De Puy (De Pui)

Milford Monument

I recently came across a website called pennsylvaniagravestones.org. It’s similar to Find a Grave but is limited (obviously!) to PA. I searched for the Brodhead surname and came up with the following:

Most of these are on Find a Grave, as I recall, however, one that stood out for me was “Brodhead (RW), Daniel.” If you go to the site, you’ll see a photo of the monument for Brig. Gen. Daniel Brodhead who was mentioned in previous posts. It’s in the Milford Cemetery in PA, and is dedicated to Daniel and his 1st wife, Elizabeth DePuy (sometimes spelled “DePui”), and 2nd wife, Rebecca Mifflin. A photo of the monument has yet to appear on Find a Grave, so this PA website is worth knowing about.

As for Daniel’s heirs, I’m not sure what to make of writings by Luke Wills Brodhead (The Delaware Water Gap: Its Legends and Early History, Philadelphia: Sherman Co. Printers, 1870), who said Daniel “left several daughters, and one son, named Daniel, who died when a young man.” First, off the bat, I will say that I’ll leave son Daniel to another post since there is a bit of a story to him. Second, I have yet to come across any evidence of more daughters. Ann Garton Brodhead (b. 12 February 1758, m. Casper Heiner in 1779) was–as far as I can see–his only daughter. She and her husband had five children: John Heiner (b. 1780), Rebecca Johnson Heiner (recipient of her grandfather Daniel Brodhead’s “miniature picture set in gold”), Margaret Heiner, Catherine H. Heiner (recipient of her grandfather Daniel Brodhead’s “small portrait picture”), and Mary Heiner.

When I came across that Heiner surname, I used it in a Google search and found some interesting information at the PA-Roots website: a bio of General Daniel Brodhead from an 1883 book, History of Armstrong County Pennsylvania by Robert Walker Smith, published by Waterman, Watkins & Co. of Chicago. The bulk of the bio describes Daniel’s extremely successful military career, but there is information towards the end about his children and grandchildren. For instance we learn that Casper Heiner, Ann Garton Brodhead’s husband, was from Reading, PA, a surveyor and “an author on a series of mathematics.”

When the Revolutionary War was over, Daniel was given several thousand acres of land in western Pennsylvania as reward for his outstanding military service. He also purchased land in Virginia, Kentucky, and Western PA. Walker’s bio says that he concentrated his purchases in the vicinity of Kittanning (to the northeast of Pittsburgh) and on the Allegheny (River), “the scenes of his former exploits, which he never ceased to love.” All of his lands were left to Ann Garton Brodhead Heiner upon his death, and from her all the lands passed to her only son, John Heiner.

I will also mention two interesting articles I came across that were written by Dr. John C. Appel, a history professor at East Stroudsburg State College. One is “Colonel Daniel Brodhead and the Problems of Military Supply on the Western Frontier, 1779-1781″ (Milestones Vol. 4, No. 1), and the other is “General Daniel Brodhead” Patriot in War, Civil Servant in Peace” (Milestones Vol. 17, No. 2). You can find them at the Beaver County History web site. He provides insight into Brig. Gen. Daniel Brodhead’s later years:

“Throughout the1790s Daniel Brodhead resided in Philadelphia where he mingled with the top echelons of state and national government (the national capital was located in Philadelphia in the 1790s). In 1788, following the death of his wife, Daniel Brodhead married Rebecca Mifflin, widow of Samuel Mifflin. Samuel’s brother Thomas was soon to be elected Governor of Pennsylvania.” As for why an individual marker may not be found in the Milford Cemetery, Dr. Appel writes, “Upon resigning his surveyor-general office in 1800, the Brodheads retired to Milford, Pennsylvania. He died there in the summer of 1809. His grave has not been identified; but the citizens of that community erected a monument to his memory in the Milford Cemetery.”

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