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John Brooks, Sr.

Also Known As: "Major John Brooks"
Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Erie, OH, USA
Place of Burial: Florence, OH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Brooks and Sarah Brooks
Husband of Rachel Brooks; Asenath "The Widow Smith" Brooks; Widow Barnes Brooks and Orilla "The Widow Hancock" Brooks
Father of Sally Brooks; Joseph Brooks; Oliver Brooks; George Brooks and John Brooks, Jr.
Brother of Jonathan Brooks, Jr.; Phebe Brooks; Sarah Brooks; Jeremiah Brooks; Martha Brooks and 2 others

Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier & Ohio Pioneer
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About John Brooks, Sr.

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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

Pages 523-525


"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 ]

. . . . 

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."

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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.


(via M.A.Rigdon)

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 ]]


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.


Possible additional marriage at church attended by family:;view=1up;seq=328

Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church records, edited with ... Vosburgh, Royden Woodward, ed

1788 — Dec. 16. John Brooks, Bethiah Goodspeed.

======;view=1up;seq=686 History of Orange County, New York, with illustrations ... pp.409-820. Ruttenber, Edward Manning, comp. 1825-1907,

(from Cornwall records c.1775)

"John Brooks. His homestead was probably the present place of Benton Brooks."

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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:
Jonathan b. 30 Sep 1745
Phebe b. 12 Nov 1746
Sarah b. 16 Feb 1749
Jeremiah b. 22 Apr 1750
Martha b. 20 Feb 1752

--Vital Records of Ridgefield, Fairfield Co. CT -from 1709


Extracted from
The History of Ridgefield Connecticut

Jonathan, son of Jonathan & Sarah BROOKS, b. 30 Sep 1745
Phebe, daughter of Jonahtan & Sarah BROOKS, b. 12 Nov 1746

. . .

Children of Jonathan & Sarah BROOKS:

Sarah, b. 16 Feb 1747
Jeremiah, b. 22 Apr 1750
Martha, b. 20 Feb 1752
Ruth, b. 9 Nov 1753
John, b. 4 Dec 1755


Extracted from
The History of Ridgefield Connecticut

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
> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 09:31:34 EDT
> From:
> To:
> The first Jonathan Brooks came to Plymouth, MA with the Pilgrims, at least
> according to Dr F.E. Weeks (1912). I am not sure if he means the Mayflower
> Pilgrims of 1620 which would make him over 100 years old when Jonathan Jr was
> born ca 1724. I believe that this line somehow ties into the Brooks of
> Cheshire, New Haven, CT founded by Henry and John Brooks of Cheshire,
> England. All accounts say that after these two brothers founded Cheshire that
> John removed to Ridgefield where my direct ancestor, Maj John Brooks, was
> born. I have volumes on Maj John Brooks, but very little on his father and
> only the one article by Mr Weeks that mentions the senior Jonathan. Any
> assistance in tracing this family further would be greatly appreciated.
> Family Group Record
> ============================================================
> Husband: Jonathan BROOKS Jr
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> Marriage: 9 Apr 1744 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> Immigration: bet 1780-1782 Minisink Twp, Orange, NY
> Father: Jonathan BROOKS
> Mother:
> ============================================================
> Wife: Sarah HUBBARD
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> ============================================================
> Children
> ============================================================
> 1 M Jonathan BROOKS 3d
> Birth: 30 Sep 1745 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 2 F Phebe BROOKS
> Birth: 12 Nov 1746 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 3 M Jeramiah BROOKS
> Birth: 22 Apr 1750 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> Spouse: Abigail FOX (m 13 May 1784)
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 4 F Martha BROOKS
> Birth: 20 Feb 1752 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 5 F Ruth BROOKS
> Birth: 9 Nov 1753 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 6 M Maj John BROOKS Sr
> Birth: 4 Dec 1755 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> Immigration: bef 1776 Peenbeck, Ulster, NY
> Military: bet 1776-1782 New York
> Immigration: 1797 Pompey, Onondaga, NY
> Immigration: 1810 Florence Twp, Huron Co, OH
> Elected: 1817 Trustee
> Census: 1820 Florence Twp, Huron Co, OH
> Pension: 4 Mar 1831 Revolutionary War Service
> Death: 22 Sep 1846 Florence Twp, Erie Co, OH
> Burial: Cable Cemetery, Florence Twp, Erie Co, OH
> Spouse: Rachel BLIZZARD (m bef 1780)
> Spouse: Asenath (m 7 Jan 1827)
> Spouse: Lena BARNES (m 21 Oct 1828)
> Spouse: Orrilla HOCUM (m 5 Feb 1838)
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 7 F Hannah BROOKS
> Birth: 1781 Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> Death: 1823 Clarksfield, Huron, OH
> Burial: Hilltop Cemetery, Clarksfield Twp, Huron Co, OH
> Spouse: TROWBRIDGE (m abt 1800)
> Spouse: Benjamin STILES (m bef 1810)
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 8 M Daniel BROOKS
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 9 M Benjamin BROOKS
> Immigration: 1809 Vermillion Twp, Huron, OH
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> Spouse: Asenath VAN VLEET
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 10 M Esther BROOKS
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 11 _ BROOKS
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 12 _ BROOKS
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------
> 13 _ BROOKS
> Birth: Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
> ============================================================
> Prepared 28 Aug 1999 by:
> Christopher B Webber
> Tacoma, Washington
> ============================================================


From: <Marianne>
Subject: [BNE] Jonathan Brooks-brick wall
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 12:48:56 EST

Searching for the parents/siblings of Jonathan Brooks. He is in the Vital
records of Ridgefield, CT with his marriage to Sarah and his children. Not
sure where or when he was born.

Jonathan BROOKS m. Sarah (Hubbard?) 9 Apr 1744 in Ridgefield, CT
with the following children:
1) Jonathan BROOKS, b. 30 Sep 1745 Ridgefield, CT
2) Phebe BROOKS, b. 12 Nov 1746 m. Samuel STILES
3) Sarah BROOKS, b. 16 Feb 1749
4) Jeremiah BROOKS, b. 22 Apr 1750, m. Abigail FOX, 13 May 1784, New London
5) Martha BROOKS, b. 20 Feb 1752
6) Ruth BROOKS, b. 9 Nov 1753, m. Samuel MUNN, 27 Dec 1780
7) John BROOKS, b. 4 Dec 1755, m. Rachel Blizzard

They may have gone to Southbury, CT (after 1755) before going up to Orange
Co., NY, or Ulster Co. NY. There is a Jonathan, Jeremiah, and John Brooks in
Ulster Co. in the 1790 census, it may be them.


Name John Brooks
Event Type Census
Event Date 1800
Event Place Blooming Grove, Orange, New York, United States
Page 354

[from scan:
6 white males - 2 under 10; 1:10-16; 2:16-26; 1:45+
3 white females - 1 under 10; 1:10-16; 1:25-44
1 slave]

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United States Census, 1800
Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number M32
Affiliate Film Number 21
GS Film Number 193709
Digital Folder Number 004955939
Image Number 00361


(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
Event Type Census
Event Date 1810
Event Place Monroe, Orange, New York, United States
Page 371
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View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.
United States Census, 1810
Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number M252
Affiliate Film Number 29
GS Film Number 0181383
Digital Folder Number 005157071
Image Number 00208

March 3, 1776
Age 20
United States


Ancestor #: A015022
Death: 9-22-1846 FLORENCE ERIE CO OHIO
Pension Number: *S
Service Description: 1) ALSO PVT ENS SGT




BROOKS, JOHN, (Erie Co.)

Pvt in 8th Regt NY State Tr. Br 1775., Ridgefield, Conn. Mar Rachel Blizzard
D 1846, Florence, O. Bur Near Spragues Corners, Florence, O. Ref : 79556, Vol 80, D. A. R. Lin. Fur infor Martha Pitkin Chap.
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Match for this listing from History of Erie Co. - 1916:
John Brooks, Sr. - Served as a private during the whole war; buried near Spragues Corners, Florence, Ohio.


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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Memoir of Joab Squire (father-in-law of John Jr.) - November 1859

"John Brooks, Sen., and Lambert Shafer, were
Revolutionary soldiers and pensioners. John Brooks enlisted
in the early part of the war, and served all through the
struggle. He was in several important battles; among others,
those of White Plains and Monmouth. He was twice
wounded. He died at the age of 91."


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).
o Captain of a Company of Massachusetts Minute Men at Lexington and Concord, 19th April, 1775;
o Major of Bridge s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775;
o Major 19th Continental Infantrv, 1st January, 1776;
o Lieutenant-Colonel 8th Massachusetts, 1st November, 1776;
o Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant 7th Massachusetts, llth November, 1778, and served to 12th June, 1783;
o Brigadier-General United States Army, llth April, 1792;
honorably discharged 1st November, 1796 (Died 2d March, 1825.)

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == = ==

".... 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[11]...."

. . .

[11] 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.

"New York In the Revolution" page 158
Also lists service in Orange County Militia:
Orange County Militia
Second Regiment

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Brooks John
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similar to above:


COLONEL James McClaghry
Lieut. Col. Jacob Newkirk
MAJOR Moses Phillips
Adjutant George Denniston
Quarter Master Peter Crance
Quarter Master Evins Wharry.
. . . . . .

. . . . . . 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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On the morning of July 22, the militia moved into position in the hills above the Delaware River, intending to ambush Brant's forces who were crossing at Minisink Ford. Hathorn split them into a group of skirmishers and two units comprising the main force. Before the ambush was set, however, a shot was fired in haste by Bezaleel Tyler, one of the skirmishers. This mistake alerted Brant to the trap, and he quickly outflanked the two groups of colonials, many of whom fled. Separated from the main unit and with his forces scattered, Hathorn was unable to regroup his men for a counterattack. He was forced to retreat, leaving Tusten and the Goshen militia surrounded and outnumbered. After several hours of continuous volleys, insufficient ammunition and close quarters caused the battle to devolve into hand-to-hand combat, at which the Iroquois excelled. At least 45 militiamen were killed, including Tusten himself. 1 rebel {Captain Wood} was captured. Brant's force, on the other hand, is believed to have lost only about seven men. {Brant wrote of his casualties that 3 were killed and of the 10 wounded, 4 were dangerously wounded and possibly could not survive}. Although badly wounded, Hathorn survived, returning to Warwick to write his report of the loss to his superiors.

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An Outline History of Orange County: Together with Local Tradition and Short ...
By Samuel W. Eager -

"A list of men taken at Fort Montgomery"
Col. Woodhull's Regiment:
. . . .John Brooks . . . .

=================================== page 62

"Blockhouses and Military Posts of the Firelands" Marjorie Loomis Cherry - 1934


John Brooks Sr., came with his wife and family in 1810. He was a
Revolutionary soldier and was wounded three times, but lived to the age of
91 years. He enlisted early in the war and served through the whole
struggle being in the battle of White Plains and Monmouth.

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).

- John Jr., m. Adeline Squire.
- Joseph, m. Rachel Barnum.
- George, m. Widow Clark.
- Oliver remained unmarried.

His one daughter Sally Brooks died soon after they came here and is
buried on her brother Joseph's lot in Cable Cemetery, at Florence. All that
is left if her stone bears the date 1813.

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
family and all the early histories deal with the

Age 23

1850 Census:

Name: Oliver Brooks
Residence: Florence, Erie , Ohio
Age: 71 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1779
Birthplace: New York
Gender: Male
Race (original):
Race (expanded):
Death Month:
Death Year:
Film Number: 1298915
Digital GS Number: 4206500
Image Number: 00103
Line Number: 5
Dwelling House Number: 78
Family Number: 82
Marital Status:
Free or Slave:
Household Gender Age

Elbert Taft M 16y
Sarah E Taft F 13y
George M Taft M 11y
Franklin Taft M 1y
Oliver Brooks M 71y

(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
Age 24
Deerpark, NY, USA

"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."

American Genealogical-Biographical Index via M.A.Rigdon

"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
Event Type Census
Event Date 1790
Event Place New Cornwall, Orange, New York, United States
Page 383

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United States Census, 1790
Affiliate Name The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number M637
Affiliate Film Number 6
GS Film Number 0568146
Digital Folder Number 005157138
Image Number 00339

[from scan:
1 white males - 16+
2 white males - under 16
2 white females
0 slavea]

Age 25
Deerpark, Orange, NY, USA
August 18, 1782
Age 26
Port Jervis, Orange, New York, United States

Minisink Dutch Reformed Church Records:

Baptisms: August 18, 1782

PARENTS: . . . . . . . . .CHILD

John Brooks . . . . . . . . . Sarah
Rachel Brysard . . . . . .


Same record on

Name: Sarah Brooks
Gender: Female
Christening Date: 18 Aug 1782
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Name Note:
Father's Name: John Brooks
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Rachel Blysard
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50649-1
System Origin: New_York-ODM
GS Film number: 599307
Reference ID:
Citing this Record

"New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 Mar 2013), Rachel Blysard in entry for Sarah Brooks, 18 Aug 1782.


Same from State database:

Name Sarah Brooks
Gender Female
Christening Date 18 Aug 1782
Father's Name John Brooks
Mother's Name Rachel Blysard
Citing this Record

"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 March 2016), Sarah Brooks, 18 Aug 1782; citing DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH,MACHACKEMECK,ORANGE,NEW YORK, reference ; FHL microfilm 599,307.

Age 29