"Capt. David Brooks, a native of Higganum, and some of the time a resident of the Neck, where he married, was commander of the sloop-of-war, Samson …."1

Capt. David/4h Brooks

M, #30854, (say 1740 - June 1782)
Father-Candidate*Jabez/3h Brooks b. 11 Jun 1714
Mother-Candidate*Eunice (–?–)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Thomas/1h Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks
Descendants of Jabez/3h Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:21 Aug 2017

Children with Jemima/5 Stocking:

  • Elias/5h Brooks5 b. 8 May 1768
  • John/5h Brooks6 b. 2 Feb 1770, d. 22 Sep 1793
  • Jared/5h Brooks7 b. 3 Jun 1772, d. circa 1816
  • Lucy/5h Brooks8 b. 3 May 1775
  • Calvin/5h Brooks9 b. 9 Apr 1778
  • Martin/5h Brooks10 b. 27 Aug 1780
Capt. David/4h Brooks married, 22 Oct 1765 at Haddam, Connecticut, Jemima/5 Stocking, daughter of Nathaniel/4 Stocking and Abigail/4 Cooper, with whom 6 children were recorded.2,3 He died aboard an English prison ship in June, 1782.1
     "Capt. David Brooks, a native of Higganum, and some of the time a resident of the Neck, where he married, was commander of the sloop-of-war, Samson, of which Shubael Brainerd was first lieutenant, and Samuel B.P. Arnold was master gunner. Of the crew, Jonathan Brainerd jr., Elihu Cook, James and Nathaniel Stocking (supposed brothers-in-law of Capt. Brooks), it is believed belonged to the Neck; and Timothy Clark, Elijah Green, and William Aikens, to Chatham. Timothy Clark had some position on board. The Samson, built in Higganum, with a sharp bow for fast sailing, and carrying six or eight guns of from nine to twelve pounders, took several prizes and gained quite a reputation among friends and foes as a strong fighter. Among the different engagements of the Samson with the enemy was her battle by night with the Swallow, a British sloop-of-war of 20 guns, in the Sound and near New York. As the two vessels approached each other, the Samson was hailed for her name. The reply was "The Hornet!" The latter, a noted privateer from Philadelphia, had taken many prizes and was a terror to the enemy, who feared to contend with her unless with superior force. The engagement began and continued with great severity until the guns of each became unserviceable, and both vessels were leaking badly and in such a dangerous condition as to necessitate a mutual withdrawal for repairs. The Swallow retired into Cow Bay where she repaired. Spies informed the Samson when her late antagonist was ready to sail, and she was off her port ready to meet her. In despair, the Swallow was scuttled and sunk by her escaping crew. One of the officers of the Swallow remarked that he had rather contend with two Hornets than with one Samson.
     "The Samson, after important service in many an action with the enemy's ships, was captured in the English Channel, and her officers and crew confined in the Jersey prison ship, where Captain Brooks, Lieutenant Brainerd, William Aikens, Jonathan Brainerd jr., Elihu Cook, Elijah Green, James and Nathaniel Stocking (and how many more of its crew is unknown) all died in June 1782, as appears by the Middle Haddam church records, under well grounded suspicion of having been poisoned; all partaking of food which the master-gunner refused on account of the flavoring he disliked, and in consequence he alone survived. How many prisoners there were, from other ships and places, who had like experience and fate, is unknown. It was said that Cunningham, the steward of the prison ship, boasted that he had destroyed more rebels than the king's arms. Dr. Field, in his Brainerd Genealogy, page 106, mentions the suspicion of administering of poison in liquor to the officers and crew of the Samson. This, written so much nearer the time, may appear more authentic than the above version given from tradition. The fact of the poisoning is of more importance than the method."1

Local Notes:

Appointed15 Apr 1776At a Meeting of the Governor and Council of Safety April 15th, 1776. | Voted, That Mr. David Brooks of Haddam be and he is hereby appointed Lieutenant of the row-galley under Capt. Tinker. | Voted, That each of the row-gallies belonging to this Colony be provided with twenty lances and poles and twenty tommy-hocks or hatchets by the persons who furnish said gallies for service.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S729] Henry M. Selden, History of Middlesex County, "The Revolutionary War."
  2. [S729] Henry M. Selden, History of Middlesex County, "The Revolutionary War": "some of the time a resident of the Neck, where he married."
  3. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, David Brooks/Jemima Stocking m.
  4. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 15:262—63.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Elias Brooks b.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, John Brooks b.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Jared Brooks b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Lucy Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Calvin Brooks b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Martin Brooks b.

Jemima/5 Stocking

F, #30855, (7 September 1745 - )
Father*Nathaniel/4 Stocking1 b. s 1708
Mother*Abigail/4 Cooper1 b. s 1710
Appears on charts:Descendants of Thomas/1h Brooks (#1)
Descendants of Thomas/1h Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks (#1)
Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Jabez/3h Brooks (#1)
Descendants of Jabez/3h Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks
Last Edited:21 Aug 2017

Children with Capt. David/4h Brooks:

  • Elias/5h Brooks10 b. 8 May 1768
  • John/5h Brooks11 b. 2 Feb 1770, d. 22 Sep 1793
  • Jared/5h Brooks12 b. 3 Jun 1772, d. circa 1816
  • Lucy/5h Brooks13 b. 3 May 1775
  • Calvin/5h Brooks14 b. 9 Apr 1778
  • Martin/5h Brooks15 b. 27 Aug 1780

Child with Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks:

  • Jemima/5h Brooks16 b. say 1788
Jemima/5 Stocking, born 7 Sep 17451, married (1), 22 Oct 1765 at Chatham [Bailey] or Haddam [Barbour], Connecticut, Capt. David/4h Brooks, son of Jabez/3h Brooks and Eunice (–?–), with whom 6 children were recorded at Haddam.2,3 A privateer captain, he died aboard an English prison ship in June, 1782.4
     About 1787 she married (2), as his 2nd wife, Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks ("Samuel Brooks Jr." in the rec.), probably son of Jabez/3h Brooks and Eunice (?), and thus brother of her 1st husband.5,6

Local Notes:

Property11 Sep 1784Stocking deeds, Haddam Town Hall: | 10-437 Jemima Brooks to Lamberton Stocking, dated /11/1784 | 30 rods of ground with dwelling, east side of river, east by highway, south and west by stone wall, north on Lamberton’s land house and land lately the property of “Mr. Nathaniel Stocking of Haddam dec’d”7
Property10 Nov 1784, Haddam, CTKnow all men by these presents that I Lamberton Stocking of Haddam in the county of Hartford & State of Connecticut in America for the love goodwill & affection which I have to bear unto my sister Jemima Brooks Do give, grant, convey & confirm unto the sd Jemima Brooks her heirs & assigns forever all my right title interest property or Demand of in or to the south part of the home lot of our honoured father Nathaniel Stocking Decsd together with the old house standing on the same the divider line between us to run parallel with the east & west lines of sd lot & half a rod north of the middle of said [____] have & to hold the sd premises with the appurtenances thereof to her the sd Jemima Brooks her heirs & assigns forever to her & their proper use benefits behoof so that neither I nor my heirs nor assigns or any other person or persons claim by from or under me or them shall ever have any right claim interest or demand therein by virtue of any act or acts [ ] had done or suffered in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 10th day of Nov 1784 & 9th year of American Independency. Lamberton Stocking in presence of Thomas Selden & Ezra Brainerd8
Property11 Nov 1784Stocking deeds, Haddam Town Hall: | 9-357 Jemima Brooks to Lamberton Stocking, dated 1/10/1784 | Jemima’s interest in the north part of the home lot of father Nathaniel land of “our honored father Nathl. Stocking dec’d”9

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S723] David M. Shields, citing Stocking Ancestry, p. unrecorded.
  2. [S729] Henry M. Selden, History of Middlesex County, "The Revolutionary War": "some of the time a resident of the Neck, where he married."
  3. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, David Brooks/Jemima Stocking m.
  4. [S729] Henry M. Selden, History of Middlesex County, "The Revolutionary War."
  5. [S629] David V. Hoffman, personal pedigree file: 4 Jul 1787, Haddam.
  6. [S728] Becky Kraussmann, citing church records index, CSL: betw Aug 1775-8, undated church record.
  7. [S728] Becky Kraussmann, citing Haddam Town Hall, Bk. 10:437.
  8. [S728] Becky Kraussmann, citing Haddam Town Hall, Bk. 9:358.
  9. [S728] Becky Kraussmann, citing Haddam Town Hall, Bk. 9:357.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Elias Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, John Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Jared Brooks b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Lucy Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Calvin Brooks b.
  15. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Martin Brooks b.
  16. [S629] David Hoffman, personal pedigree file.