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Oscar Mortimer Brooks
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1832
Amherst
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1882
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

A blacksmith by apprenticeship, as his father and grandfather, young Oscar chose to retrain as a toolmaker and gunsmith at age 18. He then worked in tool firms Amherst, NH and New Boston, NH, but was soon drawn to the new industrial center of Manchester, NH. He worked there for several years, marrying Ann Reynolds there. As many New England families of that era, this young family headed West to improve their circumstances. In 1859 Oscar moved the family first to Ohio, then to the booming pre-Civil War manufacturing center of Janesville, WI. He opened his own business there as a Master Gunsmith; his artful gunsmithing work can still be seen today in collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Rock County Historical Society; an innovator, he also developed several filed patents for early percussion burglary alarms and triggering devices. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Jefferson Brooks (1801 - 1843)
  Abigail Wetherbee Tenney Brooks (1801 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Ann Reynolds Brooks (1832 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Oscar Warren Brooks (1851 - 1924)*
  Frank Clark Brooks (1853 - 1917)*
  William James Brooks (1855 - 1884)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Jefferson Brooks (1823 - 1884)*
  James Henry Brooks (1825 - 1916)*
  Oscar Mortimer Brooks (1832 - 1882)
  William Clark Brooks (1840 - 1862)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: 234-01-2
 
Created by: D. Montgomery
Record added: Nov 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100869788
Oscar Mortimer Brooks
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Oscar Mortimer Brooks
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