Sunday, July 7, 2013


© Kathy Duncan, 2013

Amanda Jamison, daughter of Esther (Holcomb) Jamison, was born about 1823 in Missouri. She married Volney Brooks on 19 May 1861 in Calaveras County, California.

Their marriage notice appeared in San Francisco's The Daily Evening Bulletin:
At Bushville, Calaveras Co., l/May 19, l86l, Volney Brooks of Salt Spring Valley to Amanda R. Jamison of BurJiville. 
Paper: Hay 29, l36l. 
[Vital  Records For The Year I86I  From The Daily Evening Bulletin San Francisco, California] 

Amanda only appears on the census once with Volney Brooks.

20 July 1870, San Juan Twp, Monterey County, California, P.O. Hollister, p. 389:
Brooks, Volney 47 M W Farmer $500 - $250 b. IL
----, Amanda 47 F W Keeping House b. MO
----, Francis 8 M W b. CA
----, Sarah 2 F W b. CA
[The household next door contains Nancy (Skaggs) and C.R. Witter. Nancy was Amanda (Jamison) Brooks' first cousin.]

Died -- near Hollister, on the 7th instant, Mrs. Amanda R. BROOKS, a native of Missouri, aged 50 years.
[Source: The Hollister Advance; Monterey County, California, 8 Nov 1873]

After Amanda died, Volney Brooks married Martha Jane Roberts on 1 January 1875 in San Benito County, California. The area in which Hollister, California was located became San Benito County.

12 June 1880, Hollister Twp., San Benito County, California, p. 374:
Brooks, Volney W M 58 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. IL
----, Martha W F 47 Wife Keeping House b. MO fb. TN mb. TN
----, Francis W M 17 Son Student b. CA fb. IL mb. MO
----, Sarah W F 11 Dau Student b. CA fb. IL mb. MO
----, Mary W F 4 Dau  b. CA fb. IL mb. MO
----, Charles W M 8/12 Son b. CA fb. IL mb. MO

Mary and Charles Brooks are children of Volney and Martha Jane (Roberts) Brooks. The older children belong to Amanda (Jamison) Brooks.

Died--Brooks--in Hollister, May 8, Charles, son of Volney Brooks, aged 15 years, 7 months.
[Source: The Free Lance; Hollister, San Benito Co., CA; May 10, 1895]

Frank Brooks aged 25, son of Volney Brooks of Fairview, six miles east of Hollister, Cal., was instantly killed by lightning Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. He came to the door of his home, accompanied by his father, and both men were struck down. The father regained consciousness soon after and found his son dead.
[Souce: The Desert News; Aug. 28, 1897]

Married. BROOKS-MERRIWEATHER--In Hollister, Cal., March 31, 1898, by the Rev. W. P. Andrews, Volney Brooks and Mrs. Amanda Merriweather.
[Source: The San Francisco Call, vol. 83, no. 124, 3 April 1898]

22 June 1900, Hollister, San Benito Co., California:
Brooks, Volney Head W M b. Nov 1827 M 2 b. IL fb. NY mb. IL
---Inez  Grdau W M b. Sept 1896 3 S b. CA fb. CA mb. CA
Tappan, Benjamin Servant W M b. Jan 1827 73 S b. Eng fb. Eng Mb. Eng

Brooks, Amanda (wid Volney), b 223 S McLaughlin Av.
[Source: San Jose, California City Directory 1910]

26 May 1910, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California:
Barclay, Thomas H. Head M W 38 M-1 8 b. TX fb. US mb. TN
---Mary S. Wife F W 33 M-2 8 1-1 b. CA fb. IL mb. MO
Machado, Charles V. Step son M W 12 S b. CA fb. CA mb. CA
Brooks, Volney Father-in-law m W 87 M-2 12 b. IL fb. IL mb. TN

Volney Brooks b.c. 1823 died 16 May 1910, age 87 in Santa Clara, California.
[Source: California Death Index, 1905 - 1939]

He is buried in the Old Fellows Cemetery in Hollister, San Benito County, California, where he shares a tombstone with his second wife Martha Jane Roberts, and his sons Frank and Charles. The stone must have been erected after the death of Volney. The death date for Frank is in error on the stone.

This page last updated on March 10, 2014.

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