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About Gail Brodhead-Kae

Someone who enjoys history, genealogy, antiques, and general sleuthing. Have traveled the world but always seem to come back to my roots.

US Marines in Bougainville: “How We Captured Cape Torokina”

Today I’m posting the article “How we captured Cape Torokina” by Sgt. Frank Devine, USMC Combat Correspondent.  My father had met the Sergeant during the course of these and other events and had saved the article after it was published. I did not find it in time to include it in my past post about my Dad and the friends he lost during the Battle of Bougainville. The heroism of one of them—Sgt. “Tiny” Owens (posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor)—is featured in the article.  

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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — post XI

So these are the last pages of the guest book, which entered into use in June 1908 and, as you’ll see, came to a close on May 31,1913.  At that point, my grandparents were both 31, and that was right about when my grandmother gave birth to her second son Frank Martin Brodhead Jr., so now with two babies to tend to who were just a year apart, using the guestbook must have drifted far into the background.

Robert Packer Brodhead

Infant Frank died 11 months later, and the jolliness of the couple’s early years of entertaining vanished as they descended into a deep chasm of grief. A condolence letter from my grandfather’s Uncle Robert Packer Brodhead (shown here) bears witness to the shock waves felt across the family. Robert, too, had lost his namesake—his first-born child Robert Jr. who died of diptheria at 10. The letter of May 24, 1914:

Dear Frank and Fannie: Doug’s message [Andrew Douglas Brodhead, Frank’s father] came, last night after we had gone upstairs, we thot best not to disturb the family and wait until this morning. Well, I can’t tell you how we all with one accord wished we could comfort you, and our hearts went out to each of you as only hearts that have experienced a loss can go— This morning Mr. Haynes preached about the Angels of Heaven, what they did, and said, among other comforting things, that surely the littlest ones who come into the world had an angel assigned them by God. And how comforting it is to think that your little one was just picked up from this old world and wafted up and up and up into the very presence of God where there is no more sighing or crying or aches or pain. Don’t look into the grave, just look up, and let the grace of God which passeth all understanding guide, comfort, and keep you. We all send our tenderest love. Affectionately, Uncle Bob

In October 1917, my grandparents lost their next child, at birth—a little girl who was never given a name. I can’t begin to imagine what impact that must have had on them.  When my Dad appeared in 1921, alive and well, albeit a bit small since he was a bit early, my grandparents must have walked on eggshells with worry for a long time. But, as the initial birthdays passed, the worry must have given way to relief. My Dad was one who lived life to the full, joining the Marines in WWII and learning to fly small planes; his zest for life and adventurous pursuits must have given them pause at times. They definitely nixed his desire to be a commercial pilot, and that was his big regret later in life. He absolutely would have loved that profession.

But, back to these last two pages. Now, it was very interesting to see the name Mrs. Isaac J. Ayers (October 26, 1909) because this was my grandmother’s Aunt Phoebe, the younger sister of William Earl Woodruff, and I have never seen her mentioned anywhere else in all the materials I have—no photos, letters, etc. I have written about the Ayers family previously so click here if you are interested in going to that post.

The remaining five people on the page and the two on the last page:

  • Erwin D. Grace (sp.?) – Jan. 30, 1910 – 587 Westfield Ave. – “With Miller.”
  • Manley Miller – Jan. 30, 1910 – 591 Westfield Ave. – “Nuf Sed”
  • Netta Miller – May 30, 1913 – 591 Westfield Ave. – “I can’t wait to have this again”
  • Mrs. Thomas F. Russum – Jan. 1st 1910 – 806 Colfax St. Evanston, Ill.
  • Mabel T. Dickinson – Nov. 11, 1911
  • Miss Mary Knowles – May 31st 1913
  • Miss Gertrude Knowles – May 31st 1913

I don’t know who Mr. Grace or the Millers were, but Mrs. Thomas F. Russum was the daughter-in-law of Cecelia Bensley Angus Russum, my grandmother’s aunt. You’ve heard me talk about her before.

Mabel T. Dickinson (1880-1967, third child of Dr. John W. Dickinson and Mary Emma Woodruff) was my grandmother’s first cousin and older sister of past visitor Anna Dickinson Lorentz (b. 1886). Mabel never married.

The Knowles house in Elizabeth, NJ

And the last two visitors were the Knowles girls; these must have been granddaughters of Mary Martha Angus Knowles and Austin Fellows Knowles—the folks who lived in that beautiful old house on Elizabeth Avenue. Mary and Austin had six sons. I’ll have to research the names of their children when I have time for that.

So that’s the guestbook! I hope those of you who have followed along have enjoyed seeing all the pages. And, I think it’s good that they are here for future visitors to come across and perhaps stumble into an ancestor or two.

Adieu for now!

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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — post X

We are nearing the end of the guestbook. Here are two of the last four pages.

On the first page shown below, only the name Anna Dickenson Lorentz stands out to me. This was my grandmother’s first cousin on the Woodruff side of the family. Mary Emma Woodruff (1846-1923) was my great-grandfather William Earl Woodruff’s older sister. She married John W. Dickinson (b. 1843), a dentist, in 1874. They had four children: John (b. 1875), Mary (b. 1877), Madel (b. 1880) and Anna (b. 1886). Anna, who was four years younger than my grandmother, married Douglas C. Lorentz sometime after my grandmother’s own wedding on June 8, 1908, as she appears in my grandmother’s list of wedding gifts under her maiden name.

  • Florence A. Thompson – March 7, 1909 – Goshen, NY
  • Mrs. Isabelle S. Van Riper – March 8, 1909 – 210 Park Ave., Paterson, NJ – “Just Jamie and I for a call”
  • Anna Dickenson Lorentz – March 10, 1909 – 60 Ward St., Orange, ?
  • Hazel M. Knott – March 13, 1909 – 256 South Clinton St, East Orange, NJ
  • Harriet N. Ackerman – March 13, 1909 – 154 Rahway Ave., Elizabeth, NJ
  • Nellie E. Baldwin – 931 South St., Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth Daily Journal, Dec. 23, 1898

Mrs. Thomas B. Russum was my grandmother’s aunt Cecelia Bensley (Angus) Russum. Both she and Thomas Bayley Russum have been mentioned in this blog before.

As for Marietta B. Earl, I learned that she was a granddaughter of Marietta (Crane) Earl and Edward B. Earl, who were married on 19 Jan 1859 and subsequently had a large number of children: The 1880 census registered Elizabeth (20), Annie (15), Marietta (10), Grace (1), and Florence (6 mo.), Edward Jr. (16), William (12), Fannie (7), and Alice (4). Daughter Marietta died of consumption in Tucson, Arizona, on 21 December 1898 (see clipping); she’d have been about 28.  The 1900 census, in addition to the above and minus Marietta, showed a brother George (18) and a granddaughter Marietta B. (6). So, evidently one of the siblings named a daughter after Marietta.

The Hillside Times, January 11, 1945

The 1920 census recorded Edward (then 83) and Marietta (then 82) residing with never-married daughters Elizabeth (age 52), Annie (50, dressmaker), Grace (40, nurse), and Florence (39, teacher).

So going back to the guestbook, Florence A. Earl was Marietta B. Earl’s aunt, and Marietta B. was about 15 when she paid my grandparents a visit. As I’ve said before regarding the Earls, there may have been some familial connection (my great-grandfather was William Earl Woodruff, after all), but how far back it goes, I have no idea. Meanwhile I do know that all of these folks went to First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, so that may explain the close friendships.

For this family’s Evergreen Cemetery plot, visit their Find a Grave entry. It includes:  Elizabeth Littell Earl,18601944 /// Anna May Earl,18651938 /// William Alexander Earl,18671925 /// Marietta Benton Earl,1870–1898  /// Fannie Crane Earl,18731882 /// Alice Maxwell Earl Crane,18761951 /// Sarah Margaret Earl,18771879 /// Grace Earl,1878–1936  /// Florence Adelaide Earl,18801972 /// George M Earl, 18821963

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Remarkable centenarian who knew the Brodheads of Pennsylvania’s Minisink Valley

I recently came upon this article (on about Mrs. Sarah (Mathews) Benjamin, a thrice married Revolutionary War heroine who was born in 1743 in Goshen, New York, and died in 1858 at the eye-popping age of 114. Apparently she was blessed with remarkable stamina and mental acuity to the end.

Among Sarah’s life experiences mentioned in a May 1858 obituary in the Peterson, NJ, Daily Guardian, was the Daniel Brodhead family‘s 1755 fight for survival while under attack in their Minisink Valley (PA) fortification.  She served in the Colonial Army and twice encountered and spoke with General Washington. She is an official Patriot from whom her subsequent descendants have been able to claim membership in lineage societies like DAR and SAR.

A genealogy book on Internet Archive refers to a daughter Christina Benjamin Mapes as being one of Sarah’s youngest children. Christina was 77 when her mother died. It also says that “According to family tradition, Mrs. Mapes’ mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all lived to be over 100 years of age.” Now that, if true, is pretty amazing. Note: the book gives Sarah’s death date as April 6, 1861, but that could not be the case given the obituary was published three years prior to that.

Sarah’s fearlessness is certainly inspirational—one of thousands of examples throughout history of Americans doing what’s needed, often under extremely dangerous conditions, to ensure a better tomorrow for all.

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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — post IX

Charles C. Martin in a photo of a family gathering circa 1916; PHOTO COURTESY OF James Brodhead of Everett, WA, personal family collection

Here are a few more pages from my grandparents’ guest book. There aren’t many more to go, so this series will be coming to an end soon. I’m publishing three pages here, and unfortunately, I have no idea who most of the visitors were. Only my Dad’s favorite uncle – Charles Conrad Martin – and Claiborne B. Baker (my Dad’s uncle by marriage; first husband of Flora Woodruff) stand out. So I will simply type out the entries for the search engines to pick up. Someday someone out there may find a name here of interest. I do see some Lewises, but whether these Lewises were related to Margaret Lewis (Martin) Brodhead (my grandfather’s mother), I don’t know. Likewise, I see some Potters. Way back in my family tree (Wait/Crow line) there were some Potters. These may have been related to those, although that seems doubtful. 

Mrs. E. W. Brown – Nov. 29, 1908 – Elizabeth, NJ
William Wolverton – December 9, 1908 – Easton, PA
Mabelle Irene Riggleman – December 12, 1908 – Newark, NJ
Naomi Simons – December 12, 1908 – Newark, NJ
J. Edgar Johnston – December 12, 1908 – Newark, NJ
Fred B. Simons – December 12, 1908 – Newark, NJ
W. Potter – December 18, 1908 – Elizabeth, NJ

Gertrude Potter – December 18, 1908
G. W. Hall (or Ball?) – December 20, 1908 – Elizabeth, NJ
Mrs. G. W. Hall – December 20, 1908 – Elizabeth, NJ
Phoebe F. Lewis – January 6, 1909 – Millburn, NJ
David F. Lewis – January 6, 1909 – Millburn, NJ
George R. Hamill (?) – January 17, 1909 – Elizabeth, NJ
H. M. Hefner – January 17, 1909 – Elizabeth, NJ – “Had a dandy drive 1:15 p.m.”

Claiborne B. Baker – February 7, 1909 – Cranbury, NJ
Charles C. Martin – February 24, 1909 – Tompkinsville, Staten Island
Grace G. Condit – February 27, 1909 – 55 Lincoln Ave, Newark, NJ
Fanny Evans – February 27, 1909 – 401 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
Anna K. Keeliver (?) – February 27, 1909 – 142S – 11th St, Newark, NJ
Jamie M. Pittenger – February 27, 1909 – 58 Arlington Ave, Newark, NJ

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T.P. tip

The Daily News (Batavia, NY), page 6, March 5, 1913 – Credit:

I’d never have imagined that my 500th post would be about toilet paper!

With places of business, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls, etc., currently closed, there could be a quite a bit of “industrial” toilet paper available for purchase online and elsewhere, so I thought I would pass that tip along to anyone who has not already thought about that.

If you are tired of searching and are worried about running out, this could be an option. Quality won’t be the best perhaps, but hey—beggars can’t be choosers. I keep telling friends and family not to worry—when I studied Russian in the USSR many years ago, I occasionally encountered neatly cut up squares of Pravda in the loo paper holder when visiting friends or no paper at all when in public facilities.

Anyway, here is what we bought recently (on Amazon) with a fairly quick delivery:

  • Pacific Blue Basic Recycled Paper Towel Roll (Previously branded Envision) by GP PRO (Georgia-Pacific), Brown, 26401, 350 Feet Per Roll, 12 Rolls Per Case – $29.72
  • Acclaim 2-Ply Jumbo Jr. Toilet Paper by GP PRO (Georgia-Pacific), 13728, 1000 Linear Feet Per Roll, 8 Rolls Per Case – $32.92
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Post #499 on anniversary #9

Today is this blog’s 9th anniversary. I want to thank everyone who has followed this blog—whether for many years or just a few days, and all of you who have left comments and other words of support. It’s been an honor to help bring so many stories to life and to shed light on the “in between” years—the time represented by the dash between the dates on all those grave stones. 

As of this moment, I have some 91,614+ hits and some 218 followers. I thought you might be interested in seeing what posts have been shared 5 or more times through the years, so check that out below if you like. Unfortunately many of the most shared posts never garnered any or many comments, so I don’t know what exactly resonated with readers, but clearly they found at least part of the content worth sharing. (But, oh, how I wish they’d emailed me or left some wee comment. 😉 )

Anyway, I shall keep plugging away. And, as always, my invitation stands to anyone who wants to provide material for a guest post.

Many thanks again, everyone!!! 


Top Posts & Pages

Title Shares
19th-century Carbon County, PA — Lindermans, Packers, & Brodheads 20
Henry Conrad Brodhead & Eva Wilder McGlasson: late 19th- / early 20th-century “power couple” 18
Cupid’s Arrow —> William H. Brodhead 17
Civil War drummer boy John B. Jaques, Jr.: Mustered out 148 years ago today 15
Daniel Brodhead Jr.’s daughter, Ellen 15
Another Brodhead elopes, this time in 1911 at NYC’s ‘Little Church Around the Corner’ 14
Oldest Jaques daughter: Jane F. Birch of Brooklyn, NY 14
John B. Jaques – Part III – The 1860s and an Alias, No Less 14
Daniel Brodhead Jr.: A Timeline of Life Events 14
Garret Brodhead’s “Wheat Plains” farmhouse—an August clean-up project. Come join the fun! 13
Job W. Angus (1856-1936) — Letters from Texas 13
Monsieur Alphonse P. M. de la Flechelle (cir. 1792 – 14 October 1847) 13
Northamptonshire Slaymakers 13
An Update on the Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent 13
Winter 1870: William Woodruff in San Ysidro trying his hand at ‘wool growing’ 12
Murder or suicide? Thanksgiving Day 1904 tragedy at Robert Sayre Brodhead home 12
Dingman/Brodhead link to a Dutch “pocket-book” that was 216 years old in 1876 11
In memory of WWII US Army Captain Henry “Hank” D. Wirsig 11
Striking gold: Gleanings from the Samuel Barron Jaques family Bible 11
Where life throws you curves… and waterfalls 11
1898 Shipwreck: Brodhead sister-in-law & husband lost 11
Isaac Jaques (1791-1880) – a family mystery solved? 11
Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent, England 11
Family recipe Friday — Four sweet bread recipes from Violet Boles 10
Some descendants of the Nixon family of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland 10
Mary Rebecca Brodhead Pike (1815-1922) — New Hampshire DAR member — achieved age 106 10
Dr. Charles B. Jaques, assistant surgeon during the Civil War for 7th Regiment New Jersey (Post II) 10
Was Maria Lesher Daniel Brodhead Jr.’s First Wife? 10
Albert Gallatin Brodhead (1799-1880) 10
Isaac G. de G. Angus (1840-1885) 10
The Thomas Trowbridge (1597-1672) Connection 10
C. Clarence Coleman (1877-1953) 10
Francis Woodruff Family 10
Phoebe Wills Simpson’s Grave 10
About 10
Image circa late 1890s – Elizabeth, NJ – One Coleman, several unknowns 9
Traces of Abram Coolbaugh Brodhead & wife Cornelia M. Ely 9
1805/1806: Luke Brodhead and “The Battle of the Butcher Boys and Delaware River Raftmen” 9
Remembering the women: Elizabeth Depui Brodhead 9
The Brodhead-Linderman Cemetery: Descendants work on clean up and restoration 9
One Sargent (Slaymaker) family mystery solved—thanks to note about a button hook 9
Brodhead family descendants repair Cornelia D. Brodhead headstone 9
Isaac Jaques — a photograph guessing game 9
“Angus Family Records Reveal Civil War Prices” 9
Job Winans Angus (1821-1909) and Lincoln’s lost inaugural ballroom 9
1918 Summons Notice – Angus & Jaques Family Clues 9
Samuel B. Jaques (d. 1798/9) of Woodbridge, New Jersey 9
Edward Boles family photos, late 1800s, early 1900s 9
Our Ancestors Who Fought for Independence 9
The Daniel Jr. Puzzle 9
New York Times, 15 August 1881: “The true purpose of cats revealed” — lightening rods?! 8
Brodhead 1891 hunting expedition follow-up: ‘Lafe’, John, & ‘Mose’ Westbrook (Post 2) 8
A Florida Friday: Travelling back in time at Wakulla Springs 8
Dr. Charles B. Jaques, assistant surgeon during the Civil War for 7th Regiment New Jersey (Post III) 8
Sarah Nixon Boles (1855-1938) of Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim, Ireland 8
The Hon. Albert Gallatin Brodhead (1815-1891) of Mauch Chunk, PA 8
Rebuilding London’s Crystal Palace 8
Charles Reginald Brodhead (1886-1899) and a 4th of July injury that spelled disaster 8
New Year’s Eve 1895: An Unbroken Family Celebrates a 50th Wedding Anniversary 8
John B. Jaques – Part IV – The Final Years 8
Martha Nunn Capon – Haploid Group V 8
Charles C. Brodhead (1772-1852) — Surveyor 8
George Sampson Valentine Wills 8
Appomattox: Our Links to a Major Historic Event 8
The George Wills Line: Some Fresh Information 8
George Wills Descendants in America — An Update 8
“Wills” Family – Some Important Updates 8
World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part I 8
‘New’ photo of William Trewin — September 1904 7
Antique “Dingman’s, Pa.” souvenir 7
More “Prized Pets” 7
Wealthy Angus’s Trendy Autographed Fan 7
The Woodruff Sisters decades later 7
Mary Martha Angus Knowles (1846-1922) 7
Trewins, scenes of Cornwall, and ‘Doc Martin’ 7
Lavinia P. Angus (1858-1940s)—geometry whiz; who knew?! 7
John B. Jaques – Part I – The Early Years 7
World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part IV 7
Death Certificates — Thomas Trewin and Mary Ann Phillips Trewin 7
Elizabeth Sargent, newly discovered photo 7
David Wait Family of Perth Amboy, NJ: David Wait’s 1810 Will 7
Linking our 18th-century William Trewin to John Trewin (b. cir. 1530) 7
George Wills (b. 1793): Last Will and Testament 7
Ogden & Phoebe Woodruff Family – update 7
Matthias Woodruff — Cause of Death 7
Francis Woodruff & Ezra Ayers Families 7
Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family 7
Some G.S.V. Wills Descendants 7
William Boles’s World War I Itinerary – Part I 7
Henry Trowbridge Civil War Letter #2 7
Henry A. Trowbridge & Company C, 14th Infantry New Jersey Volunteers 7
Amazing Things Come in Tiny Packages 7
Richard Brodhead (1666-1758) 7
Sally Wister’s Journal 7
1882 Marriage Certificate for William Trewin and Elizabeth Sargent 6
James Easton Brodhead’s fish story – summer 1916 6
Merry Christmas in vintage cards 6
Dr. Charles B. Jaques, assistant surgeon during the Civil War for 7th Regiment New Jersey (Post I) 6
Job Angus & President Lincoln’s catafalque 6
Margaret Ann Wait Lewis cause of death 6
Charles Conrad Martin (1866-1943) 6
1870s fashions from Godey’s magazine 6
Traces of Our Slaymakers in Northamptonshire 6
Shorpy – Treasure trove of old photos 6
The curious case of Daniel Brodhead Jr. (1756 – 2 Feb 1831) 6
Isaac Jaques (b. 1791) and family – more tidbits 6
World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part III 6
World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part II 6
Rev. Samuel Sargent 6
The Pre-1900s Weekday Wedding – Past Wedding Traditions 6
More on G.S.V. Wills 6
Campaign to save Gaines’ Mill 6
Trowbridges and Tudor Tavern, plus Trowbridge web links 6
My great aunt Bertha W. Woodruff (1888-1973) 6
The Fate of Mary Wills (1829-1877), Part I 6
1833 Condolence Letter for Baby Joseph Trewin’s Parents 6
On the Ship Ion 6
Trials of Life in the Minisink Valley 6
Daniel & Hester Brodhead —You Have to Wonder 6
Summer 1904 cemetery photos of family marking the placement of the headstone for Wm Sargent Jr. & Sarah Jane Bowley graves 5
Obit for Mary Jane Woodruff (1833-1916) 5
1907 elopement: Momma Brodhead outfoxed by determined daughter 5
The search for a successor starts early 5
We love our dogs 5
More traces of Abram Coolbaugh Brodhead & Cornelia M. Ely 5
Some feline chips off the old block… 5
A little girl’s very busy New Year’s Day in 1850 5
As you dig into your holiday turkey leftovers, get to know Luisa Tetrazzini—beloved Italian opera star 5
A Florida Friday: Napoleon’s nephew & Washington’s great-grand niece—love blossoms in Tallahassee 5
Some ‘common sense’ beauty tips from 1910 5
Beware of fading inscriptions 5
Rachael Brodhead Linderman (1803-1864): “a most estimable woman” 5
The Woodruff Sisters 5
Job W. Angus (1856-1936) — Sept. 9, 1877, letter from Dripping Springs, Texas 5
For the love of seashells 5
John B. Jaques – Part II – The ‘Infamous’ Brooklyn Case 5
Wealthy Ann Cushman Jaques (d. 13 Apr. 1856) 5
Pop’s WW II Service 5
Death Certificates — Francis and Mary Jane Woodruff 5
Dan Crawford, Scottish Missionary to Belgian Congo 5
George Sampson Valentine Wills’ Memoirs 5
Happy Easter — Poppy-Seed Nut Roll (Potica) Recipe 5
Gaines’ Mill Saved 5
Some Updated Posts: William Boles & Bertha Woodruff 5
Two Angus Daughters, Early 1890s 5
With Gratitude for Our Veterans 5
David Wait Family of Perth Amboy, New Jersey 5
The Fate of Mary Wills (1829-1877), Part III 5
Henry Trowbridge, Civil War letter #4 5
1907 Summer Holiday (continued) 5
Thomas Trewin Jr. — Bookbinder 5
Trewin and Truin, Thomas and Thos 5
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Photo of some Angus children circa 1870 – need help with identifications

Here is another photo that I could use some help with. I have tentatively labelled these young fellows based on some resemblance I see with images I’ve come upon of Charles (1852-1938) and Job (1856-1936) as old men. I have never seen a photo of Walter (1861-1945) so I am just guessing there. These were the three youngest sons of James and Wealthy Angus. I think this would have been around 1870. Anyone with some thoughts on who’s who, please chime in. Thank you!

Categories: Angus, Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey | Tags: , | 2 Comments

112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — post VIII

James Easton Brodhead

The most notable guests on this page were my grandfather’s Uncle Jim and wife: James Easton Brodhead (1851-1943) and Harriet Locklin Boyd (1852-1935), who resided in that big old house in Flemington, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, I have mentioned before.

Cropped from “Mitchell’s 1880 State, County and Township Maps of New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware”

In the ‘Residence’ section, we see that they were en route to Perth Amboy, probably to visit his brother Garret Brodhead (1848-1936) and family, and in the ‘Remarks’ that they were traveling by auto. There were a number of automobiles in existence in 1908. Click here to see what those with means were riding in at that time.

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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — post VII

Moving further into October, I see Walter Prince Angus (1861-1945) and his wife Edith B. Marshall (1866-1917) came to visit my grandparents on October 1, 1908. This was my grandmother’s Uncle Walter on her mother’s side of the family. He was the youngest child of James and Wealthy Angus and the youngest brother of my grandmother’s mom Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff. Visiting with them was their daughter Hazel D. Angus (cir. 1887 – after 1920). They also had a son named Edgar (1888-1919) who died tragically at 29 of “gas asphyxiation”. I don’t know the circumstances, unfortunately.

Regarding Walter, I know that he started off as a machinist and at one time worked in that capacity at the Singer Sewing Machine plant in Elizabeth Port.  In 1920, he was working as a superintendent for an oil company.  He died on January 12, 1945, of “broncho-pneumonia,” according to the records of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth.

Joseph Cheever Fuller (6) and Ruth Randall Brodhead Fuller (24) at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for her parents Garret Brodhead and Annie Kocher. September 17, 1922. (Image credit: Michelle Causton)

On October 3rd, Ruth Randall Brodhead came to visit. This was one of the daughters of Garret Brodhead and Annie Kocher and the sister of Calvin E. Brodhead and Laura L. Brodhead who had visited my grandparents on September 20 and 25, respectively. Born in 1884, Ruth married Joseph Cheever Fuller, an MIT graduate (1911), around 1914. She and my grandfather were first cousins, their shared grandparents having been Andrew Jackson Brodhead and Ophelia Easton Brodhead. Ruth and Joseph appear in the photo inset, taken from the big 1922 50th wedding anniversary gathering for her parents. See this past post.

A great article about Joseph Fuller’s 1910 cross-country automobile adventure appeared in MIT’s Technology Review on February 20, 2013. Click here to be taken to that page.

As for the other names, they are not familiar to me: Elizabeth S. Halsey, Mrs. Charles Hamilton, Charles M. Hamilton. If I come across any info on them, I will post it here.

Categories: Angus, Auto touring, Brodhead, Memorabilia | Tags: , | 2 Comments

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