"Benjamin was no longer young when he came to Vermillion. He had been a captive of the Indians in his youth, and knew their ways well."2

Benjamin/4s Brooks

M, #30405, (say 1759 - )
Father-Candidate*Jonathan/3s Brooks1 b. 17 Nov 1709
Mother-Candidate*Sarah Hobart1 b. 27 Jul 1725
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Ebenezer/2s Brooks
Descendants of Jonathan/3s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/4s Brooks
Last Edited:29 Jul 2017

Children with Asenath Van Vliet:

  • Jonathan/5s Brooks4,2 b. 1790
  • Elizabeth (Betsy)/5s Brooks5,2 b. circa 1800
  • Joseph/5s Brooks6,2 b. 1800
Benjamin/4s Brooks was perhaps born about 1759 at Ridgefield, Connecticut, though the record is not found there.3 He lived at Marcellus, New York, probably where he married, as her 2nd husband, by 1790, Asenath Van Vliet of Marcellus, widow of Jacobus Cuddebach.1,2 They removed to Vermillion, Ohio in 1809. "Benjamin Brooks, his wife and three children came at the same time as Perry [1809] and lived near him."1,2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S649] Christopher B. Webber, "Descendants of Henry Brooks of Wallingford," citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50.
  2. [S774] Marianne Rigdon, citing Pioneer Women of Vermillion Twp. 1809-1845, p. unrecorded.
  3. [S649] Webber, citing "Article read at Stiles Family Reunion, Wakeman, OH, 12 Aug 1912, by Dr. F.E. Weeks."
  4. [S649] Webber, citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50, 55.
  5. [S649] Webber, citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50: ch. unnamed, c. 1800.
  6. [S649] Webber, citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50: unnamed, ca. 1797.
"Mrs. Benjamin Brooks and her daughter Elizabeth were running toward the blockhouse, when a great Indian stepped out from the bushes and blocked their path. The mother threw her arms about the girl, and waited in terror for the Indian to kill them …."1

Asenath Van Vliet

F, #30406, (circa 1765 - )
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Ebenezer/2s Brooks
Descendants of Jonathan/3s Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/4s Brooks
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017

Children with Jacobus Cuddebach:

  • Peter Cuddebach1 b. say 1786
  • James Cuddebach1 b. say 1788

Children with Benjamin/4s Brooks:

  • Jonathan/5s Brooks1,2 b. 1790
  • Elizabeth (Betsy)/5s Brooks3,2 b. circa 1800
  • Joseph/5s Brooks4,2 b. 1800
Asenath Van Vliet, born circa 1765, "came from Marcellus, New York and remembered many incidents of the Revolution which she told to her children."1 She married (1) Jacobus Cuddebach, with whom she had 3 sons.1 A widow of Marcellus, probably there she married (2), by 1790, Benjamin/4s Brooks, son of Jonathan/3s Brooks and Sarah Hobart.1,2 They removed to Vermillion, Ohio in 1809. "Benjamin Brooks, his wife and three children came at the same time as Perry [1809] and lived near him."1,2
     
Mrs. Benjamin Brooks and her daughter Elizabeth were running toward the blockhouse, when a great Indian stepped out from the bushes and blocked their path. The mother threw her arms about the girl, and waited in terror for the Indian to kill them.
     After eyeing her a moment, he stretched out his finger and pointed to the string of gold beads on her throat, making a queer grunting sound. Quickly Mrs. Brooks unfastened the string and handed the beads to him.
     He seemed greatly pleased, then with the same grunting sound pointed to her dress. Asenath Brooks quickly unfastened her dress, slipped out of it, and handed it to him, pushing Elizabeth back of her into the bushes so that she might run away and hide.
     The Indian pointed after Elizabeth, still grunting. When she saw that he was pointing, Elizabeth stopped, came hurrying back, snatched off her bright calico dress and she came and thrust it into his hands. The two women, clothed only in their petticoats and shifts, clung together in terror, but the Indian seemed absorbed in the gold beads. Presently, dangling them before him in the sunlight, with the two dresses trailing over his arm, he trotted away into the woods.
     Asenath and Elizabeth took to their heels, and arrived at the blockhouse, breathless but thankful they had not lost their scalps nor their lives, and soon the other women found clothes, which though not very good fits, were most acceptable.1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S649] Christopher B. Webber, "Descendants of Henry Brooks of Wallingford," citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50.
  2. [S774] Marianne Rigdon, citing Pioneer Women of Vermillion Twp. 1809-1845, p. unrecorded.
  3. [S649] Webber, citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50: ch. unnamed, c. 1800.
  4. [S649] Webber, citing Blockhouses & Military Posts of the Firelands (Cherry, c. 1934), 50: unnamed, ca. 1797.