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Mildred Winona BROOKS

Female 1899 - 1980  (80 years)

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  • Name Mildred Winona BROOKS  [1
    Born 25 Nov 1899  Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Address 1920  [3
    Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts 
    Address 1930  [4
    Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts 
    Died 12 Feb 1980  Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Mildred Winona BROOKS was one of the original researchers of the BROOKS family. She visited Prince Edward Island to document the family of her grandparents, Thomas BROOKS and Margaret SIMMONS, around 1963. She wrote: " It is not known in what year the paternal grandparents on the maternal side (i.e. George SIMMONS and Harriet HARPER) were born - only that both were born in Prince Edward Island. Figuring from the fact that Margaret Hannah- the first child of the union- was born in 1838, and Mary Ellen - the last child of the union - was born in 1867, I think it may be assumed that Harriet Harper SIMMONS was not born any later than 1818. There is no further information available about either George SIMMONS or Harriet HARPER in connection with the dates of their marriage or their deaths. It was not required that this information be recorded in a public record in Prince Edward Island before the year 1904. However, a very comprehensive record from there on was secured through the kindness of Ethel Simmons - a niece of our grandmother - Margaret Hannah Simmons BROOKS. A more remarkable memory in an 82 year old woman I have never encountered. Without a second's hesitation she recited to me all the information you will find here about the brothers and sisters of Margaret Simmons with only once having to refer to the family bible for dates. I shall never cease to be astounded when I think of it.

      To Ethel's nephew, Louis, and his wife Agnes, I also owe a debt of gratitude. It was through their kindness and unselfish contribution of hours of time and their gracious hospitality that I was able to so completely cover the ground and learn about Murray Harbour, the early BROOKS' and Prince Edward Island's warm heart.

      At this point, too, let me extend my grateful thanks to Lauretta Machon BROOKS, the widow of David BROOKS, who was a great grandson of the original John and Frances Brown BROOKS. It was to the home of Mrs. David BROOKS, that Agnes SIMMONS drove me on the day we went to Murray Harbour to glean any available information about the BROOKS family. It can be truly said that she knew more about the BROOKS family than anyone else on Prince Edward Island and she was very helpful in the preparation of such information as I have set forth here. I can only hope that I have done as good a job in setting them down as she did in telling them to me."

      Mildred Winona BROOKS wrote the following notes regarding her visit to Prince Edward Island:

      Pleasant Memories of My Visit with Ethel, Frank, Louis and Agnes Simmons in Prince Edward Island:
      When I arrived in Prince Edward Island by plane from New Brunswick, I went to the Charlottetown Hotel. It was Sunday evening when the plane landed so I was busy settling in. On Monday morning I ferreted out the Division where births, marriages and deaths on the Island are recorded, and came away from there with my spirits considerably dampened, for the only statistic of the family I could find was the birth of my Aunt Margaret. The reason for this, I was told, was that it was not required that this information be recorded before the year 1904, and more frequently than not, it was not recorded.

      On my return to the hotel, I took down the telephone book and looked up the name Simmons. To the first Simmons I called, I said, "My name is Mildred BROOKS. I am here in Prince Edward Island to look into my family history. My grandmother was Margaret Simmons and my grandfather was Thomas R. BROOKS. Do these names mean anything to you? " She was not the Simmons but she said, "I think that Simmons you want is the Simmons on Spring Park Road". And from that Simmons I got the thrilling answer, "Margaret Simmons was my aunt". It was my cousin Ethel Simmons who skyrocketed me to cloud nine. She and her brother Frank are living in the old family homestead. From there on it was smooth and glorious sailing

      Ethel got in touch with her nephew's wife, Mrs. Louis Simmons, and she came over to the hotel to meet me. She is a very charming and also very vigorous person. I'll wager that she does not waste one single minute, any day. But from her busy day, she took a whole afternoon to drive Ethel and me over to Murray Harbour to garner more information about the BROOKS side of the family. She was born in Murray Harbour and knew just where to take me. She teaches school now in Charlottetown.

      In Ethel's house I met her brother Frank, my cousin Frank, and sat in the rocker that had been my grandmother's. Frank is a charming gentleman, and recalled many things about my grandfather BROOKS.

      I enjoyed a delicious supper as the guest of Ethel on the way back from Murray Harbour and spent a delightful day as guests of Agnes and Louis SIMMONS, the day before I left to come back home. Louis runs a soft drink factory in Charlottetown. He is a deacon in the Baptist church in Charlottetown.

      I saw the site of the house where my father was born. It had been razed and the Zion Church erected in its place. A cousin, Percival, son of Mary DIXON and John Francis SIMMONS started a dairy business which has been carried on by his two sons since Percival's death. Any butter, milk, cream or ice cream bearing the name "Perfection" is the highest quality and a family product. The flowers, the trees, the scenery, the water, all are some of the most beautiful I have seen. And certainly the people of Prince Edward Island are among the friendliest that I have ever met. I hope that I may have the pleasure of going there again, some time. Mildred Winona BROOKS
    Person ID I894  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2011 

    Father John Robert BROOKS,   b. 22 Jun 1859, New London, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1918, Roslindale, Suffolk, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Frances Delilah HENDRY,   b. 9 Feb 1864, Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1908, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 24 May 1882  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Married 24 May 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts: John R. BROOKS, residing Boston, age 22, 1st marriage, Cabinet Maker, born Prince E. Island, son of Thomas and Margaret; and Fannie HENDRY, residing Boston, age 18, first marriage, born New York City, daughter of George and Amanda; married by Rev. Charles A. Reese, residing Boston. [The 1881 census states Frances was born in New Brunswick.]
    Address 1900  [5
    Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts 
    Family ID F194  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S115] Descendants of John BROOKS, Anne Perry, nee Brooks, (2002. Received by email.).

    2. [S162] Website.

    3. [S213] Census of U.S.A., 1920, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T625).

    4. [S214] Census of U.S.A., 1930, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T626).

    5. [S206] Census of U.S.A., 1900.

    6. [S237] Vital Statistics - Massachusetts, U.S.A.


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