Timothy/2w Brooks left Massachusetts for West Jersey about 1690 to follow his Baptist tenets free of persecution. At Woburn, Billerica and Swansea, Massachusetts, from the 1660s through the 1680s, he had been one of a small and stubborn group of Baptist sectaries who were repeatedly harassed by Puritan authorities through court presentments, fines and even disenfranchisement.
This index includes known Baptists and their supporters from the communities mentioned above, from Rehoboth (home of the first allowed Baptist congregation in the Bay Colony), and from the area of West Jersey to which Timothy Brooks moved. Also included are some orthodox Congregationalists who are named in Bay Colony records as among the Baptists' persecutors, including quite possibly, Timothy's father Henry/1w Brooks, the emigrant progenitor. Note the close family and intermarriage links which bound the Baptists together.
For background, see Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 152-162.
(–?–), Mabel b. circa 1605, d. 1690Ayars, Joshua/2 b. circa 1695, d. 1759Ayars, Robert/1 b. before 1640, d. 1719Bowen, Lydia/3 b. 1666Bowen, Thomas/3 b. 1664Brooks, Henry/1w b. circa 1592, d. 1683Brooks, Hepsibah/3w b. 1673/74, d. 1727Brooks, Keziah/4w b. say 1698, d. 1749Brooks, Seth/4w b. 1688/89, d. 1738Brooks, Timothy/2w (Capt.) b. circa 1635, d. before 1712Brooks, Timothy/3w (Rev.) b. 1661, d. circa 1715/16Butterworth, Mary b. say 1630, d. 1714Carter, John/2 (Capt.) b. circa 1616, d. 1692Cleveland, Aaron/2 b. 1655, d. 1716Cole, Hugh/2 b. 1628, d. 1699/0Cole, Mary/3 b. 1676, d. 1756Farley, Caleb/2 b. 1645Farley, George/1 b. say 1620, d. 1693Foster, Hopestill (Capt.) b. say 1620, d. 1679Foster, Thomas (Sgt.) b. say 1630Fox, Isaac/3w b. 1657, d. 1735Fox, Samuel/3w b. circa 1651, d. 1727George, Elizabeth/2 b. say 1642George, John/1 b. say 1610George, Martha/2 b. say 1645Johnson, John/2 b. say 1635Johnson, William/2 (Maj.) b. circa 1628Kendall, Francis/1 b. circa 1620, d. 1708Kingsley, Eldad b. say 1640, d. 1679Kingsley, Jonathan b. 1671, d. 1750Mason, Joseph/2 (Elder) b. 1663Mason, Mary/2 b. 1660Mason, Pelatiah/2 b. 1669, d. 1763Mason, Russell/4w (Rev.) b. 1714, d. 1799Mason, Sampson/1 b. say 1615Mason, Thankful/2 b. 1672Mowry, Mehitabel/2 b. say 1644Mowry, Roger/1 d. 1666/67Munroe, William/1 b. 1625, d. 1718Polly, George b. say 1625Redway, James/1 b. say 1616Rogers, Bathsheba (Bathshua) b. 1650, d. 1711Russell, John/2 b. say 1635, d. before 1696Summers, Henry b. say 1606, d. before 1690Wheaton, Ephraim (Rev.) b. circa 1660, d. 1734Wilson, Dorcas b. say 1653, d. 1714Wilson, John b. say 1625, d. 1687Wilson, John b. say 1651Wyman, Francis/1 b. 1617, d. 1699