In 1718 Thomas Brooks, with Stephen Hotchkiss and Matthew Bellamy, on behalf of the residents of West Farms, unsuccessfuly petitioned the assembly to be "constituted a distinct society." In 1723 the appeal was renewed, and the General Assembly persuaded to allow the formation of a new parish, which, at the urging of Thomas Brooks, was named Cheshire, in honor of his father Henry's birthplace.2

Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks

M, #23441, (27 March 1679 - 20 July 1732)
Father*Henry/1c Brooks1 b. s 1639, d. btw Apr 1713 - Nov 1713
Mother*Hannah Potter1 b. s 1650, d. 7 Nov 1723
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- CHESHIRE line
Last Edited:4 Aug 2017

Children with Martha Hotchkiss:

Findagrave.com, memorial #23689754. Photo by Marc Ryan.
Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks was born 27 Mar 1679 at New Haven, Connecticut3,1, where he married, 25 Mar 1702, Martha Hotchkiss, daughter of Joshua Hotchkiss and Mary Pardee, with whom he had 11 children, each of whom lived to marry.3,4
     In 1723, Thomas Brooks, Nathaniel Bunnell and John Hitchcock were appointed "a Comtee to manage ye affairs of the society for the year insuing." Oct. 10, 1723, Thomas Brooks and others petitioned to erect their own meetinghouse. In the meantime, a Congregational church was gathered, consisting of 11 men and 15 women, which met at the homes of Thomas Brooks and John Hotchkiss. Thomas Brooks was a member of the committee which arranged to settle Mr. Hall as their first minister, 4 Dec 1723.5
     Thomas died at New Cheshire (later Cheshire) of smallpox, 20 Jul 1732 (c.r.), a. 53.3,6 He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, where his g.s is inscribed, Son of | Henry Brooks | from Cheshire, England | and father of | Captain Enos Brooks | Settled in Cheshire | Colony of Conn. 1705. | He was first in petitioning | the General Assembly | for the organization of the | Cong'l Church also for | school privileges. | He was foremost | in every good work | a devout Christian | self sacrificing and | unceasing in his labors | for the infant settlement | of Cheshire.7

Local Notes:

Property23 Apr 1705, Wallingford, CTTo obtain a clear idea of how these disputes arose, it will be in order to mention the case of William and Mary Tyler.
     It appears that on the 23d of April, 1705, they sold "102 akers" of Second Division land "called the Lothrop farm," lying one mile from the New Haven Mill river and "eight acres" adjoining "layed" out on the east side of this farm. It was well understood at the time, that William and Mary Tyler did not convey a "Proprietor's right" in selling this land. It was only a small portion of the land that had belonged to some of the numerous Lothrop heirs and the title by which it passed into the possession of the new purchaser is clearly set forth by the vote taken ten months later. "Att an ajurned town meeting the ninth January, 1706-07, the town admeated Thomas Broox an inhabetant upon thatt land he purchest."
     We have a list of 23 other persons admitted as "Inhabetants" ...8
Appointed13 May 1725, Hartford, CTAt a General Assembly Holden at Hartford, in His Majesties Colony of Connecticut in New England, on the 13th Day of May, in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George, of Great Britain, &c., King, Annoque Dom., 1725. | This Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. Thomas Brooks of Wallingsford to be Ensign of the company or train-band at the parish of Cheshire in the town of Wallingsford aforesaid, and order he be commissioned accordingly.9
AppointedOct 1731, Hartford, CTThis Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. Thomas Brooks of Wallingford to be Lieutenant of the company or trainband at the parish of New Cheshire, in the town of Wallingford aforesaid, and order he be commissioned accordingly.10,11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S927] Vital Records of New Haven, 1649–1850, 50, Thomas Brooks b.
  2. [S703] Jean McKee, BROOKS-NE-L posting of 7 Dec 2002.
  3. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1.
  4. [S927] New Haven VR, 91, Thomas Brooks/martha Hotchkif m.
  5. [S703] Jean McKee.
  6. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks d. New Cheshire.
  7. [S53] Gravestone, recorded October 2002.
  8. [S1009] Joseph Perkins Beach, History of Cheshire, Connecticut, 47-48.
  9. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 6:521, 7:348.
  10. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 6:521.
  11. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 7:348.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Stephen Brooks b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Enos Brooks b.
  16. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Cornelius Brooks b.
  17. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Martha Brooks b.
  18. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mathittabel Brooks b.
  19. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336–37, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Sarah viii.
  20. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Benjamine Brooks b.
  21. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Henry Brooks b.
  22. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thankfull Brooks b.

Sarah/2c Brooks

F, #23442, (9 April 1661 - )
Father*John/1c Brooks1 b. s 1628, d. btw 1708 - May 1711
Mother-Candidate*Mary Griggs1 b. s 1632
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1c Brooks
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017
Sarah/2c Brooks was born 9 Apr 1661 at New Haven, Connecticut2,1, where she married (1), 29 Aug 1687, Benjamin/2 Robbins, son of John/1 Robbins and Mary (–?–),2 and (2), 10 Dec 1691, Nathaniel Thorpe.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, New Haven VR, Sarah Brooks b.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 1, Sarah 4.

Benjamin/2 Robbins

M, #23443, (24 October 1660 - before 10 December 1691)
Father*John/1 Robbins1 b. c 1620, d. c 1701
Mother*Mary (–?–)1 b. c 1620, d. b 1670
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1c Brooks
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017
Benjamin/2 Robbins, born 24 Oct 1660 at Branford, Connecticut1, married, as her 1st husband, 29 Aug 1687 at New Haven, Sarah/2c Brooks, daughter of John/1c Brooks and Mary Griggs.2 He died by 1691, when she remarried.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1408] Jack Russell Brooks, Silas Brooks, 28.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 1, Sarah 4.

Martha Hotchkiss

F, #23445, (14 December 1683 - circa 1755)
Father*Joshua Hotchkiss1 b. s 1650
Mother*Mary Pardee1 b. s 1652
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Last Edited:4 Aug 2017

Children with Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks:

Martha Hotchkiss, born 14 Dec 1683 at New Haven, Connecticut1, there married, 25 Mar 1702, Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks, son of Henry/1c Brooks and Hannah Potter, with whom she had 11 children, each of whom lived to marry.1,2 He died of smallpox 20 Jul 1732, a. 53.1,3

Local Notes:

Property23 Jan 1755, Wallingford, CTMartha Brooks quit claims "unto my said children their heirs and assigns forever all my right of dower (illegible) buildings and lands that came to me from my said husband deceased being the place where he last dwelt in said Wallingford, in New Cheshire Parish …"4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1.
  2. [S927] Vital Records of New Haven, 1649–1850, 91, Thomas Brooks/martha Hotchkif m.
  3. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks d. New Cheshire.
  4. [S703] Jean McKee, transcribing Wallingford Deeds, 14:225-226.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Stephen Brooks b.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks b.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Enos Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Cornelius Brooks b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Martha Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mathittabel Brooks b.
  12. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336–37, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Sarah viii.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Benjamine Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Henry Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thankfull Brooks b.

Stephen/3c Brooks

M, #23447, (28 May 1703 - 16 May 1773)
Father*Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks1 b. 27 Mar 1679, d. 20 Jul 1732
Mother*Martha Hotchkiss1 b. 14 Dec 1683, d. c 1755
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Stephen/3c Brooks
Last Edited:3 Aug 2017

Children with Hannah Barnes:

Findagrave.com, memorial #9712939. Photo by DMitesser9999, copied by Marc Ryan from Ancestry.com.
Photo by DMitesser9999, copied by Marc Ryan from Ancestry.com 9712939
Stephen/3c Brooks was born 28 May 1703 at Wallingford, Connecticut2, where he married, 6 May 1725, Hannah Barnes, daughter of Thomas Barnes and Abigail Frost.2,3 Baptised as an adult 25 Jun 1725 at the Congregational church, Cheshire.2 He died at Bristol 16 May 1773, a. 692,4, and was buried in Green Hills ("Old Episcopal") Cemetery, where his gravestone (rec. 1891, now crumbled) was inscribed, Behold & see as you pass by | As you are now so once was I | As I are now so you must be | Prepare For death & follow me.4

Local Notes:

Property23 Jan 1755, Wallingford, CTMartha Brooks quit claims "unto my said children their heirs and assigns forever all my right of dower (illegible) buildings and lands that came to me from my said husband deceased being the place where he last dwelt in said Wallingford, in New Cheshire Parish …"5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Stephen Brooks b.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Stephen i.
  3. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Stephen Brooks/Hannah Barnes m.
  4. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #9712939.
  5. [S703] Jean McKee, transcribing Wallingford Deeds, 14:225-226.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Hannah Brooks b.
  7. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:337, Fam. 3, Jonathan 3.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Jerusha Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Martha Brooks b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Lois Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Abraham Brooks b.

Mary/3c Brooks

F, #23448, (14 May 1704 - 11 January 1743/44)
Father*Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks1 b. 27 Mar 1679, d. 20 Jul 1732
Mother*Martha Hotchkiss1 b. 14 Dec 1683, d. c 1755
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Mary/3c Brooks
Last Edited:21 Jan 2016

Children with Ens. Nathaniel Bunnell:

Mary/3c Brooks, born 14 May 1704 at Wallingford, Connecticut2,1, was baptised as an adult with 9 siblings, 30 May 1725 at the Congregational Church, Cheshire.2,3 She married (1), as his 2nd wife, 17 Feb 1726 at Wallingford, Ens. Nathaniel Bunnell, son of Benjamin Bunnell,2,4, who died at Wallingford in May-June 1732.5 There she married (2), 3 Aug 1735, Joseph Benham.2 She died at Farmington, Connecticut, 11 Jan 1743/44, a. 39.2

Local Notes:

Property23 Jan 1755, Wallingford, CTMartha Brooks quit claims "unto my said children their heirs and assigns forever all my right of dower (illegible) buildings and lands that came to me from my said husband deceased being the place where he last dwelt in said Wallingford, in New Cheshire Parish …"6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks b.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Mary ii.
  3. [S1527] Sue Phillips Schultz, citing Parson Hall's baptism records.
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks/Nathaniel Bunill m.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Ens. Nathaniell Bunnell d.
  6. [S703] Jean McKee, transcribing Wallingford Deeds, 14:225-226.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Patience Bunnell b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Hezekiah Bunnell b., d.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Rachel Bunnell b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Rebeca Bunnell b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Stephen Bunnell b.

Thomas/3c Brooks

M, #23449, (14 February 1706 - 1 November 1773)
Father*Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks1 b. 27 Mar 1679, d. 20 Jul 1732
Mother*Martha Hotchkiss1 b. 14 Dec 1683, d. c 1755
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Thomas/3c Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- CHESHIRE line
Last Edited:4 Aug 2017

Children with Desire Bristol:

Thomas/3c Brooks Jr. was born 14 Feb 1706 at Wallingford, Connecticut2,1, and baptised, with 9 siblings, 30 May 1725 at the Congregational Church, Cheshire.2,3 He married (1), 6 Jul 1727 at Wallingford, Desire Bristol, daughter of Henry Bristol and Desire Smith,2,4, who died there 13 Nov 17482,5, and there he married (2), 20 Mar 1748/49, Elizabeth (–?–), wid. of Daniel Bristol.2,6 Ensign of the south company, Cheshire, May 1760, under his brothers Enos (captain) and Cornelius (lieutenant), or was this his son Thomas, a. 26 at the time?7 He died 1 Nov 1773 (c.r.), a. 67.2

Local Notes:

Property23 Jan 1755, Wallingford, CTMartha Brooks quit claims "unto my said children their heirs and assigns forever all my right of dower (illegible) buildings and lands that came to me from my said husband deceased being the place where he last dwelt in said Wallingford, in New Cheshire Parish …"8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks b.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Thomas iii.
  3. [S1527] Sue Phillips Schultz, citing Parson Hall's baptism records.
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks/Desire Bristol m.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Desire Brooks d.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Thomas Brooks/Elesabeth Bristoll m.
  7. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 11:373.
  8. [S703] Jean McKee, transcribing Wallingford Deeds, 14:225-226.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, David Brooks b.; d.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Martha Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Joshua Brooks b.
  12. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:337–38, Fam. 4, Deborah 4.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, David Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Samuel Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Desire Brooks b.
  16. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks b.; d.
  17. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:339, Fam. 4, Jonathan 10.
  18. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Isaac Brooks b.
  19. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Gideon Brooks b.

Capt. Enos/3c Brooks

M, #23450, (15 February 1708 - 27 September 1771)
Father*Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks1 b. 27 Mar 1679, d. 20 Jul 1732
Mother*Martha Hotchkiss1 b. 14 Dec 1683, d. c 1755
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Enos/3c Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- CHESHIRE line
Last Edited:31 Jul 2017

Children with Tamar Wooster:

Rear view of the (much-enlarged) house of Capt. Enos Brooks, Cheshire, CT. Today owned and occupied by Jean McKee, a 4th great-granddaughter, the house has been continuously occupied by a descendant since its builder's death. The leftmost section of the house (with black shutters) represents the original dwelling. Photo by Christopher Brooks.
Capt. Enos/3c Brooks, born 15 Feb 1708 at Wallingford, Connecticut2,1, and baptised with 9 siblings 30 May 1725 at the Congregational church, Cheshire2,3, married, 3 Jul 1734 at Wallingford, Tamar Wooster of Derby, daughter of David Wooster and Mary Lobdell.2,4
     He was ensign of the south company, parish of New Cheshire, town of Wallingford, May 17515, and captain of the same, May 1760, his brothers Cornelius and Thomas serving as lieutenant and ensign in the same company.6 He was Wallingford deputy to the General Assembly, 1754–5, 1756, 1758-60, and 1764.7
     Enos Brooks attended the General Assembly of 21 Jan 1756, where war plans against the French were presented by the Governor after the body had been sworn to secrecy. While approving the proposed offensive operations, the delegates protested that "the expence of this Colony was so great in the last year's operations, and necessarily drawn out beyond the abilities of the Colony, that the inhabitants are loaded with large taxes laid on the next four years as sinking funds for bills of credit emitted for carrying on those services, and that an emission of a larger quantity of such bills may lessen their value and injure the possessors, it is therefore hoped that the pay of the troops, supply of arms, ammunition and carriages, may be undertaken at the expence of the crown, and for that end it is thought expedient that his Excellency General Shirley be applied to and solicited on this subject."8
     Enos died at Wallingford 27 Sep 1771, a. 632,9, and Tamar 7 Oct 1775, a. 68.10 They are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire.2,11 The house he built in 1733, now considerably enlarged and located in the Brooksvale section of modern Cheshire, has been continuously occupied by descendants to the present.12

Local Notes:

AppointedMay 1751"This Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. Enos Brooks to be Ensign of the south company or trainband at the parish of New Cheshire in the town of Wallingford, and order that he be
commissioned accordingly."5
AppointedMay 1760This Assembly do establish Mr. Enos Brooks to be Captain of the south company or trainband in the parish of New Cheshire in the town of Wallingford.6
Property23 Jan 1755, Wallingford, CTMartha Brooks quit claims "unto my said children their heirs and assigns forever all my right of dower (illegible) buildings and lands that came to me from my said husband deceased being the place where he last dwelt in said Wallingford, in New Cheshire Parish …"13

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Enos Brooks b.
  2. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:336, Fam. 2, Thomas 1, Enos iv.
  3. [S1527] Sue Phillips Schultz, citing Parson Hall's baptism records.
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Enos Brooks/Tamar Woster m.
  5. [S901] Charles J. Hoadly, Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1751-1757, 10:8.
  6. [S901] Hoadly, Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1751-1757, 11:373.
  7. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 10:241, 291, 327, 335, 353, 397, 406, 458, 469; 11:173, 213, 220; 12:242.
  8. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 10:447.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Capt. Enos Brooks d.
  10. [S1418] The Farber Gravestone Collection.
  11. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #20237773, #28028940.
  12. [S703] Jean McKee, BROOKS-NE-L posts of 20 Nov and 7 Dec 2002.
  13. [S703] Jean McKee, transcribing Wallingford Deeds, 14:225-226.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mary Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Mahitabel Brooks b.
  16. [S696] Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:340, Fam. 5, David 4.
  17. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wallingford VR, Tamer Brooks b.