William Edward Brooks

24 October 1872–31 October 1943 (Age 71)
Saint Andrews, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life of William Edward

When William Edward Brooks was born on 24 October 1872, in Saint Andrews, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada, his father, John A Brooks, was 24 and his mother, Ann Caroll, was 17. He married Caroline Ricks on 27 November 1892, in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1881. He died on 31 October 1943, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Edward Brooks
Caroline Ricks
Marriage: 27 November 1892
Ruth Mary Brooks
William Edward Brooks Jr.
Ann Isabel Brooks
John H. Brooks

Spouse and Children

27 November 1892
Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States


Parents and Siblings

    John A Brooks


    Ann Caroll




World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

Age 8

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 24

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the possessive case of Brook (i.e. ‘of the brook’).2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.3 Americanized spelling of German Brucks .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Brooks in household of John A. Brooks, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • William C Brooks, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William E Brooks, "United States Census, 1940"

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