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[p. 14] In 1792 he married Ann Gorham, daughter of Judge Nathaniel of Charlestown. Of their large family of thirteen children, Charlotte Gray Brooks became the wife of Hon. Edward Everett, and Abigail Brown Brooks the wife of Hon. Charles Francis Adams, son of President John Quincy Adams. Gorham Brooks of Medford, son of Peter Chardon Brooks, was born at Medford 10 February 1795, entered Harvard College, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1814 and that of Master of Arts three years later, and died 10 September 1855. He married, 20 April 1829, Ellen Shepherd, who was born in Louisiana 22 August 1809 and died II August 1884, daughter of Resin Davis and Lucy (Gorham) Shepherd. Their only daughter died in infancy; but their eldest son, Peter Chardon Brooks, A. B. (Harvard, 1852), A. M. (ib., 1871), who was born at Watertown 8 May 1831 and died in Boston 27 January 1920, married, 4 October 1866, Sarah Lawrence, daughter of Amos Adams Lawrence, A. B. (Harvard, 1835), A. M. (ib., 1838), and was a well-known and public-spirited resident of Boston and Medford, while their younger son, Shepherd Brooks, is the subject of this memoir.

He was prepared for college by Dr. Samuel Eliot of Boston, entered Harvard, and received there the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and that of Master of Arts in 1872. Only two of his Harvard classmates of 1857 survived him.

After leaving college, Mr. Brooks passed the winter in New Orleans, and in the autumn of 1858 went to Europe, where he remained two years and travelled extensively. His freedom from financial cares made it possible for him to spend a winter in the South whenever he wished and to travel at will in this country and abroad. In the spring of 1872 he joined a pleasure party that journeyed to the Pacific coast, and thus met his future wife, who was also a member of the party.

Although he had made a special study of architecture, he did not follow up this subject as an active profession.

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