"I was at Goodwife Brooks' house in May, 1673, when she was in cure; and she showed me a piece or two of the skull that she had taken out."1

Susanna ?Bradford

F, #8661, ( - 15 September 1681)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017

Children with Ezekiel/1 Richardson:

  • Phebe/2 Richardson+5 b. 3 Jun 1632, d. 13 Sep 1716
  • Theophilus/2 Richardson+17 b. 22 Dec 1633, d. 28 Dec 1674
  • Josiah/2 Richardson5 b. 7 Nov 1635
  • John/2 Richardson5 b. 21 Jul 1638, d. 7 Jan 1642/43
  • Jonathan/2 Richardson5 b. 15 Feb 1639/40
  • James/2 Richardson5 b. 11 Jul 1641
  • Ruth/2 Richardson5 b. 23 Aug 1643, d. 7 Sep 1643
Susanna ?Bradford married (1), before 1630 in England, Ezekiel/1 Richardson, son of Thomas/a Richardson and Katherine Duxford.2,3 Of Westmill, Hertfordshire, they sailed aboard the Winthrop Fleet, 1630, to Massachusetts Bay, where his name appears at Charlestown, Massachusetts,in that year, "11th of the first list of 13."4,5 Both joined the church gathered at Charlestown, 1630, which afterwards became the First Church in Boston. Both were dismissed from it, 11 Oct 1632, to form a new First Church in Charlestown, which was gathered in November following.6,7
     Ezekiel Richardson died at Woburn 21 Oct 16478,9, and Susanna married (2), as his 2nd wife, before 27 Mar 1651, Henry/1w Brooks of Woburn.2,9 Samuel Richardson, in a deed dated 27 Mar 1651, mentions my brother Ezekiel Richardson, our brother Thomas Richardson, and my sister, Susanna Brooks (who was wife of my deceased brother, Ezekiel Richardson).10'
     Susanna Richardson (now Brooks), widow of Ezekiel Richardson, quitclaimed, 23 Mar 1655, 35 acres of land in Charlestown to Thomas Moulton and John Greenland [Midd. Deeds, ii. 36.].11,12 27 Mar 1657, Samuel Richardson, brother of Ezekiel, now deceased, quitclaimed forty acres of land in Woburn, on the side towards Reading, to my sister Susanna Richardson, now Brooks, during her lifetime, and then to my cousin [nephew] Theophilus Richardson. [Midd. Deeds, ii. 72.]13 13 Dec 1659, Henry Brookes and Susanna Brookes of Woburn, in accordance with an award of the court, resigned one-half of Ezekiel Richardson's house and lands, deeding the property to her son Theophilus Richardson. Both signed by mark.14,15
     Many secondary sources superficially dismiss Susanna Brooks with the passing reference that she was "an ancient and skillful woman" noted for her medical knowledge. The source of this quotation, given in full in Hurd's Hist. Middlesex County, is much more revealing. Hurd quotes the account of Daniel Gookin, the English superintendent of Bay Colony Indians prior to Philip's War (1675-76):

"In the year 1670, a party of Maquas [Mohawks], being looking after their prey, met with some Indians in the woods, belonging to Naamkeek, or Wamesit, upon the north side of Merrimak river, not far from some English houses; where, falling upon these Indians, that were travelling in a path, they killed some and took others whom they also killed, and among the rest, a young maid of about fourteen years old was taken, and the scalp of her head taken off and her skull broken, and left for dead with others. Some of the Indians escaping came to their fellows; and with a party of men, they went forth to bring off the dead bodies, where they found this maid with life in her. So they brought her home, and got Lt. Thomas Henchman, a good man, and one that hath inspection over them, by my order, to use means for her recovery; and tho' he had but little hope thereof, yet he took the best care he could about it; and as soon as conveniently he could, sent the girl to an ancient and skillful woman living at Woburn, about ten miles distant, called Goodwife Brooks, to get her to use her best endeavours to recover the maid; which, by the blessing of God, she did, though she were about two years or more in curing her. I was at Goodwife Brooks' house in May, 1673, when she was in cure; and she showed me a piece or two of the skull that she had taken out. And in May last, 1674, the second day, I being among the Indians at Pawtuckett, to keep court, with Mr. Elliott, and Mr. Richard Daniel, and others, with me, I saw the maid alive and in health, and looked upon her head, which was whole, except a little spot as big as a six-pence might cover, and the maid fat and lusty; but there was no hair come again upon the head where the scalp was flayed off. This cure, as some skillful in chirurgery apprehend, is extraordinary and wonderful; and hence the glory and praise is to be ascribed to God, that worketh wonders without number."1

     Susanna died at Woburn 15 Sep 1681.16 Her possible surname, for which I have found no confirmation, comes from Torrey.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1608] D. Hamilton Hurd, Hist. Middlesex Co., 367-368.
  2. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 102, Henry Brooks/Susanna ?Bradford m.
  3. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks, text and footnote.
  4. [S97] Charles Edward Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth, 81, Winthrop Fleet.
  5. [S318] Thomas Bellows Wyman, Charlestown Estates, 2:809-10, Ezekiel (1.) Richardson.
  6. [S288] Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts, 384-85.
  7. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 2:632-3.
  8. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:157, Ezekiel Richardson d.
  9. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks, footnote.
  10. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 7, Samuel Richardson (Book 2, Page 72).
  11. [S318] Wyman, Charlestown Estates, 1:132, Henry (2.) Brooks: 1655.
  12. [S331] John Adams Vinton, Richardson Memorial, page unrecorded.
  13. [S1499] Richardson, David C, posting to MAINE-L at Rootsweb.com, 18 Jul 2011.
  14. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 1582, Theophilus Richardson.
  15. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 7, Brooks/Richardson (Book 2, Page 154).
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:20, Susanna Brooks d.
  17. [S331] Vinton, Richardson Memorial, Mary (Richardson), widow of Theophilus, p. unrecorded.

Mary/4w Richardson

F, #8662, (10 August 1689 - )
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Last Edited:7 Jun 2008
Mary/4w Richardson was born 10 Aug 1689 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1 Granddaughter Mary Richardson is mentioned in the will of John/2w Brooks, 29 Jul 1690.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:211, Mary Richardson b.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 4-5, John (2.) Brooks.

John/4w Richardson

M, #8663, (29 December 1692 - 15 November 1745)
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Descendants of John/4w Richardson
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017

Children with Abigail Swan:

  • Caleb/5w Richardson5 b. 23 Feb 1713
  • Gershom/5w Richardson6 b. 4 May 1715
  • Abigail/5w Richardson7 b. 27 May 1718
  • Ezra/5w Richardson8 b. 13 Jun 1721
  • Jasher/5w Richardson9 b. 8 Dec 1724
  • Deborah/5w Richardson10 b. 26 Mar 1728
  • Abigail/5w Richardson10 b. 22 Jan 1730
  • Abijah/5w Richardson11 b. 22 Jan 1731
John/4w Richardson Jr., born 29 Dec 1692 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, married, 1 Jul 1714 at Cambridge, Abigail Swan of that town, daughter of Gershom Swan and Sarah Holden.2 He died at Woburn 15 Nov 1745, a. 52.3 Was his widow the Abigail Richardson who married, 15 Apr 1747 at Stoneham, Dea. Daniel Gould?4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:211, John Richardson b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:227, John Richardson/Abigail Swan m. Cambridge.
  3. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:158, John Richardson Jr. d.
  4. [S308] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 3:229, Abigail Richardson/Deacon Daniel Gould m.
  5. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:213, Caleb Richardson b.
  6. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:213, Gershom Richardson b.
  7. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:213, Abigail Richardson b.
  8. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:213, Ezra Richardson b.
  9. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:213, Jasher Richardson b.
  10. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:214, Deborah Richardson b.
  11. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:214, Abijah Richardson b.

Deborah/4w Richardson

F, #8664, (8 March 1695 - 3 March 1739)
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/4w Richardson
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017

Children with Lt. John/3 Kendall:

  • Deborah/5w Kendall6 b. 9 Feb 1719
  • Mary/5w Kendall7 b. 16 Mar 1721
  • John/5w Kendall8 b. 25 Apr 1723, d. 13 Feb 1809
  • Zebedee/5w Kendall9 b. 30 Mar 1725
  • Sarah/5w Kendall10 b. 23 May 1727
  • Jacob/5w Kendall11 b. 9 Aug 1729, d. 25 Feb 1809
  • Lt. Temple/5w Kendall12 b. 10 Aug 1731, d. 6 Mar 1822
  • Esther/5w Kendall13 b. 17 Mar 1733
  • Edward/5w Kendall14 b. 15 Feb 1735, d. 26 May 1813
  • Lucy/5w Kendall15 b. 13 Feb 1737
Deborah/4w Richardson was born 8 Mar 1695 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, where she married, as his 1st wife, 25 Mar 1718, Lt. John/3 Kendall of Woburn, son of Jacob/2 Kendall and Alice Temple.2 They removed, with his brothers Ebenezer and Abraham, to Dunstable circa 17263, where she died 3 Mar 1739, a. 43.4 She is buried in Little Cemetery, South Nashua, New Hampshire.4 He remarried, without issue, died 27 Jul 1759, and is buried in Meeting House Hill Cemetery, Dunstable.5
     "John was great-grandfather of Amos Kendall, Postmaster-General of the United States under President Jackson."3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:211, Deborah Richardson b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:228, Deborah Richardson/John Kendall m.
  3. [S1123] Oliver Kendall, Memorial of Josiah Kendall, 13.
  4. [S314] Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, 220, Deborah Kendall d.
  5. [S314] Dunstable VR, 221, Lt. John Kendall d. (g.s.).
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:139, Deborah Kendall b.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:140, Mary Kendall b.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:140, John Kendall b.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:140, Zebedee Kendall b.
  10. [S314] Dunstable VR, 49, Sary Kendal b.
  11. [S314] Dunstable VR, 53, Jacob Kindall b.
  12. [S314] Dunstable VR, 49, Temple Kendal b.
  13. [S314] Dunstable VR, 49, Esther Kendal b.
  14. [S314] Dunstable VR, 49, Edward Kendal b.
  15. [S314] Dunstable VR, 49, Lucy Kendal b.

Sarah/4w Richardson

F, #8665, (12 March 1698 - 20 February 1704)
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017
Sarah/4w Richardson, born 12 Mar 1698 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, died there 20 Feb 1704, a. 5.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:211, Sarah Richardson b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:157, Sarah Richardson d.

Josiah/4w Richardson

M, #8666, (14 February 1701 - )
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Last Edited:7 Jun 2008
Josiah/4w Richardson was born 14 Feb 1701 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:212, Josiah Richardson b.

Dea. Nathan/4w Richardson

M, #8667, (24 January 1702 - 21 October 1775)
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Descendants of Dea. Nathan/4w Richardson
Last Edited:19 Aug 2017

Children with Esther Pierce:

  • Nathan/5w Richardson9 b. 21 Apr 1725
  • Esther/5w Richardson10 b. 6 Aug 1727, d. 1819

Children with Tabitha/3 Kendall:

  • Tabitha/5w Richardson11 b. 14 Apr 1730
  • John/5w Richardson12 b. 5 Feb 1732
  • Amos/5w Richardson13 b. 6 Nov 1733
  • Jotham/5w Richardson14 b. 23 Oct 1735
  • Mary/5w Richardson15 b. 7 Sep 1737
Woburn's First Burial Ground as it stands today. Courtesy Jan Patrick Mongoven.
Dea. Nathan/4w Richardson, born 24 Jan 1702 at Woburn, Massachusetts1, married (1), by 1725, Esther Pierce, with whom he had 2 children2, and who died at Woburn 11 Nov 1727.3 There he married (2), 3 Jul 1729, Tabitha/3 Kendall of Woburn, daughter of Samuel/2 Kendall and Mary/2 Locke, with whom he had 5 children4, who died at Woburn 25 Nov 1739, a. 32.5 He married (3), 3 Apr 1740 at Malden, Lydia Whittemore.6
     He died at Woburn 21 Oct 1775, a. 737, and is interred in the First Burial Ground with his three wives.8
     He was chosen deacon of the Woburn church, 1761.8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:212, Nathan Richardson b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:24, Esther Richardson, epitaph 97 + notes.
  3. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:158, Esther Richardson d.
  4. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:228, Nathan Richardson/Tabitha Kendall m.
  5. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:158, Tabitha Richardson d.
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:229, Nathan Richardson/Lydia Whittemore m. Malden.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:159, Deacon Nathan Richardson d.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:48, Deacon Nathan Richardson, epitaph 236 + notes.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:213, Nathan Richardson b.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:214, Esther Richardson b.
  11. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:214, Tabitha Richardson b.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:214, John Richardson b.
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:214, Amos Richardson b.
  14. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:215, Jotham Richardson b.
  15. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:215, Mary Richardson b.

Eunice/4w Richardson

F, #8668, (3 January 1703/4 - )
Father*John/3 Richardson1 b. 16 Jan 1667/68, d. 29 Oct 1749
Mother*Deborah/3w Brooks1 b. 20 Mar 1669, d. 12 Feb 1703/4
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of John/2w Brooks
Descendants of Deborah/3w Brooks
Last Edited:19 Feb 2016
Eunice/4w Richardson was born 3 Jan 1703/4 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1 After her mother's death, 12 Feb following, she was raised by Ephraim Buck and his wife Sarah Brooks.2 Perhaps married a John Degrushe of Medford? (Unsourced note).

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:212, Eunice Richardson b.
  2. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 5, Sarah (2.ii.) Brooks.