Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family

Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family, composite framed in 1904

Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family, composite framed in 1904, (watermark and labeling added by me)

You may recall a previous post about Robert Packer Brodhead in which I related that much material was available about the Brodhead family from the book Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania. We are very fortunate to have a large framed photo display of Robert’s father and mother, Andrew Jackson Brodhead and Ophelia Easton, together with Robert’s nine siblings. The display was assembled in Flemington, NJ, in 1904, and must have been compiled in the early part of the year since Ophelia passed away that April, some 18 months shy of what would have been her and her husband’s 60th wedding anniversary. Son Calvin died several years later, in 1907, from gastritis*. Andrew Jackson Brodhead died at 91 in 1913. So this assembly of photos is a wonderful thing to have.  My great grandmother Margaret Lewis Martin can be credited with identifying each person. She died in the mid-1940s but at some point before then created a diagram showing who was who, and attached it in an envelope to the reverse side of the frame.

Andrew Jackson Brodhead

Andrew Jackson Brodhead

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Ophelia Easton Brodhead

Below in italics is material on the Andrew Jackson & Ophelia (Easton) Brodhead family excerpted from John W. Jordan’s 1911 book, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, in three volumes, published by Lewis Publishers of New York. Note: I cropped the individual photos from the compiled version above; also, please note that Mauch Chunk in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, is now known as the town of Jim Thorpe. Click the preceding link to peruse the interesting materials on the Mauch Chunk Historical Society’s website.

Andrew Jackson Brodhead, third son of Garret and Cornelia (Dingman) Brodhead, was born in Northampton (now Pike county), Pennsylvania, May 6, 1822. He received his early education in the common schools of the towns in which his parents lived, at the Dingman Academy, and a term at the Stroudsburg Academic School. He taught school one year, and in 1850 began working in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, where he removed his family in 1851. From 1851 to 1857 he was employed as clerk and bookkeeper, and for five years was in business with a partner, repairing cars used by the pioneer coal company of that region. About 1861 Mr. Brodhead began shipping coal for other producers, and in 1877 opened a general store at Hickory Run, Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1883, when he returned to Mauch Chunk. In 1884 he removed to Flemington, New Jersey, his present home. In 1868-69 he was treasurer of Carbon county, Pennsylvania, for several years he was school director of East Mauch Chunk, and served as justice of the peace.

Calvin Easton Brodhead

Calvin Easton Brodhead

1. Calvin Easton, born in Pike county, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1846; married (first) December 6, 1870, Laura Clewell Leisenring, born at Mauch Chunk, August 9, 1848, daughter of Alexander William and Ann (Ruddle) Leisenring.  They had Anna Leisenring, born November 12, 1871; Emily Easton, born November 3, 1872; Alexander William, January 1, 1874; married (second) at Oakville, Canada, Mary Lewis, who died March 31, 1905.

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Garret Brodhead

Garret Brodhead

2. Garret, born in Pike county, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1848; married, September 17, 1872, Annie Kocher, born in Mauch Chunk, August 25, 1849, daughter of Conrad and Catherine (Wasser) Kocher.  Seven children: Conrad and Andrew Jackson (twins), born July 19, 1873; Alonzo Blakeslee, December 26, 1875; Calvin Easton and Laura Leisenring (twins), born September 21, 1878; Ruth Randall, born March 7, 1884; and Garrett, born January 3, 1888.

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John Romeyn Brodhead

John Romeyn Brodhead

3. John Romeyn, born in Pike county, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1849; married, November 13, 1882, Mary Martha Holbert, born in Chemung, New York, March 22, 1858, daughter of Joshua Sayre and Catherine Van Houton (Ryerson) Holbert.  They had Henry Holbert, born September 29, 1883, and Arthur Sayre, born November 26, 1886.

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James Easton Brodhead

James Easton Brodhead

4. James Easton, born in Pike county, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1851; married, May 1, 1877, Hattie Lochlin Boyd, born July 11, 1852, daughter of Nathaniel and Jane (Curran) Boyd.  They have Walter, born March 9, 1878; John Romeyn, born September 25, 1880; Frederick Moon, born July 31, 1883; and Nathaniel Boyd, born June 22, 1891.

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Andrew Douglas Brodhead

Andrew Douglas Brodhead

5. Andrew Douglass [misspelling by author, should be Douglas], born in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1852; married Margaret Lewis Martin, born January 15, 1859, daughter of Moses and Sarah Augusta (Lewis) Martin.  They have Edith Easton, born November 3, 1879; Frank Martin, born February 5, 1882; Lewis Dingman, born October 5, 1884; Andrew Jackson, born October 3, 1886.

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Charlotte E. Brodhead

Charlotte E. Brodhead

6. Charlotte Easton, born in Mauch Chunk, December 11, 1855; married, October 5, 1887, Franklin Clark Burk, born in Flemington, New Jersey, April 8, 1853, son of Peter Wilson and Clarinda (Bellis) Burk.

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Jean Struthers Brodhead

Jean Struthers Brodhead

7. Jean Struthers, born in Mauch Chunk, November 21, 1857; married, October 15, 1885, Charles Ashley Blakslee, born in Mauch Chunk, July 4, 1859, son of James Irwin and Caroline Jones (Ashley) Blakslee.  They have Gertrude Easton, born June 21, 1887, and Ophelia Easton Blakslee, born January 9, 1895.
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Robert Packer Brodhead

Robert Packer Brodhead

8. Robert Packer, see forward [of book].

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Emily L. Brodhead

Emily L. Brodhead

9. Emily Linderman, born in East Mauch Chunk, June 1, 1862; married Frederick Moon, born September 30, 1851, son of Samuel and Matilda White Moon. They have Frederick Wiles Moon, born July 27, 1882.

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Richard H. Brodhead

Richard H. Brodhead

10. Richard Henry, born in East Mauch Chunk, November 4, 1864; married, March 6, 1890, Jane Vanderveer Smock, born October 15, 1861, daughter of Daniel Polheim and Sarah Jane Smock. They have Estelle Smock, born November 26, 1890; Mary Ophelia, born April 2, 1892; Jean Blakslee, born July 3, 1893, died July 27, 1893, and Richard Henry.

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Quite a few of their resting places have been documented, and in some cases photographed, on Find a Grave’s website. If you go to Andrew Jackson Brodhead’s entry (click here), you can click on links to others of the family who have been documented.

*Note re: Calvin Easton Brodhead, his May, 1, 1907, obituary in The Reading Eagle stated: Calvin E. Brodhead died suddenly in New York City of gastritis. He was born in Pike County in 1846. He was widely known in contract affairs, having served as chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad for some time. In 1872 he supervised the construction of the Easton and Amboy division of the road. He was well known in Flemington, NJ, where he lived before locating at Mauch Chunk.

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  1. Your blog is such a thorough and impeccably researched source of family stories! Andrew Jackson Brodhead is my great great great grandfather, and my sister carries the same middle name as his wife – Easton. I am starting to get more deeply involved in genealogy, both my own, and assisting my husband. The Brodhead line is well documented, but I am having a fascinating time reading and piecing together the stories and family history behind the trees.

    One of the most interesting parts for me so far in doing this as a couple is that my husband and I have discovered that our great grandfathers were living in Plainfield, NJ at the same time in the early 1900’s, on (literally!) different sides of the tracks. The Plainfield library has proven to be a most useful resource in our research. A librarian there helped us blast through one of my husband’s brick walls – a great grandmother who married, bore 4 children, and died in between the 1900 and 1910 census. We had her husband’s name, but not hers. A search of newspaper archives (a resource we were unaware of) made short work of that brick wall!

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    • Wow, that’s interesting, Jen. You and your husband must be having a blast making all these discoveries. Which of Andrew and Ophelia’s children are you a descendant of? (Thanks for stopping by my blog!; I’m glad you are finding some things of interest.)

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  2. I’m descended from Calvin Easton Brodhead. I was lucky that Calvin’s so many of children were long lived – a number lived into their late eighties and even their nineties! Though I didn’t have the sense to ask them questions when they were alive, other relatives did, and there are stories that have been shared and passed down. I’m actually working to document one right now; a fire that destroyed the family home (but no family, thank goodness!) in Dalton, PA, during the winter of 1926-1927, I believe.

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    • Thanks great that you have that information, Jen. Well, if you ever want to do a guest blog post on anything you think other AJ/Ophelia descendants would find interesting, you are welcome to do so. How many children did Calvin have? The ones I am aware of are Anna (1871-1913), Emily (1872-1941) and Alexander (1874-1948) and none of them lived to such old ages. Were there other children?

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      • My sincere apologies, I am mixing up my Calvin Eastons! I am descended from Andrew and Ophelia’s son Garrett Brodhead, and Garrett’s son Calvin Easton. Calvin Easton and his wife Gertrude McNulty had 9 children, 7 of whom I got to meet. Two took religious vows, but the other seven produced over 40 children. The story passed down in our family is that Gertrude was not going to marry Calvin, as he was not Catholic, and became engaged to another man. Calvin came to Gertrude one day and told her he had begun studying to convert to Catholicism, and she promptly broke off the other engagement and married Calvin!

        One daughter later became a Sister of Charity at St. Elizabeth’s in Convent Station, NJ. She taught school for many years, earning a bachelor’s degree and two masters degrees along the way. One son became a Franciscan priest, and served as a missionary in India for more than 30 years.

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      • I thought that was maybe what you meant but was not sure. I’ve heard from a few folks (cousins of yours) in recent years about Calvin & Gertrude and their abundant children. How wonderful that you were able to meet so many of them! My parents were at the Brodhead reunion in 1967 and met the daughter who became a Sister of Charity. I’ve also seen (on Ancestry.com) that enormous family photo of Garret Brodhead and Annie Kocher’s wedding anniversary in which Calvin and Gertrude and their children appear as well as dozens of other relatives. I would love to get a copy of it to post on the blog to see if it is possible to identify everyone in it. I spotted my grandfather and his wife!

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  3. I have a copy of the 50th wedding anniversary of Garret Brodhead and Annie Kocher Brodhead.and will post it on Facebook.

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