Pawling

Longevity & some random news from 1882

Antonio Casanova y Estorach's ''Monk Testing Wine'', 1886, oil on canvas; current location: Brooklyn Museum (Public domain per Wikimedia Commons)

Antonio Casanova y Estorach’s ”Monk Testing Wine”, 1886, oil on canvas; current location: Brooklyn Museum (Public domain per Wikimedia Commons)

My takeaway from watching Leslie Stahl’s piece “Living to 90 and Beyond” on Sixty Minutes last Sunday? Drink one-two glasses of wine daily (red or white; it makes no difference), skip the vitamins, walk or do some form of exercise 45 minutes daily, play board games whenever possible, say “yes” to dessert, and keep a little meat on ‘dem’ bones! (Did I miss anything?)

George La Bar at 107

George La Bar at 107

While perhaps not as common as it is today, examples of extraordinary longevity can be found in centuries past. In my family tree, the first people who come to mind are Richard Brodhead (1666-1758), who reached 92, and his second wife Wyntie Pawling who reached 91. My second great grandfather Andrew Jackson Brodhead (1822-1913) reached 90. Another fellow who comes to mind, although he is not an ancestor of mine, is George LaBar. I did a blog post on him ages ago . He was born in 1763 and lived to be 112, still chopping wood when interviewed for a book at age 107. George’s dad—George Sr.—picked up sticks at age 85 to move from eastern Pennsylvania to less-crowded Ohio, lost his wife when he was 98, and remarried at 100. He lived to be 105.

A while back, I clipped the below article from the Grand Forks Herald dated 24 January 1882. This seems like an appropriate post for it—it contains some interesting slices of life, including some amazing examples of longevity. How about you? Anyone in your tree from past centuries who reached 90 or beyond? Give that some thought over a nice glass of wine, and if the answer is yes, share the names of your family members in the comment box below. They deserve a good shout-out!

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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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