John Brooks, Sr.
|Also Known As:||"Major John Brooks"|
|Birthplace:||Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States|
|Death:||Died in Erie, OH, USA|
|Place of Burial:||Florence, OH, USA|
Son of Jonathan Brooks and Sarah Brooks
|Occupation:||Revolutionary War Soldier & Ohio Pioneer|
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This note should be a reference to John Sr.:
History of Sullivan County: Embracing an Account of Its Geology, Climate, Aborigines, Early Settlement, Organization with Biographical Sketches
By James Eldridge Quinlan January 1, 1873
G. M. Beebe & W. T. Morgans
CHAPTER XVI. THE TOWN OF THOMPSON. [see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thompson,_New_York ]
"The Records of Mamakating prove that John Brooks occupied the Demarest farm in 1797. In September of that year, he had a cleared and enclosed field. Brooks was succeeded by Jabez Wakeman, the father of Talcot, Uriah, Damon, Jabez Junior, Banks and George Wakeman. Jabez Wakeman also lad three daughters, one of whom married Doctor Apollos B. Hanford of Monticello." [see http://www.rockhillny.org/hist4.htm ]
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John Brooks lived at Wakeman's ford as early, probably, as 1787. Our authority is an old lady who knew him well, and often saw him at her father's house, in Mamakating Hollow, when she was about ten years of age. Brooks was a native oi the old town of Mamakating, and his name is among those who took the Bevolutionary pledge there in 1775. He must have come by the way of Sandburgh to Denniston's ford, and then traveled down the river to the point where he built his house. Although he was then the only white inhabitant of the territory now embraced by our town-boundaries, he had neighbors at no great distance; for at that time there were families farther up the river. He brought with him a pair of small mill-stones, which he operated by hand, and thus made his own samp and meal. One of these stones, a few years since, was owned by Samuel G. Thompson, of Thompsonville, who used it in his grist-mill for some purpose. We regret that it is lost—probably destroyed by the burning of the mill while owned by Thomas Billing.
Brooks loved forest-sports, and took great delight in relating his adventures. He used a rifle of long range when hunting, and a bow of marvelous length when describing his own exploits. Some of his stories would have delighted David Crockett. As his relations were of the Munchausen order, we will not repeat them. It is enough to say, that he declared that, while hunting, he shot a bear through its hind-legs, breaking both of them; and that he then seized hold of its stubby tail, and drove it to his home with less difficulty than if the beast had been a steer. On another occasion, a very powerful bear attempted to hug the breath out of his body. He could not get away, and so was compelled to measure his strength with Bruin's. One or the other must die. In this emergency, Brooks gave the beast a tremendous embrace, and squeezed all the entrails from its body. After it was thus turned inside out, tho animal considered further effort useless, and abandoned the contest.
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[below indicates Brooks left Wakemans ford about 1792 - also note reference to a Barnum's saw mill]
About 1792, Ananias Sackett cut open the road which bore his name. . . . A portion of this road is still used; but the greater part of it is covered by the Newburgh and Cochecton turnpike and the Monticello and Wurtsborough McAdamized road. The Sackett road ran very nearly from Wurtsborough to the residence of William Marshall, the Clements' or Davis place south of Lord's pond, the Haviland farm and Bridgeville, where the river was forded a short distance above the bridge. It then ascended the hill between the Methodist church and the old Hezekiah Howell building, and passed to the Barnum saw-mill, the farm of Mr. Wright, and then turned south of Monticello . . . . .
About the time the Sackett road was begun, Reuben Allen moved to lot number 39, in Great Lot 13, where he died on the 6th of December, 1848, after a residence of fifty-six years. He was probably the first white man who remained permanently in the town, and left descendants here after him; for Brooks, who preceded him, ceased to be a resident soon after Judge Thompson moved to Thompsonville. He was 29 and his wife 25 years old when they commenced a life of privation and hardship which few would dare now to encounter. In an unbroken forest, almost beyond human aid and sympathy, they made their home, and labored to render it pleasant. For a time he was unable to raise sufficient food for his family, and when want stared them in the face, he left his wife and children in the woods, and went beyond the Shawangunk to earn a few shillings, with which he bought food, and then carried it home on his shoulders. Wages at that time were in summer from four to six shillings per day, and from seven to nine dollars per month. In winter no one wanted laborers at any price. Self-denial, industry and persistence finally conquered all untoward surroundings. The traveler who passed from Monticello to Wurtsborough forty years ago, will remember that Reuben Allen's residence was one of the neatest on the road.
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On the 29th of September, 1797, Reeve and Knapp established another public road, and had the following description of it recorded by the Clerk of Mamakating:
"Beginning at the foot of the hill near the Neversink river, on Sackett's road, turn out to the north, and runs up said river to an enclosed field occupied by Amasa Matthews, and along the back side of said field on a high piece of ground inside of the fence, and runs out to the bank of the river, up s'd river near John Brooks', and then across the said river, and upon the west side of the river until it gets above Brooks' inclosure, and then left the s'd river to the north east, and runs north west as the road is now cut and travelled unto Thompson's Mills, to be four rods wide."
http://cpmra.muohio.edu/townships/florencetwp/history.htm (excerpted from:
History of the Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers
Press of Leader Printing Company, 1879 - Erie County (Ohio) -
"In 1810, John Brooks, Sr., Joseph Sears and Jeremiah Wilson, and their families, were added. Mr. Brooks located at Sprague's Corners, on lot Thirty-seven. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and was in several important engagements, amongst others those of White Plains and Monmouth, and was twice wounded. He died at the age of ninety- one. His son, John Brooks, Jr., married Adeline Squire, and settled a short distance south of Florence Corners, on the east side of the road. They are both deceased and the last of the family moved to Kansas a short time since. Joseph Brooks, another son, married a daughter [note: should this be sister?] of Eli S. Barnum, and settled across the road from his brother John. In 1811, Town Clark with his widowed mother, with several younger children, and George Brooks, her son-in-law, and his family of wife and child, moved in from Onondaga County, New York. The Clark family bought and settled where Mrs. Solomon G. Sprague resides. Seven years after, Mrs. Clark married a Mr. Downing, and removed to Michigan. Mrs. John Hill, aged seventy-six, is the only member of the family now living in the township. George Brooks settled in the south part of the township. In 1836, he removed to Michigan, and afterwards started for California and died on the way. These were the only inhabitants of the township until after the war.
These were the only inhabitants of the township until after the war. They were among the earliest settlers of the Fire-lands, ant’ their situation was one of complete isolation, shut off by woods from neighbors in every direction. To obtain their grinding, they had to travel on foot through an unbroken forest to Newburgh, near Cleveland. Ezra Sprague, when making such a journey, on one occasion lost his way near where Elyria now is, and lay out in a storm all night. He had been sick with ague for some time previous, but, it is said, after the drenching he received that night he never suffered another shake.
The Sandusky Clarion, June 1, 1844; Norwalk, Erie Co., Ohio.
A VETERAN WHIG. Among the gallant spirits from Erie County, at the Mass Convention in this city on the 15th inst,. was that Whig patriarch, Mr. Brooks. He rode on horseback from his house to Cleveland, 42 miles, and returned on the same faithful animal, in the rain and without an umbrella, though one was offered him, as also a seat in a covered carriage, which he declined. At Dover, he gave a history of his long, eventful an honorable life, as follows:
He was 88 years old last December, lived in Florence, Erie county, Ohio. That he served under Montgomery before the appointment of Washington as commander-in-chief, and under Washington through the war. Was at the taking of the following places, to wit: Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Laprarie, Montreal, and was at the siege of St. Johns 23 days; this was in 1775. In 1776 was in the battles of Long Island and White Plains, in both of which actions he was wounded, and the same year in the battle of Trenton, N. J. In 1777, at Montgomery, Monmouth, the Indian battle near Beaver Creek, in which he was wounded in several places. He shot across the river and shot Brant's horse from under him--shot again and wounded him in the knee. Brant was the commander of the Indians. Was at the taking of Stony Point, and in the last action, the taking of Cornwallis.
In 1781 he received a commission from Congress as commandant of a company, and in 1782, (the war having closed) he received an honorable discharge from Gen. Washington.
He supported Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J. Q. Adams, and Harrison, for presidents--has travelled on horse-back to Cleveland, a distance of 42 miles, to attend the convention for the ratification of the nomination of Henry Clay and Theodore Frelinghuysen. That he was a Whig in '76 and ever has been, and ever will be so long as he may live. Cleve. Her.
[[One British account of the Battle does indicate that Brant took fire, but that the bullet only passed through his clothing https://books.google.com/books?pg=PA268&id=g5kPAAAAYAAJ#v=onepage&q&f=false ]]
Signers in Mamacoting, Ulster County
v3:586 - . . . . Jonathan Brooks, . . . .
v3:587 - . . . . John Brooks . . . .
Committee Chamber, June 26, 1775.
SIR: Pursuant to request, we return to you the Association, which is unanimously signed by all the Freeholders and Inhabitants of our Precinct. Signed by order of the Committee:
JOHN YOUNG, Chairman.
Peter V˙ B˙ Livingston, Esq˙, President of the Provincial Congress.
John Brooks, Sr.'s Timeline
December 4, 1755
Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
John Brooks, Sr., the son of Jonathan Brook and Sarah (Hubbard?) and was born 4 Dec 1755 in Ridgefield, CT. Their other children were:
--Vital Records of Ridgefield, Fairfield Co. CT -from 1709
BIRTHS, PART I
Jonathan, son of Jonathan & Sarah BROOKS, b. 30 Sep 1745
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Children of Jonathan & Sarah BROOKS:
Sarah, b. 16 Feb 1747
MARRIAGES & DEATHS
Jonahtan BROOKS m. Sarah (no surname given), 9 Apg 1744
Jonathan/3s Brooks was born 17 Nov 1709 at Deerfield, MA.1 He married, 9 Apr 1744 at Ridgefield, CT, Sarah Hubbard/Hobart, perhaps Sarah Hobart, daughter of Joseph Hobart and Sarah Rockwell. (Jonathan's brother Ebenezer and mother Elizabeth (Belden) Brooks also removed to Fairfield County, CT.).2 Parcels of land in Ridgefield that Joseph and Sarah (Rockwell) Hobart received in the will of Thomas Rockwell were sold sometime between 1756-1761 by John Hobart, Ruth Hobart, Jonathan and Sarah Brooks, and James and Phebe Green.3 Jonathan Brooks further removed, between 1780 and 1782, to Minisink Twp., Orange Co., NY.4
> Subject: Maj John Brooks of CT
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Jonathan BROOKS m. Sarah (Hubbard?) 9 Apr 1744 in Ridgefield, CT
They may have gone to Southbury, CT (after 1755) before going up to Orange
Name John Brooks
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"United States Census, 1800", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5T-VGC : accessed 5 March 2016), John Brooks, 1800.
United States Census, 1800
(scan has two households headed by JOHN BROOKS - need column headings to decipher household makeup Plus a John T Brooks, and a Jonathan Brooks)
Name John Brooks
"United States Census, 1810", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH2C-YDN : accessed 5 March 2016), John Brooks, 1810.
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March 3, 1776
BROOKS, JOHN, (Erie Co.)
Pvt in 8th Regt NY State Tr. Br 1775., Ridgefield, Conn. Mar Rachel Blizzard
JOHN BROOKS, RWPA #W10451. He was born in Ridgefiled Township, Fairfield County, New York on December 4, 1753. He married in (2) Huron County, Ohio on February 5, 1838 Orilla Hancock. He died on September 23, 1846. He served as a private in Captain Cornelius Hardenburgh's Company of Colonel Rudolphus Ritzman's Regiment and in Colonel Jesse Woodhull's Regiment of Orange County Militia. He states he was stationed in Fort Wsahington on Fort Isalnd on the day it was evacuated. He was wounded in the right arm in the Battle of White Plains. He also served in Captain William Telford's Company Company of the South End Regiment of Ulster County Militia. John states he was thrice wounded in a battle with Joseph Brant on the Beaver Creek near Peen Pack and he states that Lieutenant Colonel Doctor Benjamin Thurston of the Goshen District Regiment of Orange County Militia, Captain Bazaliel Tyler Junior of Little Britian in the New Windsor Precinct Company of the South End Regiment of Ulster County Militia, and Major [ ] DeWitt [sic] were killed in this battle.He also fought in the Battle of Trenton as an Orderly Sergeant.
By the end of the Revolutionary War, it looks like he obtained the rank of Lieut.. The rank of Major could have been gained either in the War of 1812, or as a member of a pioneer militia set up to guard Florence from native tribes around 1812. His grave is marked with a War of 1812 service marker.
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"John Brooks, Sen., and Lambert Shafer, were
Possibly he was never a Major at all, and he acquired this title mistakenly based on the inscription on his grave which could be parsed to mean he served under Major Bridges. Or he could have been mistaken for a different Major John Brooks.
There was a DIFFERENT "Major John Brooks" who served under Colonel Ebeneezer Bridge in MA:
Brooks, John (Mass).
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".... John Brooks from Fairfield Co CT was born 4 Dec 1755, son of Jonathan and wife Sarah (Hobart) Brooks; this man’s pension data identifies a fourth wife, Orilla HANCOCK, married 5 Feb 1838 in Huron Co OH...."
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 JOHN BROOKS, RWPA #W10451. He was born in Ridgefield Township, Fairfield County, New York on December 4, 1753. He married in (2) Huron County, Ohio on February 5, 1838 Orilla Hancock. He died on September 23, 1846. He served as a private in Captain Cornelius Hardenburgh’s Company of Colonel Rudolphus Ritzman’s Regiment and in Colonel Jesse Woodhull’s Regiment of Orange County Militia. He states he was stationed in Fort Washington on Fort Island on the day it was evacuated. He was wounded in the right arm in the Battle of White Plains. He also served in Captain William Telford’s Company Company of the South End Regiment of Ulster County Militia. John states he was thrice wounded in a battle with Joseph Brant on the Beaver Creek near Peen Pack and he states that Lieutenant Colonel Doctor Benjamin Thurston of the Goshen District Regiment of Orange County Militia, Captain Bazaliel Tyler Junior of Little Britian in the New Windsor Precinct Company of the South End Regiment of Ulster County Militia, and Major [ ] DeWitt [sic] were killed in this battle. He also fought in the Battle of Trenton as an Orderly Sergeant.
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ULSTER COUNTY MILITIA - Second Regiment
COLONEL James McClaghry
. . . . . . Jermiah Brooke, Jeremial Brooks, John Brooks, William Brooks, . . . . .
"The History of Ulster County, New York" By Alphonso T. Clearwater
13th Co Coshecton Company--Bazaliel Tyler, Junr.,* Captain; Nathaniel Reevs, First Lieut.; Moses Thomas, Second Lieut.; Nathan Mitchell, Ensign.
* Capt. Bazaliel Tyler was the first man killed in the battle of Minisink, July 22d, 1779. He was in the advanced guard. He is usually credited to the Goshen regiment, to which he never belonged, nor did his company.
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"A list of men taken at Fort Montgomery"
"Blockhouses and Military Posts of the Firelands" Marjorie Loomis Cherry - 1934
JOHN BROOKS SR., FLORENCE, OHIO
John Brooks Sr., came with his wife and family in 1810. He was a
His first wife, the mother of his children, was Rachel Blizzard. The name of his second wife is lost. Third wife was the Widow Barnes, the fourth wife being Widow Hancock (Orvilla Hocum).
His one daughter Sally Brooks died soon after they came here and is
John Brooks Sr. is buried on the lot of his son, John Jr. No stone at the grave, but a D. A. R. marker.
Martha Pitkin Chapter under the chairmanship of Mrs. George Doerzbach will see that a stone is placed at this grave.
REFERENCES: /The book has dealt at length with the Brooks
1850 Census: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX7X-F23
Name: Oliver Brooks
NATHANIEL TAFT M 43y b. NY
(living nearby are two other households with Brooks family members - including Adeline, the widow of John, and two with members of the Squire family - family of Adeline)
August 29, 1780
Deerpark, NY, USA
Name Gorge Brooks
"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2CH-LYD : accessed 5 March 2016), John Brooks in entry for Gorge Brooks, 29 Oct 1780; citing DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH,MACHACKEMECK,ORANGE,NEW YORK, reference ; FHL microfilm 599,307.
New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962
"Mr. Delbert Radke, Attorney at Law in San Francisco, CA wrote a letter to the Record and Pension Office of the War Department dated December 19th, 1928 in which he states that George Brooks was born on Aug. 29, 1780. He further states that George was baptised on Oct. 29th, 1780 at the Old Dutch Reform Church in Deerpark, NY."
"John Brooks married Rachel Blizzard and had son George, born Aug. 29, 1780 and bap. Oct. 29, 1780 [verified in Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830]"
NOTE: There is a George Brooks listed as head of Household on 1790 census living near a John Brooks - this obviously is not same, but could be uncle and therefore lead on this Brooks line as George less common name prior to 1770 when that George would have been born
Name George Brooks
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"United States Census, 1790", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHKP-TWS : accessed 5 March 2016), George Brooks, 1790.
United States Census, 1790
Deerpark, Orange, NY, USA
August 18, 1782
Port Jervis, Orange, New York, United States
Minisink Dutch Reformed Church Records:
Baptisms: August 18, 1782
PARENTS: . . . . . . . . .CHILD
John Brooks . . . . . . . . . Sarah
Same record on FamilySearch.org
Name: Sarah Brooks
"New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2CH-2RK : accessed 17 Mar 2013), Rachel Blysard in entry for Sarah Brooks, 18 Aug 1782.
Same from State database:
Name Sarah Brooks
"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2CH-2RJ : accessed 5 March 2016), Sarah Brooks, 18 Aug 1782; citing DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH,MACHACKEMECK,ORANGE,NEW YORK, reference ; FHL microfilm 599,307.