Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving Aftermath

Well, Thanksgiving 2011 has come and gone, and now many of us are searching for new ways to use leftover turkey. Below is a recipe I have used. It’s an Emeril Lagasse recipe that I found on the Food Network website. Though it says chicken, I have found it works well for turkey, too. I’d love to know what our ancestors’ favorite ways to use leftovers were. Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since 1863, when Abe Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of the month of November be put aside for a day of thanks (note: In 1941, congress officially moved the date to the fourth Thursday of November). So there are 150 years of family leftover secrets to be uncovered–an impossible task, unfortunately!

Fannie B. Woodruff Brodhead, Baker and Cook Extraordinaire

Fannie B. Woodruff Brodhead, Baker and Cook Extraordinaire

I hope to dig out Grandma’s old cookbook in time for some pre-Christmas posts this coming month. I know her fudge recipe is in there as are some other holiday treats. She was quite the baker apparently. Shame I never knew that side of her, as she was very elderly when I appeared on this planet. In any case, best wishes to all as we continue enjoying the beauty of this Thanksgiving season.

Click here for the recipe for Chicken a la King on Herb Biscuits (works great with leftover turkey). Another BIG winner? The Algonquin Hotel’s Apple Pie! Click here.

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Finally, a Rational Explanation

I was intrigued by Google’s graphic for today and was interested to discover, upon clicking on it, that it is in honor of Louis Daguerre’s 224th birthday. I also noticed a link to an article in the Christian Science Monitor called Louis Daguerre: Why People Never Smile in Old Photographs. Indeed! I have often thought that and wondered about that myself. I always thought it was because people thought they had bad teeth… or they really had bad teeth. I also wondered if maybe smiling was just not done. In the former USSR people rarely smiled in public (granted there was not much to smile about) because they did not want to be viewed as being mentally challenged. Yes, it’s true–at least that is what I was told when I was traveling around the Soviet Union as a tourist, flashing my happy American teenaged smile. Of course, I immediately transformed myself into a grim old gal and suddenly fit right in.


James W. Angus

Wealthy Ann (Jaques) Angus

Wealthy Ann (Jaques) Angus

In any case, evidently creating a daguerreotype was a painstaking process; the photographer could not risk having their subject move and even subjected some to neck braces. A smile was an accident waiting to happen. Potential energy ready to transform itself into a cascade of falling facial muscles. Blank stares were de rigueur because even a twitch or raised brow could ruin everything. So next time I look at these old family photos, I will be more understanding of the process those folks had to go through to get them. Still, it’s a shame we cannot see their smiles. But Wealthy Angus appears to have managed to give us a very slight one in this image; but she was quite the lady–made of very strong stuff. More on her some other day!

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With Gratitude for Our Veterans

On this Veteran’s Day, we give thanks for all our nation’s veterans, including those in our own family. I’m sure I have not gotten them all listed below, but I will add more as I come across them. As you’ll see there are quite a number who served in the Revolutionary War.

And more of some of our family’s veterans:

Revolutionary War

  • Col. Samuel Crow
  • Captain Martinus Westbrook, 3rd Reg. Sussex Co. NJ Militia
  • Pvt. Shubael Trowbridge, Capt. James Keene’s Company, Eastern Battalion, Morris County Militia, also known as “The Rams Horns Brigades”
  • Andrew Dingman
  • Isaac Neumann, Westchester Co. NY
  • Lt. Garret Brodhead
  • Norman Easton
  • Hezekiah Hand
  • Capt. Samuel Drake, served in Captain Jacob Stroud’s company
  • David Wait, Scottish Immigrant

War of 1812

  • Garret Brodhead
  • Hon. Richard Brodhead (1771-1843)

Mexican-American War

  • James W. Angus

Civil War

  • Moses Martin, Company I, NJ 28th Infantry Regiment
  • Pvt. Uzal Trowbridge, Company A, 1st NJ Infantry; killed in action at Gaines’s Mill
  • Pvt. Henry Augustine Trowbridge, Company C, NJ 14th Infantry NJ Volunteers
  • John Barron Jaques Jr., Drummer, Company I, 40th Regiment New Jersey
  • Charles B. Jaques, Assistant Surgeon, Company F & S, 7th Regiment New Jersey
  • William Trewin, clerk, Union Army War Office

World War I

  • William R. Boles


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Brodhead Family Crest



Brodhead Family Crest

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England Trip 1935

I love this photo of William, Zillah, and Elizabeth Boles. It was taken on their 1935 trip to England and Ireland. The building in the rear was a restaurant, possibly located somewhere in Northamptonshire.

Boles Family in England, 1935

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More Prized Pets

See the updated entry; a few more photos have been added. Click here.

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