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Jonathan Brooks

Male 1776 - 1828


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  • Born  1776  Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Jun 1828  Belmont Corner, Wayne Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I4126  markhamchest
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2018 

    Father  Jonathan Brooks,   b. 1740-1750, New York, 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  Hettie Lewis,   b. 1750, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F1464  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • 1790 Census of Orange county New York: New Cornwall - Jonathan Brooks; 3m 0-16; 5m 16+; 3f; 1 other free person; 1 slave.

      Jonathan Brooks, son of John Brooks, was born in 1747, died September 25, 1811, in Blooming Grove township, Orange county, New York. He was one of the prominent citizens in Orange county, and owned a large farm, which he cultivated until his death. He married (first) Hetty Lewis, and (second) Katharine Matthews. Children, five by first marriage: Anne, born 1770, died September 25, 1837; Thomas L., 1772, died September 6, 1841; John I., 1774, died August 7, 1852. ; Jonathan, 1776, died June 25, 1828; William W., 1780, died November 21, 1826.
      [source] Genealogies of the State of New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People . . . Volume 1; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915.

      [pam garrett's comment] Some of the best work I have found on the Jonathan Brooks family come from the Tributaries website of Christopher Brooks [http://www.tributaries.info/working/p8697.htm]. It includes notes from the Brooks-Denniston family bible. Christopher Brooks gives this note related to the bible:
      Brooks-Denniston family bible. Orange County, NY. Offered for sale Mar 2017 on eBay.com, lot #171214264367, with page scans of handwritten family history notes and clippings by seller mantosilver (16150).
      The bible includes references to three of the older children of Jonathan Brooks:
      Anne Brooks, born circa 17701, married Isaac Young. She died 25 Sep 1837, "age 67."
      William W Brooks, born circa 1780, died 21 Nov 1836 at his home in Washingtonville, New York, "56th year."
      Jonathan Brooks Jr., perhaps born circa 1776, died 25 Jun 1828 at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, a. "48 years."

      [pam garrett's comment] Several New York and Pennsylvania newspapers report on the murder of Jonathan Brooks on the 25th of June 1828, near Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania. The newspapers give various details. One article indicates that Jonathan Brooks was fifty-six years of age at the time of his death. His home is identified as Blooming Grove in Orange county New York, but not details on given on his family.

      Murder - Captain Jonathan Brooks, of Blooming Grove, Orange county, recently left home in a one horse wagon, for the West, to purchase cattle. On his journey he stopped at a tavern near the Great Bend on the Susquehanna, where he communicated the object of his journey. A man who was present, imagined from his conversation that he must have a considerable sum of money in his possession, and when he was about departing, asked permission to ride with him, a short distance, which was readily granted. After proceeding a few miles the steel-hearted villain laid violent hands on the
      unsuspecting traveler, and, as is supposed, beat in his scull with a stone, and after dispatching his victim, removed the body from the wagon, and threw it over the fence, first rifling his pockets of their contents, including his watch, etc, then took Capt Brooks' portmanteau and examined it in a field on the opposite side of the road, but not finding anything of much value, returned to the wagon, and proceeded with it to the same tavern, from which they had started. A person was present when he drove up, and who had also seen him depart, enquired as to the cause of his sudden return without Capt Brooks, to which he replied that he had been sent back by the Captain, for something which he had forgotten, and that he had lent his watch in order that he might not overstay his time. The tavern keeper then came up, to whom the villain gave a different story, which excited suspicion, but he was permitted to depart, without molestation. He had been gone but a few minutes when the tavern keeper, who suspected that all was not right, set off on horseback, with several of his neighbors, and overtook the wagon. On their approach the man jumped out and ran into the woods, but they followed and soon secured him. The body of the murdered Brooks and is trunk were found, as above described, near where the murderer was taken. He has been committed for trial.
      [source] New York Gazette;

      Opening paragraph to a lengthy article about the Brooks Murder, in a History of Wayne County Pennsylvania:
      Colonel Jonathan Brooks, who was murdered by Freeman Marthers on the 24th day of June A. D. 1828, in the town of Mt. Pleasant, was a resident of Blooming Grove (now Washingtonville), Orange County, N. Y., where worthy relatives now live. By Thomas L. Brooks, of Washingtonville, we are informed that he was a colonel in the United States army, having been commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson on the 23d day of February, A. D. 1809, and served (his relative says fought) during the war of 1812 and 1814, and after the war had command at Governor's Island, in New York harbor, and at the time of his death, which occurred in the fifty-seventh year of his age, was on an extended furlough on account of poor health. He was known by many in the northern part of Wayne County a few years previous to his death as a drover. We have learned from the wife of John Page, Mrs. Eliza Page (now deceased), who was living in Orange County at the time of his death, that it was a common
      report in the neighborhood where she resided, immediately after Colonel Brooks was murdered, that before he left home, being in the store of Samuel Moffatt, merchant, and in conversation with him, he said he should go in a few days through Wayne County, Pa., as that would be his most direct route to Broome County, N.Y. Upon being asked if he intended to buy cattle, his answer was that he did not know; that it depended upon circumstances . . . Truman Matthews was tried at Bethany, Penn, on the 25th ult for the murder of Capt Jonathan Brooks, found guilty, and sentenced to be hung. He shewed neither contrition nor fear.
      [source] Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle (Boston Mass); 17 September 1828.
      note - A variety of names were given to the murderer in various newspaper articles - Mister Whiting, Freeman Marthers, Freeman Mathews, Truman Matthews.

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