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Frustration is the name of the game in genealogy research. 99% of everybody is stuck on their family lines....everybody researches until they can't find any more.....

It is extra frustrating however to be stuck in 1880 -- when there are pretty good records etc, and as you note two earlier census with possibilities of locating them.

It is possible W T Brooks, who had 40+ slaves in Perry County was the last slave owner, and reading about him, if you can, may be a help; and at least someplace to start. Please note though, that there were several other BROOKS slave holders in various counties (more than 400 BROOKS owned slaves in 1860)......and daughters were frequently given slaves when they got married, and if one of the white Brooks girls married XXXXXX, and brought her Brooks slaves with her, the last slave owner may have been the guy she married. And that could have happened several generations earlier.

Your BROOKS family maay have used a different family name immediately following the civil war. They may have been located in a different county, and moved to Perry CO, so be sure to check adjoining counties.

Have you checked death certificates for Young Brooks, or Robert Brooks or Monroe Brooks, or any of the daughetrs if you know their married names? If you are lucky, the death certificate may name birthplace, and give you a lead.

Have you tried the Perry county boards?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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