1863 - 1899 (35 years)
||Willis Francis Brooks, b. 1806, Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky , d. 1863, Lawrence County, Alabama (Age 57 years) |
||Louisa Elisabeth Jane Bates, b. 22 Jan 1826, Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky , d. 29 Mar 1924, Lawrence County, Alabama (Age 98 years) |
||16 Jun 1841
||Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 
- Upon the outbreak of hostilities, Willis Brooks sided with the Confederate cause, a move which placed him at odds with the majority of his neighbors. As a result, he was gunned down by seven or eight local "Tories" who were avenging Willis' murder of a man who had insulted his wife, Jenny. (Other accounts reverse the roles of the actors, claiming that the men were members of the Confederate home guard who were attempting to arrest Willis' son, John, who was also killed.) Regardless of the particulars, the events began nearly sixty years of violence in Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma. Jenny Brooks swore her surviving sons to avenge the death of their father and brother and by 1883 seven of the murderers had been dispatched to their eternal reward. Tiring of the violence, Lawrence County Sheriff Alex Heflin decided to round up the Brooks boys in April 1884. The ensuing gun battle left Gaines Brooks dead and Henry Brooks seriously wounded (he lost his leg). Willis, Jr., Henry, and their brother-in-law Sam Baker lit out for Texas. Willis and his son Clifton were killed in a gunfight on the streets of Spokogee, Oklahoma in 1902. Sam was shot in the back in Checotah in 1911. The feuding ended on Sunday morning, January 11, 1920, when a Winston County, Alabama posse killed Henry "Peg-leg" Brooks at his moonshine still. Of her sons Jane Brooks said, "They died like men, with their boots on." 
||Columbus Winfield Baker, b. 24 Jan 1859, Winston County, Alabama , d. 07 Oct 1911, Checotah, McIntosh, Oklahoma (Age 52 years) |
| ||1. Christopher Columbus Baker, b. Oct 1881, Texas |
| ||2. Charles William Baker, b. 21 Feb 1882, Lawrence County, Alabama , d. 19 Feb 1945, Taft, Kern, California (Age 62 years)|
| ||3. William Myte Baker, b. 25 Nov 1886, Waco, McLennan, Texas , d. Sep 1962, Louisiana (Age 75 years)|
| ||4. Ella Mae Baker, b. 14 Jan 1888, Waco, McLennan, Texas , d. 04 Aug 1914, Checotah, McIntosh, Oklahoma (Age 26 years)|
|+||5. Dona Baker, b. 02 Feb 1890, Creek Nation, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) , d. 15 Aug 1970, Taft, Kern, California (Age 80 years)|
| ||6. Agnes Baker, b. 13 Oct 1893, Collinsville, Rogers, Oklahoma , d. 21 Nov 1981, Checotah, McIntosh, Oklahoma (Age 88 years)|
| ||7. Hattie Angeline Baker, b. 22 Mar 1896, Checotah, McIntosh, Oklahoma , d. 18 Jul 1899, Checotah, McIntosh, Oklahoma (Age 3 years)|
||24 Feb 2012 |
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