Family: William Henry Brooks / Margaret Priscilla White (F548)

m. 20 Oct 1886


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  • Husband | Male
    William Henry Brooks

    Born  16 Jan 1863  Goldstone, Wellington, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Jul 1936  Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  20 Oct 1886  [1, 2]  Bolton, Peel, Ontario, Canada  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Wife | Female
    Margaret Priscilla White

    Born  19 Jun 1867  King, York, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  7 Jan 1951  Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Robert White | F258 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mary Jane Simpson | F258 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Vanquilla Brooks

    Born  1887  Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1887  Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 2 | Female
    + Vanquilla Annetta Brooks

    Born  16 Jun 1888  Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1989  Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Joseph William Ruston | F549 
    Married  27 Oct 1909  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Male
    Edward Victor Brooks

    Born  3 Jan 1890  Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Dec 1892  Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    + William Glenmore Brooks

    Born  24 Nov 1891  Arran, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  24 Feb 1967  Preeceville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Preeceville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Abbie Ferguson | F550 
    Married  23 Aug 1917  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Marguerite Vivian Wicker | F551 
    Married  1926  Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Male
    + Leonard Clement Brooks

    Born  4 Dec 1892  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Oct 1982  Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Theresa Ann Selina Ruston | F552 
    Married  25 Apr 1917  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 6 | Male
    Edward Austin Brooks

    Born  3 Sep 1895  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 Oct 1908  Kuroki, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 7 | Female
    + Eva Ottila Brooks

    Born  3 Apr 1897  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Dec 1980  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  29 Nov 2012  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  James Alfred Cunningham | F553 
    Married  19 Jul 1915  Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Harold Quintaine | F2257 
    Married     

    Child 8 | Female
    + Edith May Brooks

    Born  31 Oct 1898  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Feb 1968  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  William Frankland Byers | F1092 
    Married     
    Spouse  Chivers | F1094 
    Married     
    Spouse  Tyson | F1056 
    Married     
    Spouse  Thomas Marquette | F2877 
    Married     

    Child 9 | Male
    Robert Clifford Brooks

    Born  13 Apr 1900  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Jun 1901  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 10 | Female
    + Myrtle Jane Sylvia Brooks

    Born  14 Dec 1901  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  9 Sep 1995  Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  George Robert MacKinlay | F554 
    Married  Abt 1922  Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 11 | Male
    + Norman Victor Brooks

    Born  20 May 1903  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  19 Oct 1993  Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Lila Henderson | F1096 
    Married  1930   
    Spouse  Isola Neomi Welsch | F1181 
    Married  14 Jul 1952   

    Child 12 | Male
    + Henry Elmer Brooks

    Born  21 May 1905  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Apr 1999   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Frances Nightingale | F555 
    Married  1926  Okla, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 13 | Male
    + Robert Lynnford Brooks

    Born  13 Sep 1906  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 Dec 1977  Surrey, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Pearl Annette Ellison | F1097 
    Married  2 Feb 1927  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Sally Isaac | F556 
    Married     

    Child 14 | Male
    + Chester Wellington Brooks

    Born  19 Jan 1910  Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Apr 1993   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Evelyn Eliza Shobe | F557 
    Married  12 Feb 1931   
    Spouse  Elizabeth Marie Neilson | F1085 
    Married  1949  Wadena, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • Brooks, William and Maggie (White)
      From the family Bible excerpts and memories of Leonard, Norman, Elmer, and Chester Brooks - written by Elmer's daughter, Ruby.
      William Henry Brooks, born 1863 at Goldstone, Ont., married Maggie Priscilla White, born 1866 at Nobleton, Ont. United in marriage at Bolton, Ont. on the 20th day of Oct. 1886. Their first home was at Tara, Ont., where four of the fifteen children were born. The first child, a girl, died at birth. The second child, Vanquilla, arrived June 16, 1888. Edward Victor, born Jan. 2, 1889, died Dec., 1890. The fourth child, William Glensmore, was born Nov. 27, 1891. With two small children, Quill and Billy, Grandad and Granny first moved west to Cypress River, Manitoba, in 1892. Here they bought land. The homestead flourished, and more land was purchased and the family grew. Nine children were born to this couple while at Cypress River: Lenard, Eva, Edith, Clifford, Myrtle, Norman, Elmer and Lynford. Clifford died accidentally when fourteen months old. The little fellow fell into the washing machine and drowned.
      The year 1900 Grandad bought a threshing machine, and did custom harvesting. It was a profitable venture. Granny had the worry of keeping the money safe as the nearest bank was many miles away. She once hid several thousand dollars in the sheaf stacks and then after several days worried that it was not safe and moved it. That same night transients took lodging in the stacks and burned them to the ground. On another occasion, Gramma was knocked unconscious and the home thouroughly ransacked. The money was not in the house. In spite of the worry and fright, is still did not stop her from helping the hungry and weary travellers trekking west. Sometimes as many as twenty-two men, women and children were taken in and given food. Their animals were also fed and watered.
      In 1906 friends and neighbours of the Brooks were moving to points further west. Dick Humphrey brought news of good land in Sask., and that same year Grandad filed for homestead rights to NE-6-36-10. In 1907 Grandad and son Billy, then 16 years old, came by train to Invermay. They bought three horses, a wagon, a walking stubble plow and whatever else was a necessity. They picked a yard site with great care. A shanty was built for shelter and a few acres plowed. Plowing was not difficult as the land was grass land in that area. They returned to Cypress for the harvest. The horses were shipped home from Invermay by train. Grandad was impressed with the land, and decided that with his large family, he needed more land and they should move.
      In 1908, Billy and Grandad returned with more horses and equipment. Later in the summer, Granny arrived with four children: Elmer and Lynford, three years old and one year old, and Edward thirteen, and Edith ten. Quill and Lenard had stayed at Cypress to manage the farm and the three remaining children: Eva, Myrtle, and Norman. Grandad had begun to build a big Ontario style house, but it was not ready to live in when Granny arrived. It was to be a very sad year for Granny and a very busy one. When harvest time came, Grandad had to return to Cypress. An epidemic of typhoid was sweeping the country and that year, and while Grandad was away several of the children got typhoid. Before Grandad got back, Edward had died Oct. 18, 1908. He was thirteen years old. Friends and neighbours were helpful and kind. One such neighbour that Dad (Elmer) remembers was Lou McNamee. Baby Lynford was nursed through his illness by Mrs. Daniard Daynard. His bed was on the grand piano. The disease raged on and Granny became a victim. She was very ill and was taken to hospital in Winnipeg. Before the fever died, several of the family were hospitalized. Lenard remembers seeing two threshing machines as he pitched sheaves and ended up in St. Boniface hospital. In those two weeks he had been very ill and remembers very little. He did remember being very hungry when he became conscious. A young nurse softened by the "Please" of Uncle Len and his roommate gave them something to eat. For two more weeks the young men were back on the critical list. By spring most of the family had become ill. My dad thinks he was the only one not to get typhoid. It was months before they were all well again. Granny and the children who had been in the hospital returned to Cypress River, and Aunt Quill had come to the homestead in Saskatchewan to look after the home.
      In the spring of 1909 Granny and son Lenard brought the rest of the family back to Saskatchewan. The house was ready to live in. In the fall of 1909, Lenard and Quill went back to Cypress River for the harvest. Aunt Quill married the boy back home, Joe Ruston, and Cypress River was their home. Aunt Quill still lives there. Uncle Joe passed away. Lenard took care of the farm and stock, and in the spring of 1910 the land at Cypress was sold and the remaining stock and equipment shipped to Kuroki. The Brooks were finally settled and the family gathered again. A new baby, Chester, had arrived in January. The mailing address was Bond. One more child was born at Bond, but it did not survive.
      The large house and big barn that now stand in the centre of N.E. of 6-36-10 became home to more than just the Brooks Family. It was a half-way house to many a traveller. The doctor, the vet, the R.C.M.P. and many others. It was open house to the weary, sick and hungry. Granny's big heart and busy hand could always accommodate one more.
      Grandad's concern for people and the future made him an interesting host. Many homes and many neighbours were to know Maggie and William Brooks. Many babies uttered their first cry in Gramm's able hands. Fevered brows felt her cold touch. In times of sickness, death and sorrow many a friend was aware of her presence, and her quiet strength and compassion.
      Garndad did get more land, and he brought one of the first threshing machines and steam engines into the area. He custom threshed from his Wadena home. He was not only a pioneer at heart but also a crusader. He had one of the first cars, and he was everywhere until it seemed to his family he was never home. Bond School, later named Glengariff, was one of his projects. He was there for the first sod turning on a rainy Sunday morning. Wadena Union Hospital came about from his efforts and more crusaders like him. Building roads took much of his time. He was school trustee, a municipal councilor, a hospital board member, and a politician. He lived a busy productive life. He died on July 13, 1936.
      Granny's activities kept her closer to her home, and she was always busy. Partial deafness from a childhood disease had accustomed her to hours of silence, and she did not mind the solitude in her later years. Her busy hand turned out mitts and socks by the dozen for her family and many grandchildren. Quilts by the dozen were also her passion. She kept busy until only a few weeks before her death on Jan. 7, 1951. She was 85. My cousins and I remember Grandma as a very special person. She could read and knit at the same time, and we used to be amazed that her eyes seemed to cover the page of her book as fast as her fingers flew at her knitting. Her life was so full and her heart so generous. It always seemed so safe at Grandma's house, she was a quiet stable person. I would like to write a book about "My Grandma Brooks".
      The old house and barn still stand in the landscape yard. I believe it is the only one of the original homes in the Nut Mountain area that still stands. I stood alone in what Granny called the parlour where the grand piano once stood and Grandad's violin hung on the wall and could hear the sound of music when a happy, busy family got together with friends for a time of music and social times. An old friend once told me that Grandad's favoutite tune was "When You and I were Young Maggie" and it was the last song he played.
      Seven of Maggie and William's children still live.
      William (Billy) served in World War I in the Navy and in the Army in World War II. He married Margaret Wicker from Webb, Sask. Billy and Margaret retired from farming and moved to Preeceville, Sask. Billy died on Feb. 24, 1967. Margaret still resides in Preeceville.
      Lenard married Lena Ruston. They lived and farmed at Cypress River until 1924, then moved to Nut Mountain and eventually to the original family farm where Len farmed until five years ago. Len and Lena live in Nut Mountain, Sask. Since brother Elmer had been farming Len's land, Len has been able to keep in close touch with the land he loves.
      Eva married Jim Cunningham. Eva is a widow and lives in an apartment at Melville. She enjoys visiting, sewing, and quilting. Myrtle married George MacKinley. They farmed for many years south of Kelvington. Myrtle, now a widow, lives at Medicine Hat, Alberta. Myrtle keeps very busy with family and friends. Her hands are always busy knitting, sewing, and she reads a lot.
      Norman and his wife live at Wynyard. They enjoy people and visiting. Their hobby is flowers.
      Elmer and his wife Francis live on the S.W. 1/4 6-36-10. The farm keeps them busy in summer. They enjoy their motor home and their family.
      Chester and Betty live at Wadena. Chester enjoys building, boating, fishing, and travelling. Betty is a nurse at Wadena Union Hospital. Chester also served in the World War II.
      Edith lived in Winnipeg for many years, then moved to B.C. where she lived at the time of her death on Feb. 13, 1968.
      Robert Lynford lost a leg with cancer, and spent many years in a wheel chair. He lived in B.C. until the time of his death in Dec. 1977. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S21] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1938 (Ancestry.ca).

    2. [S325] International Genealogical index (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

    3. [S5975] "Tears, Toil and Triumph; Story of Kelvington and District," (Kelvington Historical Society; Kelvington, Saskatchewan; 1980).


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