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Joseph Brooks

Birthplace: USA
Death: Died in Erie, Ohio, United States
Cause of death: cholera
Immediate Family:

Son of John Brooks, Sr. and Rachel Brooks
Husband of Rachel Barnum
Father of Mary Ann Fay; Emily S. Brooks and Sarah Maria Adams
Brother of George Brooks; John Brooks, Jr.; Sally Brooks and Oliver Brooks

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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.

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Joseph Brooks's Timeline

Age 31
Ohio, United States
Age 36
Age 64
Erie, Ohio, United States


"In 1849 the parents of Mrs. [Mary Ann Brooks] Fay died of cholera"