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Rev Charles Sylvester Brooks
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1840
New Braintree
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1911
Wellesley
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Charles Sylvester Brooks was born January 19, 1840 as Charles Sylvester Hoar, the son of Charles Hoar (1789-1849) and Nancy Miller Damon (1792-1876). In 1859 he changed his last name to Brooks, taking the maiden name of his great-grandmother, Rebecca Brooks Hoar (1726-1764). He graduated from Amherst College in 1863 where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He taught school for several years before attending Andover Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry on September 15, 1869. During the following decades Rev. Brooks served as pastor to a number of Congregational churches, mostly in Massachusetts: Tyngsborough (1869-1872), South Deerfield (1873-1877), Putnam, Connecticut (1877-1887), and Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg (1887-1896). Ill health forced him to resign from the First Congregational Church of Mount Vernon, New York in 1898. He retired to Wellesley, Massachusetts where he spent the rest of his life. He died on July 12, 1911 at the age of 71.

Late in life Rev. Brooks reflected on his choice of careers: "I do not regret having chosen the ministry for my life work. I believe that there is no vocation which surpasses it for one who by native and acquired fitness is adapted for it, and who gives to it the most generous and strenuous service possible."

On November 11, 1863 Charles Sylvester Brooks married Eleanor Robinson Converse, the daughter of Captain Lorenzo Converse (1800-1853) and Eliza Read (1812-1881). They had four children during their long marriage: Wallace Lorenzo Brooks (1865-1870), Josephine Damon Brooks (1872-1951), Charles Converse Brooks (1874-1963) and Edwin Miller Brooks (1878-1929). 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Hoar (1789 - 1849)
  Nancy Miller Damon Hoar (1792 - 1876)
 
 Spouse:
  Eleanor Robinson Converse Brooks (1842 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Wallace Lorenzo Brooks (1865 - 1870)*
  Josephine Damon Brooks (1872 - 1951)*
  Edwin Miller Brooks (1878 - 1929)*
 
 Sibling:
  Edwin Hoar (1819 - 1903)*
  Charles Sylvester Brooks (1840 - 1911)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
CHARLES SYLVESTER BROOKS
1840-1911
ORDAINED 1869
PASTOR IN TYNGSBORO, MASS.
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MASS.
PUTNAM, CONN. FITCHBURG, MASS.
HIS WIFE
ELEANOR ROBINSON CONVERSE
1842-1922
1865 WALLACE LORENZO BROOKS 1870
1872 JOSEPHINE DAMON BROOKS 1951
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
New Braintree
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Charles Brooks
Record added: Apr 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35608387
Rev Charles Sylvester Brooks
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Rev Charles Sylvester Brooks
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Rev Charles Sylvester Brooks
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