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Thomas Brooks
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Birth: 1840, England
Death: Jun. 25, 1879
Putnam County
New York, USA

Thomas Brooks md ca 1865 to Mary E Gray.

Issue: Ellen, Minnie, John J., Sarah, & Thomas

Ref: Thomas Brooks was a Veteran of the War of 1861 and is buried in Cold Spring Cem., Putnam Co., NY.

Ref: Cold Spring, NY cemetery records Thomas Brooks d. Jun. 1879, Nelsonville, NY, bur. area C, lot 87, 25 Jun. 1879, accidental.

Ref: Putnam Co. Recorder, Cold Spring, NY Sat., 28 Jun. 1879 Thomas Brooks died at Nelsonville, Monday Evening, June 23, aged about 45 yrs. Funeral service on Wed. at 2 p.m.

Ref: The Putnam County Recorder, Cold Spring, NY 1879 Another fatal accident has occurred during the week. On Sunday, Mr. Thomas Brooks, who kept a small saloon in Division Street, Nelsonville, fell against the open door of a closet or cupboard, striking his neck with such a force, and in such a manner as to dislocate one of the spinal vertebrae. He was immediately raised from the floor and laid upon a bed but he was in a comatose condition. On Monday, he began to sink rapidly, and death ensued about 6 o'clock in the evening.

In this case, also, Justice Ferris summoned a jury which viewed the remains and adjourned to Tuesday evening, to hear the testimony of the witnesses to the strange, yet deadly accident. It is said that Messrs. E. Griffin, M. Speedling and R. Gray were sitting in the bar room when the fatal fall occurred, and that Speedling remained with Brooks until the last moments of the unfortunate man.

Deceased leaves a wife and several children, for whom the widow will probably be able to provide as hitherto, by the aid of friends.


W. A. Jayne, sworn for the People says: I reside at present in Cold Spring and am a practicing physician and surgeon. I knew the deceased before I was called to attend him on the 23d inst. I was called to attend him at 6 a.m., at his residence. I did so attend him at that hour. I found him at his house, suffering from the effects of liquor and an injury which he had received about 9 p.m. previous. Upon examination it was found that he had sustained a fracture and dislocation of the fifth vertebrae, and causing, complete paralysis of the body and limbs. He gradually grew worse during the day, and died about 6 p.m. of the 23d inst. I took charge of the case, and from the effects of the injury he died. The above injury was said to have been received by his falling backward and striking his head against the door the previous evening.

Elisha Griffin, sworn: I am stopping at Nelsonville at present. I knew Thomas Brooks in his lifetime. I was at his residence in Nelsonville on June 22d, about 9 p.m. I saw the accident from which he received the injury. He sat in his chair, and got up and went towards the bar and attempted to put his hands on it, to steady him, I suppose. His hand seemed to give way and he wheeled around backward, falling and striking his head against a closet. He fell heavy and I got up and Mrs. Brooks came and we pulled him down and then put him to bed soon after. He is dead. I was with him when he died.
Family links: 
  Mary E Gray Cronk (1844 - ____)*
  John J Brooks (1869 - 1952)*
  Sarah Brooks Adams (1873 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Cold Spring Cemetery
Cold Spring
Putnam County
New York, USA
Created by: Bob Orr
Record added: Mar 19, 2011
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Thomas Brooks
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