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Circa 1895 photograph of Benjamin Boles and wife Mary Galbraith

Below is a photo of my great-grandfather Edward Boles‘s youngest brother Benjamin Boles, who was born on 28 February 1871 in Fingreagh, Inishmagrath, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, and Benjamin’s wife Mary Galbraith. They had one child, a son, James Newton Boles, who was born on 14 September 1898, in Tipperary. Mary died in childbirth and, from what my mother has told me, after Mary’s death, Benjamin, a shopkeeper, renounced all of his worldly possessions in order to become an evangelist in a religious movement that had recently gotten underway in Ireland.

Benjamin never remarried, as far as we know, and his son was raised by Benjamin’s sister Jane and Jane’s husband William Pearson. I don’t know when Benjamin passed away; I have a photo of him that was taken in 1943, so it was sometime after that. I imagine the photo below was taken on the occasion of Benjamin and Mary’s marriage given that her one glove is off and she appears to be wearing rings. Or perhaps on the occasion of their engagement since he is ring-less. I also have this lovely photo of Mary all by herself, and this undated photo of father and son.

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Mary Galbraith and Benjamin Boles

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Mary Galbraith

Ben Boles with son Newton Boles

Ben Boles with son Newton Boles (1920s?)

 

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Linderman children info updated; October 1889: Albert Brodhead Linderman returns from quick trip to London and Paris

Sinking of the Cunrad Line's steamer SS Oregon, 14th march 1886, 15 miles off Long Island.

Sinking of the Cunard Line’s steamer SS Oregon, 14th march 1886, 15 miles off Long Island. Nathaniel Currier & James Meritt Ives, 1886 (Wikimedia Commons – Image in public domain in US due to publication in the US prior to 1923.)

One of this blog’s readers, Steve, is actively engaged in researching his wife’s Linderman & Brodhead ancestors. He recently emailed me some Linderman tree info I was lacking in my post on Rachael Brodhead, wife of John Jordan Linderman. To view that post, click here. Scroll down and you will find Steve’s tree showing the seven children of John and Rachael. Anyone with additional info to share, please, by all means, leave a comment.

Port Jervis Evening Gazette, 9 October 1889 (Credit: Fultonhistory.org)

Port Jervis Evening Gazette, 9 October 1889 (Credit: Fultonhistory.org)

Coincidentally I came upon an October 1889 article about one of the children, Albert Brodhead Linderman, who’d have been about 57 at the time of publication. It’s a brief article but is packed with interesting little details. Albert was just returned from a brief trip to London and Paris, and seems to have been heavily involved in the railway industry. He was described as “a great traveler and a great talker” (the gift of gab always seems to go to at least one member of a family!) and a survivor of an 1886 ship collision off the coast of Long Island, New York. I can imagine that that disaster, only three years in the past, was still very fresh in people’s minds. For a description of the fate of the luxurious 650-passenger SS Oregon whose last journey was from Liverpool, England, to New York, click here. Thankfully, all of the Oregon‘s passengers were rescued.

Yes, Albert definitely got around. Upon further investigation, I found evidence (see article on the right) of his plan to purchase the island of Cuba (!) and his involvement in draining Lake Okeechobee here in South Florida to make way for agricultural expansion:

The State authorities of Florida have entered into a contract with I Coryell of Jacksonville and A B Linderman representing capitalists of Philadelphia and San Francisco to drain Lake Okeechobee in Southern Florida. The scheme if successfully carried out will reclaim millions of acres of excellent sugar lands and result not only in the reclamation of the bed of the lake itself but it is believed in that of the two vast swamps known as the Everglades and the Big Cypress which lie south of the lake and cover the greater portion of the lower end of the peninsula. The Everglades is sixty miles in length and about the same width really constitute a vast lake from one to six in depth studded with thousands of small islands. (From The Friend, Volumes 54-55, The Society of Friends, pub. 1881)

To my knowledge, the lake—the seventh largest freshwater lake in the US—was never drained, however, due to devastation and loss of life in the 1920s as a result of some hurricanes crossing over the lake and creating a storm surge, a dike was built around the lake in the 1930s. I remember setting off with my husband to the east coast 8-9 years ago and deciding to travel in such a way as to travel along the west and north sides of the lake on our trip east and then drive along the east and south sides on our return. We’d no idea the dike existed and were expecting to see some scenic views of the lake on our journey. Boy, were we disappointed for there really were very few places to catch a glimpse of it. You have to climb up to the top of the dike to see down below. A 109-mile walking/cycling trail—the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail—goes around the perimeter of the lake, often on top of the dike, but you are fully exposed to the sun, something to take into consideration especially at the hottest time of year. One of the best viewing spots we found was in the town of Pahokee (with a name like that, you just have to stop to be able to say you have been there), but that is not saying too much since it’s not like you’re climbing up to any great elevation.

The fishing in the lake is supposed to be very good, and it seemed like every home along the water’s edge had a boat, but, of course, there are lots of gators in there too. We were in Boston several months after that trip and were chatting over a B&B breakfast with some German tourists who were heading down to Miami the following day. One of their top priorities was going to be to go off to swim in Lake Okeechobee. We nearly choked on our French toast, and once the powdered sugar dislodged from our throats, strongly advised them against that idea!!!

Anyway, I have gotten way off track… Back to Albert. I don’t know why he is called Colonel. Had he served in the Civil War? Anyone with some thoughts on that or anything else to do with the Linderman children, feel free to comment below. Have a good day, all.
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Update 7/5/16 – Some additional information kindly provided by aforementioned researcher Steve Hatchett:

  • Albert Brodhead Linderman patent1882 patent
  • Article on land deal in Florida involving Linderman and prominent men from Great Britain
  • Part owner of a business enterprise with brother HR Linderman – for the link, click here
  • Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America

    Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America – Public Domain image

  • Linderman meets President Chester A. Arthur Google Books link – Eve Bacon writes in Orlando: A Centennial History that when Arthur’s train reached Kissimmee, Colonel A.B. Linderman greeted the President and announced, “We flatter ourselves that we have among us not only the president, but the next president.” Arthur, in no mood to make a politcal address, answered, “We are not here to look after the next president. We are here for rest and quiet,” Bacon writes.
  • Hamilton Diston - Image in public domain - Florida Memory Archives call number Rc02832

    Hamilton Diston – Image in public domain – Florida Memory Archives call number Rc02832

  • Although Linderman is not mentioned by name, this Wikipedia article about Linderman’s associate, Hamilton Disston details some of the dealings in which Linderman was involved in Florida. AB Linderman was an agent and business associate of Hamilton Disston. Disston’s agents arranged the purchase of something like 4 million acres in Florida, one of the largest private land purchases at the time. This was related to the draining projects. Disston sold some of the land to Sir Edward James Reed of Great Britain. One of the articles above mentions Linderman involved in land deal with prominent Great Britain people including another Sir that was also an M.P. Reading some of the news articles about the draining made it sound like a flakey thing, but Disston was the real deal, and was moving and shaking in Florida. Note in the Wikipedia article the mention of President Arthur going to Kissimmee. That seems directly tied to the mention above of Linderman meeting Arthur in Kissimme.
  • H.R. Linderman, sometime between 1865-1880. Library of Congress image - No known restrictions on publication

    H.R. Linderman, sometime between 1865-1880. Library of Congress image – No known restrictions on publication

  • There is also a US Mint pamphlet that mentions him helping the Mint in reviewing contract bids during Henry Richard Linderman‘s term there. So ABL had his fingers in a lot of things.
  • Categories: Brodhead, Hamilton Disston, Linderman, President C. Arthur | Tags: , | 6 Comments

    1902: A milestone year for Abigail Winans Angus Woodruff, sister of James Winans Angus

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    Abigail Winans Angus Woodruff’s 90th birthday. Newspaper probably Elizabeth Daily Journal

    On the morning of 16 July 1902, Abigail Winans (Angus) Woodruff (1812-1905) awoke in her home at 1177 South Chestnut Street in Elizabeth, NJ, to begin celebrating her 90th birthday. Abigail made it into the newspaper that day on the occasion of her newly acquired nonagenarian status, and thanks to my grandmother who saved the clipping, I can share it with you today. Many came to meet and greet Abigail, who was “in the possession of health and strength, and received her guests in a most affable manner.” (On a side note, not surprisingly the house on Chestnut Street no longer exists, which is a shame; I’d love to see what it was like.)

    Abigail’s older brother James, my 2nd-great-grandfather, died in 1862 at just 52 years of age, and because of that I always think of him as being someone from the fairly distant past. But the fact that his sister, and brother Job (1821-1909) for that matter, made it into the 20th century just goes to show that there were indeed some very good genes in the family, and were it not for an unfortunate twist of fate (an unpleasant bacterial skin illness), James may have made it into the 20th century as well.

    Abigail was married to Henry King Woodruff (1806-1853), who’d died nearly a half century before this 1902 celebration. They’d had three children together: Mary Jane (1832-1916), Jacob (1840-1847), and William (1842-1913). So two of the three children were present for their mother’s milestone festivities.

    Unfortunately, another clipping from 1905 reports the sad news of Abigail’s demise on the 16th of March of that year, but it’s obvious from reading the clipping that hers was a life very well lived, and that she enjoyed the support of the community and a great many family members. The clipping offers us a little snapshot in time of the funeral, and because it names names, we know with certainty where some of our ancestors were on that day in history. I learned, for example, that my great-grandfather William Earl Woodruff was a pallbearer (he was married to Abigail’s niece Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff, James & Wealthy Angus’s daughter) at the funeral. Other pallbearers included nephews Charles Dujah Angus, Job Winans Angus (Jr.), and George Welsh Angus—all sons of my 2nd-great-grandparents James and Wealthy Angus; and two sons of Mary Martha Winans Angus Knowles (another daughter of James & Wealthy). Abigail was buried in the historic First Presbyterian Churchyard.

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    Abigail Winans Angus Woodruff’s 1905 funeral. Newspaper probably Elizabeth Daily Journal

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    Grave of Abigail Winans Angus Woodruff in First Presbyterian Churchyard, Elizabeth, NJ; Creative commons attribution license cc-by-2.5, attribution ‘R.E.H.’.

    Categories: Angus, Death, Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey, Obituaries, Woodruff | Tags: , | 4 Comments

    Photo circa 1880: Jno. Philip Marthaler, husband of Lavinia P. Angus

    Lavinia Pratt Angus, youngest daughter of James Winans Angus and Wealthy Ann Jaques, was married briefly to John Philip Marthaler, who went by his middle name. They wed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on 24 May 1879. Lavinia (“Vean”) was twenty years old and Philip was about 28 at the time. I have come upon a labelled photograph of Philip who died sometime before 1885. It was taken at Bogardus’ Souvenir Card, at 872 Broadway in New York City. He was a very handsome fellow with very kind eyes, and I think this solves the mystery for me of who the fellow was in one of my past posts in which I thought perhaps the man shown was a Jaques family member. No, it’s Philip—sans beard! Now I just wish I could find a photo of Aunt Vean

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    John Philip Marthaler

    Isaac Jaques

    The past post “mystery photo”

    Categories: Angus, Elizabeth, Union Co., Marthaler, New Jersey, New York, New York City, Weddings | Tags: , | 2 Comments

    1905: Jennie & Louise Nixon with their Aunt Ethel

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    Louise (L) and Jennie Nixon, their Aunt Ethel Bracken on right

    Now don’t these ladies look like fun?

    I met them when they were in their seventies and eighties, but here they are young lasses, in 1905, looking happy, fresh-faced, and full of life. These are the Nixon sisters, Jennie (middle) and Louise (left), about whom I’ve written, with their aunt Ethel Bracken (also quite jolly-looking) on the right.

    (See post: Some descendants of the Nixon family of Fermanagh).

    In this black-and-white photo, Jennie was about 21 and Louise just 17. The daughters of Irish-born Edward Nixon and Anna Bracken, the cheerful pair were 1st cousins of my grandfather William Boles and great friends of my grandmother Zillah Trewin who was closest in age to Jennie.

    I would love to sit down and chat with them right now over a nice cup of tea! They were such sweet gals and had a wonderful sense of humor.

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    Louise and Jennie Nixon, 1964

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    1902: Zillah Trewin high school graduation photo

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted my grandmother’s grammar school graduation photo (left), and then later discovered her high school graduation photo (right). She looks so elegant and beautiful in her frilly white dress and long sash, set against the painting in the background, which I presume was meant to symbolize the path to the future upon which she and her fellow graduates were about to embark. I wonder what she was thinking at the time. All were happy, I’m sure, to be leaving school behind. The future awaited. It was 1902—a new century full of new possibilities and new inventions. The Wright Brothers were to take flight at Kitty Hawk eighteen months later, and Ford’s Model-T was to come out five years after that. Grandmother was a working girl after high school and was one of the first women in Elizabeth, NJ, to have her own Model-T. She was very independent and quite the trailblazer. It was nearly two decades after this photo was taken that she finally found her soul mate William Boles, a dashing young Irishman, and settled into married life. And it’s a good thing she did because otherwise I would definitely not be here!

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    Categories: Elizabeth, Union Co., Trewin | Tags: , | 15 Comments

    Brodhead family reunion in 1964, celebrating 300th anniversary

    I finally found this photo from the 1964 Brodhead family reunion in Kingston, NY. I know some of you were actually in attendance, so perhaps this will be a stroll down memory lane for you!

    Click on the image, and then on “2818 × 1326” to see it at full size. Double-clicking on the image will achieve the same thing. Perhaps, the Brodheads among this blog’s readers will be able to help with identifications, particularly of those who have since passed away. Feel free to leave comments in the comment box below, or email me at chipsoff at gmail dot com. Also, any Brodhead family members wanting a high-res, watermark-free copy, please email me and I will send one your way. Many thanks, and enjoy your weekend!

    PS: I do have the list of attendees, so I can cross-check names for you.

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    Categories: Brodhead, Kingston | Tags: | 9 Comments

    Albert Phillips Trewin (1871-1948) with wife and children, circa 1906

    I just spotted this circa-1906 image in an old album that belonged to my grandmother Zillah Trewin. I believe it’s the only photo we have of her step-brother Albert Phillips Trewin and his first wife Georgie Duke, who died of influenza in 1917. I only recognized them because a while back a descendant of Bert’s generously sent me some digital images of that side of the family.

    In this photo, Bert and Georgie are pictured with their two sons: Elmer Archer Trewin (b. 1902) and Albert Gray Trewin (b. 1905). Daughter Edith May was born in 1910.

    My mother, now 93, remembers meeting Bert and his second wife Jessie Mallette Smith several times. She remembers when Bert & Jessie were visiting Elizabeth, NJ, from their home in Pittsburgh in 1934, and how she and her parents climbed in Bert & Jessie’s car to drive down to Asbury Park to see the Morro Castle shipwreck. Mom would have been 11 at the time. She recalls how old Bert looked, but when you’re 11, everyone looks old!

    Anyway, I am glad I came across this image. The album is otherwise largely filled with people who are not labeled, so I have no idea who most of them are,and neither does my mother! 😦

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    Albert Trewin with wife Georgie Duke and sons Albert and Elmer

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    John Romeyn Brodhead (1849-1932) grave

    John Romeyn Brodhead

    John Romeyn Brodhead

    John Romeyn Brodhead grave - images by 'Paul R' - permission granted by way of crediting Paul R for his contributions -- thank you, Paul!)

    John Romeyn Brodhead grave – images by ‘Paul R’ – permission granted by way of crediting Paul R for his contributions — thank you, Paul!

    One of this blog’s readers, Steve, alerted me to an announcement in a New York paper about the death and burial plans for John Romeyn Brodhead whose death date and resting place I had been searching for for quite some time. See 30 Sept 2014 post Trying to ‘find a grave’ for John Romeyn Brodhead.

    According to the paper, John died at home in Denver, Colorado, on 2 October 1932, and his cremated remains were interred in his wife’s family plot (Holbert) in Forrest Home Cemetery, Waverly, Tioga Co., NY. He was 83 at the time of his death and was predeceased by his parents and three of his nine siblings.

    I checked Find a Grave again and discovered that the grave has been on that website since a month before my Sept 2014 post! I don’t know how I missed it.  (Note to self to have head examined 🙂 )

    John’s entry must have been linked quite recently to the rest of the Andrew & Ophelia Brodhead family members since it was not listed with them when I last checked in March. In any event, John is finally linked in with all the family. Many thanks to all who made that possible, especially ‘Paul R’ who made the entry on Find a Grave and took the photos. And thank you, Steve, for alerting me to that article!

    To go to the Find a Grave page for John, click here.

    So, no more brick wall with John’s grave. Case solved! As Fox Mulder would say on The XFiles, “The truth is out there.” We just have to find it or have it find us!

    Categories: Brodhead, Colorado, Tioga Co | Tags: | Leave a comment

    1898: Zillah Trewin graduation photo

    Here’s a photo of my grandmother Zillah Trewin dated June 24, 1898. It was taken on the occasion of her graduation from grammar school in Elizabeth, NJ. She had just turned 15 earlier that month. She looks so much like her father William Trewin here. Zillah went on to graduate high school and attend business school. Eventually she landed the job of secretary to the director of the YMCA in Manhattan, across the river from her Elizabeth, NJ, home. It’s interesting to see her at this stage in life. Most images I have of her were taken quite a bit before and after this one. I “Photoshop-ped” it to give it more contrast. I love examining the details in dress, the diploma in hand, her expression, the furnishings, etc. It’s a wonderful snapshot in time.
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    Categories: Elizabeth, Union Co., Trewin | Tags: , | 4 Comments

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