Sarah/3w Brooks

F, #4551, (14 May 1667 - 2 July 1667)
Father*Isaac/2w Brooks1 b. c 1643, d. 8 Sep 1686
Mother*Miriam Daniels1 b. s 1645
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Isaac/2w Brooks
Last Edited:22 Aug 2014
Sarah/3w Brooks, probably daughter of Isaac, was born 14 May 1667 at Woburn, Massachusetts,and there died 2 Jul following. Her town birth record names her "d. of Sarah," her death record "d. of Isaac."2,3,1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Sarah Brooks b.; 2:20, Sarah Brooks d.
  2. [S36] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, 1:260.
  3. [S106] NEHGS Register, 29:153.

Miriam/3w Brooks

F, #4555, (29 May 1668 - )
Father*Isaac/2w Brooks1 b. c 1643, d. 8 Sep 1686
Mother*Miriam Daniels1 b. s 1645
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Isaac/2w Brooks
Last Edited:3 Aug 2017
Miriam/3w Brooks, 1st so-named, was born 29 May 1668 at Woburn, Massachusetts, and died soon.2,1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Miriam Brooks b.
  2. [S183] Craig Beeman, citing NEHGR 29:153: 28 May.

Miriam/3w Brooks

F, #4557, (16 December 1673 - )
Father*Isaac/2w Brooks1 b. c 1643, d. 8 Sep 1686
Mother*Miriam Daniels1 b. s 1645
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Isaac/2w Brooks
Descendants of Miriam/3w Brooks
Last Edited:21 Jan 2016

Children with Henry Merrow:

Miriam/3w Brooks, 2nd so-named, was born 16 Dec 1673 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1 In the will of her grandfather Henry Brooks,18 Jul 1682, she was bequeathed Henry's share of 42 acres in the town's common land ("the great lot in Woburn Common"). She shared another bequest of 8 acres in Forty Pound Meadow with her brothers Isaac and Henry.2,3,4 She married, by 1693, Henry Merrow Jr., son of Henry Merrow and Jane (–?–).5 Of Reading, 1693, Woburn, 1695.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Miriam Brooks b.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks.
  3. [S1459] Henry Brooks inventory, 17 Apr 1683.
  4. [S2306] Gene Zubrinsky, personal communication, 9 Nov 2017: identification of second witness's signature.
  5. [S183] Craig Beeman, citing NEHGR 29:153–57.
  6. [S305] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts, To the year 1850, 152, Ruth Merrow b.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:174, Elizabeth Merrow b.

Dea. John/1 Mousall

M, #4558, (circa 1596 - 27 March 1665)
FatherFather/a Mousall1 b. s 1570
Last Edited:16 Aug 2017

Children with Joanna ?Thompson:

Dea. John/1 Mousall was born in England circa 1596. [In a suit, Dec 1658, he was about 63 years old. In a deposition dated 10 Mar 1662, he was about 66.]2,3 He married, in England, Joanna ?Thompson.4 They emigrated to Charlestown, Massachusetts, where he was admitted into the church 23 Aug 1634, and admitted a freeman of the colony the 3rd of the following month.5,6 5 Nov 1640, the Church of Charlestown chose seven men, John Mousall among them, as commissioners or agents for the erection of a church and town upon the recent grant of Charlestown Village, which became the town of Woburn.7 Was one of the seven men who constituted the church of Woburn at its gathering, Aug. 14, 1642; and afterwards, with Dea. Edward/1 Converse, one of its two original deacons till his decease.5 He was both witness to and overseer of the will of Lambart Sutton, dated at Woburn 8 Nov 1649.8 The will of his brother Dea. Ralph/1 Mousall, 13 Apr 1657, bequeaths brother John Mousall 20s.9 John Mousal, about 63, was a witness, Dec 1658, in the slander suit of Captain Edward Johnson against Ensign John Carter.2,10
     "The will of the senior John Mousall (19th of the 4th month, 1660) makes his two sons, John Mousall and John Brooks, joint executors; gives to his son Brooks's three children, and to his grandchild, Sarah Brooks, and to his grandchild, Eunice [Unis] Brooks; to his son, John Brooks (in whose house John Mousall, Sr.'s widow was to have a peaceable living); gives also to his grandchild, Joanna Brooks; and certain residue of his lands to his two sons [John Mousall, and son-in-law John Brooks].
     "John Mousall, Jr.'s wife being the sister of John Brooks, this relationship of the son is more clearly understood. It was the case of being doubly brothers-in-law; Brooks marrying the only sister of Mousall, and Mousall marrying a sister of Brooks. From this circumstance arose a partial (not total) combination of the property of Deacon John Mousall and Henry Brooks, of which more is said in an article by one of the present writers, in the Register, vol. xlvii., p. 462, et. seq.
     "In his will, Deacon John Mousall gives his great meadow [at Woburn Centre, in the vicinity of Prospect Street, a tract now covered with buildings], to his two sons equally, but in case the son, John Mousall died without children, then he (John Mousall, Jr.) could give his share to his wife, for use during her life, and after the decease of John Mousall, the said son, and his wife leaving no heir, the share was to return to the son [in-law] John Brooks's children.
     "John Mousall, Jr. did die without children, and some of his property returned to John Brooks's children, in accordance with the terms of the will.
     "In 1673, a house described in the town records as the 'Hopewell House' was owned in common by John Mousall, Jr. and John Brooks, being a part of their inheritance from their father, Deacon John Mousall."11
     John Mousall died at Woburn 27 Mar 1665.12,4 "A founder and much honored citizen of Woburn, the erecter of one of the first houses," says Cutter, who notes the name was pronounced MOWZ-ZALL.4
     See "John Mousall of Woburn," NEHGR 47:462-467 (Oct 1893).13

Local Notes:

Electedbetween 2 Sep 1635 and 26 Sep 16372 Sep 1635, 18 Apr 1637, 17 May 1637, and 26 Sep 163714
Appointed1 Aug 1637For the raiseing of a rate of foure hundred pounds, Mr Willi: Aspinwall, Goo: Mousall, … for each towne, did agree as followeth: …
Elected13 Apr 1644, Woburn, MAOn the same day, they chose Edward Johnson, Edward Convers, John Mousall, William Learned, Ezekiel Richardson, Samuel Richardson and James Thompson for their first Board of Selectmen;15
Property10 Mar 1662, Woburn, MAB. 2, P. 197: — Edward Converse, aged 73 years, and John Mousall aged about 66 years, being sworn do say and depose … March 10, 1662. …16

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, Mousall, Ralph, transcription at Ancestry.com.
  2. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:284, footnote to Tottingham.
  3. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 78, Converse/Mousall deposition (Book 2, Page 197).
  4. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4–5, John (2.) Brooks.
  5. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 1:71-2.
  6. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 13, John Mousell.
  7. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:11.
  8. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 3, will of Lambart Sutton (Book 1, Page 14).
  9. [S648] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration Begins, Mousall, Ralph.
  10. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks.
  11. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks, quoted.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:131, Deacon John Mousall d.
  13. [S106] NEHGS Register, "John Mousall of Woburn" (Oct 1893), 47:462-467.
  14. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:156, 191, 194, 204.
  15. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 25, 72.
  16. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 7-8, Converse/Mousall deposition (Book 2, Page 197).
  17. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.

John/3w Brooks

M, #4559, (1 March 1664 - 7 August 1733)
Father*John/2w Brooks1 b. c 1623, d. 29 Sep 1691
Mother*Eunice/2 Mousall1 b. s 1628, d. 1 Jan 1683/84
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of John/3w Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- WOBURN line
Last Edited:5 Aug 2017

Children with Mary/2 Bruce:

John/3w Brooks Jr., 2nd so-named, was born 1 Mar 1664 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, where he married, as her 2nd husband, 30 Jan 1685, Mary/2 Bruce, daughter of George/1 Bruce and Elizabeth/2 Clark, and widow of Walter Cranston.2,3 Mentioned in the will of his father John/2w Brooks, 29 Jul 1690: "To son John Brooks he gives that piece of land … called by the name of English Hills."4 Appointed tithingman for the Centre district, 2 May 1692.5 9 Dec 1709, one of a committee to seat the newly enlarged meetinghouse.6 One of three witnesses to the will of Francis/1 Kendall of Woburn, dated 9 May 1706.7
     12 Oct 1721, he was chosen one of three trustees to manage Woburn's share of £50,000 in bills of credit issued by the legislature to remedy the scarcity of specie in the colony.The trustees were to receive one-sixth of accrued interest for their trouble. "Woburn's share in this public loan was £624; and much to the praise of the trustees, it was managed by them on the town's behalf with entire fidelity."8
     His will, dated 23 Aug 1726, proved 3 Dec 1733, mentions his wife Mary; sons John, Timothy and Nathan; daughters, Mary and Sarah; granddaughter, Margaret Richardson; and also his son-in-law, Timothy Winn, and two grandchildren, Timothy and Elizabeth Winn, children of his deceased daughter Elizabeth.9 He died at Woburn 7 Aug 1733, a. 69.10 His widow married (3), 15 Jan 1734 at Woburn, Peter Hay of Stoneham.11,12
     Virkus confuses this man with his brother John (1650–1653), and says that John, b. 1649, married (2) Mary Cranston.13

Local Notes:

Elected1710, Woburn, MASelectmen. | John Brooks, 1710, 1723.14
Elected12 Oct 1721, Woburn, MAAt a general meeting in Woburn, October 12, 1721, it was voted, that they would take their proportion of "the fifty-thousand pound" out of the public treasury, and would commit it to three trustees, to manage it as the town should direct, and to receive one-sixth part of the interest for their trouble. The persons chosen for this trust were, Major Eleazar Flegg, Mr. John Brooks and Capt. John Fowle; …8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, John Brooks b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, John Brooks/Mary Cranston m.
  3. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, John Brooks m.
  4. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.
  5. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 50.
  6. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:184.
  7. [S1123] Oliver Kendall, Memorial of Josiah Kendall, 4-9.
  8. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:189.
  9. [S183] Craig Beeman, citing NEHGR, 29:153.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Mr. John Brooks d.
  11. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:33, Mary Brooks/Peter Hay m.
  12. [S406] Vital Records of Stoneham, Massachusetts To the End of the Year 1849, 82, Mary Brooks/Peter Hae m. Woburn.
  13. [S58] Frederick Adams Virkus, ed., Compendium of American Genealogy, p. unrecorded.
  14. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 2:580.
  15. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Mary Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, John Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  17. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Ebenezer Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  18. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Mary Brooks b.
  19. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Sarah Brooks b.
  20. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, John Brooks b.
  21. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Abigail Brooks b.; 2:20, d.
  22. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Timothy Brooks b.
  23. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Isaac Brooks b; 2:20, d.
  24. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:28, Nathan Brooks b.

Eunice/3w Brooks

F, #4560, (10 October 1655 - after 1732)
Father*John/2w Brooks1 b. c 1623, d. 29 Sep 1691
Mother*Eunice/2 Mousall1 b. s 1628, d. 1 Jan 1683/84
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Eunice/3w Brooks
Last Edited:12 Aug 2017

Children with Rev. Samuel/2 Carter:

Child with Capt. James/1 Parker:

Eunice/3w Brooks, born 10 Oct 1655 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, was mentioned in the will of her grandfather Dea. John/1 Mousall, 19 Jun 1660, and in her father's will of 29 Jul 1690.2 She married (1), 1672, Rev. Samuel/2 Carter, son of Rev. Thomas/1 Carter and Mary/2 Parkhurst, with whom she had 8 children3,4, and who died at Groton before 30 Oct 1693, when administration of his estate was granted.5,6 She married (2), as his 2nd wife, Capt. James/1 Parker of Groton7,8, who died before 12 Jul 1700, the date of his inventory.9 She married (3), as his 3rd wife, 1704, John/2 Kendall, son of Francis/1 Kendall and Mary/2 Tidd.7 The will of her father-in-law Francis/1 Kendall, 9 May 1706, leaves daughters Mary Read, Hannah Green and Eunice Kendall "all my householde stuff of what sort or kind soever, to be equaly devided between them for a requital of there great care and paine, in nursing their mother my late wiff in her last sickness."10
     "She appears to have survived this last husband, but the date of her death has not been ascertained."11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:27, Eunice Brooks b.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks, quoted.
  3. [S106] NEHGS Register, 17:51 (Jan 1863), Aaron Sargent, "Carter Genealogy."
  4. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 6, Eunice (2.iii.) Brooks: n.d.
  5. [S130] Henry S. Nourse, Lancaster Records, 20, Rev. Samuel Carter d. Groton.
  6. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 6, Eunice (2.iii.) Brooks: 1693, n.p.
  7. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 6, Eunice (2.iii.) Brooks.
  8. [S525] Samuel A. Green, Groton Epitaphs, 247, Parker.
  9. [S486] Debbye Lansing, citing Ancestry of Philip Joseph Currier, 631.
  10. [S1123] Oliver Kendall, Memorial of Josiah Kendall, 4-9.
  11. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 6, Eunice (2.iii.) Brooks: n.d.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Mary Carter b.
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Samuel Carter b.; 2:230, d.
  14. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Samuel Carter b.
  15. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, John Carter b.
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Thomas Carter b.
  17. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Nathaniel Carter b.
  18. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:43, Eunice Carter b.
  19. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:44, Abigail Carter b.
  20. [S268] Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 1:177, Sarah Parker b.