Sidney Brooks

Sidney Brooks

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Mar 1878 (aged 78)
Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Pyrola Path, Lot 5867
Memorial ID 90684250 · View Source
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Son of Peter Chardon Brooks and Nancy Gorham.

Husband of Frances Dehon who he married in Boston, MA.


Sidney and the Dehon family were longtime supporters of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston. He paid for a window in the church that honors the Right Reverend Theodore Dehon, a relative of Fannie's.

The New York Times had an article in its paper on 9/11/1897 regarding "Dinners with George Bancroft", written by Mrs M.E.W. Sherwood. The article describes society dinners and patrons and offers up some ideas of each individuals personality. He writes of Frances and Sidney Brooks as follows:
"Mrs Sidney Brooks, who built the stone house now belonging to Mr. Bennett ... was a Miss Dehon of Boston, a scholarly, accomplished woman, worthy to be sister-in-law to Edward Everett. Indeed, she always had rather a classic style in her conversation. Mrs. Viele, a rampant wit of those days, said of he; 'I had a meeting with Mrs. Sidney Brooks, she with forty curls on one side of her face, I with no curls at all. We had a little gossip about Copernicus in which I fared very badly'. Mrs. Brooks would never call on her near neighbor, Mrs Paran Stevens, of the Marietta Villa, which caused the latter to shed many tears. And later, Mrs. Cullum and Mrs. Astor both refrained from calling on the hospitable woman, whose victory over society was accomplished by so much bloodshed that it recalled the Duke of Wellington's remark that, 'there was but one thing more terrible than defeat, and that was a victory'. Mr. Sidney Brooks, an elegant Boston gentleman and a very sweet person, was more lenient than his wife, and would have floated with the tide. But she, never!' they gave most charming dinners at what Mr. Brooks called Sebastopol, his stone villa, and Mrs. Belmont was at his right hand. Indeed, it was an aristocratic, proud, particular little circle, not as gay, perhaps ... but well worth remembering..."
Charles Francis Adams, a grandson of President John Adams, wrote in his diary on 9/27/1827, "I returned to Boston bringing Abby with me. Morning at the Office. At one o'clock paid a congratulatory visit to Miss Frances Dehon, lately declared to be the choice of Mr. Sidney Brooks. I found her pleasant but not in the least handsome, and scarcely qualified to supply the place of his former betrothed, Miss Marshall".



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  • Created by: Rick Lawrence
  • Added: 24 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90684250
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sidney Brooks (7 Oct 1799–13 Mar 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90684250, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Rick Lawrence (contributor 47207615) .