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Esther Hester "Hettie" Brooks

Female 1800 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Born  1795-1800  Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I4122  markhamchest
    Last Modified  8 May 2018 

    Father  Jonathan Brooks,   b. 30 Sep 1745, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1811, Blooming Grove, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine Mathews,   b. Between 1766 and 1770, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1293  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Esther Hester "Hettie" Brooks was probably born 1795-1800 in Orange county New York. This database assumes she is the daughter of Jonathan Brooks and Catherine Mathews, but questions remain as to the various mothers of Jonathan Brooks children. Hettie Brooks is named in the 1811 Will of her father Jonathan Brooks and her name also appears in an 1831 indenture that references a land partition of 1816, and names her as an heir of Catherine Brooks. After that time nothing further has been discovered related to Hettie Brooks.

      Extract from the Will of Jonathan Brooks of Orange county New York; written 21 August 1811; probated 11 October 1811; Secondly I give unto my son Fletcher M and daughter Esther all that lot or parcel of Land which was purchased by Fletcher Mathews from Hildridge and Chambers situate lying in the County and State aforesaid equally to be divided after my son Fletcher M shall arrive to the age of twenty one . .Further I give to my daughter Esther two feather beds and bedding with a . . of blue and white curtains and a large leather trunk which came by her mother and all the pictures now hanging in this house . . . I give my executors power to sell all my moveable property which is not will way and the same to be divided equally between my sons Fletcher M, Benjamin Franklin and daughter Esther.

      This Indenture made the twentieth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty Between Thomas L Brooks and John I Brooks and Eliza the wife of the said John I Brooks of the town of Blooming grove in the county of Orange and State of New York of the first part and Fletcher M Brooks of the town county and State aforesaid of the second part. Witness that the said parties of the first part for and in considerations of Four Thousand and two hundred Dollars to them in hand paid . . . have granted bargained sold . . . unto the Fletcher M Brooks and to his heirs and assigns . . All that equal undivided moiety or half part of that certain farm or plantation situated partly in the said town of Blooming Grove and partly in the town of New Windsor which upon the partition of the estate of Fletcher Mathews Esquire deceased by Commissioners for that purpose appointed was set off to the right of Catharine Brooks, the then wife of Jonathan Brooks deceased containing by estimation Two hundred and ten acres of land reference being had to the report of the said Commissioners on the record thereof the particular boundaries thereof will more fully appear which and equal undivided moiety or half part was conveyed to Thomas C Waters by Hester Brooks one of the heirs of the said Catharine Brooks by indenture leaving date the twenty first day of March one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and conveyed by the said Thomas C Waters to the said Thomas Brooks and John I Brooks by Indenture bearing date the thirteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, Together with all and singular rights . . . In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeable set their hand and seals the day and year first above written; Thomas L Brooks, John I Brooks, Eliza Brooks. In the presence of Thos O Brewster, Wm W Brooks.
      [source] Orange County New York Deed Book 40, page 48.

      Will of Hester L Brooks, written 15 September 1849; probated December 1849
      In the name of God Amen. I Hester L Brooks of the town of Hamptonburgh county of Orange State of New York being . . my last will and testament . . I give and bequeath unto my respected cousin Elizabeth Thorne my wearing apparel. I give and bequeath to my niece Mary Jane Brooks my breast pin and also my muff and tippet. All the remainder of my property of whatever nature or kind it may be I give and bequeath unto my brother Fletcher M Brooks to his heirs and assigns forever and I direct him to pay all my just debts - And it is my request that my brother Fletcher should remember my nephew Wm D Brooks in the disposition of his property before he dies and give him a liberal portion of it. I nominate and appoint my brother Fletcher M Brooks executor of this my last will and testament. Hester L Brooks. Signed, sealed published . . fifteenth day of September in the year 1849(?).
      Witness - Bartow Wright, John F Miller, both of Hamptonburgh.
      - Letters Testamentary granted
      Orange Surrogate Court: In the matter of proving the last will and testament of Hester L Brooks, deceased . . petition and application of Fletcher M Brooks, the executor . . . citation to the proper persons requiring them to appear in this court on the tenth day of December next . . The People of the State of New York, to John I Brooks of the town of Blooming Grove in Orange County in the State of New York, next of kin of Hester L Brooks deceased . . twenty first day of November one thousand and eight hundred and forty nine.
      [source] Wills of Orange County New York; Vol Q, page 43; transcribed by pamela hutchison garrett.

      Notes for Hester Brooks; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.