Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The Rev. Nahum Brooks family plot, Manchester, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Valley Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire.


MARY ELLEN
DAU. OF
REV. N & MRS R. L.
BROOKS
DIED OCT. 10, 1866
AE. 20 YRS 13 DAYS
BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

MRS. REBECCA L. BROOKS
WIDOW OF
REV. NAHUM BROOKS
BORN SEPT. 17, 1817
DIED JUNE 20, 1897
HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP

REV. NAHUM BROOKS
BORN AT
EAST WAKEFIELD
JUNE 16, 1811
DIED AT MANCHESTER
MARCH 16, 1883
AE. 71 YRS 9 MOS
HIS LIFE WAS A BENEDICTION


The Revered Nahum Brooks was born 11 June 1811 in Wakefield, New Hampshire, the son of John Brooks and Phebe Chick.  He went to school at the Parsonsfield Academy in Maine. He organized his first Baptist church in Laconia in March 1838 and was ordained in Sanbornton in May 1838. He was a Baptist minister in Centre Sandwich, Great Falls, Bath, and the Pine Street Baptist Church in Manchester.

He married first on 14 February 1836 to Emmeline M. Watson, the daughter of Elijah Watson and Miriam Sawyer.  She was born 3 Jan 1815 in Springfield, New Hampshire, and died in Concord, New on 7 September 1836, almost 7 months after their wedding.

He married second on 19 September 1838 to Rebecca L. Harmon. She was the daughter of Henry Harmon and Catherine Franklin, born on 17 September 1817, and died 20 June 1897.  Rebecca gave him two daughters:  Emmeline R. (1842 – 1901), wife of Charles Edward Balch, and Mary Ellen (1844 – 1866), who died unmarried and is buried next to her parents.

Click on this link for the blog post featuring Emmeline R. Brooks and Charles Edward Balch:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/tombstone-tuesday-colonel-charles-e.html  

The Native Ministry of New Hampshire, by Nathan Franklin Carter,  1906 (see a sketch of Nahum Brooks on page 769).

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Tombstone Tuesday ~ The Rev. Nahum Brooks family plot, Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 8, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/tombstone-tuesday-rev-nahum-brooks.html: accessed [access date]). 

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