Benjamin Holbrook

Brief Life History of Benjamin

When Benjamin Holbrook was born on 17 September 1861, in Illinois, United States, his father, Benjamin Holbrook, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 26. He had at least 1 son with D K. He lived in Lake Township, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 8 October 1918, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Benjamin Holbrook
1861–1918
D K
Ira Bliss Halbrook Sr
1882–1957

Sources (10)

  • Benjamin Holbrook, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Benjamin Holbrook Jr., "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Benjamin Holbrook, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1863

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called with Old English hol ‘hole, hollow’ + brōc ‘brook, stream’, such as Holbrook (Derbyshire, Dorset, Suffolk) and Howbrook in Wortley (Yorkshire).

Americanized form of North German Halbrock (or some like-sounding surname), a cognate of 1 above.

History: This name was first taken to America by the brothers Thomas and John Holbrook, who emigrated to MA in the 17th century; their line can be traced back to Dundry, Somerset, England, in the first half of the 16th century. Other English bearers who started early lines of descent in the New World are Joseph Ho(u)lbrook of Warrington, Lancashire, who emigrated to MD as an indentured servant in the later 17th century; Randolph Holbrook, who was in VA in the 1720s but later returned to Nantwich, Cheshire; and Rev. John Holbrook, who emigrated from Handbury, Staffordshire, to NJ c. 1723.

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

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