James Trask Holbrook

Male 1820 - 1864


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  • Name  James Trask Holbrook 
    Born  25 Dec 1820  Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Jun 1864  Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  East Side Cemetery, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The headstone index reads J.T. Hoolbrook.
    Notes 
    • James T. HOLBROOK was among those who voted 2 March 1829, to form a religious society called the Evangelical Congregational Society of Oakham, Massachusetts.
      !Records of the Evangelical Congregational Church, Oakham, MA.

      James was "Surveyor of Highways" for Oakham in 1845. According to the Settlement and Story of Oakham, Mass., He lived in the "Tottingham House."

      James T. Holbrook was a member of the Fobes Memorial Library Association (Oakham) in 1848. He is also a member of the Oakham Lyceum, 1851-52. pp 108-109

      In October, 1855, James and D. F. Hunter, another Massachusetts native, built the first store at Hubbardston, Ionia Co, the village containing at that time the saw-mill, the mill boardinghouse in charge of Mr. Crippen, and the dwelling-house of Albert Collister, the manager of the mill and representative of Hubbard, Taylor & Co. The store built and occupied by Holbrook & Hunter in 1855 was still in use in 1881 as a hardware store. The last child born in Oakham in Jan 1856, was George. It seems likely then that James came to Michigan alone (or with the older children) and the remainder of his family joined him in Ionia Co sometime in 1856. It was not until 14 May 1858 at a church meeting of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Oakham, MA, that the HOLBROOK family was dismissed by letter to the Congregational Church in Hubbardston. The church record erroneously gives the state as Wisconsin, not Michigan. !Records of the Evangelical Congregational Church, Oakham, MA.

      Voter Registry of North Plains (1859-1882) James Holbrook 12 May 1859.

      Holbrook & Hunter, (James T Holbrook and D S Hunter), general store North Plains 1863 Michigan Business Directory

      James T. HOLBROOK was appointed the first postmaster of North Plains (later Hubbardston) 29 July 1861 and served in that capacity until June 1862. The small village of Hubbardston grew and in 1863 the saw-mill firm of Hubbard, Hitchcock & Co. and the mercantile firm of Holbrook & Hunter consolidated their interests under the firm-title of Homer, Holbrook & Co, and carried on saw-mill, grist-mill, and store, besides dealing also largely in pine-lands. By this time the village had a physician, a drug store and the first schoolhouse. In November, 1864, the death of James T. Holbrook caused a dissolution of the mill-firm and an immediate reorganization which by 1870 became the Hubbardston Lumber Company. In 1865, Hubbardston was laid out and platted to become incorporated as a village in 1867. !History of Ionia Co, Michigan by John S. Schenck, 1881

      After the deaths of James T. and Electa B. (MORSE) HOLBROOK, the minor children seem to have been adopted by area families. The 1870 census for Ionia Co gives some clues. George H. HOLBROOK appears in the household of Mont. Spaulding, age 30, and his wife Adelia, age 28. Young George is listed age 13, born in Massachusetts, "at home by adoption". Henry M. Robinson and Maria (Holbrook) have the two youngest Ella and Frank at the time of the 1870 enumeration. They lived in nearby Bloomer Township, Montcalm County.
    Person ID  I1672  Bryant
    Last Modified  25 Sep 2006 

    Father  Henry Holbrook, Jr.,   b. 31 Jul 1790, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1870, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah (Sally) Trask,   b. 30 Nov 1789, Smithfield, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1870, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Nov 1813  Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID  F238  Group Sheet

    Family  Electa Bothwell Morse,   b. 30 May 1822, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1864, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  06 May 1841  Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Children 
     1. Henry Eliakim Holbrook,   b. 29 Apr 1842, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1903
     2. James Morse Holbrook,   b. 08 Aug 1843, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Nov 1889, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Frederick Augustus Holbrook,   b. 07 Nov 1845, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1901, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Lucinda Maria Holbrook,   b. 03 Sep 1847, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jan 1920, probably, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Catherine Trask Holbrook,   b. 06 Sep 1849, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, San Dimas, Los Angeles Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Frank H. Holbrook,   b. May 1852, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1919, Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. George H. Holbrook,   b. 04 Feb 1854, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1855, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. George H. Holbrook,   b. 18 Jun 1856, Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ella Frances Holbrook,   b. Aug 1859, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Mary E. Holbrook,   b. Sep 1862, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1864, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F191  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Dec 1820 - Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 May 1841 - Oakham, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jun 1864 - Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - East Side Cemetery, Hubbardston, Ionia Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Bellingham:42.

    2. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Bellingham;p.118.

    3. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Oakham:49.

    4. [S166] Wright & Harvey, Story of Oakh, Wright, H. B. and E. D. Harvey, (Ernest L. Hayward, New HAven, CT, 1947), p.926.

    5. [S208] Harris, Pond, Harris, Edward Doubleday, (William Parsons Hunt, Boston, MA, 1878), p.51.


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