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s on the expediency and importance of opening new routes for travel between this and the neighboring villages. March 9; 1761: Many inhabitants of the town petitioned the Court of Sessions for a road across the marshes at Labor in Vain; thus connecting the eastern part of the town with the Boston road. The petition was granted, and the Commissioners laid out the road and assessed the damages; but it was concluded not to build it. March 5, 1787, the town voted, That Benjamin Hall, Esq., Gen. John Brooks, and Thomas Brooks, Esq., be a Committee to petition the Court of Sessions to obtain a new road through a part of Col. Royall's and Capt. Nicholson's farms. This was never obtained. Dec. 7, 1795: Voted to measure the route from Jonathan Brooks's Corner to Lexington. This road was not accepted. Voted to erect sign-posts through the town. Nov. 18, 1801: Voted to choose a Committee to oppose the opening of a new road to Charlestown. May 10, 1802: A Committee was chosen to lay o
y met a body of minute-men, commanded by Major John Brooks. A little below Bedford Road there was y fire from the Reading minute-men, under Capt John Brooks. An instance of his sturdy Spartan-lixt day the drum beat for volunteers, and Lieut. Col. Brooks volunteered with his regiment. How ns regiment of Massachusetts, then led by Lieut. Col. Brooks, was still more successful. It turned terman reserve. Lieut. Brayman was killed; and Brooks maintained the ground he had gained. This advn no small degree to the gallant conduct of Col. Brooks and his regiment, on the 7th of October, inmost anxious moment of his life, rode up to Col. Brooks with intent to ascertain how the officers snt them from attending the insurgent meeting. Brooks replied: Sir, I have anticipated your wishes, n his eyes, took him by the hand, and said: Col. Brooks, this is just what I expected from you. h of the late President of the Society, the Hon. John Brooks, and that they feel assured they shall
electors was unanimous, and stood thus, in Medford, Dec. 18, 1788:-- Hon. Judge Dana25 Gen. John Brooks24 The government of the country being now administered by President Washington with wid to the occasion. 5. Prayer, by the Rev. Dr. Osgood. 6. Music. 7. Eulogy, by the Hon. John Brooks, Esq. 8. Music. After which, the bell to toll till sunset. Every thing was thus done hich could express grief at the loss, or respect for the memory, of the venerated chief. General John Brooks, the companion in arms of the illustrious warrior, and one of his favorite friends, was tly to their vote, and at the request of their Committee, on the 13th of January, 1800. By John Brooks, A. M., M. M.S., and A. A.S. Printed by Samuel Hall, No. 53, Cornhill, Boston. We give a few eption, but is now believed by many to have ended in words and smoke. The selection of General John Brooks, as candidate for the office of Governor of Massachusetts, gratified the people of Medfor
country, in that war, was the death of Lieutenant John Brooks, son of General Brooks, who graduated General Brooks, who graduated at Harvard College in 1805, studied medicine with his father, and afterwards joined the army as an oicer of marines. The personal beauty of young Brooks was a matter of remark in every company where ver the English fleet. The remains of Lieutenant Brooks were buried on an island in Lake Erie, anotice of the removal:-- Funeral of Lieutenant John Brooks.--On Friday last, the remains of LieutLieutenant John Brooks, who fell in the battle on Lake Erie, were interred in the new burial-ground, uponAlexander Scammel Brooks, eldest son of General John Brooks. He was born in Medford, 1777, on the way, as soon as he could stand, he noticed Colonel Brooks just beside him, who laid lifeless, exceptk, but soon rose again to the surface; but Colonel Brooks was seen no more. Out of thirty-four persculars:-- The body of the late lamented Colonel Brooks was found upon the beach, about thirty mil
Chapter 7: ecclesiastical history (continued). First parish. after the death of Dr. Osgood, the eyes of so many were turned upon the Rev. Andrew Bigelow, that the Committee engaged him, March 25, 1823, to preach as a candidate. On the 5th of May in that year, the town voted to invite him to become their minister. Yeas, 95; nays, 70. Salary, eight hundred dollars. May 7, the church met; his Excellency John Brooks, Chairman. Voted to concur with the town in giving the Rev. Andrew Bigelow a call to settle over them in the gospel ministry. Yeas, 20; nays, 3. Committee of conference: Nathaniel Hall, Jonathan Brooks, and Nathan Adams, Esqs. June 14, 1823, Mr. Bigelow accepted this invitation by a long and able letter, properly noticing a condition which, at a subsequent meeting, had been coupled with the first vote of the town. The condition was, that either party may dissolve the connection by giving six months notice to that effect. Mr. Bigelow, in his letter, says, Af
d in this town ten years; but his medical practice was so limited that he removed to Charlestown, and formed a partnership with Messrs. Morse and Woodbridge, in the baking business. In this he was not successful. He died in Charlestown. Dr. John Brooks had not the advantages of a collegiate education; but this fact stimulated him to make up for it by extraordinary application. The consequence was a self-made man of the highest type. After completing his medical studies with Dr. Tufts, he his wide employment in medical duties, and he finally relinquished the profession. His very acute sensibilities must have made him most acceptable in a sick-chamber; while in surgical cases they may have been a hinderance. On the election of Dr. Brooks to the office of governor, he resigned his medical practice to his pupil and friend,-- Dr. Daniel Swan, of Medford,--who graduated at Harvard College in 1803. He first entered on practice at Brighton, in 1808, where for eight years he had a
choose their president and vice-president out of their own number. Voted that the Hon. James Sullivan, Loammi Baldwin, Esq., the Hon. Thomas Russell, Hon. James Winthrop, Christopher Gore, Esq., Joseph Barrell, Esq., Andrew Cragie, Esq., Hon. John Brooks, Captain Ebenezer Hall, Jonathan Porter, Esq., Ebenezer Storer, Esq., Caleb Swan, and Samuel Jaques, be directors for pursuing the business of the canal for the present year. At a meeting of the directors, Oct. 11, the following vote was passed:-- Voted that the Hon. James Sullivan be president; Loammi Baldwin, Esq., first vice-president; and Hon. John Brooks, second vice-president. The board of directors being duly organized, the next duty was to commence the necessary surveys of the most eligible route between Medford River and Chelmsford, by the Concord River. Here the committee were met by an almost insurmountable difficulty: the science of civil-engineering was almost unknown to any one in this part of the country.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Brooks, John, 1752- (search)
Brooks, John, 1752- Soldier and statesman; born in Medford, Mass., May 31, 1752; received a common-school education, studied medicine, and settled in its practice at Reading, where he commanded a company of minute-men when the Revolution began. With his men he was engaged in the affairs of April 19, 1775, at Lexington and Concord. Brooks was active in intrenching Breed's Hill (see Bunker Hill) on the night of June 16, 1775, and was major of a regiment that assisted in fortifying Dorchester Heights. Early in 1776 he accompanied it to Long Island, and fought there. The battle of White Plains tested his capacity as a disciplinarian and leader; and eaHe led his regiment in battle with great prowess and success at Saratoga, Oct. 7, 1777; and in the battle of Monmouth (q. v.) he was acting adjutant-general. Colonel Brooks resumed the practice of medicine at Medford after the war, and was for many years major-general of militia. He served cheerfully and efficiently in various c
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 15: Worcester County. (search)
own-meeting was held April 29th. The second article in the warrant was in these words, To consult in relation to the distracted state of our country, and to take such measures as the emergency requires, either in men or money. On motion of Hon. John Brooks it was voted that the selectmen be authorized to direct the treasurer to borrow such sums of money as may be deemed advisable, not exceeding three thousand dollars, to be used for the enlistment and drilling any of our citizens who may enlis money for that purpose. A committee of ten, one from each school-district was chosen to encourage enlisting in their several districts. It was then announced that the chairman of the selectmen was ready to receive the names of volunteers.—Hon. John Brooks offered the sum of five dollars to each person who would enlist before leaving the house. Several persons enlisted. A committee of two was appointed to solicit subscriptions to be divided among the persons who should enlist during the pres
8, 1861. Resigned, Dec. 2, 1861. Bronson, David. Second Lieutenant, 46th Infantry, M. V. M., in the service of the U. S. Sept. 25, 1862. Mustered out, July 29, 1863. Brooks, Alfred O. First Lieutenant, 29th Mass. Infantry, Dec. 30, 1861. Captain, Dec. 6, 1862. Dismissed, Mar. 18, 1864. (S. 0. No. 77, War Dept., Feb. 19, 1866.) Brooks, Frederick D. Second Lieutenant, 35th Mass. Infantry, July 31, 1862. First Lieutenant, Aug. 16, 1862. Resigned, Jan. 22, 1863. Brooks, John, Jr. Second Lieutenant, 21st Mass. Infantry, Aug. 21, 1861. First Lieutenant, Mar. 3, 1862. Resigned, July 18, 1862. Brotherson, Joseph C. Second Lieutenant, 4th Mass. Cavalry, Oct. 1, 1863. First Lieutenant, Jan. 19, 1864. Captain, Apr. 6, 1865. Mustered out, Nov. 14, 1865. Brown, Benjamin H. First Lieutenant, 63d Infantry, M. V. M., in service of the U. S., Oct. 17, 1862. Mustered out, Sept. 2, 1863. Brown, David F. Captain, 17th Mass. Infantry, Aug. 21, 1861. Re
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