John Andrew Brokaw

John Andrew Brokaw

Raritan, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
Death 17 Jan 1893 (aged 88)
Mount Liberty, Knox County, Ohio, USA
Burial Bangs, Knox County, Ohio, USA
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John Andrew Brokaw was born Jul 4, 1804 in Raritan, Somerset County, New Jersey, baptized Aug 26, 1804 in the Raritan Dutch Church, and died Jan 17, 1893 at Mt. Liberty, Knox County, Ohio at the age of 88.

He married Hannah Caroline Bush on Oct 27, 1827 in Somerset County, New Jersey. She was born Jun 20, 1809, and died May 8, 1885 at the age of 75. She was the daughter of Abraham Bush and Sarah (Sally) Prall.

John Andrew Brokaw was raised on the farm until the age of 17, at which time he learned the shoemaker trade and became self-employed. He moved to Ohio with his parents two years later (ca. 1823). After 18 months in Ohio, he moved back to New Jersey (ca. 1825). After a year, he returned to Ohio. Shortly after his father died in 1826, he again moved back to New Jersey, this time with his mother and five of his brothers and sisters, leaving sister Jane, and brothers Caleb and Abraham in Ohio.

The 1830 census for Bedminster Township, Somerset County, New Jersey (Roll 83, page 80) lists the John A. Brokaw family as follows: 1 male 20-30 (John Andrew, 26); 1 female under 5 (Sarah Van Nest, 1); 1 female 20-30 (Hannah Caroline Bush, 21); and 1 free colored female under 10.

The young couple and their two children moved back to Ohio in the spring of 1831. They stayed one year in Jefferson County, and records show them living in Morris Township, Knox County; Liberty Township, Bloomfield Township, and Chester Township (now Morrow County), where they remained until 1876. Counties were divided up in forming new counties at the time, so they may have been living in one place.

The 1850 census of South Bloomfield Township, Morrow County, Ohio (Roll 716, page 524 typed, page 1051 in pencil, dwelling 2470, family 2510) listed the family as follows: John Brokaw, 45, farmer, value of real estate owned 500, born in NJ; Caroline, 40, born in NJ; Maria S., 19, born in NJ; (all the remaining children were born in Ohio): Effa, 17; Elizabeth, 15; Phebe A., 12; Caroline, 9; Mary, 7; Andrew J., 5; William, 3; and Abram, 7/12.

The 1860 census of Chesterville P.O., South Bloomfield Township, Morrow County, Ohio (Roll 1017, page 22 typed, page 42 in pen, line 29, dwelling 337, family 336) lists the family as follows: John Brokaw, 56, farmer, value of real estate 879, value of personal estate 380, born in NJ; Caroline, 50, born in NJ; and the children, all born in Ohio: Caroline, 19, domestic; Mary, 17, domestic; Andrew J., 15, domestic; William, 12; Gabriel, 10; and John, 8. All the children were in school.

The 1880 census for Mt. Gilead (Columbus Street), Liberty Township, Knox County, Ohio (e.d. 137, page 26 in pen, line 24-25, dwelling 193, family 198) lists the family as Jno A. Brokaw, 75, farming 12 months the previous year, born in Va, both parents born in Va; Caroline, 71, born in NJ, both parents born in NJ; and Jno B., 27, selling farm utensils, born in O, both parents born in NJ.

Hill wrote in 1881, "He followed farming and shoemaking, by which he gained a competence for his old age. Mr. and Mrs. Brokaw started poor in life. When they arrived in Knox County, he had a horse and wagon, with a few household effects and three dollars twelve and one-half cents in cash. They had thirteen children, all of whom did well, thus showing that they were carefully and judicially trained. . . ."

He was buried in Bird Cemetery, Liberty Township, Knox County, Ohio. His death record was dated Feb 19, 1893. Bird Cemetery is located south of Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio on the north side of State Route 36, Columbus Road, exactly one mile west of the west edge of Bangs, Ohio. The day of his death on his tombstone doesn't appear to match other records, nor does his age shown compute with other records.

The children of John Andrew Brokaw and Hannah Caroline Bush were:

i Sarah Van Nest, b. May 12, 1829, bap. Jul 26, 1829, m. Henry Slack on Oct 12, 1847, d. 1852. No children
ii Maria S., b. Feb 21, 1831, m. Peter Sprocklen on Jun 23, 1851, d. Nov 14, 1892. 1 child
iii Effa M., b. Feb 26, 1833, m. George F. Barr on Feb 2, 1853, d. Oct 24, 1912. 3 children
iv Elizabeth, b. Nov 22, 1834, m. David L. Breckenridge on Feb 25, 1854, d. Dec 25, 1872. 13 children
v Unnamed daughter, b. Jan 25, 1837, d. young
*vi Phoebe Ann, b. Jun 17, 1838, m. Francis William Lambert on Mar 10, 1859, d. Sep 22, 1935. 1 child
vii Caroline (Carrie) A., b. Jan 27, 1842, m. John H. Bird on Oct 7, 1865, d. May 10, 1923. 1 child
viii Mary Louise, b. Feb 11, 1844, m. Jesse Smith Gearhart on Jun 10, 1865, d. Dec 4, 1921. 1 child
ix Andrew J., b. Jun 6, 1845, m. Mrs. Elizabeth (Norton) Bishop on Feb 2, 1875, d. Apr 25, 1928. 3 children
x William B., b. Aug 8, 1847, m. Viola Fisher on Mar 28, 1871, d. Sep 5, 1914. 4 children
xi Abraham (later, Gabriel DuVall), b. Feb 4, 1850, m. Alcestia Jane McCracken on Feb 4, 1873, d. Apr 15, 1931. 4 children
xii John Bush, b. Jul 25, 1852, m. Ida Higgins on Nov 16, 1882, d. Aug 8, 1926. No children
xiii Marcus, b. Jul 8, 1855, d. 6 months of age


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