Barnabas Banghart – 1850 U.S. Census – Move from NJ to MI

In 1850, Barnabas Banghart (Age 36) had settled in Oakland County, Michigan with his wife Rosetta (25) and their children Nelson (5) and Mary (3).  Farmers with property valued at $1,000.  The entire family was originally from New Jersey including the young children so they are fairly recent arrivals.

New Jersey to Michigan
New Jersey to Michigan

The U.S. Census, along with military records, are most useful in tracking family when they start to move across the country.  No local organization has the resources to track where their residents go after they leave the area.  Around the early 1800’s, Banghart family members started to leave New Jersey, where they had lived for over 100 years, and spread into the new territories and States.

This data was enumerated on 16 August 1850.  Working from the listed ages backward we can obtain approximate family birth years. Nelson would be born ‘about’ 1845 (1850 -5) and his sister Mary about 1847. Since she was born in New Jersey, there is about a three-year window to answer the question… when did the family move?

Barnabas Banghart (1814 – 1885) is son of Michael Banghart Jr (1772 – 1846) and Elizabeth Cummins (1776 – 1845) from Oxford, Warren, New Jersey.  Rosetta M Shannon (1825 – 1903) is daughter of David Davis Shannon (1792 – 1884) of Oxford, Warren, New Jersey.  Nelson Banghart would enlist to fight in the Civil War.

Edward Henry Young – 1920 U.S. Census – Farmer

In 1920, Edward and Hattie (Wendell) Young were farmers in Coshocton County, Pike Township, OH.  A great record of the entire Young family is the 1920 U.S. Federal Census.  They lived by Cooperdale near Frazeysburg, OH.

Edna Carol Young - 1920 U.S. Census - A Young Family
Edward and Hattie Young – 1920 U.S. Census – A Young Family

They are listed as follows:

  • Edward (36)
  • Hattie (35)
  • Alice (16)
  • Homer (15)
  • Lawrence (13)
  • Wilma (9)
  • Edna (3)
  • Winona (1)

Ty Warren Brodhagen (1960 – 1989)

This is an active entry and will be revised.   Unlike 100 years ago, many fewer relatives die at a young age.

In part, this website is a response to the passing of Ty Warren Brodhagen at 29 years old.  Ty was born in Kalamazoo, MI in 1960 to James Brodhagen and Sandra Lee Needham.  Ty died November 28, 1989 while playing pick-up basketball with childhood friends and co-workers at the high school gymnasium.  This year (2014) is the 25th anniversary of this event.

Unknown to everybody, Ty had a congenital heart condition that left him vulnerable to viruses and environmental stress.  A multi-sport athlete Ty was in excellent condition.  But he had a latent health issue.  Prior to the basketball game Ty felt fatigued and had cold symptoms, during the game he couldn’t quite get his breath.  He collapsed.  His passing was sudden and frightening for all his friends who rushed to get help and administer care.  This was before cell phones so calling for help required breaking into a locked school office.

Ty’s grandfather Leonard Brodhagen (1911 – 1989) had just died the previous month so Ty’s sudden passing was a double trauma for the family.  After these events much of his family lost touch with each other.  This is also an effort to remember and rediscover the past.

A Brodhagen Obituary – Jack

PORTAGE – Jack D. Brodhagen, 61, of Portage, died Sunday morning in Kalamazoo.  Died December 19, 1999.  Born July 14, 1938, in Vermilion, Alberta, Canada, he was the son of Kenneth and Lenna (Day) Brodhagen and had lived in Portage for the past 29 years.

Jack retired from the City of Portage where he worked as a civil engineer. He was a personal Santa Claus for many people and touched many lives with his gifts. He also loved to run statistics for AAU and Gus Macker Basketball and enjoyed baking cakes for many special people in his life.

He is survived by three children, Donna Largent of Portage, Susan Little of Battle Creek and Mike (Vicki) Largent of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Dustin Largent, Gregory Little, Shawn Little and Taylor Largent; two sisters, Phyllis (Roy) Knittel of South Haven and Sandra Weideman of Elkhart, Ind.; one brother, Richard (Gail) Brodhagen of South Haven; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert Brodhagen.  A private inurnment in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City will take place at a later date.  Reported on-line by the Traverse City Record Eagle.

Henry Brodhagens’ Neighbors

Henry A Brodhagen and his son Henry Brodhagen maintained land in Garfield Township, Grand Traverse Co., MI.   Parcel numbers 227 and 232 on the eastern edge of the township.  The land lies just south of the property held by Nelson Hammond (parcel 220) and just east of John Fowle Jr.’s land (parcel 233, 80 acres).  Zoom to middle of eastern border of map image for detail.

Albert Brodhagen married Emma Fowle daughter of John Fowle.   Bertha Brodhagen married Finley Hammond son of Nelson Hammond.  Literally, they married the boy, and girl, next door.  Neighbors aren’t real close on an 80 acre farm.

U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps 1860-1918 for Henry Brodhagen