A recent Google alert drew my attention to an excellent, three-part article by Pete Nelson in the online Adirondack Almanac about surveyor Charles C. Brodhead. As there are many Charles Brodheads in the Brodhead Tree, I turned to my handy volumes of The Brodhead Family: The Story of Captain Daniel Brodhead, his wife Anne Tye, and Their Descendants (BFH), written and published by The Brodhead Family Association, to figure out who this particular Charles was. If I am correct, he was a nephew of my fifth great grandfather Garret Brodhead:
BFH #A-2, Daniel Brodhead (1631, Yorkshire, England – 1680, Esopus, Ulster Co. NY) m. Ann Tye
BFH #B-3, Richard Brodhead (1666, Marbletown, NY – 1771) and Magdelene Jansen – this union produced one child, Daniel; Richard married a 2nd time (Wyntie Pawling)
BFH #C-6, Daniel (1693, Marbletown, NY – 1755, Bethlehem, PA) m. Hester Wyngart
BFH #D-21, Charles (b. 1729) – (brother of my fifth great grandfather Garret) – m. Mary Oliver
BFH #E-81, Charles C. Brodhead (b. 1772-1852) – never married
Charles C. Brodhead had an extraordinary life as a surveyor, engaging in derring-do while surveying swathes of the Adirondack mountains and playing a central role in the development of the Erie Canal. To enjoy this highly informative and well researched three-part article, visit:
- Lost Brook Dispatches: The Incredible Story of Charles Brodhead, Surveyor
- Brodhead’s Astonishing High Peaks Survey
- Lost Brook Dispatches: The Fate of Charles Brodhead
For more on Charles C. Brodhead, refer to The Pioneers of Utica by M.M. Bagg, AD MD, published in 1877 by Curtis & Childs of Utica, NY, available online. Click here and go to pp. 104-111.
Find a Grave has his memorial. To view, click here.
His parents’ graves (Modena Rural Cemetery, Ulster Co. NY) can also be seen on Find a Grave. Click here for Charles Sr and here for Mary Oliver. According to BFH Volume I, Charles Sr., who was born in Kingston, NY, but relocated with his parents as a child to the wilderness of the Minisink Valley (PA), eventually moved back to New York state. Perhaps, the move back to New York was the result of some bad experiences in Pennsylvania: In his mid-twenties, under commission of PA Governor Morris, Charles Brodhead (Sr) undertook two solo missions to Wyoming (NE Pennsylvania) to invite the Indians there to participate in a conference in present-day Harrisburg for the purposes of arranging a treaty. During his last mission, his family home in Dansbury (present-day Stroudsburg) was attacked by the Indians. It was at some point after this that he moved to Ulster Co., NY, where he served in the Ulster Co. Regiment, attaining the rank of Captain in 1776 and serving in the War in that capacity. Charles Sr. and wife Mary Oliver had seven children in addition to Charles C. Brodhead, subject of this post.
*The Tourist’s Map of the State of New York Compiled from the latest Authorities. Utica, Published by William Williams, 1833. Engraved by V. Balch & S. Stiles. From the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.