Plymouth County Biographies

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Gilbert Brooks

Gilbert Brooks was the brother of William Brooks, sen. and came into Scituate at the same time. His residence was on the south of Colmans's hills. He sold his house to Robert Crossman of Taunton, 1652. It was afterward the residence of Jospeh Otis, Esq. The earliest notice which we have seen of him, is, that he was in the family of Mr. William Vassall 1638. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Gov. Edward Winslow. He had sons Gilbert and John, probably born in Marshfield. His children born in Scituate were Elizabeth, born 1645, Sarah 1646, Mary 1649, Rachel 1650, Bathsheba 1655, Rebecca 1657, Hannah 1659, all baptized in the second Church.

In 1675, he kept a garrison at Gov. Josiah Winslow's house in Marshfield. we observe that John, son of Gilbert Brooks, had a legacy in the will of his uncle, Gov. Josiah Winslow.

Gilbert was in Rehoboth 1683, and one of a committee "to treat with the Rev. Samuel Angier, concerning his settlement in the ministry there." (Colony Records).

Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from Its First Settlement to 1831. p. 224-5.