Rachael Brodhead Linderman (1803-1864): “a most estimable woman”

"The Country Doctor" oil on Canvas. Source: http://www.wikigallery.org/; Author: Charles Stewart

“The Country Doctor” oil on Canvas. Source:
http://www.wikigallery.org/; Author: Charles Stewart, 1908 (I could not find an image of an early 19th century American country doctor–if anyone knows of one, please let me know!)

Just as I was thrilled to find a physical description of the Hon. Richard Brodhead, the subject of the June 24th post, I was thrilled to find a glimpse of his daughter Rachael Brodhead‘s personality and disposition in the 1905 publication Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania:

[Rachael] …was a most estimable woman, whose gentle nature and kindly sympathies made her a dear friend of all with whom she was associated.

Rachael was married to Pike county physician Dr. John Jordan Linderman. They lived on a property next door to Rachael’s parents (Richard and Hannah). The descriptions I found of him are equally pleasant to read: He treated his poor patients with as much consideration as he did those who were able to recompense him, and his cheery geniality made him an ideal physician in the sick room. His very large practice required him to cover quite a bit of territory—often making a daily journey of forty miles on horseback or twenty miles afoot in his professional rounds. WOW! Now that is dedication! He lived into his eighties, so obviously all that exercise did him good.

Dr. Valentine Mott, one of John Linderman's mentors (Image from Memoir of Valentine Mott, M.D., LL. D.: Professor of Surgery in the University of the City of New York; Member of the Institute of France by Samuel David Gross (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868)

Dr. Valentine Mott, one of John Linderman’s mentors (Image from Memoir of Valentine Mott, M.D., LL. D.: Professor of Surgery in the University of the City of New York; Member of the Institute of France by Samuel David Gross (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868)

And he was evidently a man of great conviction; I was amused to read in the 1886 book History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania: He was the only man who voted for Clay’s election in Lehman township during the Polk and Clay Presidential contest, for which the Whigs of Easton presented him with a valuable double-barreled rifle, doubtless feeling that one who was able to stand alone in such a contest merited some kind of recognition.

Portrait of Dr. David Hosack by Rembrandt Peale, 1826 (Wikipedia image)

Portrait of Dr. David Hosack by Rembrandt Peale, 1826 (Wikipedia image) – Dr. Hosack was another mentor of John Linderman’s.

Rachael and John had a daughter Sarah Maria Linderman and three sons, Dr. Henry R. Linderman (nearly six feet tall, of fine proportions and scholarly appearance, and possessed of a genial and polished address), Dr. Garret B. Linderman, and Albert Linderman. This and much more about them can be found on pages 934-938 of History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania, edited by Alfred Mathews  (Philadelphia: R. T. Peck & Co., 1886). A previous blog post on the Carbon County Packers, Lindermans and Brodheads also mentions members of this family.  Note: Some trees on Ancestry dot com show additional children, but I have not had time to verify that. Perhaps there were more kids, but these two old history books simply decided to mention only the most prominent and successful children? If anyone reading this knows of bona fide additional children, by all means leave a comment in the box below.

Rachael and John were buried in Bethlehem’s Nisky Hill Cemetery. Please visit the Find a Grave site, if you are interested in seeing their resting places and those of other family members (oddly, John Linderman’s grave marker has ‘Jay’ for his middle name, while sources quoted here say ‘Jordon’):

Rachael Brodhead Linderman
Dr. John J. Linderman

Below are clippings taken from the aforementioned books, identified accordingly. I hope you enjoy reading them and learning more about that offshoot of the Brodhead family tree. As always, corrections, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Volume I, edited by John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green, and George T. Ettinger (NY/Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co. 1905)

From pp. 209-210 of Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Volume I, edited by John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green, and George T. Ettinger (NY/Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co. 1905)

Historic homes and institutions

p. 937 of History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania, Edited by Alfred Mathews (Philadelphia: R. T. Peck & Co., 1886)

Garrett Brodhead Linderman, b. 1829

Garrett Brodhead Linderman, b. 1829

Henry R. Linderman

Henry R. Linderman, b. 1825

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Resources:

Passion for the Past blog: The World of a 19th Century Country Doctor

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4 thoughts on “Rachael Brodhead Linderman (1803-1864): “a most estimable woman”

  1. I’ve hiked 20-25 miles a few times, usually with a backpack on. It’s quite the challenge. –Curt

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