Re: Simmons, John Wesley (History - 1843)
Contact:  Leslie Brooks

My great grandfather, Marcellus George Brooks was a younger brother, I think, of your Ermina Brooks Simmons. At nine years old he is in the 1860 Geauga County, Ohio census in the home of her mother, along with her and a sister, Naomi. At nineteen I think I find him, a plumber, living with plumber, C J Brooks. in his late twenties, (a brother?) in Chicago in 1870, under the name MG Brook. Later CJ and he are in the census in Chicago as Brookses, so that was a misprint. He did go on to be a plumbing contractor. My grandfather, Frank Melvin Brooks, from Chicago, was his eldest son, born 1876 to Arrolyn Small. Marcellus was said to have been an orphan and at 9, Ermina's brother Marcellus had no father in his household. The widow he lived with, his mother, presumably, but maybe an aunt, had been married to James Brooks of New York im Ohio. Her maiden name was Hester Ann Robinson. Oddly, a woman named Hester A Brooks is in the 1870 census in the same Chicago ward as MG and CJ Brooks, a widow the right age to be the Hesterv Ann who was earlier iin Ohio. So if she was his mother, perhaps he was not an orphan. Do you have information on Ermina's family?




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