Timothy/2w Brooks left Massachusetts for West Jersey about 1690 to follow his Baptist tenets free of persecution. At Woburn, Billerica and Swansea, Massachusetts, from the 1660s through the 1680s, he had been one of a small and stubborn group of Baptist sectaries who were repeatedly harassed by Puritan authorities through court presentments, fines and even disenfranchisement.

This index includes known Baptists and their supporters from the communities mentioned above, from Rehoboth (home of the first allowed Baptist congregation in the Bay Colony), and from the area of West Jersey to which Timothy Brooks moved. Also included are some orthodox Congregationalists who are named in Bay Colony records as among the Baptists' persecutors, including quite possibly, Timothy's father Henry/1w Brooks, the emigrant progenitor. Note the close family and intermarriage links which bound the Baptists together.

For background, see Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 152-162.

(?), Mabel  b. circa 1605, d. 1690
Ayars, Joshua/2  b. circa 1695, d. 1759
Ayars, Robert/1  b. before 1640, d. 1719
Bowen, Lydia/3  b. 1666
Bowen, Thomas/3  b. 1664
Brooks, Henry/1w  b. circa 1592, d. 1683
Brooks, Hepsibah/3w  b. 1673/74, d. 1727
Brooks, Keziah/4w  b. say 1698, d. 1749
Brooks, Seth/4w  b. 1688/89, d. 1738
Brooks, Timothy/2w (Capt.)  b. circa 1635, d. before 1712
Brooks, Timothy/3w (Rev.)  b. 1661, d. circa 1715/16
Butterworth, Mary  b. say 1630, d. 1714
Carter, John/2 (Capt.)  b. circa 1616, d. 1692
Cleveland, Aaron/2  b. 1655, d. 1716
Cole, Hugh/2  b. 1628, d. 1699/0
Cole, Mary/3  b. 1676, d. 1756
Farley, Caleb/2  b. 1645
Farley, George/1  b. say 1620, d. 1693
Foster, Hopestill (Capt.)  b. say 1620, d. 1679
Foster, Thomas (Sgt.)  b. say 1630
Fox, Isaac/3w  b. 1657, d. 1735
Fox, Samuel/3w  b. circa 1651, d. 1727
George, Elizabeth/2  b. say 1642
George, John/1  b. say 1610
George, Martha/2  b. say 1645
Johnson, John/2  b. say 1635
Kendall, Francis/1  b. circa 1620, d. 1708
Kingsley, Eldad  b. say 1640, d. 1679
Kingsley, Jonathan  b. 1671, d. 1750
Mason, Mary/2  b. 1660
Mason, Pelatiah/2  b. 1669, d. 1763
Mason, Russell/4w (Rev.)  b. 1714, d. 1799
Mason, Sampson/1  b. say 1615
Mowry, Mehitabel/2  b. say 1644
Mowry, Roger/1  d. 1666/67
Munroe, William/1  b. 1625, d. 1718
Polly, George  b. say 1625
Redway, James/1  b. say 1616
Rogers, Bathsheba (Bathshua)  b. 1650, d. 1711
Russell, John/2  b. say 1635, d. before 1696
Summers, Henry  b. say 1606, d. before 1690
Wheaton, Ephraim (Rev.)  b. circa 1660, d. 1734
Wilson, Dorcas  b. say 1653, d. 1714
Wilson, John  b. say 1625, d. 1687
Wilson, John  b. say 1651
Wyman, Francis/1  b. 1617, d. 1699