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Re: Brooks-Elm River Tnshp-Quincy, Traill CO
Posted by: Bonnie J Howard Date: September 04, 2001 at 22:27:02
In Reply to: Brooks-Elm River Tnshp-Quincy, Traill CO by Bonnie J Howard of 35

Additional information regarding the Brooks family of Elm River Township/Quincy, North Dakota:

James I and Mary were born about 1851-52. James I in England and Mary in Glasgow or on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, as told to me by my
father. I am currently researching how and when they emigrated to Ontario, Canada. James II, my grandfather, was born abt 1871, who married Jessie Darby was born in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as were his brothers Peter, born 1872, and John Henry, born 1877, and one sister Jenny/Jennie(Brice), born 1874. Between John Henry's birth in 1877 and the birth of another daughter, Mary Grace(Clemo), born in 1879 in Elm River Township the Brooks family migrated to Dakota Territory and farmed near the Red River of the North in the upper Northeast corner of Traill County. Seven more children were born to James and Mary: Elizabeth(Wike) in 1881, George in 1882-83, Sara Merium(Dietz) in
1885, Isabel(Rockstad) in 1886, Emma(McKinnon) in 1888 and Bertha (Douglas in 1890. They attended the Quincy School and Quincy Presbyterian Church.

James I died in 1902 and Mary in 1940. James II , Peter, John Henry and George each inherited a portion of their parents land. I know my grandfather farmed this land until about 1940 when they moved across the Red River to Hendrum, MN and then in 1948 moved to San Bernardino, Ca. I fully realize that friends and acquaintances are now more than likely passed on------- however, if anyone out there knows of any information on the wagon trains of families coming into the Dakotas from Canada I would be very grateful.Time frame 1870-1880) I am aware of a man named "Dutch" Ferdinand Johnson who not only led ,at least, one wagon train into the area of the Elm River but he also platted and set up the little town of Quincy--I am trying to find out more about him as well.My Great Grandparents- James and Mary Mathison Brooks as well as the two baby daughters of my Grandparents-James and Jessie Darby Brooks, are buried at the Quincy cemetery--all that is left of that little town of long ago. I am trying very hard to, not only, research their information, but to write a family history for our children and grandchildren and any help would be very much appreciated. I use I, II, III, and IV after our James menfolks because my dad is also a James Edward III, and my brother is James William "Bill" IV and that way I can keep them all straight. They did not use the numbers-I use the numbers for generation purposes only. Please feel free to email me at your convenience. Bonnie Jeanne (Brooks) Howard

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