Early-20th-century newspaper discussions about the Jaques family of Woodbridge, New Jersey

I’ve written about various members of the Jaques family before; and have learned never to get too cocky about the family tree I’ve put together for them. Whenever I think I have things wrapped up in a pretty little bow, something inevitably comes along that knocks me off my pedestal.

But, it’s good to know I am not the first, nor probably the last, to be stumped about certain aspects of the family tree; I have letters written by grandchildren of James Angus and Wealthy Jaques Angus in which information is shared, sifted, and sorted through, and questions are raised.

One area of confusion concerned Wealthy’s grandfather Samuel Barron Jaques (1730-1799) and who exactly his parents were. I did a post on that in March 2013 (see: “Samuel B. Jaques (d. 1798/9) of Woodbridge, New Jersey“) and seemed to be able to draw a few conclusions there.

From Samuel on down, things seem pretty clear; see my post “Striking gold: Gleanings from the Samuel Barron Jaques family Bible” which includes a clipping from the Newark News containing information written by James Angus Knowles, a grandson of Wealthy’s. The family Bible information is fantastic, of course, but if the information in the clipping is indeed correct, it indicates (as I’ve remarked before) that Samuel and his wife Mary Coddington had a 39-year age difference and that their children started arriving when Samuel was in his early sixties. (Wealthy & James Angus’s grandchildren found that remarkable as well.) So, perhaps, someday evidence of a 1st marriage will surface.

In any event, I’ve come across more Newark News communications regarding the Jaques Family history. So, evidently the clipping I found almost two years ago and put in that “Striking gold” post was one of a number of “back and forths” James Angus Knowles had via the paper’s “Jersey Genealogy” column, circa 1914-1915. Some entry numbers mentioned are not in my possession (i.e., 4912 and 4938) so I can’t include them here, obviously.

I’ve had a quick look through them and nothing is popping out at me with regards to figuring out Samuel Barron Jaques’ possible other marriage(s). But I know a few of this blog’s readers are hot on the trail of different lines of the Jaques family, so rather than take the time to dissect all the information in these additional two clippings, I am just going to post them here on the off chance they may be of use to someone. There is a lot of non-Jaques info as well (Docherty; Applegate; Wainwright; Hull; Coleman; Whitehead; Roll; Winans; Denham; Ball; Mead; Keeler;  and Sutton; Salem County Church Inscriptions for Trullender, Watson, Wood, and Woodruff), so who knows?—maybe someone will find an interesting morsel there, too.

As always, comments, corrections, additions, etc., are always welcome.

NO. 4920—FIRST SETTLERS OF PISCATAWAY AND WOODBRIDGE—JAQUES FAMILY—Continued from No. 4912 in issue of Saturday last.
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No. 4965 JAQUES (Referring to No. 4938, by JAK, in issue of January 2, 1915)
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No. 4995—JAQUES—Referring to No. 4965, by FWG, in relation to No. 4938 of JAK)
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Excellent pictorial resource on World War I – published 1919

During my garage clean-out operation I came across the very large book War of the Nations: Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings Compiled from the Mid-Week Pictorial, 1914-1919, published by the New York Times in 1919. It contains some amazing images from World War I such as the ones below. I checked and it is available online so I thought I would pass along the link to anyone who may also find this resource of value. Visit Internet Archive – click here.











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Obits for James Easton Brodhead (1851-1943) & son Nathaniel (1891-1956)


James Easton Brodhead

James Easton Brodhead

Today I’m posting a couple of obits saved by my grandmother—one for James Easton Brodhead, who lived until the ripe old age of 92, and one for his son Nathaniel Boyd Brodhead (1891-1956) who sadly was not so fortunate in the longevity department. He died at age 64 of a heart attack while aboard a Naples-bound train in Lakeland, Florida.

Other sons died fairly early as well. John Romeyn Brodhead (1880-1936) died of a heart attack in May 1936 while playing tennis in Flemington, NJ. He was just 55. And brother Walter died in the same year as his father. He was 65. I don’t know the circumstances of his death.

Please see past post(s) for more about this family.

James E. Brodhead's  home in Flemington, NJ

James E. Brodhead’s home in Flemington, NJ


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Andrew Douglas Brodhead obituary

A. D. Brodhead

A. D. Brodhead (1853-1917)


Obituary, probably from the Elizabeth Daily Journal, May 7, 1917

My great-grandfather Andrew Douglas Brodhead (known to many as ‘Doug’) passed away 99 years ago today, on May 6, 1917, a day that would have been his father Andrew Jackson Brodhead‘s 94th birthday had he lived long enough.

When I first started working on our family history 5-6 years ago, I knew hardly anything about Andrew Douglas. Over time, images of him surfaced, as did brief mentions of him in letters and a few articles, but I’d always wondered about the circumstances of his death. Well, the answer came during the “great garage clean-out of 2016” when I discovered this obituary; it describes the very sad circumstances of his passing.

Brief as it is, the obit speaks volumes as to what kind of man he was and offers insight into his life’s travels—from Mauch Chunk, PA, to Perth Amboy, and then to Elizabeth, with his latest place of employment being in NYC.  Father of Frank, Lewis, and Andrew. Husband of Margaret Lewis Martin. I’m sure this event was a huge shock for all the family, including all of Andrew’s siblings and their families. Thankfully, they were a close-knit bunch and looked after each other, something that makes a big difference in how we get through such things.

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May 6, 1912, poem commemorates Andrew Jackson Brodhead’s 90th birthday

Andrew Jackson Brodhead

Andrew Jackson Brodhead

This coming Friday, May 6, is the anniversary of Andrew Jackson Brodhead‘s birth in 1822. Below is a copy of a poem his daughter Emily wrote for him to mark his 90th birthday, in 1912. By then his wife Ophelia (d. 1905) and son Calvin (d. 1907) had passed away, and she makes reference to them in her verse.

At the time, Andrew was living with his daughter Mrs. Franklin C. Burk (Charlotte) in Flemington, NJ, the town he and Ophelia had called home since 1884. Many people, including his nine remaining children, paid their respects to him that special day, whether in person or by telegram, letter, or postcard. He was very well known in the community and much admired for his positive outlook on life and cheerful demeanor.


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Fishing Lake Mohawk in 1929

I love this photo of my Dad, Charles Brodhead, and his brother Woody (his only sibling) way out in the distance, fishing Lake Mohawk (Sussex Co., NJ), in 1929. He was eight and his brother was 17; it’s fun to see them enjoying some brother time together. They had quite an age gap between them, and because of that and the fact that Woody was away from home at a boarding school for much of the year, they did not have many opportunities to do things together.

Lake Mohawk 1929

Lake Mohawk 1929

The lake was the creation of the Arthur D. Crane Co., which began constructing a 600-foot dam on the Wallkill River in 1926. When this photo was taken, probably by my grandfather, the lake had only been filled with water for a year or so. My dad’s parents were among the first to buy a lakefront lot and to have a home constructed there. Crane and his associates created Lake Mohawk to be a private community, and they had total control over development and sales. Many of the original homes and the lakeside plaza—all created in a very distinctive Alpine style—remain. The lakeside plaza reminds me a bit of Lucerne, Switzerland. (YouTube tour of Lake Mohawk; Old Photos of Lake Mohawk on YouTube)

For my dad and his family, Lake Mohawk was their little oasis for R&R whenever they could get away from their main home in the city (Elizabeth, NJ). His parents sold the house while my Dad was off in the Pacific during WWII, something he learned about only after returning home. Needless to say, he was very upset, but he went on to buy his own little lakefront house there as soon as he was able. For him, Lake Mohawk and the surrounding countryside held so many great memories, he wanted that magic to continue. And I can’t say that I blame him. It’s a lovely spot.

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Missionary Dan Crawford (1870-1926) – photo

For some reason, my 2012 post on Dan Crawford, Scottish missionary to the Belgian Congo, has been attracting lots of views this past week, and serendipitously I just found a photo of him while continuing with my mission to clean out the garage. I’m sure it belonged to my great-grandmother Elizabeth Sargent Trewin who was a big supporter of his. The photo is undated, and the reverse side shows a Manhattan address, perhaps where he was staying at the time, or maybe this was an address through which his US correspondence was handled.

Some interesting links:
“The Diary and Notebook of Dan Crawford, Brethren Missionary in Africa” (blog post) – University of Manchester
Bio – GFA Missions website
Crawford_Dan2 Crawford_Dan3

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Survived by “Mrs. R. J. Cole of Philadelphia”

As many of you know, I have been intermittently obsessed with figuring out what happened to Mildred Elizabeth Hancock who eloped with my Great Uncle Lewis D. Brodhead in 1911. The last traces of them together as a couple were found in a 1922 Pottsville, Pennsylvania, directory. I speculated a divorce or desertion had occurred since Mildred was not mentioned in Lewis’s 1934 obituary.

I searched high and low online, paid the Schuylkill Historical Society to see what it could find, and asked for help from a wonderful lady at the county courthouse to see what record there may be of a divorce. She searched high and low, going above and beyond what I’d requested. When all was said and done, zippo, nada; seemingly Mildred had vanished.

What now? I’d had all my eggs in the Pottsville-divorce-record basket. That was going to tell me everything! Bloodhound that I am, I was not about to give up. Perhaps, she’d been mentioned in a parent’s or sibling’s obituary. I’d tried that route before, but now I had more info on the family, so I decided to have at it again.

Fortunately, on USGenWeb archives, parents Josias and Laura Hancock appeared in a mention of the existence of a 1928 Baltimore Sun obit for their daughter Ethel, who had eloped shortly before Mildred did. I searched Genealogy Bank, but they did not carry it. So I did some digging on her and discovered she’d divorced in 1924. Then I went online on the Baltimore Sun archives site and paid a $4 fee for her obituary (under the name “Mrs. Ethel H. Langrall”). (She’d died suddenly in Philadelphia while en route to Atlantic City.) And, there, in the last paragraph were the names of her four siblings: …Mrs. R. J. Cole of Philadelphia, and Mrs. William T. Crafton and Miss Margaret M. Hancock of Baltimore, and also a brother Charles A. Hancock... So, hooray—Mildred Hancock Brodhead had become either Mrs. R. J. Cole or Mrs. William T. Crafton. And after a brief dig, I connected Crafton to the sister named Hazel, which meant Mildred was Mrs. R. J. Cole.

I’d hoped that more/different details would emerge in other family obits. But the only one I found was Josias Hancock’s. I’d found his date of death in the Maryland State Archives online death index, and a record of his obit in the Baltimore Sun in October 1949. For the $4 archive fee, I discovered the obit was bare bones — no mention of his children, just wife Laura.

So, anyway, my hunch was right. Lewis and Mildred split up after 1922 and before Ethel’s death on 1 January 1928. Eventually, I found her and her new husband Richard J. Cole (born in Ontario, Canada) in the 1930 census. They were renting in Dallas, Texas, and he was working as an auditor; that particular census asked for age at first marriage, and both of their answers indicated they’d been married four years—circa 1926, which was when Lewis appeared by himself in the Pottsville directory. (Of course, this was not Mildred’s first marriage, but obviously she wanted everyone to think it was.) The 1940 census showed Richard and Mildred living back in Philadelphia, and he was working as a ‘treasurer’ in ‘Retail groceries.’ No children were indicated.

By 1940, which is when I lose Mildred’s trail again (but this time, I don’t mind), Lewis had been dead seven years, and for Mildred he was just a distant memory—and maybe not a very good one. Still, I can’t help but think that somewhere out there, perhaps floating around a thrift store or antique shop, there exists a photo album full of images of Lewis and Mildred enjoying some some happy times together. It’s just a shame that—for whatever reason—things did not work out.


1930, Dallas, Texas – United States Census, 1930, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:C4ZS-C2M : accessed 22 April 2016), Mildred E Cole in entry for Richard J Cole, 1930.

Richard J Cole Head M 30 Canada
Mildred E Cole Wife F 36 Maryland


1940, Philadelphia, PA – United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQJ6-TC3 : accessed 22 April 2016), Mildred Cole in household of Richard J Cole, Ward 46, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 51-1929, sheet 1B, family 28, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 3747.

Richard J Cole Head M 40 Ontario Canada
Mildred Cole Wife F 46 Maryland
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Eva Wilder (McGlasson) Brodhead — the Colorado years

You may recall that some time ago, I did several posts on authoress Eva Wilder McGlasson and coal magnate Henry Conrad Brodhead, who were married in Manhattan in December of 1894. Henry was from NE Pennsylvania coal country, and Eva (originally) from Kentucky. From my last post:

Two years before marrying Eva, Henry’s business interests had shifted from Pennsylvania to Colorado—he and his two younger brothers, Albert Gallatin Brodhead and Robert Sayre Brodhead, had set their sights on the coal riches of that state, ultimately founding the town of Brodhead, Las Animas County, Colorado (today a ghost town), and locating several mines in and around that place. Close to Brodhead is the small town of Aguilar (“Gateway to the Spanish Peaks”); if you look it up on Google maps you will see ‘Brodhead Canyon’ nearby. Aguilar is 178 miles south of Denver.

After their European honeymoon, Eva moved to Colorado and that is where they spent their married life, leaving behind friends and family out East. They were known to travel a lot, and I’m sure there were plenty of occasions for them to pack their bags and leave Colorado behind when the spirit moved them and Henry was able to break away from his business commitments. And Eva probably made some solo trips back to Manhattan and wherever else her literary career needed to take her.

The below short story, “A Girl from Kentucky,” appeared in various newspapers across the country in December 1910, sixteen years after they married. I found this copy of it on the FultonHistory site, in an issue of the Brooklyn Daily Star. Double-click twice and you’ll see an enlarged version. Like most writers, Eva wrote about what was familiar to her, and that makes for an interesting read since, in this instance, she takes her readers to Aguilar. You get a sense of the world in which she and Henry traveled, how that small town received outsiders, how outsiders (like Eva herself) experienced the town, what types of people were encountered there, etc.

Enjoy, all, and have a good day. Thanks for stopping by.😉

CLICK TO ENLARGE - From the Brooklyn Daily Star, 16 December 1910 (Credit: www.fultonhistory.com)

CLICK TO ENLARGE – From the Brooklyn Daily Star, 16 December 1910 (Credit: http://www.fultonhistory.com)

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More on Lewis D. Brodhead (1884-1933)

Brodhead_LD_obitAmong the newspaper clippings saved by my grandmother was this brief article, likely from the Elizabeth Daily Journal, that reports the death of her brother-in-law Lewis Dingman Brodhead on December 8, 1933. It provides a bit more information than the one from the New York Times I’d mentioned previously in this post. And the new details tell us that my Great Uncle Lewis died fairly immediately of a heart attack at the corner of 4th and Trumball Streets, Elizabeth, NJ, in the plant belonging to the American Swiss File and Tool Company. He was pronounced dead by the arriving ambulance workers from Alexian Brothers Hospital. His body was taken to the morgue at 628 Newark Avenue, a building that now looks abandoned and in need of repair.

This property at 400-416 Trumball Street looks like it could definitely have been there in the 1930s, so perhaps this building was once the plant in which Uncle Lewis worked.

It’s sad to think of him leaving his house at 520 Jefferson Avenue that morning, never to return again. He was just 50. The house he lived in, built in 1902, is a multi-family home today and it may have been multi-family back then as well. He lived with his widowed mother Margaret Martin Brodhead, and I can only imagine the shock she and everyone felt at this sudden, unexpected loss.

Interesting, but not surprising, the article makes no mention of Lewis’s wife Mildred Hancock whose last known whereabouts were Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where she and Lewis resided in the 1920s. I assume they divorced, and then all mentions of Mildred were swept under the carpet. Some day I hope to find out what happened to her.


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