Jane Gilbert Mitchell Brooks
Milledgeville, Ga.
by Theresa Steele Page

Her name was actually Jane Gilbert Mitchell Brooks she was my great great great grandmother on both sides of my family.   She is listed as a Free Person of Color  in 1860 along with several of her children and grandchildren under the name of Brooks.  I have also copied her obit from the Union Recorder (see below). She is also listed in "The Dead Book Burials in the City Cemetery Milledgeville, Georgia 1869-1904"  as "James Mitchell."  Below is a copy of the bill of sale for the purchase of her coffin by my great grandfather and his brother. She is listed on the 1822 tax rolls with Dr. John J. Mitchell as her agent. Along with her daughter Jane Mitchell (who later changed her name to McComb).

October 18, 1887
Union Recorder
  An old colored woman, named Jane Mitchell, died in this city last week, who had attained the remarkable age of 116 years. Those who have known her for many years, say that the above figures given her age correctly. She was the mother of 13 children, and had 11 grand children, 44 great-grand children and one great-great grand child.

Milledgeville, Ga., Oct. 12th 1887.
   On the 12th day of Oct next, I promise to pay W. & J. Caraker, or order, thirty eight dollars, for one full new casket this day purchased of them-the right and title remain in said W. & J. Caraker, until the same is fully paid for, and to secure them in the prompt payment of this note,
  I hereby mortgage to the said W. & J. Caraker, the following property, which I declare to be mine, in my own right and against which there is not other lien or mortgage or encumbrance, of any kind, to-wit: the above item is for the Grand Mothers Casket. Nov 13th 1888 Paid in full by Charley & Frank Steel
With interest after maturity paid at 8 per cent, per annum...
Witness my hand and seal the 11th day of Oct 1887
In Presence of F. P. Steele
Charles Steele
Pv F. P. Steele

Eileen Babb McAdams copyright 2004