Anniversaries wedding

New Year’s Eve 1895: An Unbroken Family Celebrates a 50th Wedding Anniversary

James E. Brodhead's palatial home in Flemington, NJ, where celebrations took place on New Year's Eve

James E. Brodhead’s palatial home in Flemington, NJ, where celebrations took place on New Year’s Eve

After bombarding my readers with posts on a variety of disasters, tragedies, and scandals (please accept my apologies!), finally some good news. I’ve come upon a little news brief marking the 50th wedding anniversary of my 2nd great grandparents, Andrew Jackson Brodhead and Ophelia Easton Brodhead. It was a remarkable gathering in that all 10 of their children were present—quite a feat considering all the illnesses around back then that could easily have diminished the family’s size. The article described the odds of such a gathering as being one in 100,000. Of the 12 family members, mother Ophelia was the first to pass away–on 26 April 1904. Had she made it another 20 months, the family would have achieved an astounding 60 years of togetherness, but 58 years is still pretty darned good!

(Note: The article incorrectly states that Andrew J. Brodhead was a direct descendant of Gen. Daniel Brodhead of Revolutionary fame. He was a direct descendant of the General’s brother, Garret.)

New York Press, 2 January 1896 (credit: www.fultonhistory.com)

New York Press, 2 January 1896 (credit: http://www.fultonhistory.com)

Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family, composite framed in 1904

Andrew Jackson Brodhead Family, composite framed in 1904 (Names and dates added by me)

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