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

Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Brodhead Guest Book, 1908

Flora May Woodruff Baker, circa 1910

The next page from the guestbook! On August 18, 1908, Flora M. Baker and son, residing at Cranbury & Conant Street, visited for lunch. This was my grandmother’s older sister Flora May Woodruff (1877-1962) and her infant son Norment Woodruff Baker (1908-1979). Flora was married to Claiborne Barksdale Baker (b. 1870). He passed away in 1916, and she eventually was remarried to a gentleman named John Jacob Ulrich (b. 1884) and moved to California.

Evelyn Angus visited on September 4. I believe this was Evelyn L. Angus (1894-1981), the daughter of Charles Dujah Angus (1852-1938) and Harriet Hartnett (1858-1951). Charles was child #7 of James W. and Wealthy (Jaques) Angus. If this is the correct Evelyn, she was also the one who tended to my grandmother Fannie Woodruff Brodhead, in the weeks leading up to her death from pneumonia in 1965. Evelyn was one of my grandmother’s many 1st cousins.

Image credit: Michelle Causton. Original group photo cropped to show: Circled (left to right): Laura L. Brodhead, Calvin E. Brodhead, Gertrude M. Brodhead, and William McNulty Brodhead (on the occasion of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Garret and Annie Brodhead (parents of Calvin, Laura, and siblings)).

September 8th saw the arrival of another Woodruff cousin—Lucetta Crane Woodruff (1867-1956), one of the never-married daughters of Ogden Woodruff and Phebe Asenath Bonnell, who had 12 children in all.

The next guests, on September 20, were on my grandfather’s side of the family—first cousin Calvin Easton Brodhead (1878-1945) with wife Gertrude Brodhead (1881-1961) and baby son William McNulty Brodhead (1906-1976). Eventually this family, which grew to have many more children, moved to Ohio.

The Central New Jersey Home News, New Brunswick, NJ, March 22, 1945

The last name on the page is Laura Leisenring Brodhead (1878-1949), Calvin’s twin sister, who resided in Perth Amboy. I don’t believe she ever married, but feel free to correct me on that. Shown here is a cropped image of the September 21, 1922, Brodhead family gathering on the occasion of Calvin and Laura’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. I have circled and noted who’s who.

Laura remarked in the guest book: “Tennis is great”. Perhaps she and my grandparents played a game of tennis earlier that day?  Sounds like it! I published a tennis-related photo once before (below). Perhaps, this was the court they played on. The time period looks about right.

Have a good and safe Sunday everyone. And, remember, “this too shall pass,” and we will be the stronger for it.

Elizabeth, NJ, tennis court

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

Untitled (Cracked watermelon) By Charles Ethan Porter – ca. 1890; Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Another page from the guest book my grandparents started using right after they were married. And here we see my grandmother’s parents came to pay the newlyweds a visit: William Earl Woodruff (1848-1928) and Wealthy Ann Woodruff (1850-1927). The date was August 9, 1908. They resided at their farm on Conant Street and commented “Our first time to dinner to help eat watermelon.”

Wm Earl Woodruff & Wealthy Ann Angus

The following day, three visitors arrived: Mary Earl Woodruff of 854 Salem Road — “My first call”; Carrie E. Woodruff of 902 Salem Road — “Spent a pleasant evening”; and Mr. and Mrs. George Maxwell Earl of 637 Jefferson Avenue, Elizabeth — “Here for dinner.”

Mary Earl Woodruff (1880-1957) and Carrie Elizabeth Woodruff (1875-1967) were daughters of Ogden Woodruff and Phoebe Bonnell. Neither of the sisters ever married. They were my grandmother’s aunts even though the age difference between them and my grandmother was only 2 and 7 years, respectively.

Bertha Winans Woodruff (1888 – 1973)

Mr. George Maxwell Earl (1882-1978) was born in Elizabeth and baptized at the First Presbyterian Church there. He and my grandfather may have gone to school together or, perhaps, met through the church. George’s wife was Edith Willis (1881-1978; b. Pennsylvania). The couple appeared in a different blog post I did about my grandparents’ wedding and the list of gifts they received.

I do not know who Jessie A. Pierson was, but below her name in pencil is “Sister Bertha”—the same Bertha who visited previously.

Some August guests

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

Richard H. Brodhead, Sr.

Yet another two pages from my grandparents’ guestbook. We are still in July 1908, and here we find a some Brodheads visiting from Greenville, Pennsylvania, a small town located in the northwestern part of that state.

Jennie & Richard Brodhead at his brother’s Golden Wedding Anniversary gathering on September 17, 1922 (Photo Credit: Michelle Causton)

This is my grandfather’s aunt by marriage, Jennie Vanderveer Smock Brodhead (1861-1938), and her son Richard Henry Brodhead Jr. (1900-1966), on July 21, and her two daughters Mary Ophelia Brodhead (b. 1892) and Estelle Smock Brodhead (b. 1890) on July 31. The family resided at 118 Clinton Street in Greenville. (A third daughter Jean Blakslee Brodhead was born in 1893 but only survived 24 days.)

Richard H. Brodhead Sr. was my great-grandfather Andrew Douglas Brodhead’s youngest brother (he had 6 of them and 3 sisters—the children of AJ Brodhead and Ophelia Easton). There were 11 years between the two, so Richard and Jennie’s children were about a decade younger than my grandfather Frank M. Brodhead and his siblings Lewis and Andrew.

Visiting with Jennie and her kids was Elizabeth Smock Ketcham, Jennie’s older sister, of 224 Summer Avenue in Newark. I found her on Find a Grave and evidently she remarried in later life and lived to a ripe old age of 94.

Among the other visitors, I see my grandfather’s younger brother, Lewis Dingman Brodhead (1884-1933), and possibly a girlfriend (Lina Ryan) on July 24. He’d have been 23 at that time, and this was three years before he eloped with Mildred Hancock.

Top: Parents Andrew D. Brodhead and Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead. Their three sons: Frank Martin (seated left), Lewis Dingman (right), and Andrew Jackson (standing in rear) (PHOTO of the three brothers courtesy of James & Barbara Brodhead)

The name Hefley (December 13, but for some reason on this page of July and early August visitors) sounded very familiar to me so I asked my Mom about them. She says the Hefleys, who gave their address here as 515 Chilton Street, Elizabeth, NJ, were good friends of my grandparents and that they were a very nice family. He, Morris Hefley, was a stock broker who lost everything during the Great Depression. She, Mabel Hefley, was a happy homemaker who was known for the great cakes she used to bake. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church and had six daughters, but had always hoped for a son. Daughter #6 Wilma was my mother’s age—Mom says they’d hoped for a William, but ended up with Wilma.

As for the other names, I’ll have to do a bit of sleuthing.  Florence A. Earl of Conant Street, visiting on August 2, 1908, was probably one of my grandmother’s cousins on her father’s side of the family (William Earl Woodruff).

Elizabeth Daily Journal on January 20, 1909. Page 3.

Thomas A. Kidd, who visited on July 25, lived at 225 Milton Avenue in Rahway, which seems to be the same address given by Alvira Anness earlier in the month (see last post). I found the small obituary shown here for someone with this name; if this was indeed the same person, perhaps he was boarding with Alvira and her family. Sounds like he experienced a great deal of tragedy in his life, poor man.

If/when I learn more, I will add the info to this page.

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

Today, I’m posting three more pages from my grandparents’ guest book, which went into service in June 1908. I have not had time to research the names I don’t know but figured I would go ahead and post the pages anyway since some of these unknowns may be known to you!

I love the entry made by my great-grandfather Andrew Douglas Brodhead, who clearly had a great sense of humor, and the “namesake” remark in the entry made by Mrs. F. C. Bishop, which confirms my grandmother was indeed named after her. Other visitors included my grandmother’s oldest and youngest sisters—Jennie and Bertha. I think Bertha in particular must have been a lot of fun. She was a very clever and artistic young woman and probably in art school in NYC at that time.

1910: Miss M. E. Woodruff’s “Button,” 902 Salem Rd., Elizabeth, NJ – I remembered this photo and now I am wondering: Is this the Mary E. Woodruff who visited on July 9? The address is Jennie Woodruff Coleman’s — did Mary move out of 854 and in with Jennie and her husband at 902? 

Another visitor was Mary E. Woodruff (Aunt Mary) and I believe this was probably Mary Elizabeth Woodruff (1835-1924), a younger sister of my grandmother’s grandfather Francis Woodruff and the younger sister of Ogden Woodruff (father of guest Fannie Woodruff Townley who appears as a guest here and in the previous post’s pages as well).

This Mary E. Woodruff’s address was 854 Salem Avenue, which is in present-day Hillside, NJ. If you Google this address, you will find a very grand 6,000+ square-foot home built in 1874. Incidentally, it is just two doors down from another home I have mentioned in this blog—the old Woodruff homestead at 866 Salem Avenue! Anyway, if Mary lived at 854, her comment in the guest book “A lovely little home” may have had her mentally emphasizing the word “little” as she wrote that. 😉

The most distant visitor was M. Margaret Fritz of Wilkes-Barre, PA.  I know some Brodheads lived in Wilkes-Barre back in those days, and, perhaps, she was somehow related to them. In any case, I will leave you to enjoy these few pages and if you have any info to add, please do leave a comment!

Jennie Belle Woodruff Coleman (1873 – 1955)

Bertha Winans Woodruff (1888 – 1973)

A. D. Brodhead (1853-1917)

  • Jennie Belle Coleman – 902 Salem Road, Elizabeth, NJ – “Our fourth anniversary”
  • William J. James and Harriet Eadie James – 920 1/2 Grove Street, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Elizabeth A. Terrill – 1074 Lafayette St, Elizabeth, NJ – “We did not ride in a coach”
  • Alice F. Rath – 141 Jefferson Ave, Elizabeth, NJ – “ditto”
  • Homer L. Wandling – 518 Walnut St., Elizabeth, NJ – “ditto”
  • William T. Rath – 141 Jefferson Ave., Elizabeth, NJ – “Good Luck”
  • Gertrude L. Younglove – 407 Jefferson Ave. – Elizabeth – SS Teacher”
  • Bertha W. WoodruffConant St, Elizabeth, NJ – “A diner for dinner”
  • Vera A. Stinson – 157 5th Ave., Roselle, NJ – “A diner for supper”
  • Adelaide H. Russ – 458 N. Broad St., Elizabeth
  • M. Margaret Fritz – 820 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA – “On again, off again”
  • Alice F. Rath – Elizabeth, NJ – “Here for lunch”
  • Elizabeth A. Terrill – Elizabeth, NJ – ditto
  • Fannie W. Townley – Elizabeth, NJ – “Here for tea”
  • William E. Townley – ditto – “Baby with us”
  • A.D. Brodhead – a wanderer – “Just for a shave”
  • Mrs. F.C. Bishop – 920 Salem Ave, Elizabeth, NJ – “Namesake”
  • Mary E. Woodruff (Aunt Mary) – 854 Salem Ave, Eliz, NJ – “A lovely little home”
  • Anna Bowles Hesse – 154 Elm St., Eliz., NJ – “Everything fine”
  • Louise Hesse – ditto – “Dinner a big success”

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

Honeymoon photo, Frank M. Brodhead and Fannie Bishop Woodruff, married June 6, 1908

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be publishing the pages of a guest book that was given to my grandparents when they moved into their new home at 736 Jersey Avenue in Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey, in June 1908.  Their minister Rev. William Force Whitaker of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth was the first guest who signed in, and his handwriting matches the handwriting you see here, so the book evidently was a gift from him. About 18 months’ worth of guests is recorded. Many of you will recognize the names of those who stopped by. I’m not publishing all the pages at once since I will have comments to make about certain names and want to research some others.

I am going to assume that the house number 736 is correct, however, a previous post I did on my grandparents’ wedding contained a newspaper announcement that gave the house number as 732.  It could be that parents (Andrew D. and Margaret Brodhead) lived at 732, since I have seen that as their address, and my grandparents at 736.  A visit to Google street view indicates that both those homes have been replaced (quite recently it appears) by a townhouse-looking structure, so, alas, the number discrepancy is neither here nor there—there shall never be real estate listings showing the inside of those two dwellings.

The pages below show a child’s scribbles, revealing that my Dad or his brother must have gotten his hands on the guest book at some point. Or perhaps the scribbles were made by the children of some visitors…

The first page shows the following guests — after the Reverend (who resided at 142 Stiles Street, Elizabeth, NJ):

The Van Horn Children: Abigail Van Horn, Frances Van Horn, and Robert Osborn Van Horn

In any case, I will welcome your comments as you see names you recognize. Please feel free to share any information you may know about the people behind them for the benefit of other family members who follow this blog. Thank you!


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Daguerreotype of Richard Brodhead still available on eBay

The daguerreotype of Richard Brodhead mentioned in last week’s post is still available on eBay: Click here. The one of his daughter Elizabeth Dorcas Brodhead sold for just over the opening bid amount of $99.

1-Capt. Daniel Brodhead b. 20 Apr 1693, Marbletown, NY, d. 22 Jul 1755,
Bethlehem, PA
+ Hester Gerritse Wyngart b. 1697, d. After 1743
|–2-Capt. Charles Brodhead b. 7 Sep 1729, d. 7 Feb 1789, (Modena Rural
| Cemetery, Modena, Ulster Co, NY)
| + Mary Oliver b. 1740, d. 7 Sep 1814, (Modena Rural Cemetery, Modena,
| Ulster Co, NY)
| |–3-Charles C. Brodhead b. 20 Apr 1772, Oneida County, NY, USA, d. 14 Sep
| | 1852, Utica, Oneida Co., NY
| |–3-Oliver C. Brodhead b. 1775, d. 1858
| + Dorcas Hallock b. 1787, d. 1853
| |–4-Charles C. Brodhead b. 1806, d. 1890
| |–4-Richard Brodhead b. 1815, d. 1865
| + Eliza Maria Jansen b. 1823, d. 1908

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Ebay auction: Daguerreotype of Elizabeth D. Brodhead (1851-1938) as a child & one of her father, too

THE KINGSTON DAILY FREEMAN. TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 5, 1916. (Credit: FultonHistory.com)

Just a quick post to say that a daguerreotype of Elizabeth Dorcas Brodhead is up for auction on eBay. To view the item, click here.  Shown here as a child, she went on to marry Philetus Kortright (1846-1916). She was the daughter of Richard Brodhead (1815-1865) and Eliza Maria Jansen Brodhead (1823-1908); see Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19501036

A search of Ancestry trees shows that this Richard Brodhead appears to have been the the son of Oliver C. Brodhead (1774-1858) and Dorcas Hallock (1787-1853). Oliver was a grandson of Daniel Brodhead (1693-1755) and Hester Wyngart (1687-1758) via their son Revolutionary War captain Charles W. Brodhead (1729-1789). (I am, as are some of you, a direct descendant of Charles’s brother Garret Brodhead.)

Just wanted to pass this auction info along in case some Brodheads out there who read this blog and are closely related to Elizabeth would be interested in trying to acquire this unique and precious item.

Oops! After posting this, I noticed a daguerreotype of Richard is up for auction, too. Click here.

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February 1948: Grandfather Brodhead receives award from Boy Scouts

February 5 would have been my grandfather’s 138th birthday. I recently came across this article about an award he (Frank Martin Brodhead, 1882-1951) received from the Boy Scouts of America in 1948, three years before he died of congestive heart failure.

It must have been a happy and gratifying evening for him and the family. The article is crumbling from age, so I photocopied it after taping the top and bottom edges. The bottom edge is a bit damaged. Missing info (bottom left): “Personnel of Troop 15 enacted a first aid skit and also demonstrated fire-making by flint and steel.” Bottom right: “Troop 15 is a “purple star troop” by virtue of the “red star” inspection rating won in a ten-year period. To qualify for the inspection, the troop had to meet certain requirements in administration, activities, and neatness of personnel.”

Elizabeth Daily Journal, Friday Evening, February 13, 1948

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Family history bits & bobs

Hello, and Happy New Year, family members, near and far.

I disappeared towards the end of 2019, so apologies for that, but my husband and I were in South Korea again to further investigate the situation surrounding his adoption many years ago. I’d hoped to do a post or two in the run up to Christmas, but time slipped away from me. You know how that goes, I’m sure. And now it is already mid-January! Yikes!

Today’s post is for folks following the various family lines covered by this blog, specifically Brodhead;  McGlasson; Wills; Slaymaker (Sargent); Wirsig; Hemion; and Cushman.  I learned a few bits and bobs over the course of last year that I did not manage to share in the blog, so here goes—in no particular order!

Eva Wilder McGlasson Brodhead

Eva Wilder Brodhead (The Book Buyer: A Summary of American and Foreign Literature, Volume XIII, February 1896 – January 1897 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons) – page 457)

Some of you may remember my post where I wondered whether Eva had indeed married a McGlasson or that that was just a pen name she used. I recently heard from author Michael McGlasson who is doing research on the McGlasson family. He forwarded an email he received from the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, KY: “According to the Hamilton County, Ohio marriage records, Eva Wilder married William F. McGlasson on 29 May 1882.  Apparently the couple lived for some time in Wyoming, Ohio until Eva filed for divorce in October 1891. Neglect and infidelity were given as the reasons for her plea.” So yes, Eva was married to a McGlasson at the age of 12. Michael went on to say: “I also found out that Mr. McGlasson was some sort of salesman and was away from home quite often. Seems that he had a penchant for the ladies. Apparently, Eva and her husband lived in Wyoming, Ohio, which is directly across the border from Covington, Kentucky. It is , as the old say goes, close enough to spit that far. I believe since Eva was only 12 years old (her grave marker in Colorado also states that she was born in 1870), she eloped to Ohio, perhaps because she “had to.” After returning to Covington after her divorce, she met up with Mr. Brodhead and began her literary career.” Many thanks, Michael, for sharing this information.

Sarah (Sadie) Sargent (name change from Slaymaker) Hemion
Eons ago I did a post about the Sargent family, my great-grandmother’s side of the family on my mother’s side. William and Mary (Wills) Sargent emigrated to the US after the Civil War. There were four children: Elizabeth, Samuel, Sadie and William. Sadie married into the Hemion family and lived in East Rutherford, NJ. At the time of that post, and long thereafter, I kept my eye out for Hemions on Ancestry who could be/were linked to Sarah. Over the summer, I spotted the correct tree, however, the incorrect Sarah Sargent had been linked to. I contacted the tree’s owners, Fred and Bruce, who turned out to be great grandsons of Sadie’s via her daughter Edith, and advised them of the correct Sarah. Not knowing the family changed their name from Slaymaker to Sargent prior to leaving England, the wrong Sarah had entered their tree. In the process of our communications, we managed to sort out where Sarah, her husband Richard O. Hemion, and two of their children are buried: Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, NJ – Section A, Lot: 141. Fred and Bruce promised to send a photo of Sadie when they find the one they recall seeing in the past. A recent move had temporarily displaced it. If they find it and give me permission, I will share it here.

Hemion Family in 1900 Census

Wheat Plains, the old Brodhead Homestead, Pike Co., Pennsylvania

Garret Brodhead’s Wheat Plains farmhouse
For anyone who does not yet know the great news, the Wheat Plains farmhouse is being restored by the National Park Service. A long time ago I lamented its dilapidated state in this post. Fortunately, the Depuy/Brodhead Family Association took the home under its wings and diligently worked with the NPS to see to it that the house got saved before any further deterioration could occur. Members have undertaken a number of volunteer work days at the house during their summer reunion gatherings and are engaged in researching grants and other fundraisers. Renovations now in the works: a new slate roof, re-paneled and glazed windows, and a fresh coat of paint.  Anyone wanting more information or interested in getting involved, email: depuy.brodhead.family.assoc@gmail.com.

Captain Henry D. Wirsig –

Elizabeth Daily Journal, Saturday Evening, March 17, 1945

I was very grateful for a December message on this blog from Sandra Pattelisse, informing me that Henry Wirsig’s grave in Belgium is in good hands: “Hello, I’ve been the “godmother” of Henry’s grave in Henri-Chapelle for about 12 years. As I live not far from the cemetery I regularly bring him flowers. Years ago, I was given the address of members of Henry’s family. I wrote to them but got no answer. I would be very glad to be able to contact some member of his family just to let them know someone here in Belgium takes care of his grave, that he’s not forgotten. Yesterday was the anniversary of his death. It was a sweet sunny day and I brought him white roses. I hope maybe you’ll be able to help me.” I did manage to research and find addresses via the White Pages to give to Sandra and emailed them accordingly. I hope she received them and manages to make contact. Henry, who boarded at my grandparents house prior to the War (see this post), was a very special fellow. It really is wonderful to know there are volunteers like Sandra who are visiting and remembering America’s fallen on foreign lands. Thank you, Sandra!

Life magazine cover from 1904

Eleazar Cushman and the Mayflower Link –
I have yet to officially link my 3rd-great-grandmother Wealthy Cushman (m. Isaac Jaques) to Eleazar although all the circumstantial evidence I’ve come across so far points to him being her father and the son of Seth and Abiah Cushman. That would solve the ongoing Mayflower mystery since Seth Cushman was the great-grandson of Mayflower passenger Mary Allerton. But I managed to make contact with Ruthie Brown of the Connecticut Gravestone Network, who is truly a marvel, and she promised to keep Eleazar on her radar. She also reached out to a Keeney family expert (Eleazer’s widow Mercy married Timothy Keeney). So this topic is now on his radar as well. This was my last post on the subject.

That’s all for today, I think. Have a good weekend. It is expected to be quite blustery here with a cold front heading down to S. Florida on Monday. We may finally have a chance to put on our sweaters!

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