E. SIMILAR NAMES
The origins of this name seem to be in south-central England where It is found in the earliest parish registers. It has not been determined if this is a varient of Holbrook, or a truly separate name. It may that this name derives from the same root name as Holbrook. The line has a small number of members and few records exist containing it prior to about 1500. This has made attempts to trace it more difficult. No wills have been found in the P.C.C. prior to 1624, when a will of Thomas Allbrook, sailor, is found. The name is mostly ALSBROOK in the US.
There are several possible sources for this name, one is as a modified ALBROOK, another is as a shortened form of the name ALSOBROOK; besides being from Holbrook. The distinction I make between this name and the ALSOBROOK name, is that this name has two syllables and is without the vowel sound between the L and B letters. The ALSBROOK form could have come from the three syllable version by simply dropping of the 0 letter.
ALSBROOK entries are mostly found in VA and NC, in the 1700s, and later in TN, MS. Lines untraced at this time.
E-2. ALSEBROOK, ALSOBROOK.
This surname seems to have origins in the Derby and Nottingham area. Several wills are found in the Litchfield Record Office starting in 1541. In the US, the 1790 Census shows several in Halifax County, NC. Later census show the typical westward movement into TN. Lines are untraced at this time. It Is believed that this name has no connection with the Holbrook name.
This line came to America in 1675 when Abraham Hasbrouck arrived from Calais, France. He died 1717 and had a son, Joseph who lived in Ulster Co. NY. The line spread from there. No connection has been found to Holbrook and none are believed to exist.