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DEAR DESCENDANTS
HISTORY'S MYSTERIES
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CENTENARIANS (new content August 2002)
HANING PHOTOS
WRIGHT PHOTOS
BROOKS PHOTOS
PETTY PHOTOS
MORE PETTY PHOTOS
FAMILY BUSINESS PHOTOS
PETTY AND BROOKS PHOTOS
BABY PICTURES
FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES
BROOKS LINE
HANING LINE
DAVIS/HAWK OR HOCK LINES
PETTY LINE
HINCHEY/BARTLETT LINES
WRIGHT/MASON LINE
DOCUMENTS AND OTHER EVIDENCE
HISTORY'S MYSTERIES
THE ANSWER PAGE
WHERE THEY LIVED
THEN AND NOW
THESE RELATIVES ARE NOT ABSOLUTE
BACK TO ADAM
FAMILY MEMBER KENNETH BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER ROZELLAH PETTY BROOKS
ROZELLAH'S EDUCATION
FAMILY MEMBER WILLIAM HENRY BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER GRANDMA FANNIE
FAMILY MEMBER GEORGE BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER EVA HANING BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBERS FRANK AND ANNIE HANING
FAMILY MEMBER WALTER PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER VIRLIE MASON PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER ANDREW JACKSON PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER SARAH ELIZABETH HINCHEY
THE LOVE STORIES
FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS
1936 NEWSPAPER
MEMORABILIA
MEMORABILIA II
FAMILY HEROES
VERSES
OUR MUSICAL FAMILY
OUR FISHING FAMILY
CHRISTMAS
CELEBRATIONS
RECIPES 1
RECIPES 2
GETTING GRANNY'S GOAT
TIDBITS
THE OIL BOOM
RESEARCHING MY FAMILY HISTORY
RESEARCHING MY FAMILY HISTORY, PAGE 2
ABOUT ME
FUTURE HEIRLOOMS

A big part of the mystery in genealogical research has to do with the question, "Is this a legend or a fact."  As I write this in September, 2005, I have just discovered some census facts that seem to discount what relatives told me about my Brooks ancestors.  I am therefore moving some paragraphs from the Brooks family line page to this one.

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It sometimes seems that I have more questions than answers about my family history. On this page, I will present some unsolved puzzles.

Did some of our Haning ancestors once live in Nova Scotia? Is there a Cajun connection?

What was Grandma Haning's full name?

My father did not know his grandmother's name. C.W. Malone (Uncle Charlie) Great-Aunt Cleo's husband, was a great kidder. When I was a little girl, Charlie told me that Grandma Haning's name was "Cleopatra Annie Boleyn." As an adult, I asked my parents about it and they said Uncle Charlie was just teasing me. When pressed for an alternative first name, my father said "Mary" but he did not sound as if he really knew. Somewhere I have a picture of my great-grandparents' gravestones and the given names used are simply "Frank" and "Annie." Now, could Uncle Charlie's joke have made it into the record books or is there evidence that Grandma Annie was actually "Cleopatra Anne Boleyn", strange as the name is?

Brooks Family Stories
 
Lily ? , date and place of birth unknown, lived in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, with her husband. Some family members believe his last name was Thomas. No one knows his first name. Both Lily and her husband died in a smallpox epidemic. No relatives were left alive to care for their two children, so my great-grandmother Fannie and an older brother were taken to Texas, possibly adopted, by a family reportedly named Howard.
 
Frances (Angelina?) (Thomas?) "Fannie" was born in Indian Territory, May, 1867

Frances (Angelina?) (Thomas?) "Fannie" was born in Indian Territory, date unknown

 
Fannie married George Brooks who was born in May, 1855.
George was the father of Fannie's children.  He died December 25, 1911, after which Fannie married a man the family knew only as "Mr. Russell". According to one of Fannie's granddaughters, that marriage took place in 1913 but he was abusive and that marriage did not last very long. Fannie then lived with her daughter Jenny until she married a man named Brazier, about 1928. Brazier was also abusive. Fannie died at Madill, Oklahoma in 1931.



Where is the Mason family?

My great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Mason, died when my grandmother was a small child. She therefore had no memories of him to pass on. We know that he was a red-headed Irishman but we do not know where he was born. A family legend says that one woman of the Mason family, after she was widowed in Ireland, came to the United States with her four-year-old son. Was that son Thomas Jefferson, his father Daniel, or someone further back in history? A family Bible entry gives the date of T.J.'s marriage to Roselah Wright and his birthdate but does not give the place where the birth or the marriage occurred. Another source gives a different birthdate but I think the Bible record is correct. After great success at finding other ancestors online, I began a search for this particular great-grandfather. So far, I have not found him. I did find a Daniel Mason who had a son named Thomas Jefferson, but that Daniel Mason was a close friend of George Washington. It doesn't seem likely that he would be a member of my very ordinary family. Also, his wife was not named Cassandra Crockett. And the son, Thomas Jefferson, was not married to my great-grandmother Roselah Wright. An online genealogist searched his Henry County, Tennessee database for me but did not find my ancestors. He reported that there were many Wrights but few Masons in West Tennessee in the 1800s. The ships' passenger lists I have looked at have so far not turned up one person named Mason.

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Some of these questions are important and some are trivial. Any information or educated guesses will be appreciated. My e-mail address is on the "About Me" page.

ABOUT ME

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What was Grandma Haning's real name? See answer #1 on

THE ANSWER PAGE

FAMILY MEMBERS FRANK AND ANNIE HANING

HANING LINE

What breed was Cookie and are there other dogs like her somewhere in the world?

FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS

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Where are the records of Daniel Mason, his wife Cassandra Crockett, and their son Thomas Jefferson?

WRIGHT/MASON LINE

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Related to the Mason question - when did my ancestors leave Ireland, and why?

Are there any Busharts or Buzzards in our family tree? (This is not a joke. I was told that we do have "Buzzhart" relations but have never found any record of that name. The spelling "Buzzard" is on record, but not "Buzzhart".)

Where is that five-generation picture that was taken at the old Haning place when my sister was a baby?

CENTENARIANS (new content August 2002)