The Brooksby Family
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Of all those alive today who carry the name of BROOKSBY, about two-thirds live in Australia and the United States, all of them descendants of two brothers who emigrated from Northamptonshire in 1857. There are also two small Northamptonshire branches in this country. All these fit together in the eighteenth century, but more research is needed to provide convincing links back to Leicestershire which is, of course, their place of origin.
It is not clear at present how, or why, they got into Northamptonshire. THOMAS BRO6KSBY (d. 1542), brother of WILLIAM (d. 1523) of Shoby (see page 8) married CATHERINE HIRTHO of Furtho. Walk across the fields near Paulerspury, and you will find an abandoned church, and in a neighbouring farmyard among the twentieth- century silos a fine mediaeval dovecote which belonged to the Manor of Furtho. But there is no evidence that THOMAS and CATHSRTNE had children. None are mentioned in THOMAS's will. Moreover "URTHO is in the southernmost corner of the county, and all other later BROOKSBY's in the county are found within a ten mile circle drawn from Kettering. A more convincing line of dispersal is offered by the A6 main road from Leicester, or through the county of Rutland, where at Oakham, 3raunstone and Uppingham the name of BROOKSBY turns up at intervals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Rutland is badly documented and the necessary work has not yet been done. Apart from the reference to THOMAS (d. 1542) and CATHERINE of Furtho, the first Northmaptonshire BROOKSBY to cone to light as yet is a miller at Finedon, another THOMAS (d. 1627). He died apparently a very young man, so his birth should be searched for in the decade 1590-1600. He left a wife, ALICE, and three children, THOMAS (b. 1621), ELLEN (b. 1623) and ROBERT (b. 1625). His widow ALICE remarried almost immediately a man named John Harlock, a member of a local family afterwards strongly Quaker, and no doubt already Puritan and Non-Conformist. All later Northamptonshire BROOKSBY's show a tendency to Non-Conformity, which makes them often difficult too trace, since whenever possible they would use their meeting-house rather than the parish church, for christenings and marriages, although they would still have to be buried in its graveyard. In spite of being adopted by John Harlock early in life, the BROOKSBY children evidently kept their own name, for ROBERT (b. 1625) died and was buried at Finedon in 1642. At the Hearth Tax of 1674 (which has not necessarily been searched exhaustively) there were three BROOKSBY's named as householders in the northern area of Northamptonshire: THOMAS BROOKSBY in the village of Old, WILLIAM 'smith' in the village of Stanwick, and JOHN with a much larger house in Weldon Parva, where he paid on five chimneys. JOHN cannot be a descendant of THOMAS miller. There seems to be no way in which the descendants of a young man dead before he was thirty could have within forty years established themselves on such a scale. But it might well be that JOHN (f. 1674) represented the family from which THOMAS miller also sprang. There is a will of 1614 indexed, of WILLIAM from the village of Benefield, quite near to Weldon. Future researchers should pick up these indications. The THOMAS shown at Old in the Hearth Tax could quite well be the surviving son of THOMAS (d. 1627). He would be a man of 53, and that fits well. A search of the Old parish registers shows him not to have been a young man. There are no entries for BROOKSBY baptisms or weddings (probably indicating Non-Conformity), but there are two deaths. One in 1673 records the death of THOMAS BROOKSBY ('the younger'), who must have been the son of the householder and himself a grown man. An earlier entry in 1667 is of another son, 'JOHN, son of THOMAS'. The smith, WILLIAM BROOKSBY of Stanwick, was established there for at least twelve years, paying Hearth Tax in both 1662 and 1674. He could hardly be a son of THOMAS of Old, and therefore is not descended from THOMAS miller. Both these lines need exploration, because it looks as though one of them must be responsible for the next Northamptonshire BROOKSBY, JOHN (d. 1762), who is the common ancestor of all the American and Australian BROOKSBY's, and of the present-day Northamptonshire families. JOHN (d. 1762) settled in Kettering in 1708, now a fair-sized industrial town, but then little more than a large village. He married in the church there, and his birth date we may assume to fall between 1680 and 1685, which leaves a short gap of the order of ten years since the Hearth Tax information. The Kettering registers start earlier than 1708 but there are no earlier BROOKSBY entries, so JOHN was an incomer. His first wife died childless within the year, but he married again in 1710, MARY CHATER (d. 1771). They had fourteen or fifteen children (it is difficult to tell from the terse burial entries which child is meant) of whom at least half died in infancy. In the next generation the deathrate was even more appalling - of JOHN and MARY's known twenty-three grandchildren, at least fourteen died young. A good many of the children in these two generations were christened and all those who died were buried, in the parish church, but the incidence of 'Susanna', 'Samuel', 'Judith', 'Mordecai', as well as the more traditional 'Thomas', 'John', 'Mary', and 'William', shows clearly their Non-Conformist allegiance, and explains why information is sketchy and hard to find. We are not surprised to discover that at least from the 1750's an Independent Great Meeting flourished in Kettering, and that a number of BROOKSBY children were registered as baptised there and not in the parish church. Of the large and ill-fated family of JOHN and MARY CHATER, we will follow JAMES (1720-1775), ancestor of all the overseas families, and WILLIAM (1723-1802), ancestor of all the English ones. Family of JAMES BROOKSBY (1720-1775)
JAMES (1720-1775) was christened in the parish church of Kettering. He was probably a weaver like the rest of his family, and in 1748 he married SAAAH ESSEX, still in the parish church. Perhaps as yet there was no Meeting House in Kettering, or perhaps, as often happened, there was no rigid dividing line between Church and Chapel. More likely the first, for of the children only the first, THOMAS (1756-1757), was christened in the church. It would seem as though the Independent Great Meeting, to which the family later belonged, was established in the late 1750's. Thereafter the other seven children were christened in Chapel, although when they died, as they did with tragic regularity, they were buried in the parish graveyard. It was presumably simply conditions of poverty and squalor that killed off children like baby birds. As the villages thickened into industrial townships, the fresh air and fresh food of the country vanished, the population huddled together, houses were not built fast enough, and no urban facilities had yet appeared. Although Kettering at this time may have had no more than two or three thousand inhabitants, the results for the population seem to have been as drastic as if there had been two or three hundred thousand. We do not know what these children died of, but smallpox, dysentery, measles and diphtheria were endemic. It will be noted that if they were strong enough to survive the first five years they were often very strong indeed, and lived quite as long as people do today. JAMES BROOKSBY, son of JAMES (1720-1775) was born in August and christened at the Great Meeting on October 1st 1761. Like the rest of his family, indeed like the rest of Kettering, he was a weaver, and he married (in the church) MARY SHARMAN on November 5th 1783. Only one of his children is known, WILLIAM, born December 20th 1785 and christened at the Great Meeting Chapel in March 1786. This WILLIAM had some spirit of adventure fostered no doubt by the cyclic poverty which attacks a town with only one trade. He joined the army, and his sons, countering another bad time of depression, emigrated to the other side of the world. WILLIAM (1785-1855), at the age of eighteen joined the corps of Royal Artillery Drivers, a corps formed in 1794 entirely of drivers and artificers attached to companies of artillery to allow them to function as field batteries. WILLIAM BROOKSBY's's discharge papers have been found, which show his movements during his thirteen years as a soldier. After his initial training period at the Headquarter Depot at Woolwich, he spent three years in the West Country (Plymouth and Exeter). Returning from there to Kent, he was stationed at Woolwich, Chatham, Northfleet from 1807-1809, but during this time spent some months on 'foreign service', which may have been the ill-fated Walcheren expedition. From May 1610 until probably the end of the Peninsular Way in 1814, he was at Cadiz in Spain, and fought in the battle of Barrosa for which he later received the Military General Service Medal with clasp 'Barrosa'. This medal must have been treasured and perhaps it is still in the possession of some descendant who may possibly not even know what it is. Returning to England his troop went to Europe in time to take part in the Battle of Waterloo on June 15th, 1815. After this final defeat of Napoleon the British Army was much reduced in numbers, and Driver WILLIAM BROOKSBY was one who was discharged. He had served for almost thirteen years, the Battle of Waterloo counted as another two, and he received the princely pension of fivepence a day, later raised to one shilling. He returned to Kettering, though whether to weaving or to some skill which he had learnt in his army days, blacksmith work perhaps, is not known. In 1818 he married ELIZABETH PICKUP and they had six children, two sons and four daughters. At a later stage of his life, after his first wife's death and his remarriage, WILLIAM moved north to Blackburn, Lancashire, probably expecting better employment in that busy industrialised area. In fact he nay have made a preliminary visit there, since the 1851 census refers to his sons JAMES and JOSEPH as being born there. In 1846 he appears to have migrated for good and died there probably in 1855, a 'cotton weaver'. His sons JAMES (b. 1821) and JOSEPH (b. 1825) either did not go with him, or at least did not stay in Lancashire. They worked as silk weavers in Northamptonshire. JAMES married ANN TILIZY, a dressmaker, and his children were registered in Kettering. JOSEPH married ELIZABETH POWELL and his elder children at least were registered at Rothwell. But in 1851, at the census, both families were living in Kettering, and the fact that JAMES' eldest son WILLIAM aged eight, was described as employed as a 'silk winder' shows that life was very hard. It was a depressed time in the weaving trade, when very many were encouraged to seek new fortunes in America or one of the British Colonies. After their father's death, in 1857, JAMES and JOSEPH and their families, and probably some other local families as well, emigrated together to Australia, under one of the Government schemes which allocated them a section of virgin land in South Australia, in the hinterland of Adelaide. There is much research to be done into such families, the conditions they found and the hardships they underwent, but this is not the place, since one of JOSEPH's American descendants is at work on just such a study. It will be enough to sketch in the generations. This part of the record has been compiled by the help of surviving descendants, but it is somewhat defective, particularly with regard to dates. It has not been possible to consult the official central Australian and American registers: the British counterpart is the source of much of the information on the British families since 1857. JAMES (b. 1821) had three surviving children when he set out for Australia. JOSEPH had four, and later added three more. Of these, JAMES had two sons, WILLIAM (b. 1843) and JAMES DAVIS (b. 1849). JOSEPH had three sons, WILLIAM JAMES (b. 1650), ALBION (b. 1656), and ALFRED (b. 1665). Four of them remained in Australia, where they flourished and all have descendants. WILLIAM JAMES (b. 1850) in 1697 emigrated again to the west of America, drawn thither by the Mormon missionaries who had converted him. He too flourished. In both countries there was work to do, land to settle, and room for all, so that now there are more BROOKSBY's in Australia and the U.S.A. than there are in Great Britain. The four Australian families will be charted first, and then the American one. The WILLIAM BROOKSBY family of Australia. WILLIAM BHOOKSBY (b. 1643, son of JAMES) m. 1663 LOUISA ANN TAYLOR, and had issue: 1. EDWARD ANGUS (1863-1909) m. LOUIE CORBELL (1873-1945) and had issue: a) AMY YLORENCE PEARL (b. 1697) m. OLMANCE A. JONES. 2. WILLIAM WARREN (1865-1947) m. (i) EmLY CORIELL and had issue: a) WILLIS W.W. (1890-1957) adopted i) JOHN XEITE VICARS b) CYRIL (d. 1976) m. and had issue: i) AISERT ii) ILENE m. HARRY BOTT iii) EVELYN iv) WALTER (b. 1923) v) MYRTLE c) IVY (b. 1697) m. RUSSELL KEOGH d) AMY m. - EDGAR e) VERA (d. irif.) f) THOMAS A.W. (1908-1975) m. NARY WILSON, and had issue: i) DAWN F. (b. 1952) ii) GRACE M. (1956-1972) iii) JOHN WILLIAM (b. 1958) m. (2) FLORENCE THOKPSON (d. 1963) and had issue: g) MARJORY F. (b. 1912) m. HENRY WILKINSON h) EDNA (b. 1914) m. ARTHUR DOWDY j) EDWARD (b. 1916) m. 1946 NORMA PETRIE k) DULSIE M. (b. 1918) m. (i) STAN RICESON (ii) JOE SMITH i) GEOFFREY (b. 1921) and had issue: i) EBATHER (b. 1951) ii) iwn: LOUISE (b. 1952) ill) LEAN (b. 1953) m. 1976 iv) JANE (b. 1956) v) WAYNE (b. 1957) m. 1978 LINLA DEACON and had issue: A. AARON JAMES (b. 1979) vi) CHRISTOHIsEt (b. 1963) m) LAUTLA (b. 1924) m. (i) - TRAVERS (ii) RON LANDON 3. EMILY m. JACK HISCOCK 4. MThEL (d. 1930) m. RACHEL CORBELL (d. 1958) and had issue: a) HAROLD LINDSAY (b. 1895) m. 1929 MARY JEAN HEATH, and had issue: i) MALCOLM E. (b. 1932) m. 1956 MAY18 MURDOCH and had issue: A. COLLEEN B. (b. 1958) ii) MARCIA B. (b. 1937) m. 1961 BRIAN T. BROWN b) VIOLET m. RARItY FENEELL c) MALCOLM (d. 1922) d) ARNOLD (t. 1902) m. 1923 FENELLA COLLINS and had issue: i) MILTON J. (b. 1925) m. MURIEL KENYON and had issue: A. ALICIA MAY (b. 1953) B. MICHAEL JOHN (b. 1955) C. KAREN F. (t. 1957) m. 1978 SIMON THOMPSON D. VIRGINIA AnN (b. 1961) E. FIONA L. (b. 1963) e) ROLAND m. VIOLBT HEATH and had issue: 1) GRAHAM J. (b. 1935) m. 1976 YOIMDA FRANCISCO and had issue: A. CAROLINE L. (t. 1978) ii) KATHLEEN r) DAISY m. 1935 GEORGE LINDSAY (d. 1970) g) ROY (1911-1978) m. MARJORIE - and had issue: i) SYDNEY A. h) MORRIS LIONEL m. (i) floROTRY m. (ii) VIOLET and had issue: i) MALCOLM ii) XARLNNE m. - ECCLES iii) LIONEL iv) ARNOLD m. IOREEN RING v) ROBYN m. - McKAY vi) MORRIS 5. FREDERICK (1875-1948) m. ALICE GALPIN (d. 1940) and had issue: a) HuRTLE (b. 1896) m. 1921 LUCY CAMAVAN and had issue: i) ALIEN A. (1921-1972) m. 1942 MURIEL BATTYE and had issue: A. KAY (b. 1945) m. DALE NICHNLL B. MARIELLE (b. 1951) m. ThANK MITTAGE C. DAVID (b. 1953) m. 1976 WENDY J. ROCKERY and had issue: BENJAMIN (b. 1978) ii) REGINALD A. (b. 1928) m. 1951 PATRICA E. CIXMBOW and had issue: A. MICHAEL A. (b. 1952) m. 1974 CAROL V. FRASER (b. 1952) and had issue: SARAH V. (b. 1978) B. TREVOR L. (b. 1956) C. PHILLIP J. (b. 1957) D. GRAHAM P. (b. 1957) E. KAREN J. (b. 1964) iii) KENETH G. (b. 1953) m. 1957 MARGARET M. SHANIAY b) LAURENCE (d. 1970) m. KATHLEEN CANAVAN and had issue: i) NETTA (b. 1923) m. 1945 STAN FOGARTY ii) NirVILLE (b. 1924) m. 1950 DOROTHY M. PAPPS and had issue: A. PETER N. (b. 1953) B. SUSAN M. (b. 1958) iii) BETTY (b. 1927) m. 1973 JAN SWART iv) JOAN (b. 1928) m. REGINALD S. TURBELL v) NANCY (b. 1929) m. (i) 1950 DAVID McGRATH m. (ii) 1978 ALLEN GEOROB c) LESLIE (d. urm) d) MADE (m. - KECKEWICK) e) BERYL (1907-1942) m. MORGAN SNIBSON f) LINDSAY REX (d. inf.) 6. WALTER m. MAY LEAN (d. 1940) and had issue: a) ALEXANDER J. (1901-1978) m. 1927 LUCY UPHILL (b. 1902) and had issue: 1) MAnGE (b. 1927) ii) LINDSAY N. (b. 1929) m. (i) 1954 MAUREEN PARSONS and had issue: A. JEANINE (b. 1955) B. BARBARA (b. 1955) m. SHANE nuER m. (ii) 1976 BERTh MAY iii) ROMA (b. 1934) m. MILTON PARISH iv) RONALD m. (i) MARGARET WRIGHT, and had issue: A. SUSAN A. m. (ii) PAMELA - and had issue: B. JAHES (b. 1972) b) WALTER m. ELSIE MCDOUGALL and had issue: i) VALMAI (b. 1933) m. 1953 KXN RICHARDS ii) MARGARET (b. 1936) m. 1957 MAURICE BARRY iii) ROBERT (b. 1941) iv) BRIAN (b. 1942) m. 1965 MARION ROYAL and had issue: A. KAREN E. (b. 1965) B. MALCOLM D. (b. 1967) C. DARYL J. (b. 1969) D. GGGRAEME R. (b. 1970) E. JEETTE (b. 1973) F. HEATHER M. (b. 1975) v) LEONIE (b. 1951) m. 1973 KEvIN DAVIS c) LAVINIA E (d. 1977) m. (i) - LOCK m. (ii) HARRY KERR 7. HARRY (b. issi) m. 1915 CATHERINE JONES (b. 1891) and had issue: a) IRENE b) JEBT c) ROSE m. - STAFFORD 8. LIZZIE (d. young) 9. GEORGE (d. unm.) 10. ERWDST m. LOUIE C. BROOKSBY (widow of his eldest brother EDWARD ANGUS) and had issue: a) ERNEST A. m. and had issue: i) SHIRLEY ii) CECIL E. iii) LEONARD W. iv) KEITH A. v) RHODA b) REX m. and had issue: i) DOROTHY ii) THELMA iii) ALWYN 11. LINDSAY REX (b. 1905) (d. inf.) Members of the family of JAMES DAVIS BROOKEBY (b. 1849) JAMES DAVIS IROOKSBY (b. 1849) (son of JAMES) had issue: 1. MALCOIN m. LUCY and had issue: a) LESLIE M.T. (b. 1900) t) JAMES B. (1905-1974) c) JOHN L. (1909-1951) had issue: i) JOHN ii) JOY iii) ROBYN M. d) MAVIS (b. 1911) m. - SCARETT Members of the family of AIaION BROOKEBY (1858-1904) son of JOSEPH ALBION HROOKSBY (1858-1904) m. 1869 JESSIE SHERIfl' (1875-1955) and had issue: 1. JOSEPH JAMES (1897-1968) m. IRENE ISA HILL (b. 1902) and had issue: a) MARIE JOAN (b. 1922) m. NORMAN PEEESTONE b) BETTY BERNICE (b. 1924) m. JACK H. BROWN c) CORA PENELOPE (1926-1941) d) LOIS ALaIONA (b. 1951) m. JOSEPH COLLINS e) ALBION JOSEPH (b. 1934) m. BARBARA ROWIANDS and had issue: i) JONAThAN ALBION (b. 1970) 2. ELLEN ELIZATETH (b. 1900) m. JAMES MOTT 5. ALBION CLADE (b. 1902) m. ANNE STANTON (b. 1907) and had issue: a) ALBION IVAN (b. 1927) b) JOHN (b. 1931) m. ELEANOR DOURT (1956-1975) and had issue: i) BRADLEY JOHN (b. 1960) ii) PHILIPPA KAREN (b. 1962) iii) TIMOTHY LARREN (b. 1966) 4. WILLIAM AlFRED (1904-1975) m. DOROTHY HUTCHINSON and had issue: a) SHIRLEY m. SYDNEY STONEMAN b) IAN m. MARJORIE WALTERS and had issue: i) SANDRA c) MAXWELL (b. 1937) m. 1960 JUDITH BLIGHT (b. 1941) and had issue: i) XXRRY ANN (b. 1961) ii) JULIE ANN (b. 1962) iii) ANDREW WILLIAM (b. 1964) iv) LEAH ANN (b. 1970) v) EMMA DOREEN (b. 1971) 5. MALCOLM THOMAS (1906-1970) m. MARY COLYER and had issue: a) HARRY MALCOLM (b. 1955) m. YVONNE FOORD, and had issue: i) GLENN RAYMOND (b. 1967) ii) MARK ANDREW (b. 1969) iii) LYNNE MAREE (b. 1971) b) JEANETTE (b. 1938) m. IVAN GRAETS 6. LAURA JESSIE (b. 1909) m. WILLIAM TAIT Members of the family of ALFRED WILBY BROOKSBY (b. 1865) son of JOSEPH ALFRED WILBY BROOKSBY (t. 1865) m. 1885 JANE MARSHALL and had issue: 1. MThEL JOHN (1890-1961) m. 1919 CAROLINE - (b. 1896 and had issue: a) IRMA (b. 1919) m. 1942 GORDON GELLATLY t) RAYMOND (1920-1953) m. 1946 DOROTHY and had issue: i) IAN (b. 1948) m. 1970 and had issue: A. JASON (b. 1970) B. SIMONE (b. 1971) C. SHANNAN (b. 1975) D. BENJAMIN (b. 1974) ii) STEWART (b. 1947) m. 1969 and had issue: A. STEEEN (b. 1975) B. BELINDA iii) GARY (b. 1952) 2. ANNIE m. 1916 JACK THORNE 3. RUBY (b. 1899) m. 1925 JAMES LAMPARD 4. LESLIE MARSHALL (1896-1971) m. (i) MARGARET and had issue: a) ERIC (b. 1924) m. 1954 RUBY (b. 1926) and had issue: i) MALCOIM (b. 1955) ii) ANGUS (b. 1958) iii) CAMPBELL (b. 1960) iv) MEREDITH (b. 1956) v) CATHERINE (b. 1964) m. (ii) 1931 LILIAN and had issue b) JOY (b. 1955) a) DELL (b. 1955) m. 1958 WILLIAM THOMSON 5. ROY ROBERT (b. 1902) m. CORAL and had issue: a) BARRY (b. 1940) m. 1964 PAT (b. 1942) and had issue: i) ALISTER (b. 1965) ii) KAREN (b. 1966) iii) TANYA (b. 1972) b) GAY (b. 1937) m. 1958 c) ELAINE (b. 1942) m.. 1963 Family of WILLIAM JAMES BROOKSBY (1850-1931) WILLIAM JAMES BROOKSBY (1850-1931) was a boy of seven when his family emigrated to Australia. As a man in his forties, with ten children and a pregnant wife, he emigrated again, this tine to the United States. The history of these emigrant and settler years is so different from our own as hardly to seen related to it, and yet the last child of WILLIAM JAMES BROOKSBY is still alive. The best source from the early years of this family is a family history written by one of WILLIAM JAMES' sons and circulated in typescript. It is to be hoped that this vividly written story will at some tine get a wider audience. The writer, JOSEPH BROOKSBY (1884-1966) was born nearly thirty years after his grandfather brought the family out from Kettering to settle at Salt Lakes, now renamed Douglas, in South Australia, but he relates one or two details of the early days. At first the settlers had to build wattle and daub ('adobe') huts. Every precious timber plank had to be sawn in a sawyers pit from. the raw tree trunks. He says that his grandfather was a blacksmith. In England he had been a silk weaver, and it would seem that his knowledge of blacksmithing had been picked up from his father, WILLIAM the gunner driver (1785-1855). JOSEPH BROOKSBY himself remembered sleeping five children to a bed on a chaff mattress, three with their heads one way and two the other. He remembered teams of oxen hauling the wagons, and the tough simple life of the Australian countryside. His brother made a bicycle entirely out of wooden planks, and actually managed to ride it. They were quite reasonably prosperous, and built a six-roomed 'rock' house, owned good land and many sheep, but life was not peaceful. WILLIAM JAMES had inherited something from his midlands non-conformist ancestors, and he needed religion. He tried several, and none of them upset the family much, until he net a couple of Mormon missionaries from Utah. His wife, with ten children to feed, took fright. Young JOSEPH remembered fights, lockouts, book-burnings, monumental family rows. Then one day WILLIAM JAMES walked out and went to America in the wake of his Mormon friends, leaving his wife and family (the eldest aged sixteen) to manage as best they could. Unexpectedly, perhaps, he came back, having bought a piece of land in Arizona. From Salt take City he had gone south, and south, looking for land like Australia, but it was all sagebrush and cactus. However, when he found the Grand Canyon across his path, there was no point in trekking any further, and in Fredonia, Arizona, he bought a house and a piece of land, and then returned to Australia to fetch his family. Even his wife knew when she was beaten. She was baptised into the Mormon church, they sold up, and set off for Vancouver, a journey the children at least loved and remembered all their lives. It was a train journey from Seattle to Salt Lake City, and then a wagon trek over the hills and the desert and the canyons to Fredonia, stopping on the way in Richfield for a month while the last baby was born, a girl that nearly died in the cold as they travelled the last stage over the mountains. The history of this frontier family remains to be written in detail, and one of their descendants is at work on just such a study. American family historians are in one way lucky. So much has happened in so short a time, that they can still reach back and touch the 'old days'. It is possible to collect from the lips of those still living stories of a way of life which is hardly recognisable. Members of the family of WILLIAM JAMES BROOKSBY (1850-1931) WILLIAM JAMES BROOKSBY (1850-1931) m. 1875 EMMA HOBBS (1854-1942) and had issue: 1) ISABELLA (b. 1877) m. 1897 ORLES BIRD 2) WILLIAM (1878-1937) m. 1904 EMMA JENSEN (1887-1971) and had issue: a) WILLIAM OSCAR (b. 1905) m. 1935 ALTA JOHNSON (b. 1915) and had issue: i) KAREN (b. 1936) m. 1955 VELAN D. CALL ii) WILLIAM K. (b. 1917) m. 1961 GEORGE Ann BRINKERHOFF and had issue: A. BRIAN K. (b. 1963) B. SCOTT L. (b. 1965) C. JENIFER (b. 1968) iii) OSCAR K. (b. 1940) m. (i) 1968 ROBERTA PENNY m..(ii) 1976 PATRICA A. PRATT iv) BANTALL V. (b. 1945) n. 1967 RUHEA KEATON and had issue: A. VIKIHEIB (b. 1968) B. RYAN V. (b. 1970) C. ROY L. (b. 1971) D. KIM H. (b. 1972) E. WILLIAM E. (b. 1974) F. RANDALL S. (b. 1977) v) BEVERLY (b. 1946) m. 1966 ROIJEL J. HENRIE vi) CONNIE (b. 1948) m. 1969 DAVID F. KEM£E vii) COLIN T. (b. 1951) viii) ROBIN J. (b. 1952) b) oIaARs&CE J. (1910-1937) m. 1934 DOROTHY 'BITCH and had issue: i) RUSSELL L. (1935-1978) m. CAROLYN REEDER and had issue: A. BENJAMIN R. B. ANGIE E. ii) PHYLLIS D. (b. 1939) m. BERNARD A}WERSON c) Iimoa ISABELLE (b. 1913) m. 1945 DAVID V. KA]AN d) EDITh CAROLINE (b. 1915) m. 1950 DAVID G. BUNZELL e) GLADYS (b. 1917) M. 1937 VIRGIL R. RIGGS f) VICTOR VERSAILLES (1919-1943) g) VIVIEN (b. 1921) m. 1946 JACK E MADSEN h) JAMES FRANLKIN (b. 1923) m. 1944 CORRIS CRAM and had issue: i) WILLIAM F. (b. 1947) m. 1970 KAREN XNICHT and had issue: A. EMILY A. (b. 1976) ii) ROBERT C. (b. 1950) m. 1976 PATTY TEDRICK and had issue: A. AMY S. (b. 1976) B. JOSHUA C. (1977) C. KATIE R. (b. 1978) iii) SIDNEY C. (b. 1952) m. 1977 MICHAEL McGEE iv) CHRISTOPSEEL C. (b. 1965) a ROMA M. (b. 1926) m. 1960 JAMES V. MORTENSEN k) KATffEEN (b. 1928) m. 1948 MARTIN G. RUBISCH 3. EMILY (b. 1880) m. 1901 WIllIAM J. WATSON 4. ELIZA (b. 1882) m. 1905 WLLIAM M. JIBI 5. JOSEPH (1884-1966) m. 1910 HERMOINE PRATT and had issue: a) ARLAND (b. 1911) b) ELDON (b. 1914) c) HERMIONE (b. 1916) d) VIRGINIA (b. 1919) e) 'armiORA (b. 1923) £) BERNICE (b. 1927) g) NERRILL (b. 1950) m. 1956 HLLEN N. FARNSWORTH h) LYIJi: (b. 1935) 6. AMY (b. 1886) m. 1905 LEMJEL B. HUTCHINS 7. ALFRED (1888-1969) m.. 1913 VILA JTJDD (b. 1891) and had issue a) VIOLA (1914-1914) b) MARVIN A (1916-1975) m. 1946 EMIN STUBBS and had issue: i) SHERRIL ANN (b. 1948) m. 1978 RONALD NAXON ii) PEGGY LEE (b. 1951) m. 1974 ARNOLD SPENCER iii) MARVIN BLAIR (b. 1954) c) REWA (b. 1919) m. 1938 CLIFF SWAP? a) VELTA (b. 1921) m. 1946 HEFIRT KUNZ e) MYRTLE (b. 1925) m. 1950 OSCAR JUDD r) ~ (b 1928) m. 1948 HENRY BRYNER g) WAYNE J. (b. 1933) m. 1955 CAROLYN RUSSELL and had issue: i) CRAIG WAYNE (b. 1956) ii) SAUNDRA LEE (b. 1959) iii) DARREN FRANK (t. 1962) iv) KAYLYN b. 1969) 8. JOHN (1890-1966) m. 1918 MELINDA JrmD and had issue: a) NORA b) WARREN R. c) JOHN CARL (b. 1923) m. 1949 VERDON HAMBLYN (b. 1929) and had issue: i) joim KENT (b. 1951) m. 1973 JANET R. HIATT ii) RICHARD C. iii) LINDA SUE iv) DONALD SCOTT a) NARY L. e) ThESTON £) GLENDA L. 9. ALBION (1892-1930) m. 1919 BESSIE ESPLIN and had issue: a) VERLA (b. 1920) m. 1946 ERNEST R. JEFFRIES b) ALBION A. (1923-1943) c) EMMA JEAN (b. 1925) m. 1946 ENIN P. SUNDQUIST d) WENDELL E (b. 1929) rn. 1955 BTTH HOFER and had issue: i) TODD WENDELL (b. 1956) ii) CRAIG ALBION (b. 1957) iii) KENT ALBERT (b. 1959) iv) DAVID ARDELL (b. 1960) v) STEvEn KEITH (b. 1964) vi) SCOTT HONER (b. 1970) 10. WILFORD (1895-1979) m. (i) 1914 STEWI YOUNG and had issue: a) IRENE (b. 1914) m. GEORGE SHAMO b) WILFORD ARNOND (t. 1916) m. 1937 MYRNA THARSON and had issue: i) GELALD A. (b. 1937) and had issue: A. SCOTT B. ALISA C. EMILY D. RACHEL E. CRAIG F. ANN G. BINJAMIN ii) LAUREL M. (b. 1949) iii) WILFORD A. (t. 1953) iv) NORMAN G. (b. 1955) c) ELLA (b. 1921) m. (i) 1942 MARION W. HINTON m. (ii) 1947 W. TELL GUBLER a) EVELYN (1923-1930) e) JUANITA (b. 1929) m. 1947 DELMER HINTON m.. (ii) 1962 MARIE J. UDHARDT (b. 1911) 11. OLIVE (b. 1897) m. 1926 WARREN JUDD Family of WILLIAM BROOKSBY (1723-1802) WILLIAM BROOKSBY (1723-1802) seems to have been the tenth child of JOHN BROOKSBY (a. 1762) and one of the few to survive. He and his wife ELIZABETH (d. 1795) christened six children in the parish church of Kettering between 1750 and 1762. As yet no wedding has been discovered, so it is not certain whether these six are the whole family or not. It has previously been pointed out how frequently a young woman went home to her mother for her first baby. They had five daughters and one son. The son was JOHN (1752-1808) and he married twice: CATHERINE RICHARDSON in 1777 (she lost a baby and died herself in 1780; then MARY HORNSBY (d. 1836) by whom he had six children. He is named as a labourer when his name appears in the Militia List of 1777. The fact that he was just married or just about to marry would be no excuse against serving. He would have had to be a father of at least three children to plead family responsibility. As he was a poor man, no doubt he had to do his service. Richer people could buy themselves out. The Militia List is one of those useful documents, like the Hearth Tax, which enables the family researcher to spotlight roughly the number and spread of a family in a county at a given moment. It covers the male population between 28 and 60 who were eligible for service. Of course it may not be complete, but the fact that only two BROOKSBY's appear in it is a useful indication of the size of the family at the time. The other BROOKSBY is JOSEPH, a carpenter of Rothwell. He married DOROTHY BUSWELL and in 1778 had a daughter ANN, who was baptised the year after in Market Harborough Independent Chapel. A month earlier JOSEPH and another girl child had been buried in Rothwell.
We return to JOHN (d. 1808). Re married and settled in Finedon, a large village near Northampton, some ten miles from Kettering. Apart from that one reference to him as a 'labourer' there is no indication as to what he did for a living. His son became a silk weaver, and JOHN may have been a weaver too. As the early days of the industrial revolution rolled by, the cottagers of the midlands set up their looms and their frames by the thousands, though the days of factory organisation came later. (Anyone who wants to catch the flavour of the people and the period should read George Eliot's novel 'Silas Marner'). His son became a silk weaver, and JOHN may have been a weaver too. As the early days of the industrial revolution rolled by, the cottagers of the midlands set up their looms and their frames by the thousands, though the days of factory organisation came later. (anyone who wants to catch the flavour of the people and the period should read George Eliot's novel 'Silas Marner'). WILLIAM (1793-1876) was the only surviving son of JOHN (d. 1806). He married NARY (1763-1868) of unknown surname, and again they had one surviving son, another WILLIAM (1825-1901). In 1842 The family were living at Mackworth Green and appear in a parish 'dole book'. The death knell of the handloom. weaver had by this time sounded, and they were obviously in poverty. They are marked in the dole book as 'don't come' (to church), but one hopes they got their handout all the same. The cottage industry being dead, the factory age came to Finedon as to many other places, and when WILLIAM (1823-1901) is recorded as a 'cord-wainer', it must mean that he made shoes in a factory. He is so named in the 1851 census, and his father is recorded as 'Agricultural Labourer'. WILLIAM (1823-1901) married in 1843 HANNAH CLARK, a lacemaker, and they had seven children. In 1851 they lived at Sharp Cottages, Burton Road, Finedon. Of WILLIAM's three sons, WILLIAM (1849-1909) probably died unmarried. The second, JOHN MERCHANT (1658-1935) was a plumber and started the local family which still lives in and around Rushden. The youngest, ROBERT (b. 1864) a commercial traveller, married and had three children locally. Then he and his whole family disappear from the records: probably they emigrated, but if so at present no traces have been found. Members of the family of WILLIAM (1623-1901) WILLIAM (1823-1901) m. 1843 HANNAH CLARK (1823-1915) and had issue: 1. JAMES MERCHANT (1845-1849) 2. SARAH (b. 1647) m. 1880 3. WILLIAM (1849-1909) 4. MARY (b. 1652) m. 1872 ALFRED CAPEWELL 5. JOHN MERCHANT (1858-1935) m. (i) 1878 MARY ANN 15CM (1860-1920) and had issue: m. (ii) 1925 - BUOBY a) MARY ELIZABETh (b. 1878) m. 1898 b) JOHN GEORGE (1881-1941) m. 1906 MABEL JANE TOMKINS (1881-1958) and had issue: i) JOHN H. (b. 1913) m. 1939 - STAPlETON and had issue: A. CAROLNE (b. 1942) m. 1963 - O'DELL B. PETER W.J. (b. 1945) C. SALLY (b. 1948) m. 1968 - HALES D. ROBERT (b. 1950) E. KAY (b. 1954) F. EDWARD (b. 1959) ii) MARGABET E. (b. 1916) m. 1941 - SAIL iii) GRACE j. (b. 1923) m. 1944 - BROWN 6. ELIZABETH HANNAH (b. 1862) m. 1887 7. ROBERT (b. 1864) m. 1887 ADA WILSON and had issue: a) LAURA WINIEEED (b. 1889) m. 1909 b) ERNEST MERCHANT (b. 1892) c) ROBERT 'LARRY (b. 1895) Note. There is another small Northamptonshire family, not described here, as there has been no contact with them, and if any still survive, it seems likely that they are women who no longer carry the name of BROOKSBY They stem from a THOMAS (1854-1890) whose birth was registered in Wellingborough and who therefore may be a member of the above family, where there is a six-year gap between MARY (b. 1852) and JOHN MERCHANT (b. 1858).
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