in order to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the Landing
of the Pilgrims by the establishment of a Pilgrim Tercentenary Memorial Fund for the benefit of the Society, and the following memoir of him appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
, Vol. 77, pp. lxv-lxvii (supplement to the issue of April, 1923) and is reprinted here by permission.
Shepherd Brooks, A. M.
, of Boston
and Medford, Mass.
, a Pilgrim Tercentenary member since 1919, was born in Baltimore, Md.
, where his parents, Gorham
and Ellen (Shepherd
, were temporarily residing, 23 July 1837, and died in Boston
21 February 1922.
He was a member of an illustrious Massachusetts
family, of which the immigrant ancestor was Thomas Brooks, an early settler of Watertown
, who was admitted a freeman 7 December 1636 and soon afterwards removed to Concord
, where he was constable in 1638 and later deputy and captain.
In 1660 he and his son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler
, bought four hundred acres of land in Medford
; but he continued to reside in Concord
, and died there 21 May 1667.
Among his children by his wife Grace, who died 12 May 1664, was Caleb, born, probably in England
, about 1632, who removed from Concord
and died 29 July 1696, aged 64.
His two wives, Susanna and Hannah
, were sisters, being the daughters of Thomas Atkinson
; and by the second wife, Hannah
, he had two sons, Ebenezer of Medford
, whose grandson, John Brooks
(1752-1825), was the wellknown Governor of Massachusetts
, and Samuel of Medford
, who was born 1 September 1672 and died 3 July 1733.
This Samuel married Sarah Boylston
, daughter of Dr. Thomas Boylston
and sister of the wife of his brother Ebenezer; and their son Samuel of Medford
, who was born 3 September 1700 and died 5 July 1768, was by his wife, Mary Boutwell
of Reading, the father of five children, one of whom was Rev. Edward