JAMES W. BROOKS, was born in West Cambridge, now Islington county, Massachusetts, January 26, 1822, the son of Ebenezer and Sarah M. Brooks, nee Dunklee, both natives of that State; father died in Massachusetts in 1848, and mother in 1869. James was brought up on a farm, and in 1843, he was married to Belvina Crosby, who was also born in the Bay State in 1818. The children in this family are Emma C., Ella M. (now Mrs. William B. Jones), frank, Linda and Chiste. In 1856, Mr. Brooks moved to this county, locating in Woodside township, where he resided ten years. He lost his wife in 1858, and the next year he married Martha Ricker, who was born in 1825, and by this marriage the children are Freddie, Alletta, Elizabeth and Ida; Mattie is deceased. Mr. Brooks owns four hundred acres of land in this county, most of which is very valuable. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and in politics, he is a Republican.