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Hon. Thomas Brooke

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Whitechurch, Hampshire, England
Death: circa September 13, 1612 (47-55)
Whitechurch, Hampshire, England (Unknown)
Place of Burial: Whitechurch, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Brooke, Sr. and Elizabeth Brooke
Husband of Susanna Brooke
Father of Robert Brooke; John Brooke, M.D.; Humphrey Brooke; Elizabeth Brooke; Charles Brooke and 4 others
Brother of Richard Brooke; Dorothy Brooke; Elizabeth Brooke; Barbara Brooke and Robert Brooke
Half brother of Christiana Grosvenor; Prudence Starkey; Thomas Brookes, of Norton; Martha Bowles / Dichfield; Poynes Brooke and 4 others

Occupation: Barrister at Law
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Hon. Thomas Brooke

2. Thomas Brooke (Richard1); b. 1561; m. Susan Forster, daughter of Sir Thomas Forster and Susan Foster; d. 13 Sep 1612; bur. 17 Sep 1612 at Whitchurch, Hampshire, England.

He resided at Whitchurch, co. Northampton, England. He was educated on 4 May 1584 at New College, Oxford, England. He was a barrister at Inner Temple. He was a Member of Parliament between 1604 and 1611 at Whitchurch, Hampshire, England. He left a will on 11 Sep 1612; proved 30 Nov 1612.

Susan Forster was also known as Susan Foster. She was buried on 18 Sep 1612 at Whitchurch, Hampshire, England.

Known children of Thomas Brooke and Susan Forster were as follows:

  • i. Thomas Brooke; b. 1599; bur. 25 Jan 1665 at Whitchurch, Hampshire, England. He was educated on 27 Oct 1615 at Oriel College, Oxford, England. He was a barrister.
  • 3. ii. Robert Brooke, b. 3 Jun 1602 at London, England; m. Mary Baker; m. Mary Mainwaring.
  • iii. Richard Brooke; d.s.p.
  • iv. John Brooke; b. 1605. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, England.
  • v. William Brooke.
  • vi. Humphrey Brooke.
  • vii. Charles Brooke.
  • viii. Susan Brooke.
  • ix. Elizabeth Brooke.
  • x. Frances Brooke


Thomas Brooke, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Twyne) Brooke, was born in 1561 at the Brooke family home. Brooke Manor is still standing in Whitchurch, Hampshire, England. He received a B.A. degree from New College, Oxford, on May 4, 1584, was a Barrister of Inner Temple (1595), Bencher (1607), Autumn Reader (1611), and was a Member of Parliament for Whitchurch (1604-1611).

In 1590, Thomas Brooke married Susan Forster. Susan was the daughter of Sir Thomas Forster, Knight of Hunsdon, Herfordshire, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and Susan, his wife.

The Forsters were a branch of the ancient family of Etherstone, (northern England) Durham-Northumberland. Sir Thomas Forster and his brother Robert Forster, were the grandsons of Alexander Comyns (1242-1289), Earl of Buchan.

Alexander Comyns was descended from Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester (d. 1264), and from Kind David I of Scotland (who reigned from 1124 until his death in 1153).

Kind David's father was King Malcolm III (Malcolm Camore) of Scotland (who reigned from 1057 until his death in 1093). In 1057, King Malcolm III married [his second wife], Margaret. Margaret was the sister of Edgar Atheling, the daughter of Edward "the outlaw," and granddaughter of Edmund "Ironsides" Saxon, King of England (who had a short but vigorous reign from April 1016 to November 1016).

King Duncan I (who reigned from 1034 until his death in 1040), father of MalcomIII, was murdered by Macbeth. The legend of his life formed the basis of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Macbeth established himself on the throne of Scotland after killing King Duncan I in a battle near Elgin, and not as Shakespeare has it by murdering him in his bed.

The Forster royal line appears to go back without a break to Fergus II, King of Scotland in A.D. 404.

Thomas Brooke died on Septemer 13, 1612. His will was dated September 11, 1612, and proved November 30, 1612. He was buried September 17, 1612. Susan (Forster) Brooke, who died within hours of her husband, was buried the following day. (Whitchurch Register)

The marble tomb upon which the sculptured figures of Thomas and Susan Brooke lie side by side can be found in Whitchurch, Hampshire, England.

-This was taken from the book "Revolutionary War Patriots and Soldiers" by Rosa Baylor Hall

From page 93 of The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 11

THE BROOKE FAMILY OF VIRGINIA. By Prof. St. George Tucker Brooke, Morgantown, W. Va.

Thomas Brooke, third son of Richard and Elizabeth (Twyne) Brooke, was born at White Church in 1567; married, 1590, Susan Foster, daughter of Thomas Foster, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and niece of Robert Foster, chief judge of the King's Bench. The Fosters were a branch of the ancient family of Etherstone, in the county of Durham, grandsons of Alexander Comyns, Earl of Bucan, who was descended from Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, Magna Charta Baron, and from David 1st, King of Scotland. King David's father was Malcolm III, who married Margaret, daughter of Edward (the outlaw), son of Edmund "Ironsides," Saxon King of England. King David's grandfather, Duncan I, was murdered by Macbeth, and this royal line goes back without a break to Fergus II, King of Scotland in A. D. 40.J.

The Hon Thomas Brooke died May 18th, 1612.


  • Thomas Brooke, of White Church, born 1593, entertained Charles I in 1644
  • 2nd. Richard Brooke.
  • 3rd. Robert Brooke, born in 1602, emigrated to Maryland; twice married, was educated for the ministry; graduated at Oxford, and was admitted to orders February 25th, 1627. He married Mary, only daughter of Thomas Baker, of Battle, and his wife Mary, daughter of sir Thomas Engham, Knight of Goodelstone in Kent. Robert Brooke had four children by this marriage, and his wife died in 1634. The following year, May 11th, 1635, he married Mary, second daughter of Roger Mainwaring, Doctor of Divinity, Dean of Worcester, and in 1636 Bishop of St. David's.

From Rootsweb..Worldconnection project. Submitted by: Earl P. Crandall

TMC.GED -- Ancestry.com.

There are several sources for Thomas Brooks, which I have added here. I have not found anything to verify who his parents were, for sure.

"*THOMAS, Concord, freeman, 7 Dec. 1636, when he was an inhabitant of Watertown, owned an estate Medford, and Watertown, perhaps as early as 1634. He was Capt. and rep. 1642, and six yrs. more, by w. Grace had s. Caleb, b. 1632, prob. in Eng.; Gershom; and Joshua, bef. ment. and Mary, wh. m. Timothy Wheeler; wh. four surv. to make partit. of his est. one mo. after his d., perhaps Hannah, wh. m. Thomas Fox, 13 Dec.1647, and d. without ch. bef. her f. His w. d. 12 May 1664; and he d. 21 May 1667."

SOURCE: New England Settlers


"*THOMAS, Concord, freeman 1636, was a captain, and representative 1642, seven years, and d. 22 May, 1667, leaving sons, Joshua, Caleb, and Gershom already noticed. Grace, his wife d. 12 May 1664. Nineteen of the name had grad. at the N. E. colleges in 1828."

SOURCE: First Settlers


"Neither the date of his arrival, nor the place of his embarkation has been ascertained; but there is reason to suppose that he came from London. He first settled in Watertown, and was one of the 'townsmen then inhabiting,' to whom the Beaver Brook plow lands were granted, in1636. He was admitted as a freeman, Dec. 7, 1636, while he resided in Watertown. It is evident that he could not be the Thomas Brooke who embarked in May 1635, then aged twenty, in company with Rev. Peter Bulkley. The second son, perhaps the third child, of Capt. Thomas Brooks, of Concord, was born 1632, when the other Thomas was only 17 years old. He moved very soon from Watertown to Concord, of which he was captain, and he received various other appointments of honour and trust. The General Court appointed him constable of Concord, Dec.8, 1638, and he was representative in 1642, '43, '44, and four years after 1650. In 1640, he was appraizer of horses, cattle, & c., for the purpose of taxation, and appointed to prevent drunkenness among the Indians. In 1657, he purchased of the commissioners of the General Court, for ?5, the right of carrying on the fur trade in Concord. In 1660, he and his son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler, jointly purchased of Edward Collins, 400 acres in Medford for ?404, two-thirds for himself, and one-third for Wheeler. His wife GRACE d. May 12, 1664, and the next Oct. 22, he sold his house-lot in Concord; but he remained in Concord and died there May 21, 1667, intestate. His inventory, bide. Merriam, Dead. Potter, and George Wheeler, amounted to ?448 3s. and his debts to ?26 5s. 2d. His three sons and son-in-law presented the Inventory for probate, June 16, 1667, and the next day signed the following agreement.

'Whereas Thomas Brooks of Concord, has left an estate, and the sons of the said

Thomas, not willing to trouble the Court, have jointly agreed as followeth: 1st. That

the Inventory taken by Dea. Merriam, Dea. Potter, and George Wheeler shall be

accounted the full estate of Thomas Brooks. 2d. We do agree that Joshua

Brooks shall have a full double portion out of the lands at Medford, and that the

Three other sons, Capt. Timothy Wheeler, Caleb Brooks, undershot Brooks,

to have equal portions, only Caleb and Gershom are to have the remainder of

the said lands, after Joshua is first accommodated, as part of their portion, and

Timothy Wheeler out of the moveable estate, and all to be distributed by [to] them

by those three parties that took the Inventory; unto whose final determination we

do severally bind ourselves in a bond of ?100 apiece, to stand unto us. We do

impress by our hands to this present writing the 17th June 1667.

Signed in presence of TIMOTHY WHEELER



SOURCE: Watertown Genealogies


"Thomas, ae. 18, came in the Susan and Ellen in April, 1635. Settled at Watertown. Frm. Dec. 7, 1636. Rem. to Concord; constable 4 (10)1638; deputy; captain. Signed inv. of Thos. Atkinson's est. in 1646. Wife Grace d. May 12, 1664. He d. May 21, 1667. Agreement between his heirs June 17, 1667; eldest son Joshua Brooks, Capt. Timothy Wheeler, (husband of Mary B.,) Caleb and Gershom B."

SOURCE: Mass. Pioneers


"THOMAS BROOKS of Watertown and Concord


Born around 1600, England, married GRACE, whose surname is often said (but not proven) to be WHEELER. First appears at Watertown, where he was granted land and admitted freeman 1636, but left for Concord, where he was constable 1638, representative to the General Court a number of years, and held other elective and appointive positions. Obtained license to trade in furs with the Indians from the General Court. Grace died at Concord in 1664. Thomas died there, in testate, 21May 1667. Thomas's children are confirmed by an agreement among the heirs to divide his estate, signed about a month after his death.


CHILDREN, at least the first three probably born in England, births not of record:

MARY, ca 1628, married 1655 Capt. Timothy Wheeler of Concord, 3 daughters. They lived at Concord.

Deacon JOSHUA, ca 1630, married 1653 Hannah MASON of Watertown, 11children. Lived at Concord.

CALEB, ca 1632, d. 1696, m. 1660 SUSANNA ATKINSON and ca1670 her sister HANNAH ATKINSON, 7 children. Of Concord and Medford.

GERSHOM, ca 1634, d. 1686, m. HANNAH ECCLES, 7 children. Of Concord.



(1) John Brooks Threlfall, "Thomas Brooks of Watertown and Concord," originally published in TAG and reprinted in the BROOKS HISTORIAN, 1:2, and the subject of several posts to this list in the last week

(2) Henry Bond, "Watertown Genealogies"

(3) Lemuel Shattuck, "History of Concord"

(4) Published Concord and Watertown records

(5) Savage"

SOURCE: BROOKS-NE-L post by Christopher Brooks, 19 Nov 1999


"Captain Thomas Brooks (1) was the emigrant ancestor of Walter Frederic Brooks, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and a large part of the Brooks families in this country. It is claimed by some authority he came from Suffolk, England. He settled first at Watertown, where head a lot assigned him in 1631. He was admitted a freeman December 7,1636, but very soon afterward removed to Concord and settled. In Watertown he was one of "the townsmen then inhabiting" to whom the general court granted certain plow lands along Beaver brook in 1636.

"He was elected by the general court constable of Concord, December 4,1638. He was a deputy to the general court seven years, representing the town of Concord. He was captain of the Concord Company. He held various other offices. He was an assessor, or "appraiser of horses, cattle, etc., for the purpose of taxing." He was appointed a special officer to prevent drunkenness among the Indians. He purchased of the general court the right to carry on the fur trade at Concord for the sum of five pounds. In his day he was a leading citizen, both in civil affairs and in the military.

"His wife Grace died May 12, 1664. He died in testate, May 21, 1667. An agreement among his heirs on file at the probate office made June 17,1667, was signed by the eldest son, Joshua Brooks, Captain Timothy Wheeler, husband of Mary Brooks, Caleb Brooks and Gershom Brooks, also sons of Captain Thomas. The children of Captain Thomas Brooks were: 1.Mary, married Captain Timothy Wheeler, of Concord. He died July 10,1687; she died October 4, 1693. 2. Hannah, married, December 13, 1647,Thomas Fox. 3. Joshua, of whom later. 4. Caleb, born 1632, married, April 10, 1660, Susannah Atkinson (daughter of Thomas Atkinson), born1641 and died 1669; married (second) Hannah, sister of his first wife, born 1643; removed from Concord to Medford in 1670. 5. Gershom, married, March 12, 1666-7, Hannah Eckles, daughter of Richard and Mary Eckles, of Cambridge, had sons Daniel and Joseph, and four daughters. There may have been other children of Captain Thomas Brooks."

SOURCE: Worchester County


"Deputy from Concord to the Massachusetts General Court, 1642, 1644,1654, 1659, 1662. Captain of the Concord Foot Company, 1643."

SOURCE: Connecticut Register


"THOMAS BROOKS, the first of the name in New England, came it is supposed, from Suffolk, England, and settled in Watertown, where he had a lot assigned him on the main road in 1631. He was made a freeman in 1636. In 1637 he came to Concord, where he was chosen Constable the next year (1638). He owned large estates in the town of Concord, and was a man of much prominence in the community. He was Representative in the General Court of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1642-43-44-54-59-60-61 and 1662. His wife, Grace, whose family name has never been discovered, died here May 12, 1664. In 1660, he, with his son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler, bought four hundred acres of land in Medford, for four hundred and four pounds sterling, which land he owned at the time of his death, which took place May 21, 1667. This farm in Medford was bought of Edward Collins, and was probably a part of the great Craddock estate. He sold his farm in Concord October 22,1664. He died in testate. There is no record of the birth of any of his children, but the partition of his estate shows that they were as given below. Rev. Phillips Brooks was of this family. Children--

i. MARY, b. (???); m. Captain Timothy Wheeler.

ii. HANNAH, b. (???); m. Thomas Fox.

4. iii. JOSHUA, b. (???); m. Hannah Mason of Watertown;

freeman 1622.

iv. CALEB, b. 1632; freeman 1654.

v. GERSHOM, b. (???); freeman 1672; m. Hannah


SOURCE: Merrick Family

The Brooks family is one of the oldest in Massachusetts, and the ancestral home at Medford, has been occupied for many generations. Governor John Brooks was born in Medford in about 1792. The family is less numerous in New Hampshire, but two branches arrived there in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

See Descendants of Thomas French of Ipswich, MA, and others. Jim French has some great sources that should be reviewed for information on the Brooks line. (Contact: Jim French )

(Myrna McGhie, 2002)

!From Betty Ruth Brooks: (First Families)

Thomas came from Suffolk, England and sailed in the "Susan and Ellen" to Watertown, Mass. SOURCE Taken from "Early Bourbon Families" published in the Kentuckian Citizen Newspaper, Paris, Ky. Tuesday June 20, 1944- from the files of Mrs. William Breckenridge Audry.

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Thomas Brooks

Year: 1635

Place: America

Source Publication Code: 1262

Primary Immigrant: Brooks, Thomas

Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.

Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p.

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Hon. Thomas Brooke's Timeline

Whitechurch, Hampshire, England
Age 39
London, London, England
June 3, 1602
Age 41
Whitemarsh, Southampton, England
Age 44
England, United Kingdom
December 18, 1608
Age 47
London, London, England
Age 49
Tower Hill, London, England
Age 50
London, London, England
September 13, 1612
Age 51
Whitechurch, Hampshire, England
Age 51
Whitchurch, Hampshire, England