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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.

Categories: 1st Presbyterian Elizabeth NJ, Brodhead, Elizabeth, Union Co., Greenville, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 6 Comments

January 1876 autograph album: A gift to Elizabeth Sargent Trewin from her Sunday School class

Elizabeth Sargent Trewin (Image from my family’s personal collection)

In January 1876, my great-grandmother Elizabeth Sargent (b. 15 September 1854 in Northampton, England) was given an autograph book by her Jersey City, New Jersey, Sunday School class. She was 21 years old and evidently was a teacher to students not much younger than she. This was six-and-a-half years before she married widower William Trewin and became a second mother to his two sons, Bert (10) and Clarence (12). My grandmother Zillah arrived in June 1883, 11 months after they walked down the aisle. I have written numerous posts about both these families so if you are new to this blog and want to know more about them, it’s here! Just use the search box, or scroll down a bit and click on the relevant link in the directory on the left side of this page.

This autograph album captures autographs she acquired over the years and includes a couple of entries made by my mother who was 3 when Elizabeth died in February 1926.

Some of the entries are very faded, and I have tried to adjust those for some degree of readability. The entries that stand out to me are those made by family members:

Lulu Ludey, a niece by marriage, who wrote on November 26, 1885, at age 10: “Aunt Lizzie – When you are Old and Drinking your tea, put on your specs and Think of me. Your niece, Lulu Ludey”

Betty Boles, granddaughter, who wrote on November 27, 1933, at age 10: “For get me not. The violet loves a sunny bank, The cowslip loves the lea – The scarlet creeper loves the elm. But I love only thee. Your loving Granddaughter, Betty Boles”

Elizabeth Sargent’s autograph album (From my family’s personal collection)

Albert (Bert) Trewin, stepson, wrote on April 12, 1883, at not quite age 11: “Mamma, Lost yesterday somewhere between sunrise and sunset two golden hours each filled with sixty golden minutes, No reward is offered for they are gone forever. Your son, B. Trewin”

Zillah Trewin, daughter, who wrote in 1892, at age 9: “Mama – When after years when this you see I wonder what your name will be, Yours truly, Zillah Trewin”

Betty Boles, granddaughter, wrote in January 1933, at age 9: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, and so are you. With love your granddaughter, Betty Boles”

Zillah Trewin, daughter, wrote on January 2, 1897, at age 14: “Dear Mama, Six little words I have for thee, Be happy and think of me. From your loving daughter, Zillah M. Trewin”

I “got lost” in this little album yesterday and must say reading through the entries lifted my spirits. Apart from my 96-year-old mother, all of these people are long long gone, and yet they seem very near to me today.

Presented to Miss Sargent by her Sunday School Class as a token of love. January 1876

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Categories: Boles, Heirlooms, Jersey City, Hudson Co., Memorabilia, New Jersey, Sargent, Trewin | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments

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