In the witchcraft proceedings which electrified the village of East Hampton in 1657, one Goody Brooks, presumably Richard's wife but otherwise unidentified, "gave important evidence. She heard Mrs. Gardiner say 'her daughter was bewitched and yt it was a woman.1'"

Richard/1e Brooks

M, #16382, (circa 1611 - 1687)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Richard/1e Brooks
Last Edited:3 Aug 2017

Children with an unknown spouse/person:

Richard/1e Brooks ["Brooke"], 24, was enrolled at London 18 Apr 1635 as a passenger for New England on the Susan and Ellen, Edward Payne, master, and, on the 9th of May, enrolled again on the same ship. In both of these entries, the following name was Tho[mas] Brooke, presumed to be his brother.2,3 Both men initially settled at Lynn, Massachusetts,2,4, where Richard Brooks received 10 acres in a 1638 distribution of land, and in Aug 1639 was to pay 40s. to John Fuller of Lynn.5
     Hist. Lynn (1865), probably following Savage (1860), says that Richard of Lynn is the same man who, in 1650, "went to Easthampton [Long Island], being one of the first settlers there." Torrey gives a migration sequence of Lynn, Southampton and East Hampton (as it is spelled today).4 The Great Migration authors conclude, "Richard Brooke does not appear in the records of Southampton in its early decades, and so there is no particular reason to believe that the 1635 passenger was the man of the same name who much later appeared in Easthampton."5 He is, nonetheless, here identified with the emigrant of 1635. Just as evidence is lacking to prove the connection, so evidence is lacking to refute it. Because the given name Richard is not found elsewhere within 17th century Brooks families of New England, and because East Hampton was in part settled by men from Lynn and the towns around it, the likelihood that the Lynn and Long Island men are the same strikes this author as equally (or more) plausible than attributing the facts to mere coincidence.
     9 Jun 1668, Richard Brooks of East Hampton was treated for stomach pain by Dr. John Winthrop, Jr., who recorded the event in his medical journal.6 The will of William Edwards of East Hampton, 1 Feb 1680/81, mentions a "lot in the old Eastern plains, bounded east by Richard Brooks."7
     9 Dec 1683, Richard Brooke witnessed the will of John Mulford of Easthampton.8 The will of John Parsons of Easthampton, proved at Southampton 16 Mar 1685/6, leaves to eldest son Samuel Parsons two acres on the Eastern Plain, bounded by Richard Brooks and John Kirbe.9
     Richard Brooke/Brooks of East Hampton died in 1687 (Torrey).10 See The Great Migration, 1634-1635, 1:405-06.5

     "Here also," says a history of East Hampton, "at this attractive spot were the families of Schillinger, Fithian, Baker, Shaw, Conklin, Brookes, Meacham, Chatfield, and Bishop. The thatched roofed houses of most of these families bordered the east and west sides of the main street, which like the old street in Maidstone, England, runs north and south. The historian Thompson gives us this brief description of their houses: 'Their dwellings being of the rudest construction with straw roofs and wooden chimneys, plastered on the inside, no glass in the windows and destitute of most of the conveniences of a later period.'."11
     "By the Records," says another work, "it appears that East Hampton was at first called Maidstone. Some of the First Settlers appear, by the Records to have come from Stansted in the county of Kent in England. Probably some of them might have come from Maidstone in the same County. It is very evident from the Records, that some of the original 35 settlers and purchasers of the Town removed from Lynn in Massachusetts; and tradition informs us that they came from several of the towns on the Sea coast to the Eastward of Boston."12

Local Notes:

Property1638, Lynn, MA"There was a Richard Brooks who resided in Lynn shortly after 1635. In the 1638 distribution of land in Lynn, Richard Brooks received ten acres [EQC 2:270]."5
Property24 Aug 1675, East Hampton, NYThe List of East Hampton August ye 24th: 1675. | Rich: Brooke | £142-6-813
Property9 Oct 1683, East Hampton, NYEstimate of Easthampton, &c. | 9 ye 8th 1683 | Rich: Brook | 2 [heads] | 15 [land] | 2 [oxen] | 5 [cows] | 1 [horses] | 1 [swine] | 12 [sheep] | £120-0-014
Property10 Mar 1685/86Richard Brooks of Easthampton on Long Island in Collony new york — a deed of gift to my son John Brooks of Land at wains__ in bounds of East hampton15

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1308] Town of East Hampton, NY, Two hundred and Seventy-Five Years, 46-48.
  2. [S97] Charles Edward Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth, 131, 134: Susan and Ellen, 1635.
  3. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 1:405-06, Richard Brooke; 1:406-07, Thomas Brooke.
  4. [S337] Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, History of Lynn, Richard Brooks, p. unrecorded.
  5. [S520] Anderson et al, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 1:405-06.
  6. [S1091] Medical Journal of John Winthrop, Jr., partially transcribed at, 812.
  7. [S1502] New York Historical Society, Abstracts of Wills 1708-1728, 26:172, William Edwards.
  8. [S1498] New England Historic Genealogical Society, "Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787–1835", 230-233.
  9. [S1501] New York Historical Society, Abstracts of Unrecorded Wills, 11:167.
  10. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, Richard Brooks.
  11. [S1308] Two hundred and Seventy-Five Years, 28.
  12. [S486] Debbye Lansing, citing Hist. of Long Island: Lewis Pub. Co. (1902), 1049.
  13. [S926] Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, Inhabitants of Colonial New York, 61.
  14. [S926] O'Callaghan, Inhabitants of Colonial New York, 160.
  15. [S1498] Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State (NEHGS), 204-205.
  16. [S221] Torrey, New England Marriages, 103, Samuel (son Richard) Brooks m.
  17. [S926] O'Callaghan, Inhabitants of Colonial New York, 62.

William Lord

M, #16383, (13 October 1643 - before 4 December 1696)
Father*William Lord1 b. s 1615, d. 17 May 1678
Mother*Hattie Nickerson1 b. s 1620
Appears on charts:Descendants of Thomas/1h Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/2h Brooks
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Sarah/2h Brooks:

William Lord Jr., born 13 Oct 1643 at Saybrook, Connecticut,2, married, as her 1st husband, by 1679, Sarah/2h Brooks, daughter of Thomas/1h Brooks and Marah/2 Spencer.1 He died at Haddam shortly before 4 Dec 1696.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S629] David V. Hoffman, personal pedigree file.
  2. [S1316] N. Grier Parke, The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and his Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth, 285.

Eliphalet/2 Fox

M, #16390, (circa 1644 - 15 August 1711)
Father*Thomas/1 Fox1 b. 14 Oct 1618, d. 14 Apr 1658
Mother*Rebecca (–?–)2 b. s 1620, d. 11 May 1647
Last Edited:22 Feb 2016

Children with Mary/2 Wheeler:

  • Thomas/3 Fox13 b. 10 Sep 1666
  • Eliphalet/3 Fox14 b. 15 Nov 1668
  • Samuel/3 Fox15 b. 11 Sep 1670, d. 15 Jan 1733/34
  • Mary/3 Fox16 b. 30 Jun 1673, d. 17 Feb 1742
  • Joseph/3 Fox17 b. 17 Jul 1675, d. 7 Dec 1693
  • Benoni/3 Fox+18 b. 17 Feb 1677/78

Children with Mary/3 Stone:

  • Capt. John/3 Fox19 b. 15 Sep 1682
  • Dea. Nathaniel/3 Fox20 b. 18 Feb 1683/84, d. 20 Dec 1765
Eliphalet/2 Fox was born circa 1644 at Concord, Massachusetts,(no record surviving).1 His father's will, 25 Jan 1657/58, leaves his estate in the hands of wife Hannah until my eldest son Eliphalet shall arrive at the age of one and twenty years; at which time Eliphalet shall inherit two-thirds of the estate, the remainder secured to his mother until her death, on condition that he agrees to pay each of his siblings (of whom only Elizabeth is named) £5 each.3
     He married (1), 26 Oct 1665 at Concord, Mary/2 Wheeler of Concord, daughter of George/1 Wheeler and Katherine Pin, with whom he had 6 children, and who died at Concord 24 Feb 1678/9.4 Lived on the Bedford Road, in Concord's East District, 1666, when his taxes were abated on 14 lots comprising 106 acres.5 He married (2), 30 Nov [Torrey; Sep, Savage] 1681, Mary/3 Stone of Concord, widow of Isaac Hunt, with whom he had 2 sons.6,7 Freeman of Concord, 21 Mar 1689/90.8 He married (3), 15 Apr 1702 at Concord, Mary Bishop, daughter of Edward Bishop, and widow of Robert Coburn.9,10 He died at Concord 15 Aug 1711.11
     Shattuck, who mentions descendants of Eliphalet living [1835] in New Hampshire, misidentifies his mother as Hannah Brooks.12

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1192] William F. Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord, 12, 15, 59-63, will of Thomas Fox.
  2. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 15.
  3. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 12, 59-63, will of Thomas Fox.
  4. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 12, Elifelet Foxce/Mary Wheeler m.
  5. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 37, 1666 tax list.
  6. [S221] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages, p. unrecorded, extr. Marilyn Labbe.
  7. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 18: 30 Sep (following Savage).
  8. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 35, Eliphelet fox.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 54, Eliphelit Fox/Mary Coleburn m.
  10. [S2078] George Henry Fox, "Descendants of Eliphalet Fox of Concord, Mass.," 4.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 77, Elliffelet ffox d.
  12. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 371, Fox genealogy.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 12, Thomas Fox b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 13, Eliphelit Foxce b.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 15, Samiwell foxce b.
  16. [S185] Concord BMD, 17, mary foxce b.
  17. [S185] Concord BMD, 19, Joseph foxce b.
  18. [S185] Concord BMD, 22, Benoni ffox b.; 74, Benony b.
  19. [S185] Concord BMD, 25, Jn° ffox b.
  20. [S185] Concord BMD, 26, Nathaniel ffox b.