James Brooks married Sarah Spratt (also recorded as Sarah Pratt) in 1804, and they had children George Brooks (1807), Charles Brooks (1809) and Daniel Brooks (1811), all born in East Harling, Norfolk

Daniel joined the army where he was a gunner. He married Mary Ann who came from Canterbury, Kent (I have no evidence for her details, though other researchers have recorded that she was Mary Ann Macdonald and that they married in 1834 in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland).

They must have travelled extensively with the army for their children were born in diverse places:

Maria had an illegitimate child, Bertha Maria Brooks in 1872 in East Harling. Presumably the father was John Bullen (1820 of Saham Toney, Norfolk) whom she married less than a week after the child was baptised.

John, a butcher and Inn keeper, was the son of Robert Bullen (1820) & Mary (1813), the grandson of Joseph Bullen (1775) & Elizabeth (1780), and one of 9 siblings: Robert Bullen (1841), Mary Bullen (1843), Joseph Bullen (1845), Charles Bullen (1847), Elizabeth Bullen (1849), Deborah Bullen (1853), James Bullen (1855) and Emma Bullen (1857).

As well as Bertha, John & Maria Gale had: John Bullen (1873), Charles Bullen (1875) and Mary E Bullen (1879)

Daniel Brooks retired from the army about 1852 returning to his home village of East Harling. Presumably after more than 20 years service. Thereafter his occupation was variously described as Pensioner and Labourer. To be a pensioner at age 43 can't be bad!

His wife, Mary Ann, died in 1853 and in 1855 at the age of 43 he married local girl Frances Ling (born about 1825) many years his junior.

Frances, the daughter of William Ling (born in Norfolk about 1790) and his wife Frances (also born in Norfolk about 1790), and sister of Samuel Ling (1825) and Charlet Ling (1829) came with her 10 year old illegitimate child Jane Ling (born 1845 East Harling).

At the 1851 census Jane Ling, then aged 6, was listed as a Pauper Scholar in the local workhouse.

In 1867 Jane married Robert Deynes (born 1827, the son of John Daynes & Salome Woods). I have not identified any children. Robert died in 1893 and in 1896 she married widower Daniel Day (1847)

The birth of Daniel Brooks & Frances' first child, Jacob, was registered in the same quarter as their marriage! They would have six children, all born in East Harling, making a total of 13 for Daniel. They were:

Daniel died in 1885. In 1891 his widow Frances was living in the household of her son Christmas, and in 1901 in the household of her daughter Jane. She died in 1910.

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