Van Wyck Brooks

Brief Life History of Van Wyck

When Van Wyck Brooks was born on 16 February 1886, in Plainfield, Union, New Jersey, United States, his father, Charles Edward Brooks, was 34 and his mother, Sarah Bailey "Sallie" Ames, was 23. He married Eleanor Kenyon Stimson Brooks on 26 April 1911, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1951 and lived in Westport, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States for about 10 years. He died on 2 May 1963, in Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Bridgewater, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Van Wyck Brooks
Eleanor Kenyon Stimson Brooks
Marriage: 26 April 1911
Charles Van Wyck Brooks
Olivier R Brooks

Sources (16)

  • Von Wyck Brooks in household of E M Stimson, "New Jersey State Census, 1915"
  • Van Wick Brooks, "New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"
  • Van Wyck Brooks, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.


Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

1907 · Not for profit elections

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

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 .

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

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