Sunday, June 26, 2016

Query: Joshua Brooks, Wayne County

            Looking for any evidence (negative or positive) that identifies the Joshua Brooks, school teacher, who died 30 Aug 1830, in Richmond, Indiana.: “Mr. Greene, Post Master of this city, has lately received a letter from the P.M. of Richmond, Indiana, stating that a Mr. Joshua Brooks died there August 30; that he had taught school there: that he left 5 or 6 children in or near Boston, their mother having died several years since.” Trumpet and Universalist Magazine (Boston, MA), 20 Nov 1830, Vol III, Issue 21, Page 83.

            Joshua Brooks married in 1806 in Kingston, MA, said to be of Albany, NY. Wife Lydia Beal petitioned for divorce in April 1826 stating that he had abandoned the family a few years earlier and had committed adultery. Repeated notices printed for him to appear. He never appeared and divorce granted Oct 1829.

            Need evidence the Joshua Brooks who died in Indiana was the same born Albany, NY, and married and lived in Massachusetts.

Ethelind Wright
59 Warren Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240

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