Goodwife Susannah Brooks

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Susanna Brooks

Nicknames: "Susanna (Bradford?) Richardson Brooks"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown Bradford
Wife of Ezekiel Richardson (Immigrant) and Henry Brooks, of Woburn
Mother of Phoebe Baldwin; Theophilus Richardson; Capt. Josiah Richardson, Sr.; John Richardson; Jonathan Richardson and 6 others

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About Susanna Brooks

Please see http://www.tributaries.us/p867.htm#i8661 for details. Her parents are not known.

Christopher Brooks comments:

"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)"

  • " ... He sent the (scalped) 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 ... 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."

SURNAME BRADFORD IS CITED IN MOST BOOKS

Susanna, likely married in England just a few years before their migration. Surname of Bradford, used by many people, not proven. She survived Ezekiel and married, second, Henry Brooks on March 21, 1651, age estimated 41. She died September 15, 1681, in Woburn, aged estimated 71 years.

M. 2ND HENRY BROOKS.

"Susanna, wife of Henry, was well known in Woburn, het familiar name being "Goodwife Brooks." She seems to have been a very helpful member of the community an records speak of her as, "an ancient and skillful woman, famous for her attainments in medical science."

-Brooks family genealogy

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Goodwife Susannah Brooks's Timeline

1591
1591
England
1595
1595
Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
1625
November 21, 1625
Age 30
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1632
June 3, 1632
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
1632
Age 37
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1633
December 22, 1633
Age 38
Charlestown, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1634
1634
Age 39
Gwynedd, Wales
1635
November 7, 1635
Age 40
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, USA
1638
July 21, 1638
Age 43
Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
1639
February 13, 1639
Age 44
Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts