, the issue of any such children as may be dead, leaving issue representing their deceased parent or parents. Property purchased of E. B. Belcher, Sheriff at the sale of B. M. Blocker's chattels and left on his plantation for the benefit of his family be set down in ascertaining the amount of estate at the price paid, namely $5445 and that the same at that price be included in the share given in this clause for the benefit of daughter Nancy & her children and the provision herein made for daughter, Nancy & her children shall be upon this condition and it is my express will and desire that in no event nor under any circumstances shall son Whitfield Brooks be held liable or in any manner made to account for any part of the property so given in trust for daughter Nancy, which may or shall be used & appropriated for the maintenance of the family and for no other cause except he apply said property to his own uses.
7. Authorize Executor to sell all or any portions of estate in such parcels and upon such terms as may seem to him proper for the payment of debts, affecting partition or for the benefit of any legatees.
8. To grandson Whitfield Butler Brooks gold watch & apparatus
Dated: 6 Mar. 1843 Zac S. Brooks (L.S.)
Witnesses: John Lipscomb, J. P. Carroll, P. S. Brooks
Enjoin & direct Executors not to pay over to either of granddaughters Louiza Purofy, Mary S. Gillison and Cornelia L. Crop or to them or either of their husbands the amounts & legacies respectively given to them until trustee(s) shall be appointed to each who shall be authorized to receive the respective shares of each and to hold the same for the sole use, benefit-and behoof of his cestuique trust-during her natural life, not subject to the debts, contracts, or liabilities of her or their present or any future husbands, and the trustees shall allow & permit cestique trusts to keep and retain the use & possessions of the property given during the natural life of each and upon the death of either of said granddaughters, then the share or estate given shall descend and be equally divided among her issue alive at her death but should either granddaughter die without issue, leaving at the time of her death then or their share, to be equally divided among the survisors in equal portions subject to the same trust.
Dated: 1 Nov. 1845 Sach S. Brooks (seal)
Witnesses: John Lipscomb, H. H. McClentock, W. B. Brooks
Pension application of Zachariah Smith Brooks S9294 fn36SC
Transcribed by Will Graves 12/10/08
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State of South Carolina Edgefield District
On this 31st day of November in the year of our Lord 1832 personally appeared in open Court before me Richard Gantt, one of the Judges of the said State, now sitting in and for the District aforesaid, Zachariah Smith Brooks a resident of the District in State aforesaid aged 67 years on the 18th of May last past, who being first duly Sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June the seventh 1832. That shortly after the evacuation of Cambridge by General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene], he attached himself as a volunteer to a company of mounted militia commanded by Captain John Wallace in the District of Newberry, under whose command he remained in active service for about the space of six months, watching and counteracting the operation of the Tories, who greatly infested that section of the State. That while under the command of Captain Wallace, he was often engaged in skirmishes with the Tories but none of sufficient importance to merit a particular narration. That in the winter of 1781 & 1782 he left the company of Captain Wallace and enlisted for a term of six months in a company of State Troops, under the command of Captain Joseph Towles. During this term of service under Captain Towles he was employed in reconnoitering the Country and at one time was stationed about six weeks on the frontiers of the State, guarding it against the incursions of the Indians, principally in the neighborhood of the present site of the Village of Greenville. That during this term of service he was engaged in a skirmish with the Tories on the Edisto River near the place called the Pine Log, in which several of the enemy were killed & taken prisoners. This deponent further states, that while he was attached to Captain Towles Company, he was detailed as one of a Corps, called the life guard of General Pickens and in this capacity accompanied this officer near the Broad River under his immediate command. He further deposes that during his term of service Captain Towles Company, he was frequently attached to the Regiment of Colonel Samuel Hammond and under his immediate command. This Deponent feels confident that he was in actual service for a greater period than one year if the different periods were added together. He has no written documentary evidence, on which to rely for verification of this declaration as herein made and set forth but relies upon the testimony of living witnesses, many of whom are at this time residing in this District, who were actors in the scenes of that day.
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid S/ Zah S. Brooks
This Deponent hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.
S/ Zah S. Brooks
South Carolina Edgefield District -- I do hereby certify that I believe all the material facts in the foregoing declaration are true -- that by served personally with Deponent in the same Brigade and under the same officers and further that Deponent was often under my command
S/ S. Hammond1 [Harwood Burt, a clergyman, and Colonel Samuel Hammond gave the standard supporting affidavit.] [fn .p. 7, petition by Zachariah Smith Brooks for a replacement certificate of pension; he states his original certificate was lost somehow after he put it in the possession of his son, Whitfield Brooksdated February 14, 1846 in Edgefield Dist. SC.] [facts in file: Zachariah was born May 18, 1765; his first wife's name was Elizabeth Butler, sister of Nancy Butler Brooks, the wife of Zachariah's brother, Elisha Brooks; children of Zachariah Whitfield, son of his first wife, Elizabeth, born February 3, 1790 Lucinda born October 3, 1791 Behethland born February 20, 1793 Nancy born January 30, 1796 [Behethland F. [Foote] Butler, born December 28, 1764, wife of William Butler, stated that her husband William Butler was the brother of Nancy Brooks, widow of Elisha Brooks, brother of the veteran.]
Father: Elisha BROOKS b: ABT 1725 in of, Hanover Co., Virginia
Elizabeth BUTLER b: 17 DEC 1766 in Virginia
in of, South Carolina
- Whitfield Butler BROOKS b: 3 FEB 1790 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina
- Lucinda BROOKS b: 3 OCT 1791 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina
- Betheland BROOKS b: 20 FEB 1793 in South Carolina
- Nancy BROOKS b: 30 JAN 1798 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina
- Eliza BROOKS b: 1799 in Edgefield District, South Carolina
- William Butler BROOKS b: 1802 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina