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William BROOKS, Jnr a1b2

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Calculated 27 JAN 1810, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 6, 1866 (56)
At his home at his farm Zolders Kraal, Swellendam, Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Swellendam, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William BROOKS, Snr, SV/PROG and Mary Brooks, SM
Husband of Eva Johanna Brooks, b8
Father of Cornelis Hendrik Willem BROOKS, a1b2c1; Christiaan Willem BROOKS, a1b2c2; Mary Ann TOWNSEND, a1b2c3; William Brooks, a1b2c4; James Joseph (died young) BROOKS, a1b2c6 and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth NEWSON; Ursula Ann Bramwell, SM and Joseph BROOKS

Managed by: Lindie Fourie
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About William BROOKS, Jnr a1b2


Aangepas n.a.v. e-pos van Linda WILSON van 11 JUL 2010.



William's mother was changed from Ann BROOKS nee GUPPY to Mary DEW. View motivation: William BROOKS, Snr, SV/PROG

Y. DROST, 8 JUN 2012



England, Births and Christenings 1538 - 1975

William BROOKS, male, Baptised on 9 NOV 1810 at Saint Savior, Dartmouth, Devon, England.

Father: William BROOKS

Mother: Mary

FHL Film Number: 91792

Sources: Ancestry.com, England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.

Original source: Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

Added 3 MAY 2014


1820 British Settler

William Brooks 10, together with his parents and 3 siblings were members of Thornhill's Party of 35 Settlers on the Settler Ship Zoroaster.

Party originated from Middlesex.

Departure London, 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 30 April 1820 (Final Port).

Area Allocated to the Party : between the Kowie and Rufane Rivers - the location being called Thornhill.

Children :

  • Elizabeth Brooks 12
  • William Brooks 10
  • Ursula Ann Brooks 9
  • Joseph Lodewik Brooks 6.


The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward HOCKLY, Second edition SEP 1966, Juta & Co. Limited.

BROOKS, William, 31



Wife: Ann, 40

Family: Eliza, 12; Ann, 9; William, 10; Joseph, 6.

Added by Y. DROST


The Settlers Handbook by M. D. NASH

p. 127

Summary of Thornhill's Party

The leader of the party was Christopher THORNHILL from Durham. He had 16 men under him, and sailed on the ship Zoroaster, which embarked in DEC 1819, then left Gravesend, then left Downs on 12 FEB 1820 for South Africa. The ship reached Simon's Bay on 30 APR 1820.

The ship also carried the parties DYASON and WAIT and was chartered to sail to Simon's Bay only; therefore the settlers had to be transshipped via the ship Albury to Algoa Bay which they reached on 15 MAY 1820.

THORNHILL and his party were located between the Kowie and Rufane Rivers and named the settlement Thornhill.

William BROOKS and his family arrived with the THORNHILL party in Algoa Bay.


William BROOKS, aged 31, born 1789, Britain

Ann, aged 40, wife, born 1780, Britain

Elizabeth, 12, daughter, born 1808, Britain [Also known as Eliza]

William, 10, son, born 1810, Britain [Died 6 OCT 1866, m. Eva Johanna LUCK]

Ann, 9, daughter, born 1811, Britain

Joseph, 6, son, born 1814, Britain [Died 6 OCT 1867]

Added by Y. DROST, 3 FEB 2012



William BROOKS, b. 1810, Britain, d. 6 OCT 1866, son of 1820 Settlers, William BROOKS and wife Mary, arrived with father and stepmother Ann at Algoa Bay on 15 MAY 1820.

Married at Swellendam on 30 MAY 1830 to Eva Johanna LUCK, d. 1877.


1. Nelis Hendrik Willem BROOKS, b. 7 SEP 1830, bapt. Swellendam 31 OCT 1830, m. Francina Jacoba LOTZ.

2. Christiaan Willem BROOKS, b. 9 DEC 1831, bapt. George 25 NOV 1832.

3. William BROOKS, b. 18 AUG 1833 Namaqualand dist., Cape of Good Hope, bapt. Swellendam 1 NOV 1835, m. Namaqualand 11 SEP 1856 Anna GENIS, b. 1839 Namaqualand dist., Cape of Good Hope.

4. Sara Susanna Maria BROOKS, b. 25 DEC 1835, b. Swellendam 7 FEB 1836, m. Bredasdorp 7 NOV 1853 Hans Jacob GROENEWALD.

5. James Joseph BROOKS, b. 9 JUL 1837, bapt. Swellendam 3 SEP 1837. Appears to have died before 14 DEC 1844. See child nr. 8.

6. Marian Elizabeth BROOKS [also known as Mary Ann], m. Swellendam 19 NOV 1849 Edward Charles TOWNSEND.

7. Eva Johanna BROOKS, b. 9 JUN 1840, b. Swellendam 2 AUG 1840, m. Swellendam 9 APR 1860 Henry W. F. HOUGH [also known as FEATHERSTONEHAUGH].

8. James Joseph BROOKS, b. 14 DEC 1844, b. Swellendam 25 DEC 1844, m. Swellendam 18 APR 1865 Eva Johanna LUCK, b. c. 1845 [?].

9. Joseph BROOKS, b. 18 APR 1850 Zolders Kraal, Swellendam, b. Swellendam 23 JUN 1850, d. 16 DEC 1880 Zolders Kraal, Swellendam, m. Maria Margaretha [Magdalena] ROOS.

Added by Y. DROST, 3 FEB 2012

Sources: eSAGI 3.50; GISA 2007 / SAG; KAB/MOOC/LEER/13/1/247/01/23/1 ; KAB/MOOC/7/1/413/68; KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/159/01/4191/1

NOTE : Sara Susanna Maria BROOKS, 4, is believed to be the daughter of Joseph BROOKS, not William BROOKS. Refer to Jospeh's death notice of 1867. Herein she is listed as Sara Susara Susanna and already married to H. GROENEWALD.


Dirk Johannes Hommel Brooks (Dirk Johannes Hommel (Hermanus) BROOKS) was raised by William Brooks and Eva Johanna Luck. He was the biological son of Joseph Brooks, brother of William, and Johanna Kay as stated on the death notice of Dirk Johannes Hommel Brooks.

See profile under Joseph Brooks. Joseph BROOKS

Alta le Roux



KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/117/01/3132/1 William BROOKS. Death Notice. 1866.

Filed 20 NOV 1866

William BROOKS

[Cal. Born 1810] at England

Father: William BROOKS

Mother: Marian [Possibly Mary] BROOKS

Age: 56 years 8 months and 9 days

Occupation: Farmer

Spouse: Married to Eva Johanna BROOKS born LUCK

Death: 6 OCT 1866 at his home at Zolders Kraal, district Swellendam


1. Nelis Hendrik William BROOKS

2. William BROOKS

3. Joseph BROOKS

4. Marian BROOKS m. Edward TOWNSEND


6. James BROOKS

All majors [Cal. born between 1820 and 1845]

Left movable and immovable property.

Signed by E. J. BROOKS born LUCK.

[Nota: Geen Sara Susanna BROOKS gelys nie.]

Sources: South African Settlers Website (www.southafricansettlers.com) and NAAIRS

Added by Y. DROST, 11 MAR 2014



Filed 20 NOV 1866

Naam: William BROOKS

Geboorteplaats: Engeland

Ouders: William BROOKS


Ouderdom: 56 Years-8 maanden 9 dagen

Stand: Landbouwers

Gehuwd met Eva Johanna BROOKS geboren LUCK

Datum van het overlijden: 6de OCTOBER 1866

Aan welk Huis, of waar overleden: Zyne eigene Woning te Zolders Kraal afdeeling Swellendam

Namen der Kinderen:

1. Nelis Hendrik William BROOKS

2. William BROOKS

3. Joseph BROOKS

4. Marian BROOKS gehuwd met Edward TOWNSEND

5. Eva Johanna BROOKS gehuwd met Henry FEATHERSTONE HAUGH

6. James BROOKS

Eidendom nagelaten: Vaste en losse goederen

Geteken deur E. J. BROOKS geboren LUCK.

Source: KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/117/01/3132/1 from Western Cape Archives

Added on 1 MAY 2014 by Y. DROST



1867 KAB/MOOC/LEER/13/1/247/01/23/1 – William and Eva Johanna BROOKS. Liquidation and distribution account.

Liquidation and Distribution account of the Intestate Estate of William BROOKS and Surviving Spouse Eva Johanna LUCK as tendered by the Undersigned in his capacity as the Executor Dative to said Estate by virtue of Letters of Administration bearing date the 22nd day of January 1867.



To paid Letters of Administration 1.8.6

“ Advertising Sale in Volksblad -.19.-

“ Notice to … Gazette -.15.6 1.14.6

J. C. Swart

Balance of bond and interest 43.13.3

H. J. Lourens

To amount of Account 7.15.-

T. Taylor

To amount of Account 7.10.6

A.v.d. Snoek Mompers

To amount for Coffin 2.10.-

William Brooks

To amount of acceptance 15.-.-

Joseph Brooks W/son

To amount of acceptance 1.1.-

Henry Taylor

To amount of acceptance 2.-.-

T. S. Collen

To Bal.ce of … and Interest 3.6.3

J. N. Taljard

To Bal.ce due on … 1/11/65 1.10.-

… advanced by … 2.5.-

J. D. Beyers

Rent of adjoining Farm (Ba.ce) 2.15.5

Executor Remuneration

5 … on 61.10.0 Pounds 3.1.6

2 ½ …” 41.10.0 1.0.9

4 “ “ Masters Fee thereon -.3.3 4.?.6 Amt Carr Over 96.14.11


By Nett Proceeds of Landed Property

Found in the Estate 41.10.-

By Nett Proceeds of Moveable

Property found in the Estate 61.10.- 103.-.-

Amt Carr Over 103.-.-

3 1 page unclear

4 By amount brought over 103.-.-




17 October 1867


Executor Dative

Added by Y. DROST



Photo of Gravestone

SWELLENDAM district, Buffelsjagsrivier, Zolderskraal, farm cemetery

Source: eGGSA

Buried in Western Cape, SWELLENDAM district, Buffelsjagsrivier, Zolderskraal, in farm cemetery

BROOKS William -1866


Voortrekkerstamouers 1835 - 1845 deur Jan C. VISAGIE Protea Uitgewers, Pretoria, 2011. Tweede uitgawe, derde druk 2011. ISBN 978-1-86919-372-0

No BROOKS are listed as Voortrekkers.

Added by Y. DROST, 26 AUG 2015


Alta le Roux

25 AUG 2015

Managers of Joseph Brooks, b1c6,

I am contacting you about this profile: Joseph Brooks

Dear Judith, I have started my family tree and my grandfather was Joseph Brooks, my mother Elizabeth Jacoba Brooks and her sister Barbara, daughters of Joseph Brooks and Aletha Steyn. If this is the correct Joseph Brooks, I can contribute with dates to this branch.


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William BROOKS, Jnr a1b2's Timeline

January 28, 1810
Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
November 9, 1810
Dartmouth, Devon, England
September 7, 1830
Age 20
December 9, 1831
Age 21
Age 21
Cape, South Africa
August 18, 1833
Age 23
July 9, 1837
Age 27
June 9, 1840
Age 30
December 14, 1844
Age 34