Gloucester Recollected: A Familiar History
Vendor: Cape Ann Museum Store
by Alfred Mansfield Brooks with "Side Lights" by Ruth Steele Brooks, edited by Joseph E. Garland
Hardcover, 224 pages
After his mother died shortly after his birth in 1870, Brooks went to go live with his maternal grandmother Abigail Somes (Davis) Mansfield in Gloucester. His grandmother and his great-great aunt Sarah (Somes) Mackay were important figures in Brooks' early life and passed down stories to young Alfred which went back all the way back to the era of George Washington. In his memoir, Brooks recollects memories from his childhood in Gloucester and the stories his relatives would tell him which he calls "memories of memories."
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