John/1c Brooks

M, #17431, (say 1628 - between 1708 and May 1711)
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1c Brooks
Last Edited:1 Aug 2017

Children with Mary Griggs:

John/1c Brooks, said to be of Cheshire, England in voluminous family records, removed to New England, date unascertained [Holmes, by 1649; Yale, ca. 1660], perhaps with his brother Henry.1,2,3 He is likely the Brooks male whom Torrey says married, probably in Connecticut by 1654, Mary Griggs, daughter of George Griggs, of Boston, with whom he had 7 daughters.4 Jno Brookes had a church seat at New Haven, 7 Feb 1668.5 A list compiled at New Haven on 22 Dec 1712 records both John and Henry Brooks as New Haven proprietors in 1685.6
     At a New Haven town meeting, 15 Mar 1691/92, John Brooks moved that Concidering his old age, low Condicion and present Incapacity, that the towne would remitt his towne Rates for this yeare and for the future the towne by theire vote graunted his Request. From 1700 through 1708, Townsmen's Records show sums paid for his care, mainly to his son-in-law Daniel Abbot.7 At a town meeting 16 Sep 1701, The Townes men informed the town that John Brooks and his wife by Reason of their age and impotency were Like to be at the towne charge wholly before Long.8 In May 1711 the Townsmen agreed with Abbot to keep and provide all things sutably for his Mother Brooks soe long as she shall live if he And his wife shall live so long …" Therefore John's death, recorded in First Church records as 17__, occurred sometime between 1708 and May 1711.7
     John Brooks, says Holmes, "removed to Wallingford with his brother in 1685."9 Says Yale, "From 1685 down to 1704, John and Henry Brooks were on the list of the proprietors of Wallingford."2 Given the New Haven records previously cited, however, it is unlikely that John resided at Wallingford long, if at all, and then only between the years 1686–1691.
     Yale confuses John/1c Brooks of New Haven with John/1f Brooks of Stratford, Fairfield County, when he adds, "[I]t is supposed that he and his family removed to Fairfield county." The Stratford man's will and inventory are dated Mar 1694/5, while the New Haven man was receiving town assistance as late as 1708.2

Local Notes:

Property1680, New Haven, CTIn 1680 the third division of lands was arranged and issued. The number of acres to be allotted to each proprietor was determined by the number of persons in his family, and the amount of estate on which he paid taxes…
     Now for the eastern side of the town the persons who are to have land in the third division…" | John Brooks, 7 Heads, £4, 29 Acres | Henry Brooks, 5 Heads, £19, 23¾ Acres…10

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S220] Frank R. Holmes, Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 32-33: 1649.
  2. [S402] Elihu Yale. "Brooks of Cheshire, Ct.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5:355–57 (1851). Hereinafter Yale.
  3. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 1, John: "of NH."
  4. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks/?Mary Griggs?; ____ Brooks/Mary Griggs.
  5. [S944] Carol Pullen-Reynolds, citing Holbrook, CT 1670 Census, which cites Dexter, Hist. New Haven (1887).
  6. [S1047] Zara Jones Powers, New Haven Town Records 1684–1769, 3:319.
  7. [S1047] Powers, New Haven Town Records, 3:92.
  8. [S1047] Powers, New Haven Town Records, 3:177.
  9. [S220] Holmes, New England Families, 32-33.
  10. [S856] Edward Elias Atwater, ed., History of the City of New Haven, 26–27.
  11. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Mary Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Elizabeth Brooks b.
  13. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 1, Mercy 3.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Sarah Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Hannah Brooks b.
  16. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Ruth Brooks b.
  17. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 1, Daughter 7.

Beriah/3p Brooks

M, #17432, (20 March 1673/74 - )
Mother*Deborah/2p Brooks1 b. 18 Mar 1654/55
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1p Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/2p Brooks
Descendants of Beriah/3p Brooks
Last Edited:29 Jul 2017

Children with Mary York:

Beriah/3p Brooks, father unrecorded, was born to Deborah Brooks 20 Mar 1673/74 at Scituate, Massachusetts.1 As Evelyn Beran notes, "The concordance says 'Beriah' means 'unfortunate' — the type of name that might well be given an illegitimate child in those days."2 He appears to have been taken into his grandparents' home. The will of Deborah's father William Brooks, proved 6 Mar 1682/83, directs that "My grandchild Beriah shall be at my wife's dispose."3 Without a patrimony, he removed to marry, 6 Apr 1698 at Stonington, Connecticut, Mary York.4,5,6 Two subsequent children were recorded at Lynn, Massachusetts.
     There is a modern-day [2003] Beriah Brooks Road in Harwich, Massachusetts.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S485] Vital Records of Scituate Massachusetts To the Year 1850, 1:53, ch. Deborah Brooks b.
  2. [S431] Evelyn S. Beran (Madison, WI, e-mail address), research shared with the author, 1997–2002, citing Robert Young, Analytical Concordance to the Bible.
  3. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 1:412-15, William Brooks.
  4. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 102, Beriah Brooks.
  5. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stonington VR, Beriah Brooks/Mary Yorke m.
  6. [S1603] Richard A. Wheeler, History of the First Congregational Church, Stonington, Beriah Brooks/Mary York m. (c.r.).
  7. [S493] Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, 1:75, Sarah Brooks b.
  8. [S493] Lynn VR, 1:75, John Brooks b.
An undated Windsor, Connecticut record notes that John Brooks contributed £0-1-0 to the poor in other colonies. This probably references the relief effort in which Windsor sent money, silver, cloth, bacon and flax to the Bay and Plymouth Colonies, where many towns had been burned by the Indians during Philip's War. The name of John Brooks is also found on a list of names of Windsor contributors dated 11 Jun 1676.1,2

John/1g Brooks

M, #17436, (say 1618 - 3 September 1682)
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1g Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- GLASTONBURY line
Last Edited:16 Feb 2018

Children with Susanna Hanmore:

In the earliest record we have of him, John/1g Brooks, of Windsor, Connecticut, plaintiff, represented by "Henry Woolcott, Attorny," prevailed, 15 Jun 1643, in an action against Thomas Marshfield, and was awarded damages of "xil" (probably shillings).3 He contracted, 1 Jan 1650, "to attend the Rivulet Ferry, the town agreeing to make him a cellar (10 x 15 ft.) for to dwell in before the 25 Dec. His wages were to be bro't in before 8 Jan., and if it fall out that the cellar is not ready by the time aforesaid, the town shall provide a house to put his corn in. He is to attend two days to receive his wages in wheat, pease, and Ind. corn."4
     He married (1), 25 May 1652 at Windsor (both of W., also rec. Springfield, Massachusetts), Susanna Hanmore, with whom he had 8 children.5,6 "He bo't the N. part of the Hubbard lot on Backer Row, abt. 1655, built and was res. there 1668…."4,7 In 1667 and 1669 Dr. John Winthrop treated Susan Brooks, wife of John of Winsor.8 John was a head of household at Windsor, 1670.9
     12 May 1668, "Nicholas Wilton, for wounding the wife of John Brooks, and Mary Wilton, the wife of Nicholas Wilton, for contemptuous and reproachful terms by her put upon one of the Assistants, and adjudged, she to be whipt 6 stripes upon the naked body, next training day at Windsor; and the said Nicholas is hereby disfranchised of his privilege of freedom in this Corporation, and is to pay for the Horse and Man that came with him to the Court this day, and for what damage he hath done to the said Brooks his wife, and sit in the stocks the same day his wife is to receive her punishment. The Constables of Windsor to see this attended."10
     John's wife Susanna died at Windsor 7 Nov 1676.11,12 He removed to Simsbury, and married a second time, perhaps to Elizabeth Hayden.13,14 John Brooks, inhabitant of Simsbury, was complained of for ill-treating this 2nd wife. After the selectmen intervened to remove her from his home, he applied to the Governor and Magistrates in the County Court. 11 Mar 1681/82, Gov. William Leete and Magistrates Major John Talcott and Capt. John Allyn ordered:

John Brookes haveing been with us & engaged to carry it loveingly with his wife, & to provide for her, we have thought fitt and doe hereby order you to return her to him, giving her like caution to carry suitably to her husband that so they may be comfortable to each other. But if it fall out otherwise, upon information & proofe we shall be ready to take such further order as shall appear necessary. John Brookes hath also engaged that none of his children shall abuse or doe wrong to his wife. The continuance of your care to looke how they carry it to each other is still desired and required.15

     7 May 1682, 22 men of Simsbury, among them John Brooks, petitioned the general court for permission to gather a church and settle a pastor of their own. The Court granted their petition the following May, but by then John Brooks was dead.16
     He died at Simsbury 3 Sep 1682.17 The inventory of his estate, taken by John Case, Thomas Barber and Peter Buell and presented the same month, was £199-08-09. Six living children were named, and administration was granted to son-in-law John Peirce, who presented the inventory, and Thomas Barber.17,18 6 Mar 1684, "the administrator of John Brookes estate being departed, & the estate being in a wasteing state, none to look after it," the court granted administration to John Higley.17

Local Notes:

Property6 Mar 1683/84, Simsbury, CTMr George Sanders is Plaintiff, Contra Michael Tainter Defendant, by way of Appeal from the Judgment of the County Court held at Hartford, March 6th 1683/4 in an Action of the Case, for Neglecting or refuseing to make up and Maintain either all or part of his dividing fence belonging to a parcell of Land he bought of Mr Benjamin Woodbridges, and borders and joynes on a homelott that was formerly John Brooks his homelott, but now appertaines to the Said Sanders, to the Erecting and Maintaining his part of the fence according to Law, with dammage to the Vallue of three pounds. In which Action the Jury then found for the Defendant, Cost of Court. In this Action, the Jury now find for the Defendant Cost of Courts. The jury being Sent out upon a Second Consideration, they gave in the Same Verdict. The Plaintiff appeals to the Generall Court in October next.19,20

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S562] Barbour Collection, Windsor, John Brooks contrib. to poor.
  2. [S640] Henry R. Stiles, The History of Ancient Windsor (1892), 205–06.
  3. [S901] Charles J. Hoadly, Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1751-1757, 89, abstracting 1:105, extr. Carol Pullen-Reynolds.
  4. [S640] Stiles, Ancient Windsor, p. unrecorded.
  5. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 42, John Brooks/Susanna Hanmoore m. Windsor.
  6. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, John Brooks/Susanna Hanmore m.
  7. [S641] J. Hammond Trumbull, Memorial History of Hartford County, 2:548.
  8. [S121] The American Genealogist, 9:58, "Genealogical Items from the Medical Journal of John Winthrop." Hereinafter TAG.
  9. [S944] Carol Pullen-Reynolds, citing Holbrook, "1670 Connecticut Census."
  10. [S641] Trumbull, Memorial History of Hartford County, 2:508.
  11. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674" (1851), 5:63 et. seq.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Susanna Brooks d.
  13. [S624] Sharon L. Cantrall, "perhaps" Elizabeth Hayden.
  14. [S640] Stiles, Ancient Windsor, p. unrecorded: "rem. Simsbury before 1682, abt. which yr. he d."
  15. [S959] Lucius B. Barbour, Documentary History of Simsbury, 96.
  16. [S1470] F. Humphreys, The Humphreys Family in America, 110-111.
  17. [S476] Charles William Manwaring, Early Connecticut Probate Records, 1:277–78, Brookes, John.
  18. [S2313] John Brooks probate file, cover.
  19. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 3:161–62.
  20. [S2099] Helen Schatvet Ullmann, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 98-99.
  21. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, John Brooks b.
  22. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Samuell Brooks b.
  23. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Elizabeth Brooks b.
  24. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Mary Brooks b.
  25. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Joanna Brooks b.
  26. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Marcy Brooks b.
  27. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Lydia Brooks b.
  28. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Susannah Brooks b.

Susanna Hanmore

F, #17437, (1632 - 7 November 1676)
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1g Brooks
Last Edited:9 Aug 2017

Children with John/1g Brooks:

Susanna Hanmore, perhaps born 1632 (Torrey)1, of Windsor, Connecticut, there married, as his 1st wife, 25 May 1652 (also rec. Springfield, Massachusetts), John/1g Brooks of Windsor, with whom she had 8 children.2,3 In 1667 and 1669 Dr. John Winthrop treated Susan Brooks, wife of John of Winsor.4 She died at Windsor 7 Nov 1676.5,6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks/Susanna Hanmore.
  2. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 42, John Brooks/Susanna Hanmoore m. Windsor.
  3. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, John Brooks/Susanna Hanmore m.
  4. [S121] The American Genealogist, 9:58, "Genealogical Items from the Medical Journal of John Winthrop." Hereinafter TAG.
  5. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674" (1851), 5:63 et. seq.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Susanna Brooks d.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, John Brooks b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Samuell Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Elizabeth Brooks b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Mary Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Joanna Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Marcy Brooks b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Lydia Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Windsor VR, Susannah Brooks b.
The question must be asked whether the various records mentioned below reference the same man, and available evidence is insufficient to provide any definitive answer. For study purposes, early Newport records of Thomas Brooks and successors of the same name are herein chronologically grouped, and associated with particular individuals, as seems most plausible. From the geographical proximity and repetitive naming patterns, the proximate burials of subsequent generations in Newport, and the general paucity of this surname in Rhode Island, we may conclude that these families, at least from the second Thomas on, almost certainly constitute a single line, although they may be as yet imperfectly connected.

Thomas/1r Brooks

M, #17438, (say 1610 - )
Appears on charts:Descendants of Thomas/1r Brooks
Last Edited:4 Aug 2017

Children with an unknown spouse/person:

Children with Hannah (–?–):

Thomas/1r Brooks was probably born well before 1620, as he was old enough to serve as a military officer in 1644. At a General Court of Election held at Nuport [Newport, Rhode Island] on the 13th of the first month, 1644, military officers elected for Portsmouth included "Tho Brookes, Rich:".1 27 May of that year, Portsmouth granted to Thomas Brookes an addition of land at ye upper end of their lotts.2 List of Portsmouth freemen, 1655.3,4 At a meeting of the Governor and Magistrates of Newport, 30 Jan 1670, "There is allowed to Thomas Brookes, for five days service, fifteen shillings."5 He married, perhaps (2), by 1672 (Torrey) at Portsmouth or Newport, Hannah (–?–).6 The birth of their daughter Hannah, 1672, is found in Newport Friends records, indicating that the parents were then Quakers. 4 Sep 1694, Thomas Brooks of Newport, Rhode Island, probably the same, gives receipt for a legacy his daughter Elisabeth Brooks has received, paid by Thomas Way from the estate of John Green, witnesses John Pocock and Arnold Collins.7

Local Notes:

Property1664, Wethersfield, CT"A 1664 deed in CT shows Jeb Hawkins of Boston & Thomas Brooks of Portsmouth sold land to Thomas Wickham of Wethersfield. As there is no record of how he came to own this land it may have been inherited through an estate or through the dower of a wife or possibly granted when the land was originally settled by someone who remained in another state. It may have been purchased, but for some reason, never formally entered in the record."8
Property1694, East Greenwich, RI"deeding 'land in East Greenwich (their residence being in Newport)9'

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S952] Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, 1:127.
  2. [S952] RI Records, 1:81.
  3. [S220] Frank R. Holmes, Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 32–33, Thomas Brooks.
  4. [S952] RI Records, 1:299.
  5. [S952] RI Records, 2:366.
  6. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, Thomas Brooks.
  7. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 14:403.
  8. [S944] Carol Pullen-Reynolds.
  9. [S944] Carol Pullen-Reynolds, citing Austin, Gen. Dict. RI Settlers, page unrecorded.
  10. [S944] Carol Pullen-Reynolds, citing RI Cemeteries Database, http://members.tripod.com/~debyns/cemetery.html: Wethersfield Church Records, 2:134.
  11. [S692] H.L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol County, 1:116, John Green.
  12. [S896] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 7:47, RI Friends Records, Hannah Brooks b.

Abraham/1 Jaquith

M, #17440, (say 1610 - 17 November 1676)
FatherRichard/a Jaquith b. c 1574, d. Jan 1652
MotherGrace (–?–) b. 1580, d. a 1652
Last Edited:10 Aug 2017

Children with Annis Jordan:

  • Abraham/2 Jaquith1 b. 19 Dec 1644, d. 14 Mar 1678/79
  • Mary/2 Jaquith1 b. 3 Nov 1646, d. before 1 Aug 1655
  • Lydia/2 Jaquith4 b. circa 1648
  • Sarah/2 Jaquith4 b. circa 1650, d. after 9 Jul 1709
  • John/2 Jaquith4,8 b. circa 1652
  • Deborah/2 Jaquith4 b. circa 1654, d. 24 Feb 1703/4
Abraham/1 Jaquith, of Huguenot extraction, and resident at Charlestown, Massachusetts, married, as her 1st husband, by 1643, Annis Jordan, daughter of James Jordan, of Dedham, with whom he had at least six children.1,2 Admitted to the church at Charlestown 9 Dec 1643; admitted a freeman of the colony 14 May 1656.3 In 1659, "Abram Jaquis of Woburn presented to the court his inability to (take part in) military exercise by reason of his bodily infirmity, as also the same certified to under the hand of Capt. Edward Johnson, is dismissed from all ordinary training. He is paying five shillings per annum to the use of the military company in the town wherein he dwells."4
     His will, dated 16 (9) 1675, probated 19 Dec 1676, bequeaths to wife Hannah or Anna, son Abram and daughters Lydia, Sarah and Deborah.5 His widow married (2), 1682, Henry/1w Brooks of Woburn.6,7

Local Notes:

Property1648/49, Woburn, MAIn 1648/49, Abraham purchased the home of "Widow Alice Barnard". A copy of the transaction can be found at the Boston Public Library in the 3rd Report of the Record, (commissioned by the City of Boston in 1878), Book of Reference, 562-1, Pg 110.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 618–19, Genealogical Notices, Jaquith.
  2. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 18200, Abraham Jaquith.
  3. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 24, Abr. Jackewish.
  4. [S2076] Joanne Merrill Kartak, "The Jaquiths: Family of Patriots," citing Jaquith & Walker, The Jaquith Family in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1982.
  5. [S288] Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts, 256, Abraham Jaques/Jaquith.
  6. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, Henry Brooks/Annis Jacquith m.
  7. [S221] Torrey, New England Marriages, 102, Henry Brooks.
  8. [S121] The American Genealogist, Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, "The English Origins of the Howe and Treadway Families of Watertown, Massachusetts.". 70-171-80. Hereinafter TAG.