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Garret Brodhead’s Wheat Plains Farm in Pike Co., PA, needs your support

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

Circa 1900: “Wheat Plains,” the old Brodhead Homestead, Pike Co., Pennsylvania

The sad state of the Wheat Plains house

2016: The sad state of the Wheat Plains house – victim of the Tocks Island Dam project

Hello, Brodhead descendants & anyone with an interest in Pennsylvania history! You may not be aware of an important project that could greatly use your support: the restoration of Wheat Plains Farm in Pike County, Pennsylvania, the old Garret Brodhead (1730-1804) family homestead that Brodhead family members were forced to abandon in the 1970s due to the Tocks Island Dam project. Below is a letter just received from James and Barbara Brodhead who are spearheading the DePuy-Brodhead Family Association’s efforts to restore the home (now managed by the National Park Service). So please take a few moments to read the below letter and see if you can lend your support. PS: Next summer’s DePuy-Brodhead Family Association annual reunion is likely to be held there; it would be extremely positive if as many Brodhead descendants as possible made the effort to be there to show the NPS that the home’s fate is of concern to many, not just a few. I hope to be there—a great opportunity to support a great cause and meet cousins of all kinds.


Dear Family,

As many of you know, some members of the DePuy/Brodhead Family Association have been working with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to preserve the Wheat Plains house. Wheat Plains is the farm started by Garret Brodhead on the land he received as partial payment for his service in the Revolutionary War. From 1790 the farm was owned by the Brodhead family until it was sold to Cornelius Swartout in 1871. Robert Packer Brodhead purchased back the farm in 1896 and his descendants remained there until the 1970’s when the land was acquired by eminent domain as part of the Tocks Island Dam Project. The Army Corp of Engineers headed the project. Later the Army Corp of Engineers determined that the river bed would not support the dam. The land then was transferred to the National Parks Service (NPS) who now manages the property. There are currently about 700 buildings remaining in the park on both sides of the Delaware River. Some have historical significance and most have sentimental value. Many buildings are in poor condition. Wheat Plains is structurally sound and it sits in a prominent place on highway 209.

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) is developing a long range plan to identify which buildings should be restored, maintained, or removed. The NPS has limited funds to do this work. Included in their consideration is the cost of maintenance and what the long term usage of the structure will be. Without a defined usage the preservation efforts will be limited.

Now to get to the purpose of this letter. We have been encouraged to send letters to the Superintendent of the DWGNRA and express our interest and support of preserving Wheat Plains or other structures. Please write a politely worded letter expressing your personal interest in preserving Wheat Plains farmhouse and property. Please include personal memories and historical facts that you have. If you have ideas for the usage for the house, (i.e. museum, vacation rental, etc.) please include that also. These letters need to be sent by the end of the year in order to be included in the evaluation process. The sooner the letters arrive the better. The Association created a good impression when we helped clean the house in 2015. It showed the NPS how much we care and your letter will add to that.

When writing your letter please remember that the NPS had nothing to do with taking the land; they were given the task of maintaining it. Please keep your letter kind and considerate.

Please address your letter to:
John J. Donahue, Superintendent
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area &
Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River
1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324

Please also send copies of your letter to the following at the address above or email a copy to the addresses
given below:
Judson Kratzer –
Jennifer Kavanaugh –

We are in the initial stages of organizing a “Friends of Wheat Plains” non-profit org. to collect donations to help support the preservation of Wheat Plains. More information coming.

We sincerely thank you,
James and Barbara Brodhead

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Rachael Brodhead Linderman (1803-1864): “a most estimable woman”

"The Country Doctor" oil on Canvas. Source:; Author: Charles Stewart

“The Country Doctor” oil on Canvas. Source:; Author: Charles Stewart, 1908 (I could not find an image of an early 19th century American country doctor–if anyone knows of one, please let me know!)

Just as I was thrilled to find a physical description of the Hon. Richard Brodhead, the subject of the June 24th post, I was thrilled to find a glimpse of his daughter Rachael Brodhead‘s personality and disposition in the 1905 publication Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania:

[Rachael] …was a most estimable woman, whose gentle nature and kindly sympathies made her a dear friend of all with whom she was associated.

Rachael was married to Pike county physician Dr. John Jordan Linderman. They lived on a property next door to Rachael’s parents (Richard and Hannah). The descriptions I found of him are equally pleasant to read: He treated his poor patients with as much consideration as he did those who were able to recompense him, and his cheery geniality made him an ideal physician in the sick room. His very large practice required him to cover quite a bit of territory—often making a daily journey of forty miles on horseback or twenty miles afoot in his professional rounds. WOW! Now that is dedication! He lived into his eighties, so obviously all that exercise did him good.

Dr. Valentine Mott, one of John Linderman's mentors (Image from Memoir of Valentine Mott, M.D., LL. D.: Professor of Surgery in the University of the City of New York; Member of the Institute of France by Samuel David Gross (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868)

Dr. Valentine Mott, one of John Linderman’s mentors (Image from Memoir of Valentine Mott, M.D., LL. D.: Professor of Surgery in the University of the City of New York; Member of the Institute of France by Samuel David Gross (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868)

And he was evidently a man of great conviction; I was amused to read in the 1886 book History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania: He was the only man who voted for Clay’s election in Lehman township during the Polk and Clay Presidential contest, for which the Whigs of Easton presented him with a valuable double-barreled rifle, doubtless feeling that one who was able to stand alone in such a contest merited some kind of recognition.

Portrait of Dr. David Hosack by Rembrandt Peale, 1826 (Wikipedia image)

Portrait of Dr. David Hosack by Rembrandt Peale, 1826 (Wikipedia image) – Dr. Hosack was another mentor of John Linderman’s.

Rachael and John had a daughter Sarah Maria Linderman and three sons, Dr. Henry R. Linderman (nearly six feet tall, of fine proportions and scholarly appearance, and possessed of a genial and polished address), Dr. Garret B. Linderman, and Albert Linderman. This and much more about them can be found on pages 934-938 of History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania, edited by Alfred Mathews  (Philadelphia: R. T. Peck & Co., 1886). A previous blog post on the Carbon County Packers, Lindermans and Brodheads also mentions members of this family.  Note: Some trees on Ancestry dot com show additional children, but I have not had time to verify that. Perhaps there were more kids, but these two old history books simply decided to mention only the most prominent and successful children? If anyone reading this knows of bona fide additional children, by all means leave a comment in the box below.

Rachael and John were buried in Bethlehem’s Nisky Hill Cemetery. Please visit the Find a Grave site, if you are interested in seeing their resting places and those of other family members (oddly, John Linderman’s grave marker has ‘Jay’ for his middle name, while sources quoted here say ‘Jordon’):

Rachael Brodhead Linderman
Dr. John J. Linderman

Below are clippings taken from the aforementioned books, identified accordingly. I hope you enjoy reading them and learning more about that offshoot of the Brodhead family tree. As always, corrections, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Volume I, edited by John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green, and George T. Ettinger (NY/Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co. 1905)

From pp. 209-210 of Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Volume I, edited by John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green, and George T. Ettinger (NY/Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co. 1905)

Historic homes and institutions

p. 937 of History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania, Edited by Alfred Mathews (Philadelphia: R. T. Peck & Co., 1886)

Garrett Brodhead Linderman, b. 1829

Garrett Brodhead Linderman, b. 1829

Henry R. Linderman

Henry R. Linderman, b. 1825


Passion for the Past blog: The World of a 19th Century Country Doctor


UPDATE, 2 June 2016: One of this blog’s readers named Steve, who is researching Linderman/Brodhead lines, has provided me with the following information on the children of John and Rachael Linderman, and has given me permission to publish it here. Thank you, Steve!

  • Hannah Brodhead Linderman 11 Oct 1823 – 5 Jan 1898, md Jacob P Dailey
  • Henry Richard Linderman 25 Dec 1825 – 27 Jan 1879, md Emily Holland (or Harriet) Davis, had one son, Henry Richard Linderman Jr., who had no surviving children, but had a stepson.
  • Sarah Marie Linderman 15 Jul 1827 – 2 Apr 1903, never married
  • Garrett Brodhead Linderman 13 Oct 1829 – 28 Sep 1885, md 1st Lucy Evelyn Packer, 2nd Frances A Evans
  • Albert Brodhead Linderman 5 Feb 1832 – 28 Nov 1912, md 1st Clara Davis (possibly a married name, maiden name may be Jefferson, or vice versa) 2nd Ann (Annie) E Senseman
  • Bathsheba B Linderman 1836 – 1922, md Elijah W Maines
  • Emily E Linderman 23 May 1845 – 2 Dec 1915, md Charles W Anthony
Categories: Brodhead, Linderman, Medical, Pike Co. | Tags: , , | 4 Comments

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