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Henry Brooks (1592 - 1683)

Henry Brooks aka Brooke
Born in Manchester, Lancashire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of and
Husband of — married about 1620 in Englandmap
Husband of — married 27 Mar 1651 (to 15 Sep 1681) in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 12 Jul 1682 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Henry Brooks migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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From Beeman:

Of Concord. Freeman, 14 Mar 1639. Henry BROOKS a resident of Concord in 1639, having a wife and children previous to his coming to Woburn about 1650, married after arrival here before Mar. 27, 1651, Susanna, the widow of Ezekiel RICHARDSON, She, in 1670, was described by an authority of that time as "an ancient and skillful woman, living at Woburn," famous for her attainments in medical science. She died Sept. 15, 1681[1]; and Henry married, probably his third wife, Annes JAQUITH.

In his will, dated July 18, 1682 (six days after his last marriage),he names wife Annes; son-in-law, John MOUSALL; sons John, Timothy and Isaac; and daughters, Sarah and Lestor; also grandchildren, Isaac and Henry, sons of his son Isaac, and Miriam, their sister. All his children were probably by his first marriage.

William BRACKENBURY, of Charlestown, conveyed to Henry BROOKS six parcels of land in Woburn (178 acres) at a place commonly called Horn Pond, together with a house frame, Dec. 20, 1650. The homestead estate of Henry BROOKS is described in the Woburn Records, in 1678. The buildings were then located on what was called South Street (present lower Main Street.) In 1789 this homestead was owned by Capt. Nathaniel BROOKS, son of Nathaniel.

In a suit, Dec., 1658, Henry BROOKS testified he was then aged "about 66" years.

An abstract of his will is published in the Hon. Edward F. Johnson's "Abstracts of Early Woburn Deeds" p. 31. He described himself in the will as a clothier, and as "stricken in years" his age being then about ninety-one years.

The will describes his lands with some particularity; to his daughter, Lester, or Lestor, he gives and bequeaths 5 shillings, and no more, because "she hath received her portion alreadyd"; to his "Rev. pastors, Mr. Thomas CARTER and Mr. Jabez FOX," he gives 20 shillings apiece. Isaac, his son, was his sole executor, and his trusted friend, Lieut. William JOHNSON, he desired should be overseer, and he gave him 20 shillings. He made his executor his residuary legatee, and desired that his two grandchildren should not alienate any of the land he gave them during their father's life.

The inventory discloses about 20 acres of upland on the east side of the highway; 7 acres of meadow, adjoining to said land; 8 acres of meadow in Forty Pound Meadow, given to the children of Isaac BROOKS; about 80 acres of upland on west side of the highway on both sides of the river, given to the two sons of Isaac BROOKS; the great lot in Woburn Common, given to Miriam, daughter of Isaac BROOKS, 42 acres; 3 small lots in Woburn Common, amounting to about 15 acres; for a division of woodland in Woburn Common land, the half given to the two sons of Isaac BROOKS; 6 acres of meadow land in Shred Pine Meadow; for the town privilege in herbage, the half given to the two sons of Isaac BROOKS; 54 acres of swamp bottom; and 15 acres of land by Mount Discovery. These lands can be traced by deeds for three generations. (See _Early Woburn Deeds_, by Hon. Edward F. Johnson) Selectman Woburn 1667,1671, 1672 NEHGR, April, 1875, Volume 29, pp. 153-157. 1

Noted events in his life were:

• He was employed. Clothier


Henry Brooks[2][3][4]
Henry Brooke[5]


EITHER 1591 OR 1592 England
Note: as he was aged 91 when he wrote his will in July 1682[5][4]
1592 Norwich, Norfolk, , England
1592 Cheshire, England


1639 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts[4][3][5]
1649 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts[4][3][5]


12 APR 1683 Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts[1][5][4]


18 JUL 1682[5][4]


Henry married No Name. (No Name Unknown UNKNOWNwas born about 1600 and died before 1650.)

Child: Timothy Brooks
Child: Sarah Brooks
Child: Martha Brooks
Child: Mary Brooks
Child: Hannah Brooks
Child: John Brooks
Child: Joseph Brooks
Child: Isaac Brooks

Henry next married Susanna BRADFORD about 1651.

Henry next married Annes JAQUITH on 12 Jul 1682. Died: 12 Apr 1683 about age 91 Child: BROOKS, Henry Birth: 1592 Norwich, Norfolkshire, ENGLAND

Father: BROOKS, Thomas Sr. (Abt 1567-)

Dup of [[Brooks-178|Henry Brooks of Manchester, England and Woburn, Mass. He was not married to Grace Wheeler. This bio can be left behind at merge.

Research notes

Parents and grandparents of Henry Brooks (c.1592–1683) of Concord and Woburn, Mass., and his 1st cousin Capt. Thomas Brooks (1595–1667) of Watertown and Concord, Mass., were identified by John Brooks Threlfall, and published in 1998 in Supplement 3 to his Ancestry of My Children[6]. A copy is held by the Mormon Family History Library and available through the Family History Centers on microfilm and microfiche. Supplement 3 is available on microfiche 6004806, though curiously it has been miscatalogued as Supplement 5.

Note: though Jaquith Family says 1639 in Concord[5][4]
BEF 27 MAR 1651 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Note: as their second marriages[5][4]
Wife: Ann Jordan
12 JUL 1682 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Note: as his third and her second marriages[5][4]
Arrival: 1630 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Henry Brooks, mostly, and John Mousall-- from the web
Origins of "American" Brooks
Immigrant England


  1. 1.0 1.1 Johnson, Edward F., Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, from 1640 to 1873. Part II - Deaths (Woburn, Mass. : Andrews, Cutler & Co., Steam Book and Job Printers. 1890) (Free e-book) (Records are also available at p. 20
  2. Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The American Genealogist: Vol. 53, Pages: 94–1000
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 The American Genealogist: Vol. 54, Pages: 234-235
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Jaquith: 1-5
  6. Threlfall

  • The BROOKS FAMILY OF WOBURN, MASS. By William R. Cutter and Arthur G. Loring, Esqrs., of Woburn.
  • The New England Historical And Genealogical Register January 1904 Volume LVIII Boston Published By The Society (see pages 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54) to be continued.
  • Threlfall, John Brooks, comp., The Ancestry of My Children: Anna Maarit Threlfall, John Hyyrylainen Threlfall, Margaret Ellen Threlfall, Robert Andrews Threlfall, 3 vols. and 4 supps., (Madison, Wisc.: the compiler, 1970–2000), Supp. 3
  • Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1648-1870 Author: Flint, James, comp Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.
  • The American Genealogist
Thomas, Henry and Hannah Brooks of Concord, Volume: 54, Pages: 234–-235 Author: Eddy, Miriam Brightman Publication: 1978
Thomas Brooks of Watertown and Concord, Volume:53, Pages: 94–1000 Author: Threlfall, John Brooks
  • Jaquith, George Oakes; Walker, Georgetta Jaquith. The Jaquith Family in America (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass., 1982)
  • An abstract of his will is published in the Hon. Edward F. Johnson's "Abstracts of Early Woburn Deeds" p. 31.
  • Beeman, Craig, Register Report & Ahnentafel Chart for Nathan Brooks (Nov. 1997).
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 29 June 2019), memorial page for Henry Brooks (1592–12 Apr 1683), Find A Grave: Memorial #188961720, citing First Burial Ground, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Our Family History (contributor 47719401) Burial Details Unknown.

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Brooks-13199 and Brooks-178 appear to represent the same person because: clear dup
posted by Brad Stauf
It appears that several of his children should also be PGM.

Also From daughter Hannah's profile: John Brooks Threlfall identified the correct parents and grandparents of Henry Brooks (c.1592–1683) of Concord and Woburn, Mass., and Capt. Thomas Brooks (1595–1667) of Watertown, and Concord, Mass., in 1998 in Supplement 3 to his The Ancestry of My Children: Anna Maarit Threlfall, John Hyyrylainen Threlfall, Margaret Ellen Threlfall, Robert Andrews Threlfall. I can find Vols. 1-3 on line as well as Supplement 4 and 5, but not Supplement 3. Does anyone have access to it?

posted by Chris Hoyt
Chris, check supplement 5 page 37 of 77

He says Henry was "probably" the immigrant and this shows his parentage, maybe Supp. 3 had more supporting sources or detail but this might be a start anyway. Marina pointed out the 'tributaries' site below which is actually pretty good, here's Henry

posted by Brad Stauf
edited by Brad Stauf
Thanks. I did thumb through some of the Volumes on familysearch, but it seems Supplement 3 might be the one that has details on the Brooks line, and they don't have that one online.

Attached son John seems to have a baptism, but I have no idea where that came from.

posted by Chris Hoyt
Grace Wheeler was not one of his wives of Henry Brooks. She was married to his cousin(?) Thomas Brooks. Their two families have been confused over the years. One reference gave my ancestor Hannah (Brooks) Fox as the daughter of Thomas Brooks when in reality she was the daughter of Henry Brooks who in his Will calls her by her second married name "Lestor" not even Hannah Lestor. From this I presume that Henry and his daughter, Hannah were estranged maybe caused by her leaving Concord and taking his grandchildren to New London, Connecticut about 1660-1665. His Will made it clear that he was unhappy with her as no father would have disrespected her by calling her just by her married last name only. Just a thought.
posted by William Fox Jr.
edited by William Fox Jr.
Thank you William. Do you have a source to add that indicates who actually was the husband of Grace Wheeler?
It looks like Thomas is connected to the same wives. No sources for the LN of Graces.

It appears that some info comes from: John Brooks Threlfall, comp., The Ancestry of My Children: Anna Maarit Threlfall, John Hyyrylainen Threlfall, Margaret Ellen Threlfall, Robert Andrews Threlfall, 3 vols. and 4 supps., (Madison, Wisc.: the compiler, 1970–2000), Supp. 3

which I don't think is available on line.

posted by Chris Hoyt
This page provides a pretty comprehensive overview with sources of the Brooks families.
posted by M Cole
Sorry, I have to disagree, emphatically, about the alleged "unhappiness." There are many examples of New England Puritans referring to their daughters in wills by the daughter's married surname only. It did not indicate dislike or disrespect. It was merely typical of the laconic New England manner.
posted by Barry Wood
Okay! According to our standards today a father would never refer to his married daughter by her last name only. I was only making an observation as this happened hundreds of years ago and we can not now know the truth of the matter.
posted by William Fox Jr.
My PERSONAL tree has no information other than his name. Since many others have actual fact, I have removed myself as a profile manager.
posted by Jerry Murdock
The wives' names in the narrative do not match the wives' names in the data fields. This needs resolving. As does Cathy's find below.
posted by Jillaine Smith
The last 3 children are shown as born in Massachusetts, but the mother is shown as having died in England.
posted by Cathy (Kies) Bennett
My ancestor, Hannah (Brooks) Fox-Lester-Willey was the daughter of Henry Brooks by his yet UNKNOWN first wife not Grace Wheeler nor Annis (Jordon) Brooks.
posted by William Fox Jr.
Brooks-7897 and Brooks-178 appear to represent the same person because: born in England ca 1600, died in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1683, and the father of Hannah (Brooks) Fox, Lester, Willey.
posted by Daniel Nordlund
Brooks-1147 and Brooks-178 appear to represent the same person because: According to Genealogies of the Brooks Families of New England by Christopher Brooks [email address removed] besides Grace Wheeler not being a a spouse these are the same person
posted by Jerry Smith