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112-year-old Brodhead family guest book — Post III

I’m back with another page of my grandparents’ guest book. Now this one is very interesting to me because it shows some visitors from the Lewis/Wait family line. These are relatives of my grandfather Brodhead’s on his mother Margaret Lewis Martin’s side of the family: Sarah Effie (Lewis) Nicholls and her 6-year-old son Raymond L. Nicholls, people I discovered a number of years back as I researched that line.  And here I find them in the book on July 20, 1908, all the way from Blue Mound, Illinois! And joining them on that day were Margaret Lewis Martin’s sister Mary M. Andrews and her 12-year-old daughter (from her first marriage) Alvira Anness, who were living at 225 West Milton Avenue in Rahway.

You can look at the below tree to see the relationships. Raymond and Alvira were my grandfather’s much younger second cousins. Sarah was a first cousin to Margaret and Mary. The three all shared grandparents Margaret Lewis Wait and Jacob Lewis.

Other visitors were John Hunter, 566 Jefferson Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ, “Enjoyed a good dinner” on July 14, 1908, and Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Winans on July 24, 1908. I don’t know which Winans these were. Once I figure that out, I will update this page.

1-David Wait b. 20 May 1754, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, d. 11 Nov 
  1810, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
 + Irene Bell b. 20 Oct 1764, d. 31 May 1804, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
|-----2-David Wait b. 15 Jan 1785, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 7 Nov 1825
|-----2-John Oliver Wait b. 10 Jan 1787, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 
|       23 Nov 1876, Home of son James Wait, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
|      + Elizabeth Crow b. 11 Sep 1792, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 9 May 
|       1854, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
|     |-----3-Margaret Ann Wait b. 7 Mar 1817, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., 
|     |       NJ, d. 26 Mar 1851, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
|     |      + Jacob Lewis d. After 25 Mar 1851
|     |     |-----4-Charles Smith Lewis b. 22 Dec 1834, Perth Amboy, Middlesex 
|     |     |       Co., NJ, d. 8 Feb 1921, Blue Mound, Macon, Illinois
|     |     |      + Nancy Elizabeth Clemmons b. 19 Nov 1841, d. 1905, (Hall 
|     |     |       Cemetery, Blue Mound, Macon County, Illinois)
|     |     |     |-----5-Sarah Effie Lewis b. 26 Mar 1867, Blue Mound, Macon, 
|     |     |     |       Illinois, United States, d. Mar 1913, Blue Mound, Maco
|     |     |     |       n, Illinois, United States
|     |     |     |      + Elton Luther Nicholls b. 19 Feb 1864, Medina, Ohio, 
|     |     |     |       USA, d. 1 Sep 1905, Macon, Illinois
|     |     |     |     |-----6-Raymond L. Nicholls b. 30 Apr 1902, Macon, 
|     |     |     |     |       Illinois, d. 10 Jan 1989, (South Macon 
|     |     |     |     |       Cemetery, South Macon Township, Macon, 
|     |     |     |     |       Illinois, USA)
|     |     |-----4-Sarah Augusta Lewis b. 26 Nov 1836, Perth Amboy, 
|     |     |       Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 2 Apr 1900, (Alpine Cemetery, 
|     |     |       Middlesex Co., NJ)
|     |            + First Lt. Moses Martin b. 1833, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
|     |             New Jersey, d. 1883, Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York
|     |           |-----5-Margaret Lewis Martin b. 15 Jun 1859, Perth Amboy, 
|     |           |       New Jersey, d. 25 Nov 1945, Elizabeth, Union Co, 
|     |           |       NJ
|     |           |      + Andrew Douglas Brodhead b. 17 Aug 1853, East Mauch 
|     |           |       Chunk, Carbon Co., PA, d. 6 May 1917, At Home, 
|     |           |       Elizabeth, Union, NJ
|     |           |     |-----6-Frank Martin Brodhead b. 5 Feb 1882, Perth 
|     |           |     |       Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 8 May 1951, 1321 Ra
|     |           |     |       ritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ
|     |           |     |      + Fannie Bishop Woodruff b. 11 Jun 1882, Conant 
|     |           |     |       Street Woodruff Farmhouse, Hillside, New 
|     |           |     |       Jersey, d. 5 Sep 1965
|     |           |-----5-Mary Marsh Martin b. 30 Sep 1863, New Jersey, d. 15 
|     |           |       Aug 1955
|     |           |      + Winfield S. Anness b. 25 Oct 1861, Stamford, 
|     |           |       Connecticut, USA, d. 29 Nov 1899, Woodbridge, 
|     |           |       Middlesex, New Jersey
|     |           |      + Andrews
|     |           |     |-----6-Alvira W. Anness b. 13 Oct 1895, Middlesex, New 
|     |           |     |       Jersey, USA
Categories: Anness, Blue Mound, Macon Co., Brodhead, Elizabeth, Union Co., Illinois, Lewis, Martin, New Jersey, Wait | Tags: , | Leave a comment

November 17, 1917: Wedding of Alvira Anness, niece of Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead

Last week, while browsing articles on Fulton History, I came across this one in The Yonkers Statesman (November 19, 1917) describing the wedding of Alvira W. Anness, daughter of Mary Marsh Martin Anness and the (then) late Winfield S. Anness, in the Anness family home at 223 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, NY. The house still stands! Click here.

Winfield S. Anness (b. 1861, Stamford, CT) was a widower when he married Mary M. Martin. He had a son with his first wife Mamie E. Valentine (b. 1864): Harold W. Anness (b. 1885). Winfield died in November 1899. I don’t know anything about Harold. If he was still alive in 1917, he was not at this wedding.

My Dad always referred to Great Aunt Mary as “Aunt Mame”, and apparently she was quite a pistol. Born in 1863, she was a younger sister of my great-grandmother, Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead (b. 1859).  This wedding was in November; Margaret had lost her husband Andrew Douglas Brodhead six months before, in May. Margaret, Alvira’s aunt, is named in the article as one of the attendees.

Woodruff M. Brodhead, b. 1912, with his mother Fannie Woodruff Brodhead

Giving the bride away was my Dad’s Great Uncle Charlie (Charles Conrad Martin); my Dad’s older brother Woodruff, then age 5 1/2, wore a little sailor suit and carried white baskets filled with yellow asters.

Woodruff’s parents (my grandparents) were also present at the wedding, of course. To the left is a photo of Woodruff (“Woody”) and his mother Fannie Woodruff Brodhead. At that stage, he was their only child. He’s wearing a little sailor suit here, so perhaps this photo was also taken during that period. I’m a bad judge of ages, but I’d say he looks about 5 here?

According to the family tree information of Ancestry user “KrehT,” the newlyweds, Alvira and Walter Douglas Barry, eventually had two children: Alvira Martin Barry (b. 1920) and Walter Douglas Barry (b. 1923). Interestingly, this user shows Alvira’s middle name as “Woodruff,” but did not provide any clues as to where that middle name came from. I’d love to know since my grandmother was a Woodruff, one of the original Elizabeth, NJ, families.

Categories: Anness, Brodhead, Martin, New York, Weddings, Woodruff | 1 Comment

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