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George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystack

Postby Lostinspace » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:32 pm

George was born in 1886 in Plymouth. Son of Alfred and Rosetta.
He disappears completely in the 1930's without a trace.
I have his marriage certificate to Lily Rebecca Lack in Kensington 1913.
He was living in elsynge road, London at the time.
My dad remembers receiving American comics in the 1939-1950 years, but was never sure who they were from.....I have searched migration and citizenship records to no avail. I am assuming he changed his name with the lack of records.
I have been at this dead end for 8 years with no progress! My dad is desperate to know what happened to him.
I need a genealogy genius.....
Thank you in advance. Emma Brooks.
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby PaulH01 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:17 pm

When you say 'disappears in the 1930s', what do you have after his marriage in 1913?

For example, this entry into Vermont in 1919 for a George Brooks born England 1886 would fit...
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=2185163
does that say he's a minister?

alternatively, as a second mate on a ship's crew entering Massachusets in 1924:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=2173944

and this one on a ship called 'The Cornishman' sailing from Avonmouth to Massachusets in 1921:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=2173944
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George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystack

Postby brunes08 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:29 pm

I looked on familysearch.org and found this entry which might be him as the age is right. Is it possible that for the years he was missing he might have been at sea? There is a ‘List or Manifest of aliens employed on the vessel as a member of the crew’ which includes a George Brooks as Master. He is British, aged 58yrs. The ship is the Eastwood Park and the form was completed on entry to New York on 15 Nov 1944. As your George was born in Plymouth, there is a possibility that he did go to sea.


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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby MoVidger » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:31 pm

Is this his wife Lily in the 1939 Register?

Name: Lily Brooks [Lily R Brooks ]
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1889
Residence Year: 1939
Address: Queen Adelaide Inn
Residence Place: Wells, Norfolk, England
Occupation: Domestic Duties Paid
Schedule Number: 60
Sub Schedule Number: 2
Enumeration District: TQLB
Registration district: 233/2
Household Members:
Charles Caswell
Lily Brooks
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby PaulH01 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:34 pm

Further to brunes08's post, there is also a 1934 entry on FamilySearch into New York on the Olympic.
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby Artognou » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:35 pm

I think I might have also seen this particular George Brooks in a later census, listed as a preacher and one of his sons is called Alfred.

Actually, I'm not entirely sure, because I have just seen another census that says he arrived in 1911.
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby ianbee » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:27 am

Further info for those helping
Baptism at Charles the Martyr, Plymouth, 7 June 1893
George Glessing
parents Alfred + Rosetta Brooks
father a Lamplighter
born 10th Feb 1886

If he is the chap in Wandsworth in 1911, George Brooks, age 24, born Plymouth, he is then a milkman

Electoral Registers
1922 - 1927
Dogger Lane, Wells next the Sea
George Gessing Brooks
Lily Brooks
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby Lostinspace » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:06 pm

Thanks for your replies...

Paul01 - I have absolutely nothing after 1913.
The maritime links I am a bit reticent about. He was unceremoniously discharged from the met police for being abusive to his horse! Then he was employed by London dairies as a milkman.
I am always hoping the glessing surname may crop up but never does. No reference in obituaries for his siblings or parents in Plymouth.

Movidger- Yes, the 1939 register is his wife Lily. The queen Adelaide was a pub in Norfolk. Her new man...Charlie caswell. Lily and George never divorced that I know of.

Artognou - I would say that being a bit of a rogue that a preacher would be a no!

Ianbee - interesting on the electoral reg to 1927. Does it give you an occupation on there at that time?
So he would have "left" the country after that date.

I will take a look at the ships records now.

You are all amazing!
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby ianbee » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:11 pm

Hi
No, sorry, no occupations given on electoral registers.
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Re: George Glessing Brooks....like the needle in the haystac

Postby elsabels » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:54 pm

Having looked around the internet I now know you are aware of the information regarding the children!

One of your posts suggests that GGB went back to Plymouth to be with his siblings circa 1920.

Married a Lily Lack in London and children were born in Wells next the Sea, Norfolk.
Disappeared in the 1920's, never to be heard from again.??? It's believed he returned to Plymouth to be with his siblings.


There are at least 4 children born between 1914 -1918 in Walsingham where the surname is BROOKS & mothers maiden name is LACK, have yu investigated the parentage of these children?
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