"December 21, 1772, he was on a committee from his town to consider the state of the rights of the colonists and the violation of said rights and report a draft of such votes as they shall think proper."2

Dea. John/4a Brooks

M, #2066, (12 February 1701/2 - 6 March 1777)
Father*Ens. Daniel/3a Brooks1 b. 15 Nov 1663, d. 18 Oct 1733
Mother*Anna/3 Merriam1 b. 7 Sep 1669, d. 24 Jan 1757
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Ens. Daniel/3a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. John/4a Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- CONCORD line
Last Edited:11 Sep 2017

Children with Lydia/4 Barker:

  • Ens. John/5a Brooks12 b. 17 Dec 1728, d. 1 Sep 1784
  • Capt. Samuel/5a Brooks13 b. 16 Mar 1729/30, d. 29 Jun 1817
  • Lt. Charles/5a Brooks14 b. 6 Apr 1732, d. 8 Mar 1798
  • Lydia/5a Brooks15 b. 7 May 1734, d. 15 Jan 1756
  • Dr. Ephraim/5a Brooks16 b. 5 Aug 1736, d. 13 Jul 1823
  • Daniel/5a Brooks17 b. 24 Oct 1738, d. 25 Aug 1820
  • Capt. Nathaniel/5a Brooks18 b. 17 Feb 1740/41, d. 3 Feb 1838
  • Jonas/5a Brooks19 b. 18 Mar 1743, d. 15 Mar 1746
  • Dr. Peter/5a Brooks20 b. 29 Mar 1745
  • Jonas/5a Brooks21 b. 31 Jul 1747, d. 8 Nov 1825
Findagrave.com, memorial #71003284. Photo by Crystal Orton.
Dea. John/4a Brooks, born 12 Feb 1701/2 at Concord, Massachusetts1, married, Jan 1728, Lydia/4 Barker of Concord, daughter of John/3 Barker and Elizabeth Harwood.3 They had 10 children, two of them doctors. Mentioned in his father's will, 6 Jan 1728/29.4
     He "lived in that part of Concord which was set off to form Acton in 1735."5 Deacon of the First Church, Acton, and selectman; perhaps also "assessor several years" [Jonas H. Brooks].6 He died in Acton 6 Mar 1777 (g.s.), a. 757, and his widow 30 Jun 1802, a. 91.8,9 They are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.10

Local Notes:

ElectedActon, MADeacon, 1st Church6,11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 52, John Brookes b.
  2. [S628] Jonas Hapgood Brooks, Ancestry of Jonas H. Brooks, 3–4.
  3. [S185] Concord BMD, 119, John Brooks [Jr.] b.
  4. [S1495] Daniel Brooks probate file.
  5. [S138] William Sweetzer Heywood, History of Westminster, Massachusetts: (First Named Narragansett No. 2), 564.
  6. [S39] Francis Everett Blake, History of the Town of Princeton, 2:40.
  7. [S187] Vital Records of Acton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, 255, Dea. John Brooks d. (g.s.).
  8. [S59] Columbian Centinel, 14 Jul 1802, Deaths.
  9. [S187] Acton VR, 255, Lydia Brooks d.
  10. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #71003284, #71003325.
  11. [S475] Roy I. Brooks, "The Mortimer Wilson Brooks Line, 1610-1985," 2, Deacon John (IV): "He was deacon of the First Church of Acton."
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 119, John Brooks b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 126, Samuel Brooks b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 132, Charles Brooks b.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 137, Lidia Brooks b.
  16. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Ephraim Brooks b.
  17. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Daniel Brooks b.
  18. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Nathaniel Brooks b.
  19. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Jonas Brooks b.; 255, d.
  20. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Peter Brooks b.
  21. [S187] Acton VR, 20, Jonas Brooks b.

Jonas/4a Brooks

M, #2068, (3 October 1718 - before 24 August 1797)
Father*Joseph/3a Brooks1 b. c 1670, d. 11 Jul 1746
Mother*Rebecca/4 Blodgett1 b. 5 Jun 1689, d. 25 Jan 1768
Appears on charts:Descendants of Capt. Thomas/1a Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Joshua/2a Brooks
Descendants of Joseph/3a Brooks (of Joshua)
Descendants of Jonas/4a Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/3w Brooks
Descendants of Mary/4w Buck
Last Edited:2 Aug 2017

Children with Dinah/5w Pike:

  • Lois/5a6w Brooks12 b. 29 Oct 1747
  • Hannah/5a6w Brooks13 b. 7 Mar 1748/49, d. 22 Jul 1837
  • Rebecca/5a6w Brooks14 b. 17 Jul 1750
  • Phebe/5a6w Brooks15 b. 18 Sep 1751
  • Simeon/5a6w Brooks16 b. 2 Mar 1753
  • Dea. Jonas/5a6w Brooks17 b. 20 Feb 1755, d. 9 Dec 1850
  • Eunice/5a6w Brooks18 b. 20 Oct 1758, d. 22 Jun 1841
  • Dinah/5a6w Brooks19 b. 2 Jul 1763
Jonas/4a Brooks, born 3 Oct 1718 at Concord, Massachusetts1,2, removed to Bolton, where he was mentioned in his father's will, 4 May 1746.3 There he married, 25 Dec 1746, Dinah/5w Pike of Bolton, daughter of Nathaniel/3 Pike and Mary/4w Buck, and a 4th cousin once rem., with whom he had 8 children.4,5,6 They lived at Bolton and Groton, then removed to Ashburnham, perhaps as early as 1781, when their son Jonas Jr. married there.7 Jonas and two adult sons all headed households at Ashburnham in 1790. Jonas's included himself, Dinah, and one other male over 16, probably a grandson.8
     Jonas predeceased Dinah, who died his widow at Ashburnham, 24 Aug 1797, a. 77.9,7
     Accorded to Tolman's notes and researcher Anne Willis, they were warned out (dates unavailable) at both Bolton and Concord.10,11

Census Detail:

1790Ashburnham, MAMALES: Two 16+
FEMALES: One8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 96, Jonas Brooks b.
  2. [S282] John Brooks Threlfall, "Thomas Brooks," 12: 3 Oct 1718.
  3. [S572] William Gray Brooks, "A Genealogical Account of the Brooks Family," 60.
  4. [S198] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Bolton, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 114, Jonas Brooks/Dinah Pike m.
  5. [S282] Threlfall, "Thomas Brooks," 12.
  6. [S479] Frederic W. Bailey, Worcester County Marriages, 40, Jonas Brooks & Dinah Pike, Bolton.
  7. [S292] Ezra S. Stearns, History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, 625, Jonas Brooks.
  8. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Ashburnham, Worcester, MA, M637/4/11, Jonas Brooks.
  9. [S194] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 176, wid. Jonas Brooks d. (c.r.).
  10. [S709] George Tolman, "Brooks Family" notebooks.
  11. [S681] Anne Brooks Willis, source unreported.
  12. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Lois Brooks b.
  13. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Hannah Brooks b.
  14. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Rebekah Brooks b.
  15. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Phebe Brooks b.
  16. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Simeon Brooks b.
  17. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Jonas Brooks b.
  18. [S198] Bolton VR, 16, Eunice Brooks b.
  19. [S268] Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 44, Dina Brooks b.