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Henry Brooks, of Woburn

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Death: April 12, 1683 (87-95)
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Brooke, of Manchester and wife of John Brooke, of Manchester
Husband of Grace Wheeler; 1st wife of Henry Brooks, of Woburn; 'Goodwife' Susanna Brooks and Annis Brooks
Father of Dea. John Brooks, of Woburn; Hannah Willey; Mary Wheeler (Brooks); Rev. Timothy Brooks; Martha Bateman and 1 other
Brother of John Brooke; Thomas Brooke and Richard Brooke

Occupation: Clothier
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About Henry Brooks, of Woburn

Henry Brooks

  • Birth: 1592 - probably Manchester, England
  • Parents: John Brooks
  • Wife: (unknown); Susannah, widow of Ezekiel Richardson; Annis Jordan, widow of Abraham Jaquith
  • Death: Apr 12 1683 - Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Christopher Brooks comments:

"Henry Brooks seems to have materially increased his estate and wealth during his lifetime. While in 1650 he called himself a simple yeoman, in his old age he called himself a clothier. In Pope's words, "A 'clothier' was a man who combined the various departments of cloth-making and handled the products. The carder prepared the wool for the spinster; the weaver passed his pieces over to the webster and fuller; the tucker got things in shape for the shearman; and the clothier criticized, accepted, or rejected, and adjusted the prices of the cloths, and put them on the market. … Clothiers were generally men who comprehended the entire process of manufacturing cloth, and who were cloth merchants; so the trade or business implied a person of large brain and strong grasp of details and good sagacity. It was also usually very profitable, so that clothiers were very often more wealthy than the gentry …."27 "

  • Children: John Brooks, Joshua Brooks, William Brooks, Gilbert Brooks, Timothy Brooks, Isaac Brooks, Hannah Brooks, Hannah Brooks, Sarah Brooks

Henry Brooks is the noted father of Hannah Brooks, proof found in 2006 samples of the male descendants of Hannah's brothers. Henry is related but most likely a cousin of Thomas Brooks. Henry had 3 marriages (though his children were by his first wife) and the third marriage took place when this spry gentleman was 90 years of age.



Five Families - person page 16

[ http://www.gulbangi.com/5families-o/p16.htm#i387 ]

Henry Brooks1,2,3,4

  • #387, b. 1592, d. 12 April 1683

Henry Brooks was born in 1592 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. His birth date is calculated from a Dec. 1658 suit in which he testified that he was about 66 years old.5,4 He was the son of John Brooke. Henry Brooks married as his first wife Unidentified Wife'before 1624.5

Henry Brooks married as his second wife Susanna (?) before 27 March 1651 in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay Colony.6,5,4 Henry Brooks married as his third wife Annis Jordan on 12 July 1682 in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay Colony.2,3,5,7,4 Henry Brooks died on 12 April 1683 in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay Colony.3,2,7

Henry Brooks became a freeman on 14 March 1639 in Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony.8,3,5 He lived in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay Colony, circa 1650.2 He left a will on 18 July 1682. In his will he names his wife Annes, son-in-law John Mousall, sons John, Timothy and Isaac, and daughters Sarah and Lestor. Several researchers have believed that Lestor was the first name of a daughter, but it is Hannah's married name as her second husband was Andrew Lester.9,2

Children of Henry Brooks and Unidentified Wife

  • 1. John Brooks10 b. 1 Jan 1623/24, d. 29 Sep 1691
  • 2. Martha Brooks b. c 1626, d. 3 Aug 1665
  • 3. Hannah Brooks+4 b. 1626, d. 1692
  • 4. Mary Brooks5 b. c 1628, d. 24 Feb 1671/72
  • 5. Timothy Brooks b. c 1629, d. b 7 Oct 1712
  • 6. Sarah Brooks5,10 b. c 1636, d. b 10 Sep 1705
  • 7. Joseph Brooks11 b. 12 Apr 1641, d. b 16 Jul 1682
  • 8. Isaac Brooks+ b. c 1643, d. 8 Sep 1686


  • [S50] William Freeman Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord.
  • [S327] Dr. Benjamin Cutter, "Brooks Family of Woburn, MA."
  • [S332] Woburn GenWeb Page, online www.yeoldwoburn.com.
  • [S1103] John Brooks Threlfall, Ancestors of J. B. Threlfall.
  • [S586] Brooks Families of NE, online www.tributaries.us.
  • [S329] "NEHGR Notes", Volume 98, page 363, 1944.
  • [S901] Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Vital Records of Woburn.
  • [S84] John Farmer, A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England.
  • [S324] Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts.
  • [S887] Great Migration Online, online www.greatmigrationonline.org.
  • [S901] Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Vital Records of Concord.


HENRY BROOKS, b. about 1591; d. April 12, 1683; m. (1) an unknown woman; m. (2) Susanna, widow of Ezekial Richardson, prior to March 27, 1651; m. (3) Annis Jasquith, July 12, 1682.

Ch. of Henry and his first wife:

  1. John.
  2. Isaac.
  3. Timothy.
  4. Sarah, b. ---? m. John Mousall, May 13, 1650.
  5. Hannah, b. ---? m. (1) Thomas Fox, Feb. 13, 1647-48; (2) Andrew Lester.
  6. Joseph; b. Dec. 2, 1641, in Concord (nothing else is known).

Susanna, wife of Henry, was well known in Woburn, her familiar name being, "Goodwife Brooks." She seems to have been a very helpful member of the community as records speak of her as, "an ancient and skillful woman, famous for her attainments in medical science." She died on Sept. 15, 1681. It will be noted that Henry married Annis, his third wife, at the age of 90.

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Henry Brooks, of Woburn's Timeline

Manchester, Lancashire, England
Of Norwich, Norfolk, England
Norwich, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
Of Norwich, Norfolk, England
of Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
of Norwich, Norfolk, England
January 1, 1624
Age 32
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America

Was born before his father came to Woburn.

Age 33
Age 33