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Susannah (Unknown) Brooks (abt. 1612 - 1681)

Susannah Brooks formerly [surname unknown] aka Richardson
Born about in Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married before 1632 in Englandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married 27 Mar 1651 (to 15 Sep 1681) in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 69 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009
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Susannah (Unknown) Brooks migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640).
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Susannah was probably born between 1600 and 1610, based on ages of her children. She seems to have come from the County of Suffolk, England.[citation needed] Her maiden name is unknown.

She was a widow when she married[citation needed] Ezekial Richardson by 1632. They came to Massachusetts with Winthrop, about 1630. They resided first at Boston, then Charlestown, Massachusetts, later at Woburn. The Richardsons had seven children born between 1632 and 1643.[1]

She was a healer after she arrived in the Charlestown, Massachusetts area about 1630. [citation needed]

After Ezekial passed away in 1647, Susannah Richardson married Henry Brooks before 1651 [2] [3] There are several deeds that establish her marriage to Brooks.[4]

Susanna Brooks passed away on September 15, 1681 at Woburn.[5]


Children of Ezekiel and Susanna:[6]

  1. Phebe Richardson, bpt Boston 3 Jun 1632; m in Woburn 1 Nov 1649 Henry Baldwin.
  2. Theophilus Richardson, bpt Charlestown 22 Dec 1633; m Woburn 2 May 1654 Mary Champney
  3. Josias Richardson, bpt Charlsetown 7 Nov 1635; m in Concord 6 Jun 1659 Remembrance Underwood (recorded in Chelmsford)
  4. John Richardson, bpt Charlestown 21 Jul 1638; d Woburn 7 Jan 1642
  5. Jonathan Richardson, bpt Charlestown 13 Feb 1639/40; nfr
  6. James Richardson, bpt Charlestown 11 Jul 1641, m Chelmsford 28 Nov 1660 Bridget Henchman
  7. Ruth Richardson, b Woburn 23 Aug 1643; d there 7 Sep 1643

Above are the only known children of Ezekiel and Susanna. Some also include the children below, without source.

Research Notes

Disputed Parents: It's claimed on the internet that she was the daughter of or otherwise related to Gov. William Bradford. She is too old to be Bradford's daughter who was born about 1589/90, and she is too young to be his sister or aunt as Gov. Bradford's father died about 1591 and his grandfather in 1594. Other claims can be found that she was previously married to a Bradford. Reliable sources refer to her as Susanna _______. The name Bradford has been removed pending reliable sources for the name.


  1. Great Migration Begins Vol 2 p.1580
  2. to Middlesex County Deeds - citation unclear
  3. Great Migration Begins Vol 2 P1580
  4. Davis, Walter Goodwin, 1885-1966. The Ancestry of Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857: Wife of Annis Spear of Litchfield, Maine. Portland, Me.: Anthoensen Press, 1958. p. 30
  5. 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) p. 20 Internet Archive
  6. Anderson, Robert Charles. "Ezekiel Richardson," Featured name. Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, (Boston: NEHGS, 1995) p 1582, citing Sarah Hildreth and NEHGR 57:297-300
  • Robert Charles Anderson, "Ezekiel Richardson",The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol III, Boston, New England Historic Genelogical Society 1995 p. 1580-1583.
  • Eddy, Miriam Brightman Publication, Thomas, Henry and Hannah Brooks of Concord, The American Genealogist: Volume: 54, Pages: 234-235, 1978
  • Jaquith, George Oakes; Walker, Georgetta Jaquith, The Jaquith Family in America , Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass., 1982
  • Belle Preston's Bassett-Preston Ancestry (1930): 47
  • Cutter, A.M., William Richard (1912). Genealogical and Family History of Central New York. A records of the achievements of her people inn the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation. VIII. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. (pg 1161)


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Great Migration (GMB3:1582) doesn't say anything about her having been a widow at marriage to Ezekiel, and it calls her "Susanna __". There's no mention of any surname Bradford.

Over on FamilySearch, someone cites RCA's Winthrop Fleet as containing more recent scholarship about Susannah's origins. No page number referenced. Does anyone have a copy of that for a lookup?

posted by Cheryl Hammond
I took a look at all the pages indexed for Susanna _____ Richardson in the Winthrop Fleet book. None of the references name her as a Bradford - only as Susanna (or Susan) _______. I checked under Bradford for Susanna, and there was no listing there either.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
The Great Migration Begins gives the marriage date as by 1632. The profile here is suggesting they married in England and came together on the Winthrop Fleet. Does the WF sketch add any more detail regarding the timing/location of their marriage? thanks.
posted by M Cole
No. But Davis, in The Ancestry of Sarah Hildreth (cited by Anderson) suggests he married either shortly before departing England in 1630, or very soon upon arrival in Massachusetts. Winthrop says that they were admitted - as spouses - as members to Boston Church in the winter of 1630-31.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Great. Thank you!!!!......................................
posted by M Cole
Unknown-259 and Unknown-320885 appear to represent the same person because: Obvious match. Earlier date of marriage is likely closest to the truth.
posted by Bob Nichol
I will mark the lowest number profile for each proven child with * in the suffix. I will mark children who don't belong with -, until I can find the right place to put them.
posted by Vic Watt
The Richardson children will be merged next. Some of them may not be children of Ezekial and Susannah. GMB seems to be a good source for the children.
Susannah was a widow when she married Ezekiel Richardson. Her last name at birth is Unknown. Any duplicate profiles for her should be merged into Unknown-259. The order of her surnames: Unknown, Bradford, Richardson, Brooke. EXTRA CARE IS NEEDED WHEN MERGING THIS PROFILE. Thanks, Becky Syphers.
What are the ID's of the duplicates?
posted by [Living Geleick]
Please add a date of birth. She was married in the mid-1600's. Thanks

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