Dorothy Smith

F, #37765, (11 September 1731 - 13 March 1814)
Father*David Smith1 b. s 1701
Mother*Dorothy/3 Brainerd1 b. 23 Feb 1709/10
Appears on charts:Descendants of Thomas/1h Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Abraham/3h Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Samuel/4h Brooks
Last Edited:20 Aug 2017

Children with Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks:

  • Annie/5h Brooks5 b. say 1753
  • Stephen/5h Brooks5 b. say 1755
  • Calvin/5h Brooks5 b. say 1757
  • Capt. James/5h Brooks+6 b. Nov 1758, d. 30 Dec 1832
  • Hezekiah/5h Brooks5 b. circa 1759, d. 14 Feb 1783
  • David/5h Brooks5 b. say 1760
  • Samuel/5h Brooks5 b. say 1762
  • Hannah/5h Brooks5 b. say 1764
  • Dorothy/5h Brooks5 b. say 1766
Findagrave.com, memorial #61521005. Headstone. Photo by Pat and Billy.
Photo by Pat and Billy 61521005
Dorothy Smith, 2nd so-named, born 11 Sep 1731 at Haddam, Connecticut1, married Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks, son of Capt. Abraham/3h Brooks and Martha Porter.2 She died at Haddam 13 Mar 1814 (g.s.), a. 823, and he 22 Mar 1816, a. 85.4 They are buried in Higganum Cemetery.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Dorothy Smith b.
  2. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #61537708, #61521005.
  3. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #61521005.
  4. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #61537708.
  5. [S629] David V. Hoffman, personal pedigree file.
  6. [S1180] James Brooks, Revolutionary pension file M805/124/465/W3929.

Dorothy/3 Brainerd

F, #37766, (23 February 1709/10 - )
Father*Hezekiah/2 Brainerd1 b. btw 24 May 1680 - 1681, d. 24 May 1727
Mother*Dorothy Hobart1 b. c 1679, d. 11 Mar 1731
Last Edited:1 Aug 2014

Children with David Smith:

  • Dorothy Smith4 b. 29 Sep 1730, d. 10 Oct 1730
  • Dorothy Smith+5 b. 11 Sep 1731, d. 13 Mar 1814
  • David Smith6 b. 5 Oct 1733
  • James Smith7 b. 19 May 1738
  • Esther Smith8 b. 11 Mar 1739/40
  • Mary Smith9 b. 23 Feb 1741/42
  • Jerusha Smith10 b. 25 Feb 1743/44
  • Hezekiah Smith11 b. 12 Feb 1745/46
  • Susanna Smith12 b. 29 Mar 1748
Dorothy/3 Brainerd was born 23 Feb 1709/10 at Haddam, Connecticut.1 Perhaps the same who there married, 3 Dec 1729, David Smith of Haddam.2,3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Dorothy Brainerd b.
  2. [S629] David V. Hoffman, personal pedigree file.
  3. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, David Smith/Dorithy (____) m.
  4. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Dorothy Smith b.; d.
  5. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Dorothy Smith b.
  6. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, David Smith b.
  7. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, James Smith b.
  8. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Esther Smith b.
  9. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Mary Smith b.
  10. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Jerusha Smith b.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Hezekiah Smith b.
  12. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Haddam VR, Susanna Smith b.
Corey Ford's A Peculiar Service provides an anecdote about Washington's Life Guard set during James Brooks's final months of service in the unit.

To the Continental troops, shivering in their crude log huts in the swirling snow, the winter [1779-80] at Morristown was even more cruel than that at Valley Forge. They were often without meat and bread, their uniforms had worn threadbare and many were shoeless, and several regiments were on the verge of mutiny. General Washington, who insisted on enduring the rigors with his men, had established his headquarters in the drafty Ford homestead; and in January Martha Washington left the comforts of Mount Vernon to join her husband, riding sidesaddle through a two-day blizzard with an escort of Virginia dragoons. The headquarters stood several miles away from the main camp, and elaborate precautions were taken against a surprise raid by the enemy. Pickets were thrown out toward the Hudson and the Raritan, and at the firing of a distant alarm gun Washington's life guard would rush to the house, barricade the doors, throw up all the sashes, and stand with primed muskets at the open windows. Mrs. Washington was often obligated to lie in bed for hours, her chamber filled with guards and a wintry gale blowing through the room, until the alert ended.2

Capt. James/5h Brooks

M, #37768, (November 1758 - 30 December 1832)
Father*Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks1 b. 14 May 1730, d. 22 Mar 1816
Mother*Dorothy Smith1 b. 11 Sep 1731, d. 13 Mar 1814
Appears on charts:Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Abraham/3h Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Samuel/4h Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Lydia King:

  • Sally/6h Brooks1 b. between 1783 and 1785
  • Samuel/6h Brooks+1 b. 27 Feb 1786, d. 20 Dec 1874
  • Hezekiah/6h Brooks+1 b. 10 Apr 1791, d. 24 Jan 1862
  • Son1/6h Brooks1 b. say 1794
  • Son2/6h Brooks1 b. say 1797
  • Elisha K/6h Brooks1 b. say 1800
  • Calvin U/6h Brooks+1 b. 17 Feb 1806, d. 25 Aug 1852
  • Heman/6h Brooks1 b. circa 1809
Findagrave.com, memorial #12791188. Photo by Joyce.
Photo by Joyce 12791188
Capt. James/5h Brooks was born in Nov 1758 at Haddam, Connecticut.3,4 His name is included, Aug 1777, in "A list of Soldiers Belonging to the Town of Haddam in the Continental Army that had no families to be Supplyed," and in a later list of Haddam soldiers who received town bounties for service between 1777-1780.5 He married, 15 Apr 1782 at Haddam, Lydia King, a native of Long Island, daughter of Samuel King. (Solomon Walkley of Haddam deposed in 1838 that at the wedding, James's grandfather Abraham Brooks "was present and after the ceremony was performed stepped up & kissed the bride and said he had now kissed the wife of a grandson, which caused some laughter.")3,1 "Members of the Congregational church in Connecticut,"3 they were enumerated at Haddam in the 1790 census.6 James died 30 Dec 1832 at Carlisle, Ohio, a. 74.7,4,1
     21 Mar 1818, James Brooks of Haddam, a. 59, infirm with asthma and reduced in circumstances in life, applied for a Revolutionary soldier's pension, which was allowed. He deposed that he enlisted, Apr 1777, in the company of Capt. Mills, Col. Charles Webb's regt. of the Connecticut Continental Line; and about the beginning of the following March was transferred into Gen. Washington's Life Guard 8, commanded by Maj. Kellogg Gibbs, in which he served until his discharge in Jan 1780, upon expiration of his three-year term.1
     He soon moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and then on to Ohio.1 "… descendants lived in Haddam until 1819 when James Brooks and six sons with their families moved to Lorain Co. Ohio 25 miles west of Cleveland and founded the village of Laporte."9 28 Oct 1820, James Brooks of Elyria, Ohio, a. 61, deposed that he also served at New London in the summer of 1776 in the Connecticut militia under Capt. Roger Buckley; that he had heretofore worked as a rigger and pilot but that severe asthma, age and infirmities now prevent his earning a livelihood; and that he has been a burden to his elder children for about twelve years.1 13 Dec 1838, his widow Lydia made application for a Revolutionary widow's pension, which was allowed.1 She died 3 Dec 1847 at Laporte, Ohio, a. 84.3 They are buried in Laporte Cemetery, Grafton, Ohio.10
     Cutter, apparently working from a family history supplied by descendants, considerably enhances James Brooks's military service. "He served seven years in the revolutionary war, being a soldier in the Connecticut line, from which he was transferred to the commander-in-chief's guard, otherwise known as the Washington Life Guard. He wintered at Valley Forge. He was taken prisoner five times, was never exchanged, but made his escape every time. Once, when on a prison ship in New York harbor, after they had gotten out into the sound, he crawled through the port hole and swam seven miles to Long Island. He had been a sea captain, was a powerful man and a good swimmer."3
     Although his gravestone denotes him Capt. Jas. Brooks, his Revolutionary pension file mentions no rank higher than that of Private. The captaincy was evidently a post-war militia rank.

Census Detail:

1790Haddam, CTMALES: One over 16
FEMALES: One6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1180] James Brooks, Revolutionary pension file M805/124/465/W3929.
  2. [S1193] Corey Ford, A Peculiar Service (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, 1965), 204.
  3. [S852] William Richard Cutter, ed. Family History of Western New York, 1:1100.
  4. [S1179] "Connecticut Marriages and Deaths," NewEnglandAncestors.org, newspaper unrecorded, edition of 11 Mar 1833, James Brooks d.
  5. [S1445] Henry P. Johnston, ed., Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War, Connecticut Line, Supplies 1777-1779, Haddam, James Brooks; Town Bounties Etc, 1777-1779, Haddam, James Brooks.
  6. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Haddam, Middlesex, CT, M637/1/436, James Brooks.
  7. [S59] Connecticut Courant, 12 Mar 1833, Deaths.
  8. "Three months before [the spring of 1776], Washington had formed his elite Life Guard, consisting of more than a hundred handpicked men between five feet eight and five feet ten inches in height. They were all, in accordance with Washington's orders, 'handsomely and well made … clean and spruce.' As their title suggested, the Life Guards had been entrusted with ensuring the safety of His Excellency, the commander in chief of the Continental army."— Nathaniel Philbrick, Valiant Ambition, p. 3
  9. [S2148] Devora Brooks Wise, photocopy of Edwin Hill Brooks's SAR application.
  10. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #12791188, #12791194.

Lydia King

F, #37769, (2 December 1763 - 3 December 1847)
Father*Samuel King1 b. s 1733
Appears on charts:Descendants of Dea. Thomas/2h Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Abraham/3h Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Samuel/4h Brooks
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Capt. James/5h Brooks:

  • Sally/6h Brooks2 b. between 1783 and 1785
  • Samuel/6h Brooks+2 b. 27 Feb 1786, d. 20 Dec 1874
  • Hezekiah/6h Brooks+2 b. 10 Apr 1791, d. 24 Jan 1862
  • Son1/6h Brooks2 b. say 1794
  • Son2/6h Brooks2 b. say 1797
  • Elisha K/6h Brooks2 b. say 1800
  • Calvin U/6h Brooks+2 b. 17 Feb 1806, d. 25 Aug 1852
  • Heman/6h Brooks2 b. circa 1809
Findagrave.com, memorial #12791194. Photo by Joyce.
Photo by Joyce 12791194
Lydia King, born 2 Dec 1763 on Long Island1,2, married, 15 Apr 1782 at Haddam, Connecticut, Capt. James/5h Brooks of Haddam, son of Capt. Samuel/4h Brooks and Dorothy Smith.1,2 "Members of the Congregational church in Connecticut,"1 they were enumerated at Haddam in the 1790 census.3
     James died 30 Dec 1832 at Carlisle, Ohio, a. 74.4,5,2 13 Dec 1838, widow Lydia Brooks of Carlisle made application for a Revolutionary widow's pension, which was allowed.2 Her son Samuel of Carlisle filed a supporting affidavit.2 She died 3 Dec 1847 at Laporte, Ohio, a. 84.1 They are buried in Laporte Cemetery, Grafton, Ohio.6

Census Detail:

1790Haddam, CTMALES: One over 16
FEMALES: One3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S852] William Richard Cutter, ed. Family History of Western New York, 1:1100.
  2. [S1180] James Brooks, Revolutionary pension file M805/124/465/W3929.
  3. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Haddam, Middlesex, CT, M637/1/436, James Brooks.
  4. [S59] Connecticut Courant, 12 Mar 1833, Deaths.
  5. [S1179] "Connecticut Marriages and Deaths," NewEnglandAncestors.org, newspaper unrecorded, edition of 11 Mar 1833, James Brooks d.
  6. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorials #12791188, #12791194.