The marriage of Jacob and Charlotte has been found in the records of the Bristol Temple Church, Bristol, England. The found baptisims are in Harptree and West Harptree Parish Registers.
Jacob Holbrook, b. Jun 13, 1792 d. Sep 12 1848 married Charolotte Mapson who was born Mar 15 1796, died Nov 22 1868. Children were: Joseph, 1819-1882; Martha, 1821-1899; Edwin, 1824-; John, 1827-1899; Millicent, 1829-1910; William, 1838-1914.
I-3. THOMAS AND JOHN HOLBROOK, of Somerset, England, to Massachussetts, early 1600s.
THOMAS HOLBROOK was born about 1590 and married, Sep 12, 1616, Jane Powyos at Glastonbury, Somerset. He died in Weymouth, MA, May 10, 1676. Jane was born about 1594 and died at Weymouth prior to Apr 24, 1677.
Thomas and his family came to America In 1635 on the ship "MARYGOLD". They are listed on a passenger list as embarking from Weymouth, England. A deposition made Nov 02 1666 by Thomas, states he is age 77 years and the company arrived at Dorchester, Jun 07, 1635; he was at Dorchester for about a fortnight then he moved to Weymouth where he built a house.
JOHN HOLBROOK came over prior to 1625 as his father's will mentions him in a manner indicating he was not in Glastonbury when the will was written. The passenger list of the MAYFLOWER has been checked and NO HOLBROOK ARE FOUND TO HAVE COME OVER ON IT!
Mr. A. Roberts Lord authored a book on Holbrook In which he states that Thomas Holbrook married Constance Thayer in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, 1560. It should be noted that the Thornbury registers also have marriages of a Thomas Holbrook and Edith Marten In 1562 and one of Thomas Holbrook and Margery Morton in 1569. I have not found one bit of evidence that these Holbrook of Gloucester have any relationship to the Somerset lines. After obtaining the Glastonbury Wills, I feel an error has been made by Mr. Lord. The lines may be related but it would be from an earlier time, my estimate is prior to about 1510.
The direct lineage is:
RICHARD HOLBROOK alias HOGES, will 1546, Dundry, Somersetshire.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, will 1559, Dundry, Somst. Married second, Agnes (Derell) Sanders.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, will 1571, Norton Malreward, Somst. Married second, Edith
WILLIAM HOLBROOK, will 1635, Glastonbury, Somst.
THOMAS and JOHN, both to New England.
I-4. BENJAMIN, JAMES and CHARLES HOLBROOK.
of Isle of Wight, Benjamin to Philadelphia, James and Charles to Baltimore.
BENJAMIN HOLBROOK was a sea captain who first lived in Baltimore, MD then he moved to Philadelphia in the earliest 1800s. His family line comes down to the present day.
JAMES AND CHARLES HOLBROOK arrived at Philadelphia Oct 14, 1832, with a stated destination of Ohio. They are later found in Baltimore where Mary (Harvey), wife of James, died about 1823. lames died about 10 months later leaving sons James, b ca 1818; George, b ca 1818; and William, b ca 1821.
A brother to Mary (Harvey) Holbrook, George, had come to the US in 1819 and lived in Baltimore about 2 years, moving to Philadelphia about 3 years then to Ontario, Canada. He raised his orphaned Holbrook nephews in Canada.
Also found in the 1850 Philadelphia census is a Jacob Holbrook, born about 1813, England, who may be related but is unidentified at this time.
Following is the Isle of Wight, England genealogy of this line.
PHILIP HOLBROOK married Eleanor Love, 1564.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, b. ca.1571, married Elizabeth Cook.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, b. ca. 1611, married Ann Coope.
JOHN HOLBROOK, b.1633, died 1681, married Ursula Kent.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, b ca 1670, d 1726, married Thomasin Cook.
JOHN HOLBROOK married Mary Perkins.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, C1671, d. 1774, married Anne Porter.
BENJAMIN HOLBROOK, C1757, married Ruth Carter. They had:
1. BENJAMIN, b. 1780, d. 1859 Phila.PA, who married Jane, who d. 1836, Phila. Children all born Phila.: Benjamin, b 1829; Sarah A. c1812; Martha, c1822, Anna, c1827; Jane, c1817 married William Easby; Charles N. who married Margaret Morton.
2. JAMES, C.1789, married Mary (Harvey).
3. CHARLES, C.1792.
I-5. JAMES HOLBROOK.
of Worcestershire, England, to Montgomery Co., MD.
James is listed on a Revolutionary War muster roll entry, dated 1780, where his residence is stated as Montgomery Co., MD, age 37, born Worcester. It does not say if Worcester is the County or the City of that name. The accuracy of these rolls is not known, nor of the transcription as this was found in a printed book. Specifically the age given as 37 is questioned, as will be seen below.
James is not a popular given name In Worcestershire, and only ONE baptism of a James has been found that could be the James above. It is in 1740 in the parish of Luisley and Aifrick. If the age given in the roll was 39 then a perfect fit would be made. The written 7 and 9 could be easily misread, so, although there seems to be a small difference in the birth year, this does appear to be him. His line is known back several generations, it being the same line that appears to be ancestral to Thomas Holbrook of Somerset Co, MD. No trace of any descendants has been found.
HENRY HOLBROOK, will 1848, Lenchwick, Worc., married Isabel. Two of their children are:
1. THOMAS HOLBROOK. Possibly line I-5 of MD.
2. JOHN HOLBROOK, C1606, married Jane. This line continued below.
JOHN HOLBROOK, married Elizabeth.
JAMES HOLBROOK, C1691, married Rabecca Hall.
JAMES HOLBROOK, C1713, married Catherine
JAMES HOLBROOK, C 1740, Alfrick and Luisley Parish. No wife or issue found.
I-6. THOMAS HOLBROOK.
possibly of Worcester Co. England, to Somerset Co., MD.
The wills of this family are exist ant from the first American generation (Thomas in 1717) through the early 1800s. Thomas appears many time in the land and legal records as he was a Constable In 1689, married in 1678, parish vestryman in 1898, and his 1717 will names his children.
The English origins of Thomas may be Worcestershire. Thomas is such a common given name that It is hard to make an Identification using it. Clayton Torrence, author of 'Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore' states that both the names Thomas and Mathias Holbrook appear in the early records of Maryland. He gives a listing of early settlers he says came from land and court records of 1688-1700 which Includes these names.
I have examined the card indexes at the Maryland Hall of Records (about 150 indexes in all) and cannot find any Mathias entry. If Torrence is correct, then the rarity of the name Mathias may be a clue. Mathias is only found in the Worcester lines descended of Henry Holbrook, in which he names both Thomas and Mathias as sons, in addition to other children.
A Christening for Mathias has been found in 1623, plus his death in 1678 as a bachelor, in Worcester. If Torrence is correct about Mathias, then this certainly could be him, after he returned to England.
HENRY HOLBROOK, will 1648, Lenchwick, Worcester. Married Isabel.
THOMAS HOLBROOK, married first, Mary Smith, second, 1878, Alice Leverton. Issue: 1. Sarah, who married Edward Wright. 2. Martha, who married Thomas Brown. S. Thomas, who married Sarah (Shiles).
See also section I-4 on James Holbrook.
I-7. JOSEPH HOLBROOK.
of Anne Arundle Co., MD.
This line has an interesting court entry (AA Co. MD 1734) where Joseph states that he is upward of 72 years of age, that he had been in this country about 50 years, and he had served his time with Mr. Frizzle on the South River. This indicates he arrived about 1884, was an indented servant, and was born about 1662.
The available printed passenger lists include a 'John' Holbrook who arrived in 1684 on the ship 'Maryland Merchant'. Tracking this entry down shows that 'John' is included on a listing that was one of several short lists turned in to collect the 'headright' money for paying the passage of the listed people. The list containing 'John' was over 5 years old when it was turned in. Due to the nature of this record and the delay In turning It in, it seems that naming 'John' for Joseph could be an easy error to make. Also, there is no trace of a John in MD in this time, only a Joseph, and the entry year of the headright claim fits the time Joseph said he arrived. For these reasons, I feel that the 1884 passage is Joseph Holbrook of Anne Arundle Co., MD.
The records of All Hallows Parish give entries for the vital events of this family line.
A letter from a descendant, dated In the 1930., has been located and he tells that the family divided, with one branch going over to VA while the other branch stayed in MD. This fits exactly with what has been found. Joseph (1697-1752) went to Westmoreland Co., VA, while descendants of John, his brother, are found in Caroline Co., MD and later in Baltimore.
JOSEPH HOLBROOK, b ca 1662, d after 1734, married first Temperance Wade, who died 1705. Married second, Dorothy Collingswood, who died 1718. Children: 1. Joseph, b 1697, MD, died 1752 Westmoreland, Co VA. Married first Mary Mont, and second, Mary Culver. His children are: Rachel, C1717, Mary, C1723, Ann, C1723, Deborah, an infant in 1754, and Mordecai, who had an inventory 1787, Weatmoreland Co VA. 2. Anne, b 1704. 3. John,