Sunday, March 2, 2014

Captain William S. Brooks - 1820 Journal Page

1820 Journal page from my third great grandfather, Captain William Smith Brooks.

"...and found good beds at every house & good Milk, and found the Bread either sour or musty. Butter good but too Salt."

© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell


  1. Hi Will This is great !

    Do you have a lot of materials from WS Brooks' life ?
    I have a copy late in life photo him with granddaughter Saidee Goodhue that is in Martha Diament McMakin's family.

  2. Hello,

    I have more pages to this document. I may have more - I am currently going through a number of items from the Brooks, Goodhue, Cabot and Holbrook side of the family.

  3. Hi Will. I found you through Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast #61. When I heard New Gloucester my ears perked up. I live in Texas so don't get to Maine often. My 5th great grandfather, David McIntire moved to New Gloucester from Falmouth back in 1787. I am a Haskell too but through David's son's wife Dorcas Wharff. My haskell is Susannah Haskell 1712-1750 Gloucester, MA Anyway thought I would just say hi. My blog is

  4. Hi Kristina,

    Thanks for reaching out. My wife and I were just down in West Texas for vacation a few weeks ago. I'd be interested in more info on your David McIntire. My great great grandfather Nathaniel Edwin Merrill married Susan McIntire (her McIntire line was Daniel, Daniel, Daniel, John, Micum).

    Also, if you need any vital records from New Gloucester, let me know. I am transcribing those records, which has turned into a long project.

  5. Will, I found on the land deed from David McIntire and the land bordered on the south a Jebez Haskell. My line is my great grandfather Jesse Cleveland married Hattie McIntire ( her line was Charles, Joseph, David, David the patriot, Henry 1720 Falmouth, ME my brickwall.)

  6. Hi Will, I'm republishing episode 40 of Lisa Louise Cooke's Family History Made Easy podcast, in which she shared a letter you wrote her about hoping to start a blog. I'm guessing you are the right person because you're in Maine, like the letter mentioned, and the blog was started about the right time. I'm so pleased you did take up blogging, even though it looks like 2014 hasn't been your best blogging year. I'd like to add a note to the republished show notes that includes your blog URL. Also, I'd love to hear from you at with any followup comment/testimonial on the value of genealogy blogging for your own personal enrichment. (You can email Lisa at the main address, but she's heading off on a cruise and I'm not sure she'll forward it to me quickly.) You've really put together something special online! Congratulations.