Dorothy/4a Brooks

F, #1953, (15 October 1685 - 28 May 1774)
Father*Noah/3a Brooks1 b. 1656 or 1657, d. 1 Feb 1738/39
Mother*Dorothy/2 Potter1 b. c 1662, d. 15 Mar 1752
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Noah/3a Brooks
Descendants of Dorothy/4a Brooks
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Joseph/3 Merriam:

  • Dorothy/5a Merriam9 b. 5 Apr 1706, d. 25 Jul 1791
  • Mary/5a Merriam10 b. 5 Jul 1707, d. 19 Nov 1790
  • Dea. Joseph/5a Merriam11 b. 16 Sep 1709, d. 5 May 1797
  • Samuel/5a Merriam12 b. 26 Aug 1712, d. 4 May 1769
  • Nathan/5a Merriam13 b. 12 May 1720, d. 11 Nov 1782
  • Josiah/5a Merriam14 b. 13 Feb 1725/26, d. 23 Apr 1809
Findagrave.com, memorial #22550482. Photo by Nareen et al.
Dorothy/4a Brooks was born 15 Oct 1685 at Concord, Massachusetts,1, where she married (1), 24 Mar 1705, Joseph/3 Merriam of Concord, son of John/2 Merriam and Mary/2 Cooper.2 A locksmith, he died there 10 Dec 1750, a. 73.3 There she married (2), as his 2nd wife, 26 Dec 1751, John/3 Hunt, son of Nehemiah/2 Hunt and Mary Towle,4, who died at Concord 3 May 1765, a. 92.5 Dorothy's will, 18 Dec 1757, mentions daughters Dorothy, wife of Joseph Adams, and Mary, wife of Simon Hunt, and sons Joseph of Grafton, Samuel, Nathan and Josiah.6
     She died 28 May 1774 (g.s.), a. 887, and is interred with her 1st husband in the Hill Burying Ground, Concord.8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 34, Dorothy Brookes b.
  2. [S185] Concord BMD, 65, Joseph Miriam/Dorothy Brookes m.
  3. [S185] Concord BMD, 171, Joseph Meriam d.
  4. [S185] Concord BMD, 184, Mr. John Hunt/Mrs. Dorothy Meriam m.
  5. [S185] Concord BMD, 206, John Hunt d.
  6. [S820] Charles Henry Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 56, Joseph (19.) Merriam.
  7. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #22550482.
  8. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #22551350, #22550482.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 65, Dorothy Miriam b.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 68, Mary Miryam b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 73, Joseph Miriam b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 80, Samuel mirriam b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 99, Nathan Meriam b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 115, Josiah Merriam b.

Joseph/3 Merriam

M, #1954, (20 August 1677 - 10 December 1750)
Father*John/2 Merriam1 b. 9 Jul 1641, d. 2 Feb 1723/24
Mother*Mary/2 Cooper1 b. 11 Sep 1645, d. 5 Mar 1731
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Noah/3a Brooks
Descendants of Dorothy/4a Brooks
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Dorothy/4a Brooks:

  • Dorothy/5a Merriam8 b. 5 Apr 1706, d. 25 Jul 1791
  • Mary/5a Merriam9 b. 5 Jul 1707, d. 19 Nov 1790
  • Dea. Joseph/5a Merriam10 b. 16 Sep 1709, d. 5 May 1797
  • Samuel/5a Merriam11 b. 26 Aug 1712, d. 4 May 1769
  • Nathan/5a Merriam12 b. 12 May 1720, d. 11 Nov 1782
  • Josiah/5a Merriam13 b. 13 Feb 1725/26, d. 23 Apr 1809
Findagrave.com, memorial #22551350. Photo by Nareen et al.
Joseph/3 Merriam was born 20 Aug 1677 at Concord, Massachusetts1, where he married, as her 1st husband, 24 Mar 1705, Dorothy/4a Brooks of Concord, daughter of Noah/3a Brooks and Dorothy/2 Potter.2 There he died 10 Dec 1750, a. 73.3 His widow married (2), 1751, John/3 Hunt of Concord4, and died 28 May 1774 (g.s.), a. 88.5 Joseph is interred with her in the Hill Burying Ground, Concord.6
     19 Mar 1727, Joseph Merriam joined other men in purchasing Hasanamisco (the future town of Grafton) from the Indians. He transferred his rights to his eldest son Joseph, who went to Grafton and grew up with the town.7
     "He was a locksmith; resided in Concord. Joseph and Ebenezer Meriam, of Concord, joined, June 9, 1726, with James Taylor in a quitclaim deed of their rights of inheritance in lands which had been owned by the late James Taylor, and which Nathaniel Stow was then conveying. [Mdx. Deeds, 26, 47.] Joseph sold a freehold right and one-third of an acre of land in the Village or Town New Grant contained by Stow line, and other lands, June 5, 1732. He made deeds of gift to his sons: to Nathan the homestead, April 3, 1747; to Josiah other lands; also gave the latter life use of one-half of the shop and tools,— but Josiah must give first offer of sale to his brother Nathan if he desired to sell."7

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 20, Joseph Meriam b.
  2. [S185] Concord BMD, 65, Joseph Miriam/Dorothy Brookes m.
  3. [S185] Concord BMD, 171, Joseph Meriam d.
  4. [S185] Concord BMD, 184, Mr. John Hunt/Mrs. Dorothy Meriam m.
  5. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #22550482.
  6. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #22551350, #22550482.
  7. [S820] Charles Henry Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 56, Joseph (19.) Merriam.
  8. [S185] Concord BMD, 65, Dorothy Miriam b.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 68, Mary Miryam b.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 73, Joseph Miriam b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 80, Samuel mirriam b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 99, Nathan Meriam b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 115, Josiah Merriam b.

Ebenezer/4a Brooks

M, #1956, (14 February 1691/92 - 5 April 1768)
Father*Noah/3a Brooks1 b. 1656 or 1657, d. 1 Feb 1738/39
Mother*Dorothy/2 Potter1 b. c 1662, d. 15 Mar 1752
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Noah/3a Brooks
Descendants of Ebenezer/4a Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- CONCORD line
Last Edited:11 Sep 2017

Children with Sarah/4 Fletcher:

  • Capt. Noah/5a Brooks17 b. 25 Sep 1715, d. 28 Feb 1805
  • Sarah/5a Brooks18 b. 30 Oct 1717, d. 26 Aug 1775
  • Pvt. Joel/5a Brooks19 b. 14 Jul 1720, d. 11 May 1811
  • Dea. Simon/5a Brooks20 b. 21 Sep 1722, d. 24 Mar 1808
  • Mary/5a Brooks21 b. 26 Dec 1724, d. 28 Jun 1736
  • Peter/5a Brooks22 b. 21 Aug 1727, d. 26 Jan 1779
  • Elizabeth/5a Brooks23 b. 25 Jun 1730, d. 1754
  • Lucy/5a Brooks24 b. 16 Sep 1733, d. 22 Nov 1771
The inscribed date of death is incorrect, as his will was proved two weeks earlier. Courtesy Farber Gravestone Collection.
Ebenezer/4a Brooks was born 14 Feb 1691/92 at Concord, Massachusetts1, where he married, 18 Nov 1714, Sarah/4 Fletcher of Concord, daughter of Cornet Samuel/3 Fletcher and Elizabeth/3 Wheeler.2 "He was a weaver and a farmer, owned a large number of cattle which he or his sons drove from Concord to Grafton for pasturage in the spring and back to Concord in the fall."3
     28 Nov 1741, a request was sent to the General Court, and subsequently granted, that land owned by the petitioners be voted off from Shrewsbury and annexed to Grafton, as the distance was too great to attend divine worship. This petition was signed by Ebenezer Cutler, Obadiah Newton, Noah Brooks, David Reed, inhabitants of Shrewsbury; Amos Davis, Sutton, Thomas Pratt, Joseph Willard., Chas. Brigham, Abner Stowe, selectmen of Grafton: Joseph Willard, Aaron Hardy, Ebenezer Brooks of Grafton, owners of the land.3,4
     A selectman at Grafton, 1742, 1743, 1753 and '54, and town treasurer 1745-17545,6, Ebenezer died there 5 Apr 1768 (g.s.), a. 76.7
     His will, dated 16 Dec 1767 and proved 25 Apr following, devises to wife Sarah the north end of my new dwelling house with as much cellar room as she may need during her natural Life, all his indoor moveables, and her choice of two cows; to eldest son Noah, the northerly half of a Lott of Land Lying in a Swamp called Wild [Catt?], and £10-11-8; to 2d son Joel, £13-6-8 and a horse; to son Simon, £13-6-8; to daughter Sarah Willard the east end of a house at Grafton purchased of her husband Benjamin Willard, a right-of-way, and one third of the indoor moveables after his wife's decease; to daughters Elizabeth Drury and Lucy Goulding, each ten pounds and one third of the indoor moveables after his wife's decease; to son Peter, his outdoor moveables, farm and buildings thereon (excepting the half of the house already devised to his wife during his lifetime), in exchange for life care and burial of his wife; to sons Noah, Joel and Simon, the remainder of property purchased of son-in-law Benjamin Willard 7 Oct 1766. Witnesses included his 2nd cousin Nathaniel/5a Ball of Grafton. Ebenezer's son Noah, named executor of the will, "utterly refused" his role on 6 Apr 1768, and the court appointed his brother Peter executor in his stead on the 26th.8
     Ebenezer's widow Sarah died 22 Feb 1775, a. 84.9 They are buried in Oak Street Burial Ground.10,11 Of their eight children, two married Willard siblings and two married Drury siblings.

Ebenezer Brooks built the first frame house in this part of the town. He chose the site where the old farmhouse now [1929] stands on that part of the State Hospital property now known as 'The Oaks', so named for the large oak trees growing there. By the same token it might have been called 'The Butternuts', 'The Elms', or 'The Chestnuts' for these were as numerous and beautiful as well as comparing favorable in size. The largest chestnut, when cut a few years ago, measuring between 8 and 9 feet at the swell of the stump and the trunk proper 6½ by 7½ feet in diameter. Unfortunately all the chestnuts have been killed by the blight but the others still stand. The house consisted of three rooms, two on the ground floor and a Chamber above. The kitchen was large and long with a stone chimney and fireplace so big you could sit on a cricket in one corner and look at the stars. The old flint lock and powder horn hung over it. On the floor were marks of horses' feet where they had drawn in the big back log for the foundation of the fire never allowed to go out. Once this accident happened and a member of the family took the foot stove used for keeping the feet warm in church and went down the long hill to the Cutler Farm for coals.12

Ebenezer Brooks, of Concord, came to this town in its early settlement. He located on land now [1879] owned by his descendant, Samuel H. Knowlton. He erected a small house and blacksmith shop. This property was subsequently owned by his son Joel, his son Elijah, his daughter Polly, who married Joel Knowlton; and their son was Elijah Brooks Knowlton, father of the present owner. The black smith shop was burned in 1859. A portion of the old house is still standing, to which a large addition has been added.13

     See Pierce, Hist. Grafton (1879).14

Local Notes:

Property14 Nov 1741, Grafton, MA"A deed in my possession dated Nov. 14, 1741, says that Nathaniel Bacon of Bedford and Joseph Bacon of Woburn sold to Ebenezer Brooks of Grafton for the sum of 300 pounds, Bills of Public Credit, a certain tract or missage of land bordering on the Willard Farm, thence northerly past Farm and Common Lands to a white oak tree in Shrewsbury line, then Westerly by Shrewsbury line to a great rock near ye corner of ye premises, thence southwesterly to a pine tree mark for a running line in Grafton to a stake and heap of stones, and from there it runs 17 rods to where it began. This deed described 193 acres and is located in the northeast section of the town, joining what is now [1929] Rockwood Nichols farm, including that part of the State Hospital property known as 'The Oaks' and the north boundary is near the south side of the Westboro road."15,4
Property8 May 1744, Grafton, MA"On May 8, 1744 Ebenezer Brooks deeded to his youngest son, Joel, the original 193 acres of land as a gift. They had chosen this particular tract for the meadows in which the cattle might graze, but the soil was very rocky. In later years one of the grandsons told how when he took the cows to pasture on cold mornings, he jumped from stone to stone to save his feet from touching the frosty grass."16

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 34, Ebenezer Brookes b.
  2. [S185] Concord BMD, 89, Ebenezer Brooks/Sarah ffletcher m.
  3. [S1491] Gertrude I. Knowlton, "The Brooks Family," 6.
  4. [S2041] Frederick Clifton Pierce, History of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, 65-67.
  5. [S1491] Knowlton, "The Brooks Family," 8.
  6. [S2041] Pierce, Hist. Grafton, 412, 417.
  7. [S239] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 324, Ebenezer Brooks d. (g.s.).
  8. [S590] Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Ebenezer Brooks, Grafton, 14-10-83, trans. Christopher Brooks.
  9. [S239] Grafton VR, 325, Sarah Brooks d. (g.s.).
  10. [S1418] The Farber Gravestone Collection.
  11. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #27560001, 27560002.
  12. [S1491] Knowlton, "The Brooks Family," 7-8.
  13. [S2041] Pierce, Hist. Grafton, 401.
  14. [S2041] Pierce, Hist. Grafton.
  15. [S1491] Knowlton, "The Brooks Family," 6, quoted.
  16. [S1491] Knowlton, "The Brooks Family," 7.
  17. [S185] Concord BMD, 86, Noah Brooks b.
  18. [S185] Concord BMD, 91, Sarah Brooks b.
  19. [S185] Concord BMD, 99, Joel Brooks b.
  20. [S185] Concord BMD, 105, Simon Brooks b.
  21. [S185] Concord BMD, 112, Mary Brooks b.; 432, d. (g.s.).
  22. [S185] Concord BMD, 118, Peter Brooks b.
  23. [S185] Concord BMD, 129, Elisabeth Brooks b.
  24. [S185] Concord BMD, 135, Lucy Brooks b.

Dea. Ebenezer/4a Brooks

M, #1957, (23 March 1697/98 - 18 September 1781)
Father*Capt. Ebenezer/3a Brooks1 b. c 24 Feb 1670, d. 11 Feb 1742/43
Mother*Abigail/3 Boylston1 b. 15 Nov 1674, d. 23 May 1756
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Caleb/2a Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Ebenezer/3a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Ebenezer/4a Brooks
Last Edited:30 Jul 2017

Children with Hannah Gibson:

  • Hannah/5a Brooks14 b. 22 Sep 1738
  • Katharine/5a Brooks15 b. 13 Feb 1740/41, d. 25 Apr 1769
  • Ebenezer/5a Brooks16 b. 20 Sep 1742, d. 11 Dec 1746
  • Mehitabel/5a Brooks17 b. 14 Apr 1744, d. 13 Nov 1746
  • Gibson/5a Brooks18 b. 19 Dec 1745, d. 17 May 1746
  • Ebenezer/5a Brooks1 b. 2 Mar 1746, d. 13 Sep 1818
  • Thomas/5a Brooks19 b. 10 Sep 1749, d. 27 May 1750
Findagrave.com, memorial #26920853. Photo by BobBoston.
Dea. Ebenezer/4a Brooks Jr., born 23 Mar 1697/98 at Medford, Massachusetts1, and baptised 3 Apr at the First Church, Cambridge2, married (1), 20 Jun 1737 at Boston, Hannah Gibson of Boston, with whom he had 7 children.3,4
     By an agreement among the heirs of Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, 18 Apr 1743, sons Thomas, Samuel, Ebenezer and Caleb took all the real estate, agreeing to pay their remaining siblings cash legacies. Ebenezer was to receive an additional £600-1-3 to complete his share.5 His wife Hannah died at Medford 6 Oct 1753.6 He was evidently a slaveowner, 1757, when his servant Caesar Pertsmouth married Zipporah, servant of Nathaniel Brown of Charlestown.7 Chosen deacon of the church at Medford, 1759.8
     He married (2), 10 Apr 1760 at Lynn, Mrs. Elizabeth Mansfield9,10, and died at Medford 18 Sep 1781, a. 83, of "old age and cancer."11 His widow died 11 Apr 1782.12 He is buried with both wives in Salem Street Cemetery, Medford.13

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S368] Vital Records of Medford, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 30, Ebenezer Brooks b.
  2. [S308] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 1:91, Ebenezer Brooks bp.
  3. [S363] Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1751, 200, Ebenezer Brooks/Hannah Gibson m.
  4. [S368] Medford VR, 193, Ebenezer Brooks/Hannah Gibson m. Boston.
  5. [S572] William Gray Brooks, "A Genealogical Account of the Brooks Family," 61, 64.
  6. [S368] Medford VR, 347, Hannah Brooks d.
  7. [S881] Roger D. Joslyn, ed., Vital Records of Charlestown Massachusetts To the Year 1850, 1:401, Caezar (Brooks)/Zipporah (Brown) m.; 1:474, Caesar Pertsmouth/Zipporah.
  8. [S572] William Gray Brooks, 72.
  9. [S368] Medford VR, 349, ____, wid. Dea. Brooks d. (c.r., g.r.).
  10. [S493] Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, 2:66, Ebenezer Broocks/Mrs. Elizebeth Mansfield m.
  11. [S368] Medford VR, 347, Dea. Ebenezer Brooks d.
  12. [S368] Medford VR, 349, Wid. Dea. Brooks d. (c.r., g.r.).
  13. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #26920853, #26920856, #26920920.
  14. [S368] Medford VR, 30, Hannah Brooks b.
  15. [S368] Medford VR, 31, Kathrine Brooks b.
  16. [S368] Medford VR, 30, Ebeneser Brooks b.; 347, Ebenezer d.
  17. [S368] Medford VR, 31, Mahitteble Brooks b.; 348, Mehetabell d.
  18. [S368] Medford VR, 30, Gibson Brooks b.; 347, d.
  19. [S368] Medford VR, 32, Thomas Brooks b.; 349, d.

Ebenezer/4p Brooks

M, #1958, (23 March 1722 - before 16 March 1758)
Father*Gilbert/3p Brooks1 b. 9 Nov 1690, d. 6 Dec 1768
Mother*Abigail/4 Stockbridge1 b. 22 Mar 1694/95, d. b 22 Jan 1754
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1p Brooks
Descendants of Nathaniel/2p Brooks
Descendants of Gilbert/3p Brooks
Descendants of Samuel/6k Brooks
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017
Ebenezer/4p Brooks, baptised 23 Mar 1722 at the Second Church, Scituate, Massachusetts1, married, 4 Jul 1754 at Marblehead, Elizabeth Tompkins, daughter of Rebecca (–?–).2 He died before 16 Mar 17583, when he was unmentioned in his father's will of that date.3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S485] Vital Records of Scituate Massachusetts To the Year 1850, 1:51, Ebenezer Brooks bp.
  2. [S1334] Vital Records of Marblehead Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, 2:56, Ebenezer Brooks/Elizabeth Tomkins m.
  3. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Descendants of John Stockbridge" (Oct 1979), 133:292.

Sarah/4 Fletcher

F, #1959, (19 May 1690 - 22 February 1775)
Father*Cornet Samuel/3 Fletcher1 b. 6 Oct 1657, d. 23 Oct 1744
Mother*Elizabeth/3 Wheeler1 b. 23 Feb 1664, d. 26 Oct 1744
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Noah/3a Brooks
Descendants of Ebenezer/4a Brooks
Last Edited:11 Sep 2017

Children with Ebenezer/4a Brooks:

  • Capt. Noah/5a Brooks8 b. 25 Sep 1715, d. 28 Feb 1805
  • Sarah/5a Brooks9 b. 30 Oct 1717, d. 26 Aug 1775
  • Pvt. Joel/5a Brooks10 b. 14 Jul 1720, d. 11 May 1811
  • Dea. Simon/5a Brooks11 b. 21 Sep 1722, d. 24 Mar 1808
  • Mary/5a Brooks12 b. 26 Dec 1724, d. 28 Jun 1736
  • Peter/5a Brooks13 b. 21 Aug 1727, d. 26 Jan 1779
  • Elizabeth/5a Brooks14 b. 25 Jun 1730, d. 1754
  • Lucy/5a Brooks15 b. 16 Sep 1733, d. 22 Nov 1771
Findagrave.com, memorial #27560002. Photo by RD & ES.
Sarah/4 Fletcher, born 19 May 1690 at Concord, Massachusetts1, there married, 18 Nov 1714, Ebenezer/4a Brooks of Concord, son of Noah/3a Brooks and Dorothy/2 Potter.2 They lived at Grafton, where he died 5 Apr 1768, a. 76.3
     His will, dated 16 Dec 1767 and proved 26 Apr 1768, left wife Sarah "ye North End of my new Dwelling House with as much Cellar Room as she may need During her natural Life," all his indoor moveables, and her choice of two cows.4
     Sarah died 22 Feb 1775 (g.s.), a. 845, and is interred with Ebenezer in Oak Street Burial Ground, Grafton.6,7 Of their eight children, two married Willard siblings and two married Drury siblings.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 33, Sarah Fletcher b.
  2. [S185] Concord BMD, 89, Ebenezer Brooks/Sarah ffletcher m.
  3. [S239] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 324, Ebenezer Brooks d. (g.s.).
  4. [S590] Worcester County Registry of Deeds, Ebenezer Brooks, Grafton, 14-10-83, trans. Christopher Brooks.
  5. [S239] Grafton VR, 325, Sarah Brooks d. (g.s.).
  6. [S1418] The Farber Gravestone Collection.
  7. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #27560001, 27560002.
  8. [S185] Concord BMD, 86, Noah Brooks b.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 91, Sarah Brooks b.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 99, Joel Brooks b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 105, Simon Brooks b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 112, Mary Brooks b.; 432, d. (g.s.).
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 118, Peter Brooks b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 129, Elisabeth Brooks b.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 135, Lucy Brooks b.