Andrew Douglas Brodhead obituary

A. D. Brodhead

A. D. Brodhead (1853-1917)

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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.

Categories: Brodhead, Death, Elizabeth, Union Co., Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Obituaries, Presbyterian | 9 Comments

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9 thoughts on “Andrew Douglas Brodhead obituary

  1. Barbara Brodhead

    So wonderful for you to find these treasures! And what great information you are uncovering about the family! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Andrew Jackson Brodhead is my great great grandfather. Judith Brodhead < Edward Joseph Brodhead < Calvin Easton Brodhead < Garret Brodhead < Andrew Jackson Brodhead. I'll have to send you some info on Calvin, whom I never knew, but who had an interesting career, including serving in the NJ legislature.

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    • Hi, Judy; Hope you have been well. I remember emailing back and forth with you you 1+ years ago about your family and the interesting circumstances of the switch to Catholicism. You helped me identify some of the folks in that big family photo from Garret & Annie Brodhead’s silver anniversary gathering. I’m still trying to find a copy of that photo so I can put it on the blog. I think others may be able to help with the identifications. Hope your Mom is still doing well.

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      • I have posted it on Facebook and I have the key. I think my copies are xeroxes. I can tell you who everyone is. My dad is the little boy in the sailor suit in the front, and my grandparents and aunts and uncles are in it. Sadly my mother died this past July, but she was almost 97 and in great shape until a few months before she died.

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      • I’m very sorry to hear about your mother, Judy. 97 is a remarkable age, and it is wonderful that she did so well for so long. She must have been an inspiration to many.

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  3. Also – so interesting to see the variety of religious affiliations over the years. My huge family (nearly 40 first cousins) were all Catholic because Calvin converted to Catholicism to marry my grandmother, Gertrude McNulty.

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  4. Debra Brodhead

    Gail, can you email me a copy of A.D. Brodhead’s obit. I’ll put that in my DAR packet. Thank you and have a great day. Debbie

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