About Joseph Brooks
In July, 1810, Rachel Barnum came with her
brother, Eli S. Barnum, from Danbury, Conn. He was the agent for the sale of the township land. She began keeping house for her brother in the log cabin before the door was hung, a blanket serving for a door. One night when her brother was absent, she felt very lonely and kept a fire burning on the hearth. After nightfall she heard the wolves howling, and soon a large grey wolf put his head in beside the blanket door. She screamed, of course. That and the sight of the fire caused the wolf to retreat, and she was not molested again. They had a cow, and the ambitious girl carried home from a neighbor's, ten miles on horseback, a hen that was given her. It seemed quite at home and began laying. Rachel carefully saved the eggs, and in due time had a fine brood of chickens. But this first poultry venture in Florence was soon a failure, for, having fed them with salted buttermilk, they all died.
There is a romance connected with Rachel Barnum. An
admirer followed her from Connecticut to the wilderness: Charles Betts was of good family and well educated. His affection was not reciprocated, though for seven year he was persistent in his suit -- till she married another. Then the disappointed man, always eccentric, became more so, and lived a hermit life for over forty years. He seldom left his farm, and on such rare occasions attracting much attention by his quaint dress -- his long hair tied in a que, a fur cap, and a blanket over his shoulders, Indian fashion if it was cold, riding his horse, leading another, with two or three following -- it made an odd procession. Once a year he attended the service of Episcopal church, of which he was a communicant, at Norwalk. Kind to everyone, without an enemy, he was finally murdered by an ungrateful brother he had sheltered. Does not this story of unrequited love for a pioneer woman belong on these pages?
Rachel Barnum married, in 1818, Joseph Brooks, the
son of another pioneer. Cupid was busy in this forest primeval. There was a double wedding on that day; John Brooks, a brother of Joseph, married Adaline Squire.
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The children of Rachel Barnum Brooks were Mary Ann,
who married Winslow Fay in 1839, and lived in Florence until her death, in 1878. Her two sons, Lamertine and Willis Fay, are lawyers in Elyria. Maria married Herman Adams, of Sandusky, and died of cholera in 1853, having come from Sandusky to Florence the day before. She was a rare woman, greatly lamented.
Joseph Brooks's Timeline
March 22, 1818
Florence, OH, USA
BROOKS, Joseph ....BARNAM [BARNUM], Rachel ....22 Mch 1818
(the 'date' of John Jr's wedding is March 16th, 1818 - probably the dates are of the marriage license and the ceremony was on the 22nd or shortly after and did occur on the same day. One of the compilers of the above memoir was Mrs. Homer Brooks, the daughter-in-law of John Jr & Adaline)
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The children of Rachel Barnum Brooks were:
- Mary Ann, who married Winslow Fay in 1839, and lived in Florence until her death, in 1878. Her two sons, Lamertine and Willis Fay, are lawyers in Elyria.
- Maria married Herman Adams, of Sandusky, and died of cholera in 1853, having come from Sandusky to Florence the day before. She was a rare woman, greatly lamented.
1850 Census for Rachel and Emily: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX7X-QGC
Name: Rachel Brooks
December 30, 1818
- May 4, 1878
HISTORY OF CLARKSFIELD.
Winslow Fay was a son of Lyman Fay, who came from Vermornt to
In 1839 Mr. Fay built a store on the hill across the street south of Smith
Lyman Fay's wife was Caroline Kellogg daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Martin Kellogg.
Winslow Fay was a son of Lyman Fay (who came to Milan;
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W. L. FAY, attorney at law, as one of the influential citizens of Lorain county, deserves a place in this volume.
The first of the Fay family to land in America was John Fay, who came from England, A. D. 1656 in the good ship " Speedwell, " and settled in Massachusetts. From him descended in a direct line the subject of this sketch, as follows: John, Jr., James, Daniel, Aaron (great-grandfather, who married Rebecca Winslow), Lyman (grandfather, born in Vermont), Winslow (father), and Winslow Lamartine (subject), the eighth of his generation in America.
Dr. Lyman Fay (grandfather) came to Ohio in 1815, and soon after located at Milan, Erie county. He soon gained a wide reputation as a physician aud business man. In addition to his professional labors he kept a drug and general store, a large grain warehouse, and was one of the promoters of the Milan Canal which, before the days of railroads, made Milan the principal grain market of northern Ohio. He accumulated a large property, and died of cholera September 2, 1854. On July 21, 1816, he married Catherine Kellogg, who survived him, dying December 3, 1862.
Joseph Brooks (maternal grandfather) came to Ohio from eastern New York at an early day; his wife was Rachel Barnum of Danbury, Conn., related to Phineas T. Barnum, the great showman.
WINSLOW LAMARTINE FAY, the subject of this sketch, was born at Clarksfield, Huron Co., Ohio, September 12, 1848,a son of Winslow and Mary Ann (Brooks) Fay, the former of whom was born April 21, 1817, on the Huron river, at Avery, near Milan, Erie Co., Ohio, and died August 4, 1884. He (the father) was the oldest of a family of ten children. He was a merchant during the greater part of his life, but during his later years was engaged in farming. He was married January 6, 1839, to Mary Ann Brooks, who was born at Florence, Ohio, December 30, 1818, and died May 4, 1878. The mother was educated at the seminary conducted by Dr. Monteith of Elyria, who at that early day was widely known as a successful and thorough instructor. W. L. was the second of three sons who grew to manhood. He received a liberal education at Oberlin College, and during his vacations taught school for a number of years in Huron and Lorain counties. When just past sixteen years of age, becoming dissatisfied with farm life, he asked the consent of his father to be allowed to start out and make his own way in the world; the consent was kindly granted, and without further aid, by perseverance and hard study and close application, he 'provided means to secure his own education, and obtain his profession. He read law with Hon. John C. Hale, then of Elyria, where he was admitted to the bar in 1870 under twenty-two years of age; for four years thereafter he practiced his profession with his preceptor, at the end of which time he opened an office on his own account. Up to 1879 he did a successful general practice; but close confinement to office and professional work seriously affecting his health, he gradually gave his attention to other matters less confining, until now his law practice occupies only a small portion of his time. He is the inventor of the Fay Sulky Scraper for moving earth, and was engaged in its manufacture for several years. Afterward he invented the "Fairy Tricycle" for ladies, girls and cripples, which he manufactured in large numbers, and which have been sold extensively all over this country, and many shipped to foreign lands. He organized the Fay Manufacturing Co., and was principal owner of same until he sold his entire interest in December, 1891. A short time previous to this he bought the controlling interest in The Elyria Stone Co., which has extensive quarries at Grafton, Ohio, and he now holds the offices of secretary, treasurer and manager of said Company.. Since his connection with this Company the plant has been greatly enlarged and improved, and the business very much increased. He is also engaged in the manufacture of Babbitt metal under the firm name and style of W. L. Fay & Co., which business he has conducted since 1876. He has also been engaged in farming all his life, he now owning an interest in a large grape farm on Avon Point, Lorain county; he also has vessel interests on the lakes, and has many other investments that require more or less time. In addition to his business Mr. Fay has found leisure to travel quite extensively, he having visited and traveled over the greater portions of this country, of interest, and a considerable part of Europe.
Mr. Fay was first united in marriage in May, 1878, to Emma A. Vincent, who died in June, 1879, leaving to his care an infant daughter—Mary Emma. He was married, the second time, in 1886, to Ophelia Goss Lawrence, a daughter of Rev. John Lawrence, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. His present wife was the fifth of a family of eight children, and was born at Wilton, Me., during her father's pastorate at that place. Her father, Rev. John Lawrence, is a direct descendant of John Lawrence, born at Wisset, England, in 1609, and who soon afterward came to this country and settled in Watertown, Mass. Her mother was Nancy Temple Wakefield, of Reading, Mass. By his second marriage Mr. Fay has four children: Lamartine Brooks, and Lawrence Temple (twins), Rachel Charlotte, and Florence.
Politically our subject is one of the stanchest Republicans, although he has never been an office seeker. He is a member of the Masonic Lodges of his place, and in this has followed in the line of his forefathers as far back as he has any record; is also a member of a number of other secret Societies. He is the examiner of the Savings Deposit Bank of Elyria; one of the directors, secretary and attorney for the Elyria Savings and Loan Co., of which he was one of the founders; is also director in a number of other enterprises of which he is a member. Whatever business he has undertaken, he has made a success of, and those that know him best are his best friends. Mr. Fay is a thorough believer in temperance, and at all times is ready and willing to lend his aid in anything that will help remove the curse of this evil from the land, although he ?does not follow all the ideas that are advocated by extremists in this direction; he is also a believer in the Gospel of Christ, but has never united with any Church. He is a stockholder in the Gospel News Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, publishers of the Gospel News, a weekly religious paper which was started for the purpose of furnishing Christian reading matter to the masses, at a low price.
FAY C. Josephine A-R2-8 1896 1959 daughter see W. L. FAY
tribute to the Colson Cycle Co. - successor to Fay manufacturing
5. Ophelia Goss= Lawrence, born November 8. 1864, in Wilton, Me.; married August 26,
1886. to Winslow Lamartine Fay. of Elyria, Lorain county, Ohio; a lawyer; born September 12, 1849. Have live children living.
1. Lamartine Brooks'' Fay. born March 9, 1887, at Elyria, Ohio.
2. Lawrence Temple^ Fay. born March 9. 1887. at Elyria. Ohio.
3. Rachel Charlotte' Fay, born February 23. 1890. at Elyria, Ohio.
4. Florence' Fay, born January 10, 1893, at Elyria, Ohio.
5. Clara Josephine' Fay. born April 7, 1896, at Elyria, Ohio.
TRIBUTARIES (Brooks Genealogy site) descendants of Mary Ann Brooks Fay:
Mary Ann/6s Brooks
- - - - - Joseph/7s Fay (s 1846 - )
- - - - - Winslow Lamertine/7s Fay (1848 - )
- - - - - Lyman/7s Fay (s 1851 - )
- - - - - Willis Wirt/7s Fay (1853 - )
"Wakefield memorial, comprising an historical, genealogical and biographical register of the name and family of Wakefield"
DESCENDANTS [of Nancy Temple Wakefield b. April 19, 1828; d. January 6, 1871. Married (July 31, 1855): John Lawrence b. circa 1818; d. May 15, 1894.]
1. Mary Temple^ Lawrence, born June 8, 1856, in Carlisle. Mass.: married October 29, 1879, to Willis Wirt Fay: residence, Elyria. Lorain county, Ohio; previously resided in Painesville. Ohio. Reading. Mass.. and Wilton, Me.
. 1. Floyd Wirt Fay. born July 12, 1880: died September 5, 1880.
. 2. Ralph Brooks Fay. born November 1, 1881.
Ralph Fay of this city son of Mr and Mrs Willis W Fay of Third street is receiving congratulations in connection with the announcement of his engagement to Miss Margaret of Carnegie, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas. The bride to be is a very popular young lady among the younger set of Carnegie while Fay is well known in this city having been identified the Perry Fay company since its organization
"Fay, Ralph B (rooks), A.B., '05, n, 1903-04. Cost Estimator, Automatic
Florence, Madison, Ohio, United States
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8P2-1D7
Name: Hermon S. Adams
1850 Census: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCL4-8XX
Name: Herman S Adams
HISTORY OF CLARKSFIELD.
Hermon S. Adams clerked for Mr.
Name: Herman S. Adams
FROM: "Report of the trigintennial meeting with a biographical and statistical record" 1997 by Yale University. Class of 1867
*ARTHUR HERMAN ADAMS.
*Arthur Herman Adams, eldest son of Herman S. and Sarah Maria (Brooks) Adams, was born at Florence, Ohio, November 24th, 1847. Died November 24th, 1879, en route to Japan. He entered the preparatory department of the Delaware University in Ohio, and remained there three years, finishing the Sophomore year of the regular course. He then transferred his college connections to Yale, and entered the class of '67 at the beginning of Junior year in the Fall of 1865.
His father was a druggist in Sandusky, Ohio, for many years. Removing to Cleveland. Ohio, in the early seventies, he became a partner in the firm of Adams & Fay, importers and manufacturers of inks.
At the time of his graduation he was undecided as to his future calling, and he spent the first two years as a teacher of Natural Science in the Delaware Literary Institute at Franklin, New York. He then entered the Yale Theological Seminary, where he remained
During the years 1872- 1874 he attended the Yale Medical College, and at the same time taught in Gen. Russell's School, New Haven, Conn. After completing his course at the Yale Medical School he sailed October 31st, 1874, from San Francisco, Cal., for Japan, as a Medical Missionary of the A. B. C. F. M. At the time of his death he had been laboring for several years both as a Missionary and as a physician at Osaka, Japan; was the head of a benevolent dispensary and the backbone of a drug store; was also Treasurer of the Mission. In a letter received from him in 1877 by the Secretary he wrote that he was then stationed at Kioto, Japan; that he had yet to own to himself any share in the decrease of his patients, but that he believed that he was attaining a reputation that would in time tell for the advancement of Truth and Righteousness and Christ.
Soon after his graduation on August 31st. 1874. he married and with his wife went to Japan, and the two labored together in the missionary field until June, 1878, when owing to his wife's health he temporarily left Japan and took her to Southern California. It was just after leaving her there and on his return to Japan in the Steamer City of Pekin that he died, at the age of thirty-two, on November 24th, 1879 (his birthday), of typhoid fever, which he had contracted in San Francisco, Cal.
In a letter from one of the missionaries to Dr. Adams' parents appears the following:
Another states: "As a physician he won for himself an enviable reputation for wisdom and skill, and, above that, he took hold of our hearts when he came into our families with an inexplicable power. He was peculiarly dear to every member of the Osaka Station."
Another, writing, says : "This dear young servant of God had started on a career of usefulness which, if only prolonged, would have made him eminent, ranking him among the foremost of missionaries — those foremost men of the Church of Christ. He had the intellectual abilities and culture, the business and social tact, the rare enthusiasm that laughs at difficulties and the consecration which gives everything to Christ and the upbuilding of His own kingdom in a chosen field, which makes the man of mark, whether at home or abroad."
He married on August 31st, 1874, at Stevensville, Fa., Miss Sarah C. Thomas, daughter of Rev. Mr. Thomas, and had two children.
Sarah, born Osaka, Japan. March 13th. 1877; died Stevensville, Pa., February 21st, 1883.
Arthur Herman, born Nordhoff, Cal., August 8th, 1879. Arthur Herman studied for two years, 1895-1896. in the Lycee Jansen de Saille of Paris, France. He graduated in 1897, from the Lawrenceville Preparatory School, New Jersey, and is now a student at Princeton, being a member of the Class of 1901. He is in his eighteenth year. His mother resides at Wyalusing, Pa.
COLLEGE SOCIETIES, HONORS, RANK.
Linonia, Philosophical Oration, Phi Beta Kappa, 4th in Class.
A H Adams Sr. Obituary: http://mssa.library.yale.edu/obituary_record/1859_1924/1879-80.pdf
ARTHUR HERMAN" ADAMS was born in Florence, O, Nov. 24,
Sarah C., born August 14, 1849 (educated in the common schools, Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, and Delaware Institute, at Franklin, N. Y., took French and Botanical lectures; taught several years and was married, August 31, 1874, to Dr. Arthur H. Adams, whom she accompanied to Japan in October of the same year as a missionary. Mr. Adams was born at Sandusky, Ohio, October 26, 1847, was graduated at Yale College in 1867, being the fourth in a class of 110. After two years of teaching in the Delaware Literary Institute at Franklin, N. Y., he re-entered Yale, where he was graduated in Theology and Medicine. He was located at Osaka, Japan, as missionary physician. In 1878 he went to southern California for his wife’s health, and on returning to Japan died at sea of typhoid fever, and was buried at Kobe, Japan, in 1879. Mrs. Adams remained in California until 1882, when she returned to Stevensville. In 1888 she went to Antwerp, Belgium, and spent two years in Belgium and Italy; then returned to Stevensville, where she has since resided with her parents; she has one living child, Arthur H., born August 8, 1879);
A H Adams, Sr. Doctoral Dissertation:
His son was an engineer for Western Electric and held a patent for a Typewheel based teletype machine which he helped invent in 1936.
ROLL OF MEMBERS
(a) indicates home address, (b) business address, (c) address from
ARTHUR HERMAN ADAMS, A.B.
(a) Lakeville, Conn,
(b) 41 Park Row, New York City.
(c) Wyalusing, Pa.
[Born August 8, 1879, at Nordhoff, Cal. Son of Arthur H. Adams (Yale '67)
With Western Electric Company for seventeen years: 1901-05, in New York
1917-1918, engaged in an "Essential Industry," manufacturing telephone and
M. Edith Riemann, August 8, 1905.
Paul Riemann Adams, b. June 15, 1907.
Arthur Herman Adams, Jr., b. January 10, 1909-
Robert Thomas Adams, b. January 3, 1915-
[ also infant son 1906-1906 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86479309 ]
Paul Reimann Adams graduated Princeton 1931 and worked for ITT.
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AH Adams III died in WWII: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86479885
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Probable grave for Robert Thomas Adams: (same county as parents): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSlh=1&GRi...;
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Probate Record following death of Sarah M:
Erie County, Ohio
The following has been found in the Sandusky Register Newspaper, Erie Co., Ohio on November 23, 1857:
HERMAN S. ADAMS, Guardian - Sandusky, Nov. 19, 1857.
Erie, Ohio, United States
HISTORY OF CLARKSFIELD.
"In 1849 the parents of Mrs. [Mary Ann Brooks] Fay died of cholera"