Frances Amelia <I>Adsitt</I> Brooks

Frances Amelia Adsitt Brooks

Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Death 30 Sep 1907 (aged 76)
Cogswell, Sargent County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Cogswell, Sargent County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 71612613 View Source
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Frances Amelia Adsit was born to Josiah and Maria (Knapp) Adsit on January 14, 1831 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York. She married Gilbert Brooks - see The Brooks Family - in October of 1853 in Wisconsin. The couple had eight children: William, Evelyn, Mattie, Nellie, Jennie, Andrew, Samuel N. (who married Deborah Prentice), and Mary.

The Adsits were lured westward - the promise of vast open space and cheap farmland overcame any desire to remain in New York. So, by the time she turned ten, Frances had migrated with her parents and siblings to Montville Township in Medina County, Ohio. Then, sometime during the 1840s, her family moved again to York Township in Dane County, Wisconsin.

A question: How did Frances meet her future husband, Gilbert Brooks? Stephen and Hannah Brooks raised their family in the town of Redfield, New York, in the early 1800s. Sylvanus Adsit, Josiah's older brother, was another Redfield resident at that time - he and his two wives produced a total of 19 children! Both the Brooks and Adsit families were devout Congregationalists. It is very likely that Frances Adsit occasionally came down from Potsdam, New York to visit her many cousins and, on such an occasion, was introduced to young Gilbert Brooks. Remember, also, that Josiah and Mariah Adsit moved to Ohio by 1840 and into Wisconsin by 1850. Meanwhile, Stephen and Hannah Brooks had migrated into Wisconsin by the early 1840s. Gilbert and Frances had managed to stay in touch, ending up together in Winnebago County, Wisconsin in the early 1850s.

Frances married Gilbert Brooks on October 11, 1853, in the home of Luke and Eunice (Adsit) Gates - her brother-in-law and sister - at Menasha Village in Neenah Township. Justice of the Peace, Henry Alden, presided. A copy of their handwritten marriage vows certificate reads: "Will you take each other as husband and wife to live together in the holy estate of matrimony, and love, comfort, honor, and keep each other in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep yourselves unto each other so long as you shall both live...ans yes...By the authority vested in me I pronounce you Husband and Wife..." The document is signed by Justice Henry Alden.

Gilbert and Frances Adsit Brooks moved about the Lake Winnebago area - from Neenah…to Lind Township in nearby Waupaca County…and finally to Nekimi Township just outside Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here they farmed, while their children were raised and educated.

Once again, the pioneer spirit struck Gilbert. In the summer of 1884 - after nearly 40 years in Wisconsin - the Brookses moved westward onto the endless Dakota Territory prairie. Gilbert filed a "tree-claim" and a "pre-emption" in order to purchase his farm property cheaply. The Brooks farm in Forman Township lay outside the small village of Cogswell in what eventually became Sargent County, North Dakota. The railroad station located on their property was called "Brookland." Brookland was home to a post office and an express office. Adjacent to theirs was the farm of their son, Andrew Chambers Brooks. Gilbert farmed, while Frances kept home. They were married for nearly 54 years.

Frances Adsit Brooks died in Cogswell on September 30, 1907. She was buried in Old Sargent Cemetery, just two miles south of Cogswell. Her obituary appeared in The Cogswell Enterprise on October 3, 1907.


Mrs. Gilbert Brooks passed quietly away at 11:25 Monday night at her home in Brookland at the age of 76. For two years she has been in poor health and for the past two weeks was confined to her bed. Since taking to her bed she has failed rapidly until the end, when she passed into the arms of her Maker as quietly and peacefully as her life has been beautiful. Mrs. Gilbert was an ideal and motherly woman, loved by all who knew her and rich in acts of kindness and christian charity.
Funeral services were held from the residence yesterday afternoon, Rev. Boselly conducting the services. Interment was made in Sargent cemetery.

Frances Amelia Adsit was born in Pottsdam, N.Y., Jan. 14, 1831, and during her childhood moved with her parents to Wisconsin. Oct. 11, 1853, she married Gilbert Brooks, and they lived for a time in Oshkosh, Wis., coming to North Dakota and settling on the farm now owned by Andy Brooks, in 1885. The station Brookland is on this farm and was named after the family. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss. The children are: William, who lives at home; Mrs. John McPhail, of Fargo; A.C. Brooks, Cogswell; S.N. Brooks, Richville, Minn.; Mrs. Mary Stanton, California; Mrs. E.E. Soule, Cogswell; Mrs. D.M. King, Marshall, Minn.

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