Tradition has it that Joab Brooks Sr. came from England with his parents to America. He received a land grant in Cumberland County in 1756 and removed soon thereafter to Orange County where he was granted 375 acres on the waters of Ephraim's Creek. So, where is Ephraim's Creek? There was an Ephraim Sizemore in Orange County in 1757 who resided on Tick Creek. The only way to resolve such matters is to compare it with other records, such as tax digests, and other deeds which Brooks may have witnessed. The reason is descriptions do include names of neighbors and adjoining properties, creeks, rivers, timber lands.
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