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I am having difficulty with my paternal grandmother's line.  My 1st cousin once removed (age 79) is good for stories, but in terms of data and getting the lineage further back, bot so good.

My grandmother and great aunts were all but legally adopted by Eldress Anna Case of the Watervliet, New York, Shaker community.

My paternal grandmother's father James Edward Brooks (June 26, 1876, St. Albans, Vermont-April 2, 1909, North Adams, Massachusetts).  According to my cousin he caught neumonia running the Boston Marathon and never made it home to North Adams, but the dates don't quite sync with that.  Ancestry is no longer showing me form where I derived these dates, though.

I have James's parents as Edward Brooks (1834, London, Engalnd-1908, Massachusetts) and Jane Elizabeth Watts (1848, Lancashire, England-unknown), with a daughter named Margery born in 1868 but this may not be a correct connection.

My great-grandmother was Eliza Jane Martin, of Scottish descent born in Northern Ireland in August 1876 and died in North Adams on April 15, 1905, from complications of an ectopic pregnancy.  I have as her parents Robert L. Martin (July 1940, Northern-Ireland-June 16, 1915, Florida, Massachusetts.  My cousin says he was brought there because he had a drinking problem, so his sons wanted him far from the town.  I have Eliza's siblings as John (born in Scotland in 1869); William (born May 31, 1869 in Newtownlimavady, Derry, Ireland; James (born July 4, 1869, Ballynahinch, Down, Ireland); Samuel (January 22, 1876, Londonderry-January 26, 1970, North Adams); and Robert (born 1884).  Unlce John had a big mustache that my cousin thought was scary,a lthough he was kind.  Sam rented each of the sisters a room in his house when they came of age and left the Shakers.  Apparently, Eleanor (my living cousin's mother) was the only child they thought would become a full-fledged Shaker, but she didn't.  My grandmother was apparently too flirtatious.  While my cousin said she had a written family tree that her mother had done and that she would have to find, she didn't seem to be able to flesh out more details like missing dates, although she did tell me about them as people.  Eliza had trusted John with her daughters, but he was a bachelor at the time and had discovered the Watervliet Shaker community working as a journalist. Eliza's mother, Rebecca Wright Martin, was not able to care for the grandchildren because her sons became sick.  I do not know if they died from their illnesses at this point. My cousin was not able to tell me.  Rebecca was born in September 1839 in Ireland and died  in Florida, Massachusetts, December 14, 1910.  Her parents were apparently John Wright and Elizabeth Young, although I could find no further details than that. Robert L Martin's parents were John Martin (born 1819, Lanarkshire, Scotland) and Mary Linton (no information). Robert and Rebecca married in 1867.


That's pretty much all I can find relating to this line except for Great Uncle Sam's wife and daughter, and like I said, I don't know that all of it is right.


My cousin also told me that the youngest of the sisters, Marian Jane Brooks (born December 26, 1903) was married to a stunt pilot named Theodore (Ted) Davis, and that Marian was a nurse who died in a fire from smoking in bed.  I have no clue when this happened, and my cousin says the obituary is somewhere in a scrapbook.  I wasn't able to find much of anything on them.  It doesn't help that there was a more recent stunt pilot named Ted Davis and that Google likes to pretend that my query is about Marion Davies.

If this taps into anyone's family line who can help me find more info, I would love to know.  I have dound so much on my paternal grandfather's side of the family that  what I've found for my other grandparents' families really pales in terms of genealogy, even though my dad wrote a paper on the Shakers in college that I still have, and my cousin published an article in American Communal Societies Quarterly that I also have, so the relatively recent history is well documented and of interest beyond my own family.


in Genealogy Help by Scott Hutchins G2G5 (5.6k points)

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I recently acquired the family Bible of Robert L. Martin and Rebecca Wright.  It has pages of genealogical material.  If interested in the Bible, please contact me.

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