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William BROOKS, Snr, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "William Bird BROOKS", "William BROOCKS"
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: England
Death: January 29, 1826 (36-44)
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William BROOKS and Mary BROOKS
Husband of Mary Brooks, SM and Ann BROOKS
Father of Elizabeth NEWSON; William BROOKS, Jnr a1b2; Ursula Ann Bramwell, SM and Joseph BROOKS
Brother of Joseph Bird BROOKS; James Bird BROOKS and John Bird BROOKS

Managed by: Lindie Fourie
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About William BROOKS, Snr, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

William Brooks 31, Farmer, together with his second wife Ann Guppy 40 and his 4 children, 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.



WILLIAM BROOKS was an 1820 British Settler in South Africa. William arrived with his family which included his wife, Ann, and 4 children, commonly assumed in many sources to be the children's biological mother. However, further detailed research points to the fact that Ann was the stepmother of William's children and that the children's biological mother was actually Mary DEW a.k.a. DREW or BEW.

Below I have set out my proof of the above statement.

Yours sincerely,


7 JUNE 2012



William BROOKS, b. 1786, d. 1826, was the son of William BROOKS and Mary BIRD.

Source: www.familiebande.co.za

Added by Y. DROST, 7 JUN 2012



Baptised 22 JUN 1786 in Great Marlow, England.

William BROOCKS s William & Mary

Source: Great Marlow All Saints Parish Church Baptisms 1763 - 1812



William BROOKS married (1) Mary DEW.

Mary DEW died at Great Marlow, England on 28 JAN 1818.

Source: www.familiebande.co.za

Added by Y. DROST, 7 JUN 2012



William married (2) Ann GUPPY [1] and arrives with the 1820 Settler Parties in 1820 in South Africa, with Ann and 4 children, the youngest aged 6. [2] The children would therefor be William BROOKS's first wife, Mary DEW's children, as William and his second wife, Ann GUPPY, have been married for less than 2 years.

BROOKS, William, 31



Wife: Ann, 40

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


1. www.familiebande.co.za

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

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 [Also known as Marian]

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 [Also known as Ursula Ann m. Henry Torrence BRAMWELL]

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

Added by Y. DROST, 3 FEB 2012


Further evidence that William's children were Mary DEW's children, and not Ann's, is found in the Death Notice of his daughter Ursulla Ann. Ann was therefor the stepmother of William's children from his marriage with Mary DEW.

KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/156/01/2944/1 Ursula Ann BRAMWELL born BROOKS. Died 1876.

Ursulla Ann BROOKS, widow of the late Henry Torrence BRAMWELL, b. England. Par. William BROOKS and Mary DEW.

Source: Western Cape Archive

Added by Y. DROST, 7 JUN 2012



William BROOKS died in January 1826 at Grahamstown, just 6 years after arriving in South Africa. His second wife, Ann GUPPY, the stepmother of his children with his first wife, Mary DEW, is now left to take care of her stepchildren on her own.

BROOKS, William

Occupation: Labourer

Residence: Grahamstown

Age at death: 40 years

Buried: Jany 29th 1826 by Thomas Ireland Chaplain

Source: Grahamstown - St. George (Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Burial register, 12 April 1823 - 26 July 1826. Repository: Cory Library, MS 14 877-1. Transcribed by Richard Ball as part of the eGGSA Project, from photographs by William Jervois.

Source: http://www.eggsa.org/cgi-bin/searchBurials.pl

Y. DROST, 10 MAR 2012



Ann BROOKS, born GUPPY, the widow of William BROOKS, and stepmother to his children with his first wife, Mary DEW, dies on 24 OCT 1858 at the Alms House, Papendorp, South Africa. Her death notice indicates that she had no children, again confirming that the children of William BROOKS were her stepchildren and the children of William's first wife, Mary DEW. Ann's stepdaughter, Ursula Ann, now married to Henry Torrence BRAMWELL, signed her death notice as Ann BRAMWELL.



Born Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England

Parents not known

Age at death = 82 years

Had no employment

Widow of the late Wm [William] BROOKS

Died on the 24th October 1858 at the Alms Houses, Papendorp

Had no children

Had no property, saving a Mortgage Bond in favor of the late Henry BRAMWELL, which she had cancelled-£20 in the Savings Bank, some cash [in hand?]

Signed by Ann BRAMWELL.

Source: Western Cape Archive:- KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/84/01/5523/1

Added by Y. DROST, 23 APRIL 2012


Contributions for this profile have also been received from Linda WILSON per e-mail on 11 JUL 2010.




Overberg families of Happy ENGELA (eGGSA) 24 NOV 2016


Page 331 (341)

6729 William BROOKS, * England, † England » a 1. Never resident in SA »» Kinders (2): 6730, 6748 x Marian BROOKS, * England, † England » a 1. Never resident in SA

6730 b1 Joseph BROOKS (6729/x), * 01.04.1800 » a 1. Farmer who moved with his family to Harrismith in the Free State between 1859 and 1863. He must have returned to his place of birth as the records indicate

Page 332 (342)

his death occured on the same farm. Estate 6/9/178 F1278 »» Kinders (12): x{6731, 6737, 6738, 6739}, xx{6740, 6741, 6742, 6743, 6744, 6745, 6746, 6747} x Swellendam 01.02.1835, Florentina Martha Helena LUCK (d.v. Neels Hendrik (Lucke) LUCK & Eva Johanna FRITZ), * Cape Town 11.03.1804, † Bredasdorp <1844 »» Sien verwysingsnommer 38547 vir verdere inligting. xx Bredasdorp 08.04.1844, Anna Christina BLOMERUS (d.v. Jacobus Johannes BLOMERUS & Anna Christina MOOLMAN), * Caledon 07.09.1823 »» Sien verwysingsnommer 4766 vir verdere inligting.

6748 b2 William BROOKS (6729/x), * England 27.01.1810, † Swellendam 06.10.1866 » a 1. Farmer who died and buried at Zolderskraal farm 2. Estate 6/9/117 R3132 »» Kinders (9): 6749, 6752, 6753, 6764, 6765, 6766, 6767, 6768, 6771 x Swellendam 30.05.1830, Eva Johanna LUCK (d.v. Neels Hendrik

Page 333 (343)

(Lucke) LUCK & Eva Johanna FRITZ), * 14.10.1811, † 1877 »» Sien verwysingsnommer 38561 vir verdere inligting.


William BROOKS is in c. 1786 in Britanje gebore, en sterf in JAN 1826 en word vanuit die St. George Anglikaanse Kerk in Grahamstad, Suid-Afrika begrawe op 29 JAN 1826. Hy was 'n 1820 Britse Setlaar en het saam met sy tweede vrou, Ann, en vier kinders van sy eerste vrou, Mary Ann o.b.a. Marian, in Suid-Afrika geland. Hy is nie in Engeland oorlede soos ENGELA aandui nie. Sy eerste vrou, Mary Ann o.b.a. Marian, het op 28 JAN 1818 in Engeland gesterf en is daar begrawe. Sy het dus nie Suid-Afrika toe gekom nie, soos wat ENGELA aandui.

Y. DROST, 24 NOV 2016


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William BROOKS, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

June 22, 1786
Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 22
January 28, 1810
Age 24
Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
February 12, 1816
Age 30
Surrey, England
January 29, 1826
Age 40
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 29, 1826
Age 40
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa