When Joel Brooks was born on 14 July 1720, in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Ebenezer Brooks, was 29 and his mother, Sarah Fletcher, was 30. He married Sarah Drury on 26 October 1743, in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 11 May 1811, in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
English: usually a variant of Brook , with excrescent -s. The optional addition of -s, with no grammatical function, is usually post-medieval, but some examples of the same person's name occurring with and without -(e)s have been noted as early as the 14th century in South Lancashire. The -es in such cases probably has neither a plural nor a genitival function, and the name means ‘dweller at the brook’, not ‘dweller at the brooks’. A plural sense cannot be ruled out elsewhere, but a non-grammatical -(e)s must also be considered a strong possibility.
Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
Americanized form of German Brucks .