Recorded in 1776 at Claremont, New Hampshire, where he, his father, and his brother Benjamin were each among the 6 percent of provincial voters who refused to sign the declaration of Revolutionary loyalty known as the New Hampshire Association Test attached to that year's state census.2,3

Barnabas/4c Brooks

M, #4283, (15 June 1749 - after 1820)
Father*Capt. Benjamin/3c Brooks1 b. 23 Apr 1720, d. 29 Jan 1784
Mother*Thankful Hickox1 b. 30 Mar 1722, d. 18 Aug 1812
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Benjamin/3c Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:10 Aug 2017

Children with an unknown spouse/person:

  • Abigail/5c Brooks8 b. 4 Jun 1780
  • Eunice/5c? Brooks b. 1784
Barnabas/4c Brooks was born 15 Jun 1749 at Farmington, Connecticut1,4, and baptised that month at the Episcopal church in Bristol.4 Recorded in 1776 at Claremont, New Hampshire, where he, his father, and his brother Benjamin each refused to sign the declaration of Revolutionary loyalty known as the New Hampshire Association Test attached to that year's state census, while brother Cornelius "made no association." All three brothers later removed to Otsego County, New York.2,3 Probably the same who was at Claremont, 1790, with 1 boy and 6 women in his household. (Another Barnabas was recorded not far away at Bennington, Vermont.)5 He died after 1820 in Otsego County.6
     He lived in the township of Mill Creek, New York, of which Blakely writes (1907): "North of the old turnpike and a little east of Charles Bowen's once stood the peculiar house of Barney Brooks. It was about forty feet long and sixteen feet wide. On this farm about 1834 a man named Burroughs claimed to have found a silver mine, having melted up his wife's spoons to 'salt it down.' Several caught the fever, and the farm was bought at a fabulous price. A shop was erected, a forge built and drilling and blasting continued for a year or more. Burroughs did not succeed in keeping his secret, and the bubble burst. The great silver mine of Arabia was abandoned. A large pile of almost worthless ore, containing a very small amount of lead and antimony, was left a monument to the god of greed that can still be seen."7

Census Detail:

30 May 1776Claremont, NHThe Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration … Capt. Benjamin Brooks … Barnabas Brooks … Benjamin Brooks jun.2,3
1790Claremont, NHBarnabas Brooks | 1165

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Farmington VR, Barnaby Brooks b.
  2. [S474] N.H. Secretary of State, NH State Papers, 8:218–19, Claremont: The Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration.
  3. [S2253] Kevin Phillips, 1775, A Good Year for Revolution, 140: "As for New Hampshire, its minor internal disaffaction mattered little because that province, alone among the thirteen, was never invaded. Those who declined to sign the Association in 1775 — just 6 percent of the eligible popultion — centered in Aglican locales and places with Wentworth family ties (Portsmouth, Claremont, and several small towns)."
  4. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:341, Fam. 7, Barnabas 4.
  5. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Claremont, Cheshire, NH, M637/5/117, Barnabas Brooks.
  6. [S617] Pam Venn, "Brooks Family History Page."
  7. [S808] Stuart Banyar Blakely, A History of Otego, New York. (1907).
  8. [S181] International Genealogical Index (IGI), 1992 edition, NH: 2,005, Abigail Brooks bp.
Of Claremont, New Hampshire, 1776, where he "made no association" (failed to respond to? rejected?) to the declaration of Revolutionary loyalty known as the New Hampshire Association Test attached to that year's state census. His father and brothers Benjamin and Barnabas, all of Claremont, each openly refused to sign the same oath.3

Cornelius/4c Brooks

M, #4284, (11 May 1747 - after 1820)
Father*Capt. Benjamin/3c Brooks2 b. 23 Apr 1720, d. 29 Jan 1784
Mother-Candidate*Thankful Hickox1 b. 30 Mar 1722, d. 18 Aug 1812
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1c Brooks
Descendants of Lt. Thomas/2c Brooks
Descendants of Capt. Benjamin/3c Brooks
Descendants of Cornelius/4c Brooks
Custom index:Revolutionary War
Last Edited:23 Jul 2017

Children with Hannah ?Rice:

  • Ira/5c? Brooks b. before 1775
  • Rice/5c? Brooks10 b. say 1776
  • Abel/5c Brooks4 b. circa 1790, d. 31 Mar 1877
Cornelius/4c Brooks was born 11 May 17[47] at Farmington, Connecticut.2,1 His wife was Hannah, known from the g.s. of his son Abel.4,5 Of Claremont, New Hampshire, 1776, where he "made no association" (failed to respond to? rejected?) to the declaration of Revolutionary loyalty known as the New Hampshire Association Test attached to that year's state census. His father and brothers Benjamin and Barnabas, all of Claremont, each openly refused to sign the same oath. All three brothers later removed to Otsego County, New York.6,7
     Cornelius may have been recorded twice in the 1790 census. At Claremont, his household consisted of himself and another adult male, six boys under 16, and four females.8 The exact same household composition was recorded for a Cornelius Brooks at New Ipswich, New Hampshire.9
     By 1800 they had settled at Otego, New York, where their presumed son Rice Brooks was also recorded that year.10 In 1810 the household included Cornelius, Hannah, and one son 16-2511, and in 1820, only Cornelius and his wife remained in the household, while (presumed son) Ira Brooks headed his own household at Otego that year.12
     Cornelius's Otego farm was on or near Otsdawa Creek, where he is said to have sold two-thirds of an acre to Jair Cook before 1800.13

Census Detail:

30 May 1776Claremont, NHThe Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration … Capt. Benjamin Brooks … Barnabas Brooks … Benjamin Brooks jun.6,7
1790Claremont, NHMALES: Two over 16
Six under 16
FEMALES: Four8
1790New Ipswich, NHMALES: Two over 16
Six under 16
FEMALES: Four9
1800Otego, NYCors. Brooks
MALES: One under 10
One 10-15
Two 16-25
One 45+ (Cornelius)
FEMALES: Three under 10
One 45+ (Hannah)

Rice Brooks
MALES: One 16-25
FEMALES: One 16-2510
1810Otego, NYC. Brooks
MALES: One 16-25
One 45+
FEMALES: One 45+11
1820Otego, NYIra Brooks
MALES: Two under 10
Two 10-15
One 16-25
One 45+
FEMALES: Two under 10
One 16-26
One 26-45
3 persons engaged in agriculture

Cornelius Brooks
MALES: One 45+
FEMALES: One 45+
One person engaged in agriculture12

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S696] Donald Lines Jacobus, Ancient New Haven, 2:341, Fam. 7, Cornelius 3.
  2. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, Farmington VR, Cornelius Brooks b.
  3. [S474] N.H. Secretary of State, NH State Papers, 8:218–19, Claremont: The Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration.
  4. [S607] Otsego County, New York, U.S. GenWeb Page, "Old Chapel Burying Ground, Fly Creek, New York."
  5. [S978] Ron Brownell.
  6. [S225] Jay Mack Holbrook, New Hampshire 1776 Census, Cornelius Brook, Claremont.
  7. [S474] NH State Papers, 8:219–20, Claremont: The Names of those who Refuse to sign the Declaration.
  8. [S1790] 1790 U.S. Census, Claremont, Cheshire, NH, M637/5/117, Cornelius Brooks.
  9. [S112] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790—New Hampshire (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1907. Hereinafter 1790 Census, NH.
  10. [S1800] 1800 U.S. Census, Otego, Otsego, NY, M32/25/28B, Rice Brooks, Cors. Brooks.
  11. [S1810] 1810 U.S. Census, Otego, Otsego, NY, M252/34/96, C. Brooks.
  12. [S1820] 1820 U.S. Census, Otego, Otsego, NY, M33/74/91, Ira Brooks, Cornelius Brooks.
  13. [S808] Stuart Banyar Blakely, A History of Otego, New York. (1907).