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Nancy Ann "Ann" Reynolds Brooks
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Birth: Mar., 1832
North Dartmouth
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 17, 1897
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA

"Born in Dartmouth, Mass. Nancy Ann was the daughter of William Reynolds and Phebe DeMaranville, Nancy Ann (called "Ann") experienced a life of transition reflecting economic and social changes of mid-19th century New England.

As a young girl, she left the family farm and went to the early mills of Fall River and Manchester-at first, seasonally, then, as a full time worker. She contributed her wages to the family farm and household costs of her parents large family. Her diary reflects the joys and stresses of so many young New England girls living away from their families in rooming houses or dormitory-like tenements in these early milling towns. Her brother, William Reynolds, also worked there and helped Nancy and his other siblings find work in the new industrial town structure. While William remained a supervisor, then manager of one facility branch, Nancy Ann soon married Oscar Mortimer Brooks, another young transferee from New England's rural farms to the young industrial towns.He was a former blacksmith, retrained as a machinist and toolmaker, working in metalwork and tool production. America was becoming an industrialized economy.

The young family lived and worked in Manchester, then as their family grew, moved back and forth between nearby towns and farms. Finally, the family of four moved West to the new opportunities of Ohio and Wisconsin, settling in the bustling industrial and commercial center of Janesville, Wisconsin in 1859.

After Oscar's death in 1882, Nancy Ann returned to the New Bedford area and again took up full time residence with her siblings, Charles and Phebe Reynolds on the old family property. She died of sunstroke on a family outing to the nearby Reynolds oceanside summer property. Nancy Ann is buried with her mother, siblings and other DeMaranville and Reynolds family members at the small, formerly private Pine Island Cemetery in North Dartmouth, Mass." from the "The Biographies of Brooks Family of Early Massachusetts" by W. W. Brooks (1973). 
Family links: 
  William Reynolds (1794 - 1870)
  Phebe DeMaranville Reynolds (1804 - 1880)
  Oscar Mortimer Brooks (1832 - 1882)
  Oscar Warren Brooks (1851 - 1924)*
  Frank Clark Brooks (1853 - 1917)*
  Abigail Brooks Hawley (1854 - 1941)*
  William James Brooks (1855 - 1884)*
  William Reynolds (1817 - 1856)*
  Jonathan Reynolds (1818 - 1889)*
  Charles Reynolds (1821 - 1893)*
  Gideon Reynolds (1823 - ____)*
  Warren Reynolds (1829 - 1850)*
  Phebe Reynolds Danforth (1831 - 1909)*
  Nancy Ann Reynolds Brooks (1832 - 1897)
  Daniel Reynolds (1834 - 1908)*
  Curlbert Reynolds (1837 - 1862)*
  Albert Reynolds (1839 - 1912)*
  Alfred Reynolds (1839 - 1911)*
  Betsey B. Reynolds (1840 - 1920)*
  Obed Reynolds (1845 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Her name on obelisk monument here with Warren Reynolds and other siblings famiies -source: Mass. Town Vital records, 1620-1988) p. 46.
Pine Island Cemetery
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: D. Montgomery
Record added: Nov 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100870154
Nancy Ann Ann <i>Reynolds</i> Brooks
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