The 1868 murder of Theodore Brodhead of Delaware Water Gap

George Inness (American, 1825-1894). On the Delaware River, 1861-1863. Oil on canvas. Current location: Brooklyn Museum of Art (Wikimedia Commons: Photographed February 2009 by Wikipedia Loves Art participant "shooting_brooklyn"; this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.)

George Inness (American, 1825-1894). On the Delaware River, 1861-1863. Oil on canvas. Current location: Brooklyn Museum of Art (Wikimedia Commons: Photographed February 2009 by Wikipedia Loves Art participant “shooting_brooklyn”; this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.)

Some Brodhead descendants may have heard of the murder of Theodore Brodhead which occurred on September 25, 1868, near the Delaware Water Gap hotel owned and managed by his brother Thomas Brodhead.

For those of you who have not, this post will refer you to two articles on this tragic topic.

Theodore was the son of Luke Brodhead (1777-1845) and Elizabeth Wills (1789-1873), and a grandson of Captain Luke Brodhead (1741-1806) of Revolutionary War fame.

Thomas Brodhead - Image from p. 1104 of History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties by Alfred Mathews (Philadelphia: RT Peck, 1886)

Thomas Brodhead – Image from p. 1104 of History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties by Alfred Mathews (Philadelphia: RT Peck, 1886)

Captain Luke Brodhead, a good friend of Gen. Lafayette, was one of Daniel Brodhead and Hester Wyngart‘s eight sons. He was the youngest brother of my 5th great grandfather (Garret Brodhead).

The above painting by famous landscape painter George Innes, which I absolutely love, gives a good glimpse of what the Delaware Water Gap area looked like on a glorious summer day in the early 1860s. Wish I could transport myself back there right now—the bucolic setting country is so peaceful-looking (apart from the steam locomotive bounding out of the left side of the canvas!). This is the Delaware Water Gap Theodore and his family members resided in close to the time of Theodore’s death.

Theodore had an older sister Elizabeth and seven brothers (William, Thomas, Lewis, Luke, Horace, Dewitt, and Benjamin Franklin – ‘Frank’)—amazingly, all the brothers grew to be over six feet tall. Their mother Elizabeth once joked that she had 48 feet of sons*! One of the below links will take you to a wonderful group photo of the brothers.

The Monroe County Historical Association of Stroudsburg, PA, posted these two articles on their website several years ago about the murder and its aftermath:

Brodhead Murder, Part I: The Crime

Brodhead Murder, Part II: Trial and Punishment

Due to the nature of this subject matter, I can’t really tell you to ‘enjoy the article’, but I do hope you find it of interest. If you have anything to add or share, please leave a comment below.

Theodore was buried at Delaware Water Gap Cemetery. His grave and those of other family members can be found on Find a Grave.

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How we are related

How my family is related to Theodore’s

CLICK TO ENLARGE –  Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Aug 1869 (Credit: http://www.fultonhistory.com)
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Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Aug 1869 (Credit: www.fultonhistory.com)

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*p. 17 of Eastern Poconos: Delaware Water Gap to Bushkill by Maria J. Summa, Frank D. Summa, and Arthur Garris (Arcadia Publishing, 2005)

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