Biography of Mrs. Cornelia Brooks (w/o Alfred)
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Brooks, Mrs. Cornelia, a native of Colechester, N. Y., was born July 5, 1814, the daughter of John and Sarah (Hager) Horton, of Westchester and Schoharie counties respectively, who settled in Colechester. They reared ten children: Daniel, Peter, David, Samuel, Mary, Elizabeth, Enoch, a colonel in the late war; Cornelia, George W., and Benjamin F., all now deceased except Elizabeth, Enoch and Cornelia. The grandfather was William Horton, who served as county judge and member of assembly three terms. He died in 1830 at the age of ninety. His wife was Elizabeth Covert, and they reared eight children. Our subject resided with her parents and attended the common school, which was supported by contributions in those days. At the age of nineteen she came to Lansing to live with a married sister and taught school about four years. Here, she was wedded to Alfred Brooks, a native of Lansing, born November 25, 1810. He Was the son of James Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa., who came to Lansing at an early date. His wife was Margaret Harman, and they raised eight children; Mark, Samuel, Hiram, Alfred, Jefferson, Mary, Hannah and Margaret. He served in the war of 1812. Alfred was reared to farm life and at the age of sixteen began life for himself. He engaged in making shingles for several years, then engaged in farm work. Later he began farming for himself on fifty acres in Lansing, adding to this forty more acres. In 1860 he purchased a farm of 145 acres, where he spent the remainder of his days. He was a Republican, but would not accept public office. His death occurred in 1889 at the age of seventy nine. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks raised eight children: Roseltha, Hiram, Sarah (deceased), Margaret, John L., James A.. Ella, wife of Joseph A. Reed of Ithaca, and Effie D. Hiram and John now own the farm, which consists of 260 acres of fine farm land. They with their mother and sisters live on the farm enjoying a happy home. Peter Hager was a captain in the Revolutionary war, and was a second cousin of Martin Van Buren Hagerstown, Md., took its name from her uncle, who came from Germany.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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