Marbletown

Rev. Dr. Jacob Brodhead DD (1772-1855)

Rev. Dr. Jacob Brodhead DD, circa 1837. Image from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. LC-DIG-pga-08224.

Image from Services at the funeral of Rev. Jacob Brodhead DD in the North Dutch Church of the City of New York on Friday, the 8th of June 1955 (NY: John A. Gray, 1855)

I came across this print on the left while visiting the Library of Congress website. It was labeled “J. Brodhead D.D.” I decided to figure out who this was and eventually identified him as Rev. Jacob Brodhead DD, who was born on May 14, 1772, in Marbletown, Ulster, New York.

In addition to the below image of the Reverend in his later years, the publication Services at the Funeral of Rev. Jacob Brodhead DD in the North Dutch Church of the City of New York on Friday, the 8th of June 1955, published by John A. Gray, New York, in 1855, contains a wealth of biographical information about this member of the Brodhead family tree. Click the above link and pay special attention to pages 13-17, which talk about his early years and familial connections.

Of the five children he had with his first wife Eliza Bleecker, only two survived beyond the age of 21. One of these was John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873), famous for his books on the history of New York State.  I’d always wondered where the middle name “”Romeyn” came from, and apparently there was a Rev. Dr. John Brodhead Romeyn (1770-1825, son of Elizabeth Brodhead and Rev. Dirck Romeyn), who was a much-admired first cousin of Jacob’s. And these two first cousins married sisters Harriet and Eliza Bleecker. The name Romeyn was passed along.

Below is how Jacob fits into the Brodhead Family Tree:

Captain Daniel Brodhead (A-2) and Ann Tye

  • Charles Brodhead (B-2) (c. 1663-1724) and Maria Ten Broeck
  • Wessel Brodhead (C-5) (1703-1774) and Catherine DuBois
  • Charles Wessel Brodhead (D-11) (1742-1799) and Sarah Hardenberg
  • Reverend Jacob Brodhead (E-63) (1772-1855) and Eliza Bleecker (2nd Fanny Sharp)
  • Note: The above numbers pertain to the individual entries in Volume I and Volume II of The Brodhead Family: The Story of Captain Daniel Brodhead, His Wife, Ann Tye, and Their Descendants. Refer to these volumes for more information on these ancestors.

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    Richard Brodhead (1666-1758)

    Funny how you can go for years without being aware of some rather significant and highly relevant information. For decades our family tree lay dormant showing the 1664 Capt. Daniel Brodhead’s son Richard (1666-1758) as having only one child Daniel (1693-1755). I always thought that was a bit peculiar given the fact that the Brodheads (like most folks back then) typically produced a boatload of children. The Daniel above had 8 children according to my research, though I have seen 10 stated in materials authored by Luke W. Brodhead. But Daniel’s mother, Magdalena Jansen, died in 1695 at 27 yrs of age, so his being an only child, while a tad suspect, was highly possible. But that meant our Richard remained a widower until he died at 92 (What an amazing age for that era!) in 1758. Granted his busy son and daughter-in-law’s abundant offspring would have kept him a very busy grandpa (until they departed for the Pennsylvania wilderness in 1737), but the thought of him without a partner and family close by in later life was quite sad.

    Lo and behold I was winding through the Web in search of some information having nothing to do with Richard, and came across the amazing Wyntie/Wintie Pawling (b. 1679) who married our widower Richard in 1698 at the age of 19. He would have been 32. She was the daughter of Capt. Hendrick Pawling** of Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, and Neeltje Roosa of Herwynen, Gelderland, and herself was the eldest of 6 children (some Rootsweb entries show more). And, yes (!), together Richard and Wyntie had the obligatory boatload of children! So our Richard was not a lonely widower after all, which was a bit of a relief.

    Wyntie gave birth like clockwork until 1722 when she would have been 43. Her offspring included 6 girls (Magdalene-whom I would like to believe was named after dear Magdalena Jansen; Ann; Neeltje; Elizabeth; Mary; and Rachel) and 3 boys (Henry, William, and Jan). Wyntie, like her amazingly long-lived husband, survived into her 90s, attaining the ripe old age of 91 years, 6 months, and 7 days. While the Richard/Wyntie line is separate from our Richard/Magdalena line, I am fascinated nonetheless. Living to such an age at that time was quite a feat! We’ve all seen films (e.g. HBO’s John Adams) and museum displays showing how medical problems were (or weren’t) dealt with. For that reason alone, Wyntie & Richard are small miracles. And imagine how many grandchildren and great grandchildren got to spend time with them in their golden years. I am sure their impact was felt for years to come.

    You can see Wyntie’s worn tombstone on Findagrave.com. Click here or go to the site and search under the name: Wintie Brodhead. She is located in Marbletown Cemetery, Ulster County, New York. I would like to find Richard’s grave. Perhaps, with luck, it is in the same place.

    On another note, I’ve heard and now I cannot remember where, that the below pictured home located outside of Ellenville, NY, was actually built by Richard Brodhead. I find that hard to believe as he would have been 87 years old at the time, but you never know. If anyone has confirmation one way or another, I’d love to know.

    UPDATE (3/29/12): I learned this house was built by John Brodhead (b. 1716) and his wife Ann Nottingham (b. 1716). John was a son of Richard Brodhead and Wyntie Pawling. Ann was the daughter of William Nottingham and Anne Tye. Anne Tye married William Nottingham after her first husband Capt. Daniel Brodhead died. So, basically Anne Tye’s grandson (via her 1st marriage, to Daniel Brodhead) married her daughter (from her 2nd marriage, to Wm. Nottingham).

    Richard Brodhead house, built 1753, northside

    Photo taken by me in 1977

    Richard Brodhead house, built 1753, distant view

    Photo taken by me in 1977

    Richard Brodhead house, built 1753

    Photo taken by me in 1977

    **For more on the Pawlings, see www.scribd.com and Some Account of the Pawling Family of New York and Pennsylvania by Josiah Granville Leach, LLB, Lancaster: Wickersham Press, 1918–downloadable here.

    Categories: Brodhead, Ellenville, Jansen, Marbletown, Marbletown Cemetery Ulster Co NY, Pawling | 2 Comments

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