"In 1690, at the age of about 67 years, he participated as a soldier in the Phips Expedition to Quebec."2

John/2w Brooks

M, #2621, (circa 1623 - 29 September 1691)
Father*Henry/1w Brooks1 b. c 1592, d. 12 Apr 1683
Mother*(–?–) (–?–)1 d. b 1650
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- WOBURN line
Last Edited:10 Nov 2017

Children with Eunice/2 Mousall:

John/2w Brooks was born circa 16233 in England, and came with his family to Massachusetts Bay2, where they lived first at Concord and then at Woburn. He married (1), 1 Nov 1649 at Woburn, Eunice/2 Mousall of W., daughter of Dea. John/1 Mousall and Joanna ?Thompson, with whom he had 8 children.4,5 He was admitted a freeman of Woburn 7 May 1651.6

     The will of the senior John Mousall (19th of the 4th month, 1660) makes his two sons, John Mousall and John Brooks, joint executors; gives to his son Brooks's three children, and to his grandchild, Sarah Brooks, and to his grandchild, Eunice Unis Brooks; to his son, John Brooks (in whose house John Mousall, Sr.'s widow was to have a peaceable living); gives also to his grandchild, Joanna Brooks; and certain residue of his lands to his two sons John Mousall, and son-in-law John Brooks.
     John Mousall, Jr.'s wife being the sister of John Brooks, this relationship of the son is more clearly understood. It was the case of being doubly brothers-in-law; Brooks marrying the only sister of Mousall, and Mousall marrying a sister of Brooks. From this circumstance arose a partial (not total) combination of the property of Deacon John Mousall and Henry Brooks, of which more is said in an article by one of the present writers, in the Register, vol. xlvii., p. 462, et. seq.
     In his will, Deacon John Mousall gives his great meadow
at Woburn Centre, in the vicinity of Prospect Street, a tract now covered with buildings, to his two sons equally, but in case the son, John Mousall died without children, then he (John Mousall, Jr.) could give his share to his wife, for use during her life, and after the decease of John Mousall, the said son, and his wife leaving no heir, the share was to return to the son [in-law] John Brooks's children. John Mousall, Jr. did die without children, and some of his property returned to John Brooks's children, in accordance with the terms of the will. In 1673, a house described in the town records as the 'Hopewell House' was owned in common by John Mousall, Jr. and John Brooks, being a part of their inheritance from their father, Deacon John Mousall.7

     John Brooks, and Francis Kendall, Samuel Walker Sr., John Wyman, and Thomas Pierce, were appointed a committee of "wright proprietors," 28 Mar 1667, to proportionally distribute common land at Woburn. As compensation for "the truble and pains that they were at," each man was to receive 7 acres each of "make meadow or swamp."8
     Johnson tells us: "In 1668 Thomas Dutton [of Woburn] brought an action of slander against Michael Bacon Jr., who had charged him with being a thief…The following paper also appears as evidence in this case and is very valuable for its autographs: Wee whose Names are under written testyfy that Thomas dutton having lived amongst us in the Towne of woburne nere the space of tenne yeares, has bine very Industrus in his calling and and has not to our knowledg bine any way given to steall or to take any thing that is not his owne. Josias Conuars, William Johnson, Mathew Johnson, James Conuars, Samuell Conuars, John Broockes, Thomas Peirce, Samual Walker senyer, John Russell Junior, henry broockes, Isack Broockes, Edward win, Richard Gardner, John Russell Sen., John Carter. The plaintiff obtained a verdict of fifteen pounds.9,10
     Says Cutter, "He was evidently a soldier in King Philip's War, 1675–6, but his identity is not positive." However, Bodge notes that Benja. Rollins, Ebenezer Watson and one John Brooks (otherwise unidentified) were claimants for a grant at Narragansett Township No. 1 (later Buxton, Maine) based on the war service of a Nicholas Rollins, suggesting that Cutter's claim was in error.2,11
     4 Apr 1681, the selectmen agreed with John Brooks to keep George Wilkinson, a veteran of Philip's War and the town's first recorded pauper, until Michaelmas; "and in case more than ordinary sickness come, then the Towne to consider the charge." Wilkinson died in 1683, and was buried at the town's expense.12
     His father Henry's will, 18 Jul 1682, forgave son John Brooks £10 owed for a yoke of oxen, and forgave a £50 note for land and housing in which John Brooks and his brother-in-law John Mousall were joint debtors. John also received one third of his father's wearing apparel, "but he hath had his portion already."13,14,15
     John's wife Eunice died at Woburn 1 Jan 1683/8416, and there he married (2), seven weeks later, 25 Feb 1683/84, Mary Champney, daughter of John Champney and Joan (–?–), and widow of his stepbrother Theophilus Richardson.17
     "The will of John Brooks, Sr., dated July 29, 1690, probated Nov. 16, 1691, he 'being bound for Canada in the Expedition against the French enemy' mentions wife, Mary; sons, Jabez, John and Ebenezer; daughters, Deborah, Eunice, Sarah and Joanna; grandchildren, Eunice Buck, Eunice Carter, Eunice Roberts, and John Buck, John Carter, John Brooks, David Roberts; and Mary and Elizabeth, his son John's two children; Eunice Brooks, daughter of his son Ebenezer; and Mary, daughter of his daughter, Deborah Richardson. He also names son John Richardson [husband of Deborah]; and mentions John Dane [Dean], an apprentice, and Rev. Pastor Mr. Jabez Fox. To son John Brooks he gives that piece of land … called by the name of English Hills. He gives the care of his son Jabez to Lieut. James Converse, during his minority."2
     In September 1691, John Brooks was "dismissed from ordinary trainings on account of his decrepitness and incapacity to serve."18,2 He died at Woburn, "by inventory of will," 29 Sep 1691,19,20, and his widow 26 Aug 1704.21 In 1738 his grandson Jonathan filed a claim in right of John Brooks for bounty land awarded for the 1690 Canada Expedition.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S106] NEHGS Register, 29:153-157.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.
  3. His birthdate is calculated from an April 1668 deposition in which he gave his age as “about 45 years.”
  4. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Eunice Mousall m.
  5. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks.
  6. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 22, John Brookes.
  7. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks, quoted.
  8. [S1123] Oliver Kendall, Memorial of Josiah Kendall, 2, quoting Sewall's Woburn.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:83, footnote to Dutton.
  10. [S2308] AmericanAncestors.org,, Middlesex County, MA, Abstracts of Court Files, 1649–1675 (online database, 2003). Unpublished abstracts by Thomas Bellows Wyman, "Abstract of Middlesex court files from 1649," n.d.: 2:48, Dutton vs. Bacon.
  11. [S104] George Madison Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War, "Grantees and Claimants of Narraganset Township No. 1, Now the Town of Buxton, Me.," 413-416, at 415.
  12. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 1:48-49.
  13. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks.
  14. [S1459] Henry Brooks inventory, 17 Apr 1683.
  15. [S2306] Gene Zubrinsky, personal communication, 9 Nov 2017: identification of second witness's signature.
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Eunice Brooks d.
  17. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Mary Richardson m.
  18. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Eunice Mousall m. (footnote following, citing Middlesex Court Records).
  19. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, John Brooks d. "____, 1691."
  20. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 2:594: "by inventory of will," 29 Sep 1691.
  21. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Mary Brooks d.
  22. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, John Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  23. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Sarah Brooks b.
  24. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Eunice Brooks b.
  25. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Joanna Brooks b.
  26. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, John Brooks b.
  27. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Ebenezer Brooks b.
  28. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Deborah Brooks b.
  29. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Jabez Brooks b.

Eunice/2 Mousall

F, #2622, (say 1628 - 1 January 1683/84)
Father*Dea. John/1 Mousall1 b. c 1596, d. 27 Mar 1665
Mother*Joanna ?Thompson1
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Last Edited:11 Sep 2017

Children with John/2w Brooks:

Eunice/2 Mousall married, 1 Nov 1649 at Woburn, Massachusetts, John/2w Brooks of Woburn, son of Henry/1 Brooks and his unnamed 1st wife, with whom she had 8 children.2,3 Named in the will of her father, Dea. John Mousall Sr., 16604, she died at Woburn 1 Jan 1683/84.5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4–5, John (2.) Brooks.
  2. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Eunice Mousall m.
  3. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks.
  4. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks, quoted.
  5. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Eunice Brooks d.
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, John Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Sarah Brooks b.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Eunice Brooks b.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Joanna Brooks b.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, John Brooks b.
  11. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 6, Ebenezer (8.vi.) Brooks.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Deborah Brooks b.
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Jabez Brooks b.

Jabez/3w Brooks

M, #2623, (17 July 1673 - 30 January 1746/47)
Father*John/2w Brooks1 b. c 1623, d. 29 Sep 1691
Mother*Eunice/2 Mousall1 b. s 1628, d. 1 Jan 1683/84
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Jabez/3w Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- WOBURN line
Last Edited:7 Nov 2017

Child with Rachel/4 Buck:

Children with Hepsibah/3 Cutter:

Findagrave.com, memorial #18195689. Photo by Rick Weaver.
Jabez/3w Brooks was born 17 Jul 1673 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1 The will of his father, 29 Jul 1690, gave care of Jabez Brooks during his minority to Lieut. James Converse of Woburn.2 There he married (1), 18 Dec 1694, Rachel/4 Buck, daughter of Samuel/3 Buck and Rachel Leven, with whom he had one daughter.3,4 Rachel died at Woburn 23 Feb 1697/985, and there he married (2), 7 Jun 1698, Hepsibah/3 Cutter, 2nd so-named, daughter of Richard/2 Cutter and Frances Perriman, with whom he had 10 children.6,4
     In 1738, Jabez Brooks of Woburn claimed Isaac Brooks's share of land granted by the colony to soldiers of the Quebec expedition of 1690, "in right of his kinsman, Isaac Brooks," attested by Joseph Reed.7
     Hepsibah died at Woburn 1 Jan 1745/468, and Jabez died there 30 Jan 1746/47, a. 73.9 They are interred in the First Burial Ground.10

Local Notes:

Property16 Jan 1739/40, Woburn, MAJabez Brooks, of Woburn, husbandman, "in consideration of love, good will, and affection....towards my loving wife, Hepsibeth Brooks," conveys certain household articles and wearing apparel, one large Bible, one silver spoon, a large cupboard, and all "my linen," and a bond due to her from "my son," Ebenezer Brooks.
     On the same date, Jabez Brooks, in a similar conveyance, mentions his sons, Nathaniel Brooks, husbandman, Samuel Brooks, husbandman, John Brooks and Ebenezer Brooks, housewrights, and Benjamin Brooks, husbandman, all of Woburn, to whom he conveys his right in a "way leading from the country road between my house and Mr. Belknap's house to the Richardson Row, to lie for an open road," etc.11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Jabez Brooks b.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.
  3. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, Jabez Brooks/Rachel Buck m.
  4. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, Jabez Brooks.
  5. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Rachel Brooks d.
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, Jabez Brooks/Hephzibah Cutter m.
  7. [S487] William R. Cutter and Arthur G. Loring, "Brooks Family of Woburn," 29:153–57.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Hephzibah Brooks d.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Mr. Jabez Brooks d.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:28, Hepzibah Brooks, Jabez Brooks, epitaphs & notes.
  11. [S106] NEHGS Register, 29:153–57.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Rachel Brooks b.
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Jabez Brooks b.
  14. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Hephzibah Brooks b.
  15. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Nathaniel Brooks b.
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Deborah Brooks b.
  17. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Samuel Brooks b.
  18. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, John Brooks b.
  19. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Jonathan Brooks b.
  20. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Ebenezer Brooks b.
  21. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Sarah Brooks b.
  22. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Benjamin Brooks b.

Mary Champney

F, #2624, ( - 26 August 1704)
Father*John Champney1
Mother*Joan (–?–)1
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Last Edited:9 Nov 2017

Children with Theophilus/2 Richardson:

  • Ezekiel/3 Richardson8 b. 28 Oct 1655, d. 13 Mar 1734
  • Mary/3 Richardson9 b. 15 Jan 1658
  • Sarah/3 Richardson10 b. 23 Apr 1660
  • Abigail/3 Richardson+11 b. 21 Oct 1662
  • Hannah/3 Richardson12 b. 6 Apr 1665
  • John/3 Richardson+13 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
  • Hesther/3 Richardson14 b. 25 Jun 1670
  • Ruth/3 Richardson15 b. 31 Aug 1673
Mary Champney, according to an undated ["16__"] baptismal record at Cambridge, Massachusetts, was the daughter of "John and Joane Champny."1 She married (1), 2 May 1654 at Woburn, Massachusetts, Theophilus/2 Richardson of Woburn, son of Ezekiel/1 Richardson and Susanna ?Bradford, with whom she had 8 children.2,3 He died 28 Dec 1674 at Woburn4, where she married (2), 25 Feb 1683/84, as his 2nd wife, John/2w Brooks of Woburn, son of Henry/1w Brooks and (–?–) (–?–).5 Mentioned in her husband's will, 29 Jul 16906, she died at Woburn 26 Aug 1704.7

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S308] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 1:128, Mary Champny bp.
  2. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:226, Theophilus Richardson/Mary Champney m.
  3. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks.
  4. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:157, Theophilus Richardson b.
  5. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Mary Richardson m.
  6. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Mary Brooks d.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Ezekiel Richardson b.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Mary Richardson b.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Sarah Richardson b.
  11. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Abigail Richardson b.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Hannah Richardson b.
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, John Richardson b.
  14. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Hesther Richardson b.
  15. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:210, Ruth Richardson b.