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Brooks, Norman C., New Haven, was born in the town of Middlebury, Addison county, Vt., on October 20, 1824. He is a manufacturer of edged tools. He married Emily Atwood, who, was a daughter of Isaac and Betsey (Farr) Atwood, of Brandon, Vt. They have no children. Norman C. was a son of Barzeliel and Polly (Crane) Brooks, who were natives of Caanan, Conn. His father was a blacksmith by trade, a trade which he learned in his native State. Hesettled in the town of New Haven, Vt., in 1818, where he worked at his trade for ten years; he then settled in the town of Middlebury and engaged in the manufacture of edged tools, a business which he engaged in until 1843, when he retired from business, and was succeeded by his three eldest sons, who removed the business to Brooksville, Vt., where they carried the same on for sixteen years, and were in time succeeded by Norman C. Brooks, who now has charge of the business, and who has conducted the same since 1861. Barzeliel Brooks was twice married; his first wife was Cook, and by whom he had three children –Casendana, Elizabeth, and Thomas, all of whom are now dead. His second wife was Polly Crane, who was a daughter of Martin and Rachel (Thompson) Crane, who settled in New Haven, Vt., in 1790. By this marriage Barzeliel had five children born to him — Jonathan E. (deceased), Milton (deceased), Norman C., Mary (now Mrs. Royal Atwood), and Luther M. Mr. Brooks died in April, 1849, aged sixty-four years.

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