Jul 1776, the Connecticut General Assembly voted, on pressing application of selectman Brooks of Stratford, authorization for the town of Stratford to obtain 800 lbs. of gunpowder from the Doolittle powder mill at New Haven.2

John/3f Brooks

M, #35101, (8 October 1715 - 7 March 1777)
Father*Benjamin/2f Brooks1 b. 17 Oct 1685, d. 30 Dec 1745
Mother*Mary Booth1 b. c 1692, d. 2 Nov 1740
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:20 Aug 2017

Children with Anna Sherwood:

Courtesy Farber Gravestone Collection.
John/3f Brooks was born 8 Oct 1715 at Stratford, Connecticut,1, where he married, 5 Sep 1738, Anna Sherwood of Stratfield.3 Mentioned in his father's will, 17 Dec 1745, of which he was executor with his brother David.4,5 This brother David named his own executors as brother John and son David Jr., who petitioned the General Assembly of May-June 1769 for leave to sell real estate of the testator's in the amount of £407-9-7 to pay debts over and above the value of the moveable estate.6 He is mentioned in 1772/3 as Stratford agent for tickets of the New Haven Lottery.7 He again appears, 1772–74, as bankruptcy trustee of the estates of Abijah Beach of Stratford, Gurdon Saltonstall of New London, and Ephraim Peet of Stratford.8,9 25 Feb 1774, upon request of John Brook, Esq., Stiles Curtiss, Daniel Judson and Thomas Wooster, proprietors of a township granted by Gov. Wentworth of New Hampshire to be called Maedstone [today's Maidstone, Vermont], a meeting is announced to determine the exact location of said town.10 Stratford delegate to a 1774 meeting in Middletown to discuss claims to western lands. 28 Dec of that year, appointed a committee by town meeting to ensure Stratford's compliance with "the [Continental] association."11
     John Brooks died at Stratford 7 Mar 1777, aged 61-4-15.1 His widow died 19 Mar 1804.12 They are interred in the Old Congregational Burying Ground, Stratford.13

Local Notes:

Electedbetween Oct 1771 and Nov 1771, New Haven, CTStratford: Member of the General Assembly 1771 | 11 Oct 1771

Representatives or Deputies of the Freemen of the several Towns are as follow, viz: | Capt. Theophilus Nichols, Mr. John Brooks, for Stratford.14,15

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Brooks b.; d.
  2. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 15:488.
  3. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Brooks/Ann Sherwood m.
  4. [S698] Donald Lines Jacobus, Old Fairfield, 1:104.
  5. [S1045] Spencer P. Mead, Probate Records of Fairfield County, 9:308.
  6. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 13:225.
  7. [S932] Conway and Scott, Colonial New Haven Newspapers, 361, Connecticut Journal, 25 Dec 1772; 367, 5 Feb 1773.
  8. [S932] Conway and Scott, Colonial New Haven Newspapers, 362, Connecticut Journal, 25 Dec 1772; 370, 5 Mar 1773.
  9. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 13:602; 14:33, 102, 179, 182, 353.
  10. [S932] Conway and Scott, Colonial New Haven Newspapers, 417, Connecticut Journal, 25 Feb 1774.
  11. [S932] Conway and Scott, Colonial New Haven Newspapers, 421, Connecticut Journal, 25 Feb 1774.
  12. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20833998.
  13. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #11231050, #20833998.
  14. [S932] Conway and Scott, Colonial New Haven Newspapers, 312, Connecticut Journal, 11 Oct 1771; 380–81, 21 May 1773.
  15. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 13:414, 420, 512, 577; 14:72, 77, 258; 15:10, 278.
  16. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Brooks b.
  17. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Lemuel Brooks b.
  18. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Ann Brooks b.
  19. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Benjamin Brooks b.
  20. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Joseph Brooks b.
  21. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Isaac Brooks b.
  22. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Abijah Brooks b.
  23. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, William Brooks b.
  24. [S562] Barbour Collection, Stratford, Eli Brooks b., d.
  25. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Mary Brooks b.

Capt. Benjamin/4f Brooks

M, #35102, (2 August 1746 - 1810)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Last Edited:29 Jul 2017

Child with Elizabeth Lewis:

Children with Rebecca (–?–):

Capt. Benjamin/4f Brooks was born 2 Aug 1746 at Stratford, Connecticut1, where he married (1), 15 Jan 1770, Elizabeth Lewis2, who died 9 Oct 1773.3,4 He married (2), probably the following year, Rebecca (–?–).5 There he was recorded in the 1790 census, with a household of himself, three males under 16, and four females.6 He died at Bridgeport in 1810 [newspaper announcement dated 7 Nov 1810].7

Census Detail:

1790Stratford, CTMALES: Three under 16
One 16+
FEMALES: Four6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Benjamin Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Benjamin Brooks/Elizabeth Lewis m.
  3. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Episcopal Cemetery, Elizabeth Brooks d.
  4. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20916329.
  5. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, 1165, Benjamin (11.) Brooks.
  6. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Stratford, Fairfield, CT, M637/1/226, Benjamin Brooks.
  7. [S59] Connecticut Courant, 7 Nov 1810, Deaths.
  8. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20833937.

Abijah/4f Brooks

M, #35103, (29 April 1752 - 4 April 1829)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Descendants of Abijah/4f Brooks
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017

Children with Sarah Selena Wetmore:

Abijah/4f Brooks, born 29 Apr 1752 at Stratford, Connecticut1, there married (1), 19 Dec 1778, Sarah Selena Wetmore of S., daughter of Rev. Izrahiah Wetmore and Phebe (–?–).2 Their 1790 census household at Stratford included himself, two males under 16 and two females.3 His wife died at Stratford 11 Jun 1813, a. 554,5, and there he married (2), 14 Dec 1819, Elizabeth Sherman.6 She died at S. 27 May 18267,8, and he 4 Apr 1829, a. 76.9,10

Census Detail:

1790Stratford, CTMALES: One 16+
Two under 16
FEMALES: Two3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Abijah Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Abijah Brooks/Sarah Selene Wetmore m.
  3. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Stratford, Fairfield, CT, M637/1/226, Abijah Brooks.
  4. [S59] Boston Gazette, 17 Jan 1813, Deaths.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Sarah Selena/Selena Ann Brooks d.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Abijah Brooks/Elizabeth Sherman m.
  7. [S59] Connecticut Courant, 5 Jun 1826, Deaths.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Elizabeth Brooks d.
  9. [S59] Connecticut Courant, 14 Apr 1829, Deaths.
  10. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, 1165, Abijah (14.).
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Asa Brooks b.; d.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Phebe Selena Brooks b.; d.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, David Burr Brooks b.; d.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Major Abijah Brooks b.

Anna/4f Brooks

F, #35104, (28 July 1744 - 1825)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Last Edited:5 Jan 2016

Children with John Benjamin:

Anna/4f Brooks (rec. as "Ann"), born 28 Jul 1744 at Stratford, Connecticut1, there married, 8 Feb 1773, John Benjamin III of S., son of Capt. John Benjamin and Lucretia Backus.2 (Her niece Dorothy/5f Brooks married her husband's brother Aaron Benjamin.) John Benjamin died 30 Oct 1817, a. 633, and wid. Anna Benjamin died at Milford, Connecticut, in 1825.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Ann Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Anna Brooks/John Benjamin 3rd m.
  3. [S703] Jean McKee, citing Benjamin family history m.s. at Connecticut State Library, page B6.
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Milford VR, wid. Anna Benjamin d.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Catharine Benjamin b.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Anna Clarrissa Benjamin b.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Benjamin b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Lucretia Benjamin b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Peter Woodward Benjamin b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, DeLucena Benjamin b.

Isaac/4f Brooks

M, #35105, (22 May 1750 - 11 July 1797)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Last Edited:1 Aug 2017

Child with Temperance (–?–):

Children with Martha Curtiss:

Isaac/4f Brooks was born 22 May 1750 at Stratford, Connecticut.1 His 1st wife was Temperance (–?–)2, and Hist. Stratford says he "probably" married (2) Martha Curtiss, daughter of Joseph Curtiss.3 Recorded at Stratford in the 1790 census with a household of himself, two males under 16, and two females.4 He died 11 Jul 1797 (g.s.), a. 472, and is buried in Stratford's Episcopal cemetery.2

Census Detail:

1790Stratford, CTMALES: One over 16
Two under 16
FEMALES: Two4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Isaac Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Episcopal Cemetery, Isaac Brooks g.s.
  3. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, 1165, Isaac (13.).
  4. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Stratford, Fairfield, CT, M637/1/227, Isaac Brooks.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Cemetery, Isaac Brooks g.s.

John/4f Brooks

M, #35106, (9 October 1739 - 22 October 1788)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Descendants of John/4f Brooks
Last Edited:1 Aug 2017

Children with Dorothy/5 Birdsey:

John/4f Brooks Jr. was born 9 Oct 1739 at Stratford, Connecticut1, where he married, 20 Oct 1762, Dorothy/5 Birdsey of Stratford, daughter of Rev. Nathan/4 Birdseye and Dorothy Hawley, with whom he had 9 children.2 He died 22 Oct 1788 (g.s.), a. 49.3,4 His widow married (2) Thomas Ivers, and died at Stratford in 1834.3,5 John is buried in the Old Congregational Burying Ground.6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, John Brooks Jr./Dorothy Birdsey m.
  3. [S1283] Unknown author, "A Record of the Birdseye Family."
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Cemetery, John Brooks g.s.
  5. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, Genealogies, 1165, John (8.).
  6. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20834018.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Nathan Birdsey Brooks b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Dorothy Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Theodosia Brooks b.; d.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, David Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford, Theodosia Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Esther Brooks b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Eli Brooks b.; d.

Joseph/4f Brooks

M, #35107, (29 September 1748 - 22 October 1787)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Last Edited:2 Aug 2017

Children with Abigail (–?–):

Joseph/4f Brooks, born 29 Sep 1748 at Stratford, Connecticut1, married Abigail (–?–).2 He died 22 Oct 1787 (g.s.), a. 393, and is buried in Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Stratford.3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Joseph Brooks b.
  2. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, 1165, Joseph (12.).
  3. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20916354.
  4. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #20916339.
Lemuel Brooks, "a resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, at the commencement of the Revolution, was a seafaring man and while on a return voyage from the West Indies, was captured off Block Island, September 5, 1775, by the man-of-war 'Rose', conveyed to Halifax, after two months of imprisonment, made his escape and returned home."2

Lemuel/4f Brooks

M, #35108, (23 March 1741/42 - 9 October 1815)
Father*John/3f Brooks1 b. 8 Oct 1715, d. 7 Mar 1777
Mother*Anna Sherwood1 b. c 1715, d. 19 Mar 1804
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of John/3f Brooks
Descendants of Lemuel/4f Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:3 Aug 2017

Children with Hannah Raymond:

Lemuel/4f Brooks, born 23 Mar 1741/42 at Stratford, Connecticut1, married, 19 Sep 1764 at Norwalk, Connecticut, where they lived, Hannah Raymond, with whom he had 10 children.3 Their 1790 census household at Norwalk included Lemuel and one other male over 16, three males under 16, and five females.4 He died 9 Oct 1815, a. 73.2
     22 Nov 1837, widow Hannah Brooks of Norwalk, aged 92 the preceding day, made a declaration concerning Lemuel's Revolutionary War service to claim a pension. She stated that Lemuel Brooks, "a resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, at the commencement of the Revolution, was a seafaring man and while on a return voyage from the West Indies, was captured off Block Island, September 5, 1775, by the man-of-war 'Rose', conveyed to Halifax, after two months of imprisonment, made his escape and returned home. He took command of a privateer at New Haven, in which he made one cruise. During 1777 and 1778, he served as Assistant or Deputy Commissary under Commissary Daniel Gray, also during 1780 served as a private in Captain Uriah Raymond's company, and during 1781 as sergeant in Captain Eliakim Smith's Company on the alarm list, and was in service when Danbury, Fairfield and Norwalk were invaded."2
     The claim, however, was not allowed, "as she failed to furnish sufficient proof of six months actual military service, as required by the pension laws."2 Hannah died 11 Nov 1841, a. 95.2
     Their son Lemuel (Jr.) filed his own declaration the same day, in support of his mother's claim, adding considerably more detail.

My younger Days was Imployed in Different Voyages on the Water frequently with my father Brooks. He was a Strong Advocate for the Liberty of America his Ocupation was uppon the Seas & was Captured Sept. 5th AD 1775 on his Return Voyage from the west Indies in sight of Block Island by a Tender belonging to the Rose Manawar Capt. Wallace & Caryed into Rhode Island from thence was ordered to follow sd fleet to Boston but susspicion of his Intending to Make his Escape from the fleet he was taken out of his Vessel put on board a Manawar held a prisner when he made his Escape arriving home Late in November he soon after obtained a Comission Under the United States Government[.]

     The son states his father then took command of a privateer fitted out at New Haven, making one cruise, from which he was chased back into port by the British. Finding that most of his crew had left him,

he also gave her up to his Owners[.] he Returned home was Imployd in carrying Troops from Norwalk to New York until after the place was surrendered to the British Early in the year Seventeen Hundred & Seventy Seven[.] he Served as Deputy Comisary Under Daniel Gray as forwarding Comisary of provisions to the Troops on the Lines. I believe about Two Years some time in the year of AD 1779 there was an order from government that all able Bodied Men Exempt from the Militia should be Imbodied into Companys & [acquit] themselves to Stand Ready to March at Notice which was Cald Naryholders or alarm lift, Eliakim Smith was apointed Captain of the Company[.] my father Lemuel Brooks was Chosen and served as Sarjant & as such led the Company to [Hannage?] in Connecticut at the time the British made a Sally on that place he was in service when danbury, fairfield & Norwalk was invaded was once drafted to Go to Hartford to Join a Ridgement I think was Commanded by Col [Norry] while General Waterbury was Comadant at [Noyse?] Neck which was in the year AD 1780 & then Continued in the Station of Sarjant until the year of AD 1781[.]

     Among the attestations to Lemuel's declaration is a brief note, to which the continuing page is missing: "I further certify that on this 23d day of November AD 1837 by actual & personal examination of books in the hands of executor of Lemuel Brooks I found a charge against William [Sizemore] Commandant of Artillery in …."2
     Jul 1853, Ann Miller of New Haven, aged 77, as daughter and heir-at-law to Hannah Brooks, widow of Lemuel, gave power of attorney to Wilson H. Clark of New Haven "to investigate, substantiate, demand and receive" any Revolutionary pension benefits due her mother.2

Census Detail:

1790Norwalk, CTMALES: Two over 16
Three under 16
FEMALES: Five4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Lemuel Brooks b.
  2. [S1205] Lemuel Brooks, Revolutionary pension file M805/125/16/R1248.
  3. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Lemuel Brooks/Hannah Raymond m.
  4. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Norwalk & Stamford, Fairfield, CT, M637/1/305, Lemuel Brooks.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Hannah Brooks b.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Lemuel Brooks b.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Henry Brooks b.; d.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Benjamin Brooks b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Anne Brooks b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Esther Brooks b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, George Brooks b.
  12. [S562] Barbour Collection, Norwalk, Eli Brooks b., d.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Charles Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Norwalk VR, Mary Bowden Brooks b.

David/3f Brooks

M, #35110, (26 October 1719 - 11 June 1766)
Father*Benjamin/2f Brooks1 b. 17 Oct 1685, d. 30 Dec 1745
Mother*Mary Booth1 b. c 1692, d. 2 Nov 1740
Appears on charts:Descendants of John/1f Brooks
Descendants of Benjamin/2f Brooks
Descendants of David/3f Brooks
Last Edited:29 Jul 2017

Children with Mrs. Anne Deane:

Findagrave.com, memorial #20916313. Photo by Jan Franco.
David/3f Brooks was born 26 Oct 1719 at Stratford, Connecticut,2, where he married, 23 Dec 1744, Mrs. Anne Deane, a widow of New York. Mentioned in his father's will, 17 Dec 1745, of which he was executor with his brother John.3,4 He died 11 Jun 1766 (g.s.), a. 465, and his wife 6 Oct 1766.6 They are buried in Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Stratford.7,8
     His brother John and his son David, executors of his will, petitioned the General Assembly of May-June 1769 for leave to sell real estate of the testator's in the amount of £407-9-7 to pay debts over and above the value of the moveable estate.9

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S562] Barbour Collection, Stratford, David Brooks b.
  2. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Dauid Brooks b.
  3. [S698] Donald Lines Jacobus, Old Fairfield, 1:104.
  4. [S1045] Spencer P. Mead, Probate Records of Fairfield County, 9:308.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Episcopal Cemetery, Stratford, Dauid Brooks g.s.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Episcopal Cemetery, Anne Brooks g.s.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Episcopal Cemetery, Dauid Brooks g.s., Anne Brooks g.s.
  8. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #20916313, #20916279.
  9. [S1121] Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 13:225.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Nathan Brooks b.; d.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, David Brooks b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Catharine Brooks b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford VR, Mary Brooks b.
  14. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Stratford Cemetery, Ann Brooks g.s.
  15. [S1555] Rev. Samuel Orcutt, History of Stratford and Bridgeport, Genealogies, 1165, David (4.), Anne (23.).