Thomas Dunham

M, #1162, (before 22 January 1738/39 - )
Father*Micajah Dunham1 b. s 1709, d. Nov 1756
Mother*Mary (–?–)1 b. s 1711
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks (#1)
Descendants of William/1s Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks (#1)
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Benjamin/3s Brooks
Descendants of John/3s Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/4s Brooks
Last Edited:7 Aug 2017

Children with Sarah/4s Brooks:

  • Sarah/5s Dunham4 b. 13 Mar 1762
  • Lucy/5s Dunham5 b. 15 Jan 1764
  • John/5s Dunham6 b. 13 Mar 1767
  • Ruth/5s Dunham7 b. 7 Oct 1769
  • Jonathan/5s Dunham8 b. 13 Jan 1773
Thomas Dunham was probably born at Brimfield, Massachusetts, where an undated birth entry for him in town records precedes that of a sibling born 22 Jan 1738/9.1
     The marriage of Thomas Dunham of Brimfield to Sarah/4s Brooks of S., daughter of John/3s Brooks and Rebecca Ferry, was recorded at Springfield 22 Feb 1759 (int. Springfield, 26 Jan).2 On the same date, however, Springfield records note the marriage of Thomas Dunham of Brimfield to Hannah/4s Brooks, daughter of Benjamin/3s Brooks and Hannah Walker.3 As children of Thomas and Sarah Dunham are recorded at Brimfield in an appropriate time frame following the marriage date, Sarah seems to have been the actual bride, and Hannah a copyist's error.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S19] Vital Records of Brimfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 51, Tho[ma]s Dunham b.
  2. [S1594] Springfield VR, 397, Thomas Dunham/Sarah Brooks m.
  3. [S19] Brimfield VR, 169, Hannah Brooks/Thomas Dunham m. Springfield.
  4. [S19] Brimfield VR, 51, Sarah Donham b.
  5. [S19] Brimfield VR, 51, Lucy Donham b., bp.
  6. [S19] Brimfield VR, 51, John Donham b.
  7. [S19] Brimfield VR, 51, Ruth Donham b.
  8. [S19] Brimfield VR, 51, Jonathan Donham b.

David Ashley

M, #1163, (8 May 1731 - 15 July 1800)
Father*Joseph Ashley1 b. c 1687, d. 2 Apr 1780
Mother*Mary Bidwell1 b. s 18 Mar 1693, d. 14 Jul 1733
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks
Descendants of John/3s Brooks
Descendants of Vashti/4s Brooks
Last Edited:5 Aug 2017

Children with Vashti/4s Brooks:

  • David/5s Ashley5 b. 1 Sep 1756, d. 2 Sep 1756
  • Ruth/5s Ashley6 b. 14 Aug 1757, d. 7 Jan 1759
  • David/5s Ashley7 b. 4 Nov 1759, d. 15 Oct 1776
  • Lucy/5s Ashley8 b. 4 Apr 1762
  • Daniel/5s Ashley9 b. 30 Sep 1764, d. 8 Aug 1812
  • Olive/5s Ashley10 b. 5 Jul 1766, d. 30 Jun 1769
  • Luke/5s Ashley11 b. 15 Apr 1770
  • Olive/5s Ashley12 b. 7 Jun 1772
  • Timothy/5s Ashley13 b. 18 Jun 1775
  • Polly/5s Ashley14 b. 25 Jan 1778, d. 7 Aug 1778
David Ashley, born 8 May 1731 at Springfield, Massachusetts1, there married, as her 1st husband, 1 Jan 1756 (int. 1 Dec), Vashti/4s Brooks of S., daughter of John/3s Brooks and Rebecca Ferry.2,3 He died 15 Jul 1800, a. 69.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 16, Joseph (2.) Ashley.
  2. [S1285] Ella May Lewis, "Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1736-1809. First Church of Christ, Springfield, Mass." (Hereinafter 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809). 62, David Ashley/Vashti Brooks m. (c.r.).
  3. [S1594] Springfield VR, 377, David Ashley/Vashti Brooks, int.; 395, m.
  4. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 56, David Ashley d. (c.r.).
  5. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 16, David (3.) Ashley.
  6. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 12, Ruth Ashley bp.
  7. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 13, David Ashley bp.
  8. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 14, Lucy Ashley bp.
  9. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 15, Daniel Ashley bp.
  10. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 17, Olive Ashley bp.
  11. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 18, Luke Ashley bp.
  12. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 19, Olive Ashley bp.
  13. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 21, Tim Ashley bp.
  14. [S1285] 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809, 23, Polly Ashley bp.

Benjamin Knowlton

M, #1165, (9 December 1679 - 15 June 1750)
Father*Benjamin Knowlton1 b. s 1648, d. 19 Aug 1690
Mother*Hannah/2 Merrick1 b. 10 Feb 1649
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017
Benjamin Knowlton Jr., born 9 Dec 1679 at Springfield, Massachusetts1, married (1), 6 Jul 1708 at Northampton (int. 2 May, Springfield), Elizabeth Phelps of Northampton.2 He married (2) (int. 7 Mar 1746, Springfield), Mrs. Joanna Taylor2, who died 4 Jul 1746 (c.r.)2 He married (3), as her 2nd husband, 30 Jan 1749/50 (int. 6 Jan) at Springfield, Rebecca Ferry, daughter of Thomas Ferry and Mary (–?–), and widow of John/3s Brooks.3,4 He died 15 Jun 1750 (c.r.), a. 70.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 57, Benjamin Knowlton b.
  2. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 380, Benjamin Knowlton.
  3. [S1285] Ella May Lewis, "Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1736-1809. First Church of Christ, Springfield, Mass." (Hereinafter 1st Ch. Springfield BpMD, 1736-1809). 62, Benja Knowlton/Widow Rebekah Brooks m.
  4. [S1594] Springfield VR, 367, Benjamin Knowlton/Rebeckah Brooks, int.; 390, m.

Capt. Jonathan/4s Brooks

M, #1169, (circa 1746 - 10 September 1820)
Father*Joseph/3s Brooks1 b. 6 Aug 1710, d. 27 Nov 1750
Mother*Mary/4 Bliss1 b. 21 Oct 1710
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks
Descendants of Joseph/3s Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Jonathan/4s Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- SPRINGFIELD line
Last Edited:2 Aug 2017

Children with Hannah/5 Strong:

  • Olive/5s Brooks6,13 b. 18 Mar 1773, d. 31 Jul 1810
  • Sheldon/5s Brooks6 b. 18 Sep 1774, d. before 5 May 1814
  • Calvin/5s Brooks6,12 b. 19 Mar 1778
  • Esther/5s Brooks6 b. 30 Aug 1779
  • Chester/5s Brooks6,12 b. 1 Dec 1784
Photo by Richard Wayne Brooks.
Capt. Jonathan/4s Brooks was born circa 1746 (g.s.), perhaps at Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.2,3 He was mentioned in his father's will, 27 Nov 1750; assigned to the custody of his mother after his father's death the same day, aged under 14.4,5,1 He married, by 1773, Hannah/5 Strong, daughter of Nathaniel/4 Strong and Miriam Sheldon.6,7,2 Five children were recorded at Lanesborough, Massachusetts,between 1773 and 1784, though some may have been born elsewhere.6 (More than 40 years later he would testify that "previous to the commencement of the American Revolution he resided in Southbury in Connecticut."). The name of Jonathan Brooks appears in Lanesborough records as a Revolutionary soldier.8
     The 1790 census recorded a household of Jonathan, two males under 16, and three females.9 In 1800 they were found at Swanton, Vermont.10 Hannah died 13 Aug 1807 (g.s.), "65 yrs."2,11 He died 10 Sep 1820 (g.s.), "74 yrs."2,11
     His will, dated 7 Sep 1820 and proved 20 Sep, left $50 in lands to his deceased son Sheldon's widow Sally, the same to daughters Sophia Brooks and Caroline Brooks and grandson Norman Powell Sprague, and $100 in lands to Sheldon's son Lester. He left his son Calvin $20 in land off the west end of his Highgate lot, and his son Chester fifty acres of land adjoining Calvin's Highgate legacy on the east. Daughter Esther Stevens received a bedstead, feather bed and bedding belonging to it, as did Sally, wife of Chester Brooks, as well as a book, The History of the Work of Redemption. His desk he bequeathed to Chester. Finally he reserved for daughter Esther Stevens the right of residence in his house until settlement of the estate was completed. Witnesses were Wolcott Griffin, Rufus Deland and Esther Deland.12
     Gravestones for Jonathan, Hannah and daughter Olive are found in Woods Hill (formerly known as Dorman) Cemetery, Swanton.11
     On 28 Sep 1820, Benjamin Fay, one of the Executors, reported that the estate was insolvent, and commissioners were appointed by the probate judge to examine and adjudicate the claims against it. Jonathan's children Calvin, Esther and Chester were all mentioned in probate proceedings as being notified, and therefore living in Vermont at the time.12

Local Notes:

Appointedsay 1795, Lanesborough, MAdeputy sheriff: Lanesb.2

Census Detail:

1790Lanesborough, MAMALES: One over 16
Two under 16
FEMALES: Three9
1800Swanton, VTJonathan Brooks 11001 1011110

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S850] Carol Piacentini, citing Hampshire County Register of Probate, box 20, folio 47, Joseph Brooks.
  2. [S1632] The Shepard Collection, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, MA, Capt. Jonathan Brooks card.
  3. [S53] Gravestone, photographed by Richard Wayne Brooks.
  4. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 95.
  5. [S121] The American Genealogist, Charlotte M. Hix, "Israel Brooks of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Half Moon, New York, and Some of his Descendants" (Jan 1997), 72:1 Hereinafter TAG.
  6. [S1352] Charles J. Palmer, History of Lanesborough, 1:87, ch. Jonathan/Hannah Brooks.
  7. [S1633] Benjamin W. Dwight, Elder John Strong, 1134, Hannah (21283-4) Strong.
  8. [S1352] Charles J. Palmer, Hist. Lanesborough, 1:122, Revolutionary soldiers.
  9. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Lanesborough, Berkshire, MA, M637/4/345, Jonathan Brooks.
  10. [S1800] 1800 U.S. Census, Swanton, Franklin, VT, M32/51/469, Jonathan Brooks.
  11. [S53] Gravestone, Capt. Jonathan Brooks, Hanna Brooks. Photographs by Richard Wayne Brooks, 2005.
  12. [S1671] Grace Sbalchiero, photocopy of Jonathan Brooks will and probate.
  13. [S53] Gravestone, Mrs. Olive Sprague. Photograph by Richard Wayne Brooks, 2005.

Anne/4s Brooks

F, #1170, (say 1744 - )
Father*Joseph/3s Brooks1,2 b. 6 Aug 1710, d. 27 Nov 1750
Mother*Mary/4 Bliss1,2 b. 21 Oct 1710
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2s Brooks
Descendants of Joseph/3s Brooks
Last Edited:5 Jan 2016
Anne/4s Brooks was mentioned in the will of her father Joseph/3s Brooks, 27 Nov 1750, and assigned to the custody of her mother after his death the same day.3,4,2 Of Springfield, Massachusetts, there she married, 18 Jul 1765 (int. 10 Jun), Caleb Morgan.5,6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S121] The American Genealogist, Charlotte M. Hix, "Israel Brooks of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Half Moon, New York, and Some of his Descendants," 72:1 (Jan 1997) Hereinafter TAG.
  2. [S850] Carol Piacentini, citing Hampshire County Register of Probate, box 20, folio 47, Joseph Brooks.
  3. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 95.
  4. [S121] TAG, Charlotte M. Hix, "Israel Brooks of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Half Moon, New York, and Some of his Descendants" (Jan 1997), 72:1.
  5. [S21] Vital Records of West Springfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, 2:120, Caleb Morgan/Ann Brooks m. (c.r.).
  6. [S1594] Springfield VR, 414, Caleb Morgan/Ann Brooks, int.