Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
History of Tompkins, Schuyler,
Chemung, Tioga 1879
Page 234 - Elijah Brooks
He had fine business qualities, and by judicious investments subsequently
added to his fortune, the basis of which was formed in the active prosecution
of his profession. He was a man of brilliant intellect, of large
acquirements both generally and in his profession, and possessed in a peculiar
degree those elements which attract and delight in social life.
|Hon. Elijah P. Brooks was the third son of Dr. Theseus Brooks,
and was born in the town of Edmiston, Otsego Co., N.Y., March 4, 1819.
There were four sons and one daughter, -Henry S., Thomas J., Elijah
P., William A., and Roxanna. William A. is the only surviving child.
The mother died in October, 1877, in Elmira, in the ninety-first year of
her age. The family removed to Big Flats, this county, about the
year 1823, living there thirteen years, and coming to Elmira in 1835, where
the head of the family, Dr. Brooks, died about the year 1858. Elijah
P. Brooks, after receiving a common-school education, commenced learning
the wagon-making trade; which continued for a number of years. Young
Brooks proved himself a hard student, and after his admission to the bar
worked with a diligence that soon brought him into prominence, and laid
the foundation of that professional success the fruits of which in after-years
he so lucratively reaped.
His uprightness of character, his application, his thorough comprehension
of the duties and demands of his honorable profession, all formed elements
of success, and united to these were sagacity and ability.
The business life of Judge Brooks covers the whole period of the growth
and prosperity of Elmira, out of its position as a secluded rural village
of two thousand people to a busy and bustling city of twenty thousand.
In every enterprise calculated to foster that growth he has been an active
participant. His public spirit was marked and unflagging, while his
judgment and shrewdness in business matters were seldom or never at fault.
He was successful as a business man in his profession and in political
life. He enjoyed a full share of public honors, and discharged every
duty, public or private, with scrupulous fidelity, and with ability ever
manifest and recognized.
He became active in politics, and for years was one of the honored leaders
of the Republican party in Western New York. During the war Judge
Brooks patriotically and actively interested himself in sustaining the
government, and was one of a committee of influential citizens who gave
assistance to raise regiments and enable the district to fill its quota
of troops. He was elected county judge and surrogate of Chemung County
in 1860, acceptably and creditably serving four years as such. For
several years he was one of the canal appraisers of this State, being appointed
March 22, 1865. He was also a member in 1857 of the State Constitutional
He married, Aug. 30, 1842, Prudence Ann, a daughter of Gabriel Sayre,
who lived in the town of Chemung. His brother, William A., also married
a daughter of Mr. Sayre.
Judge Brooks died at his residence on College Hill, in Elmira, May 19,
1878. Mrs. Brooks survives her husband, with a family of four children,
-Mrs. Charles A. Willis, Fanny, Charles, and Tracy B., a lawyer of this
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