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BROGDENS/BROGDONS in the USA


Three Brogden/Brogdon families in the United States have been combining their family history researches and have produced a large volume of information and memories. The following examples are from some of their stories, reproduced with their kind permission.

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In the early 1820s, William Brogdon, his wife and young son, James Connally Brogdon, migrated from South Carolina to Alabama. At present it is generally felt that he came from Brogdon, (Sumter County), South Carolina where there were numerous Brogdon families, although his son, James Connally, is mentioned later as being born in Durham, North Carolina. William Joseph moved to Morgan County, Alabama with his children and his father. After James Samuel married Susanna Frost he moved to Butler County where his daughter Nancy Flynn Brogdon was born in 1827. He moved to a small community called Oakey Streak, AL not far from Greenville, AL. (just south of Montgomery). From the Butler County, Alabama Estates Book 7, P. 201, the Estate Inventory of Wiliam Brogdon lists farming tools, cattle, hogs, horse & buggy, a note on his son for $100, 160 acres of land at $2.50 per acre, and 40 acres of land southwest 1/4 and northwest 1/4 sec. 26T7.R15. This document has five names at the end, the preparer, Feagin and witnesses, R.S. Hughes, H. L. Wilson, J. P. and R. R. Stallings.

The location of his property, according to the above description was adjacent to the Oakey Streak Methodist Church. This little white church is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is still active, however, the homes and farms of the original pioneers are all gone and is exclusively timber country. The church and cemetery are located on a bluff or ridge line adjacent to the land that William Joseph farmed. He died in Butler County in 1866 having lived there about 40 years. Efforts to find his grave have been unsuccessful. It is assumed he is buried in the Oakey Streak Cemetery but he is not included in a burial list compiled in 1997. About a third of the cemetery, however, contains graves with illegible markers or headstones that have weathered down to just common rocks. His marker could be in this group. His two daughters are buried in this cemetery and have very prominent headstones about five feet high with very clear inscriptions. Their grave sites are next to each other with their Stallings family husbands.


I have a certified copy of a grant of forty acres of public land acknowledging full payment in Crittenden County, Arkansas to Hubbard Brogden as of December 1, 1849. Remember this is where Henry Brog(s?)den farmed as of 1850. This Hubbard could be Henry's brother, Alexander's uncle. He should be in the 1850 census. I'll check this out. Remember one of the children of Alexander and Olivia Catherine Woods was named William Leonard HUBBARD Brogden. There could be a connection. I am the grand-daughter of Nancy Ann Brogden she was the daughter of James R. Brogden and Mary Elizabeth Jones, Nancy had a sister Susan who married a James Timmons, they came with their parents when Nancy was about three years old, and settled at Fort Belknap on the Brazos River in Young County Texas.

Nancy had several brothers and sister after they removed to Young County a brother, Lorenzo Dow born Young Co., and a sister Elizabeth "Betty" married William Ray at Fort Belknap. A half brother to James R. , Archibald Medlin preceded the family, he went west with a wagon train, and settled at Fort Belknap, with crude equipment he raised grain for the army, the 2nd year he sold enough vegetables and grain to buy a wagon and team and return to Morgan County, Alabama for his family, his mother Susannah Frost Medlin now Brogden, and his brothers, James and Peter Brogden and their families, and possibly his brother Lorenza Dow Brogden, or he may have come later. My Grandmother and family all lived with Archibald at the old Fort which Archibald had built, which included his home he called it Fort Crowl. They all lived at the fort until they could venture out on their own. It was a wild and untamed country, they all settled near the Fort. and Fort Belknap became the first County seat of Young County, grandmother, Nancy said any movement of the Indians they would all make for the old Fort and from the time she was big enough she would load the muzzle loaders for the men while they fought off the Indian attacks. she married Isaac Pelham a Texas Ranger, they had 10 children.

I have a feeling our Brogdens first came to Maryland thence to North Carolina. I have some Brogdens on the first census of N. C.Warren County, Wake County, Martin County, Surry and Wayne County, and a State Census of N. C. 1784-1787. and Notes of early Brogdens in Maryland for Richard Brogdon Talbot County died 22 May 1720 at St. Johns habitation, his widow died 29 May 1720. For Anne Arundel County Maryland I have a John and William Brogden.


JAMES CONNALLY BROGDON:

Reportedly born in Durham, North Carolina. He migrated, at a young age in the early 1820's, to , Alabama with his parents, William Joseph Brogdon and Frances Eleanor Flynn then in their early 20's. The family went initially to Morgan County but at about age eight they moved again to Butler County. After his marriage in 1844 to Mary Anna Wilson, it is not clear if he had land separate from his father, William, but he lived and apparently farmed in the area of Oakey Streak, AL until his late 50's. Records indicate he had 16 children during this period. From a letter of Col. William T. Stallings to Aline: " The Civil War had ruined the country and the population of Oakey Streak decided to move West so they sent a delegation to Texas and were told they could settle in what is now Brazos and Robinson Counties on each side of the "Old San Antonio Road". I have been told that your Grandfather was a member of the delegation." It's generally felt that they left for Texas in 1877. Family records state that they migrated to Wheelock, Texas from Greenville, Alabama when James Connally Brogdon was about 57 and Louisa Wilson Stallings Brogdon, "Liza", was age 44. Occupation.........farmer. Church affiliation Methodist.

Much of the information of the James Connally Brogdons family was obtained from notes in the family bible of his son Jacob Vernon Brogdon, census 1870 Butler County p.33-34, Alexander Cemetery Brazos County Texas. Betty Gowing in Bryan now has the family Bible. Jacob Vernon Brogdon is her granduncle.


OBITUARY from THE DAILY EAGLE June 4, 1901 .

MR J. C. BROGDON...DEATH OF ANOTHER PIONEER CITIZEN......LEAVES A LARGE FAMILY.

"At his home in Roberstson county, a few miles north of Benchley, on Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock, Mr. J. C. Brogdon came to the end of an active life of more than four score years, his spirit passing peacefully out from its earthly tenement. Mr. Brogdon was a native of Alabama and a pioneer citizen of this section of the state. For many years he resided in Brazos county in what is known as the Higgs neighborhood, near Bryan. He was an industrious farmer all his life and the father of a large family. He was a good man, a good neighbor and a good citizen. He was twice married and leaves a wife and ten children, as follows: George Brogdon, J.W. Brogdon, Luck Brogdon, J.V., R. L. and R. H. Brogdon, Mrs R.J. Deens, Mrs. Dick Skains, Mrs. Warren Haygood and Mrs. H. H. Henry. In the presence of relatives and a large number of friends and neighbors the remains of the venerable octogenarian was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Alexandria chapel cemetery. The members of the bereaved family, nearly all of whom reside in Brazos county, have the sympathy of the Eagle."


I am pleased to hear from you and that the information was of use to you. You must remember that the information you have is based primarily on memory, much of it before I was 10 years old. I am not sure that Grandma and Grandpa Brogdon are buried at Alexander Methodist Church although I think they are. Should you go to Alexander Church, as you drive on to the church yard you will see a small white house about 300 yards away. This is the house of Miss Mae Walker whose mother was a Wilson related to Grandma Brogdon, a niece I think. I know that the cemetery at Alexander was used well before 1900, however, I remember a cemetery called "Red Top" which was called a family cemetery and the Brogdons may be buried there. Once a year we would load the wagons with tools and fried chicken and go spend the day cleaning up the cemetery. The cemetery was at either Benchley or Guinten sp, I can''t remember which, however I do know that Grandma and Grandpa Brogdons lived about half way between the two places on the Old San Antonio Road (OSR). The only Brogdons I ever met were Uncle Jake and Uncle Rube, I never met Aunt Bette nor Uncle Bob, whom I understand left home as a teenager. I understand that Grandpa Brogdon had two brothers who settled in the area, one near Kurten sp, I don't remember their names nor any of their family, also Grandpa Brogdon had children by his first marriage, I know nothing about them or if they came to Texas with him. Grandpa and Grandma Brogdon were up in years when they married. Mary Ann Stallings (Mrs. L.B.Kerns of Bryan), Grandma Brogdon's daughter in her first marriage was born in Oakey Streak, Alabama in 1851 and my Grandfather was born in Butler County, Alabama December 11, 1860. I have been told that Aunt Mary was a "young lady" when her mother married Grandpa Brogdon. Whatever age designated a "young lady" in those days. 16 or 18 years perhaps. I do not recognize any names in Amon Brogdons letter but since her father was born in Texas she could well be descended from one of Grandpa Brogdon's brothers or even a son.


ALEXANDER BROGDON:

Nickname was "Buggy" BIRTH: Handwritten extracts of 1850 Proctor, Crittenden County, Arkansas Census lists Alexander as eight years old, born in Mississippi with "Henry Brogsden" as father; 1860 Cedar Plains P.O., Morgan County, Alabama Census lists "Buggy A. Brogdon" as 16 years old, born in Mississippi living with the John A. Stringer family; 1870 Gibsons Beat, Bashams Gap P.O., Morgan County Alabama Census lists " Alexander Brogdon" as 27 years old, born in Mississippi; 1880 Beat 5 Valley Grove, Cullman County, Alabama Census lists "Brogden A." as 38 years old, born in Mississippi; all in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth

MILITARY SERVICE: Held the rank of Private in Company D, 5th Regiment, Alabama Calvary, Army of the Confederate States of America; issued clothing Mar 1864; captured 26/29 Dec 1864 at Courtland/Pond Spring, Alabama; forwarded to Louisville, Kentucky 15 Jan 1865 as a Prisoner of War; received at military prison and discharged at Louisville, Kentucky 16 Jan 1865; sent to Camp Chase, Ohio and arrived 18 Jan 1865; transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland 26 Mar 1865 for exchange; released at Point Lookout, Maryland 3/4 Jun 1865 after taking an Oath of Allegiance to the United States; copy of records in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth

FIRST MARRIAGE: Morgan County Alabama Marriage Book C1, page 178; certified copy of extract of marriage authorization and solemnization as well as copy of actual book entry of marriage; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth

SECOND MARRIAGE: Morgan County Alabama Marriage Book C2, page 152; certified copy of extract of marriage authorization and solemnization; Olivia used her nickname "Lovie" as her first name and "Elliot" as her married name from her first marriage; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth


COUNTY DEED: Copy of handwritten entry of page 364 in Book 8 of Cullman County Deeds, Alabama, stating that on 16 May 1879 A. B. Brogden with his second wife O. C. Brogden sold 40 acres of land in Cullmann County to an Emily Harbinson for 180 Dollars; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth DEATH: Certified copy of Texas State Board of Health Standard Certificate; Registered No. 345; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth BURIAL: Copy of Weatherford Daily Herald "News from Poolville" dated 2 Apr 1912 (Tuesday) stated that "...the remains were laid to rest in our beautiful cemetery (Poolville) Saturday evening (30 Mar 1912)..."; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth.


 

FAMILY GATHERS TO HONOR MOTHER

"The home of Mr. and Mrs O. H. Brogdon of 1312 Stratford avenue was the meeting place on Sunday afternoon of members of a widely separated family. The mother, Mrs. L. B. Brogdon, of 1431 El Centro street, was the recipient of many lovely gifts, including a huge birthday cake, in anticipation of her ninetieth anniversary, which will be occurring in a short time. Four sons, with their wives, and a daughter and her husband were present. They were: Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Brogdon of Houston, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Brogdon of Talare, Peru, South America; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Brogdon of Santa Barbara; Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Waltman of Montebello Park, and Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Brogdon of South Pasadena. Grandchildren present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lemcke and Mrs. Imogen Fitts of Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Owen of Santa Monica and O. H. Brogdon,Jr. Great grandchildren were Miss Eleanor Owen and Douglass and Joyce Fitts."


OBITUARY

"Mrs. Anna Brogdon, 90, of 740 Alston, died in Los Angeles, Cal., at 5 a. m. Saturday. She had been a resident of Houston for 27 years. She is survised by seven sons, Claude E. of Santa Barbara, Cal., Oliver H. of South Pasadena, Cal., Vivian R. of Talara, Peru, Ernest Bernard of Waco and Vas H., John T. and R. Otis Brodon of Houston; two daughters, Mrs Loduska Waltman of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Fannie L. Blaackwell of Houston, 21 grandchildren and 16 great - grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p. m. Wednesday at Heights funeral home chapel. Rev. Norman Seavy officiating. Height chapter No. 258, Order of the Eastern Star, will be in charge of services at the grave. Burial will be in Forest Park cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Raymond Stauffacher, Wilbur Lawler, Tom Reed, Fred Huebner, Earl Foust and M. C. Waltrip. Heights funeral home directing."


VAS HUBERT BROGDON:

Obituary

October 5, 1961..Houston, Texas:

"Almost everyone in Spring Branch knew and liked "Judge" Vas Hubert Brogdon. Mr. Brogdon was a judge of Precinct 273 and active in Spring Branch politics. But he was best known for his activities in the many Masonic orders to which he belonged. The list is impressive and these memberships constituted his hobby, occupying much of his leisure time. Mr. Brogdon died yesterday at the age of 75. He lived at 11117 Beinhorn Road in Spring Branch.

Mr. Brogdon had lived in the Houston area for more than 70 years. He was born in College Station and came here with his parents in his early childhood. For more than 40 years he was a U.S. government railway postal clerk, until his retirement 11 years ago. He never held any other job. He worked aboard the trains of the Southern Pacific, mostly between Houston and Dallas.

Mr. Brogdon was a member of the Spring Branch Community Church, a charter member, past master and secretary of S.P.Waltrip Lodge 1328 AF and AM, a past master of Reagan Lodge 1037 AP and AM, a member of Ruthven Commandery KT, San Jacinto Council 347 R. and SM, the William Kidd Chapter 424, RAM, and the Railway Mail Association.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs Alice L. Brogdon; daughter, Mrs Bernice Stauffacher of Houston; son, V. Hubert Brogdon Jr. of Riverside, Conn; sisters Mrs. Fanny Lou Blackwell of Houston and Mrs. Loduska Whitman of Santa Monica, Calif; brothers, V.R.Brogdon of Waco and John T. Brogdon of Austin; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews."


RALPH OTIS BROGDON:

Lottye Cary writes: I met a "boy" from Bryan, Texas, son of "Lucky" and Anna Brogdon. He was the youngest of thirteen children and no name was given him until he was many months old, but was finally named Ralph Otis, his family calling him "Bubba" or "Bub", which he carried throughout life. His friends knew him as "Otis". He was quite irrespossible, lived with his parents in Bryan, Texas, and two brothers in Houston, Texas Vas and John T., who worked but were rather "wild". That is the best description I can give for them. Otis would be in Bryan a while and then in Houston. This worried his parents, who wanted him to "go to work". John T. did get him a job as typist. He had a quick mind and pleasing personality, was a few months my senior. We became friends, which grew into a romance, his quick mind and friendliness attracting me. One Christmas time I visited his parents in Bryan and we became good friends. Dad, "Lovett", conceived the idea of taking Otis and me to California with he and Mother (Anna) in the hope I could "tame" Otis and help him be more dependable. I really loved Otis and I am sure my affection was returned, as much as he could ever love anyone. We were both so young! Looking back, two "kids", no real foundation for a successful marriage. Otis was nineteen and I, eighteen.


Another family lore claims that "Bub", being the last child, was always just called Bub because they had run out of names- having come up with eleven before him. When he grew up, seeing the name OTIS on an elevator he was riding on, decided that was a fine name, and took it for his own." I met Otis only once, in about 1942 when he visited Aunt Alice and Uncle Vas. It was when they lived in the "little house". At that time he had become rather chubby and didn't look too good as he had been quite sick. Aunt Tot usually went with us when we would go out to Aunt Alice's but she chose not to go. Aunt Tot really loved Otis with all her heart and I think she never quite got over him. She was very happy with Mr. George Cook but he was much older than she.

Aunt Tot often talked about Otis, their life apart and together, as he traveled to South America for a year or two at a time. She would stay with his parents, which was a difficult time for her, as she wanted so badly to have her own home and family. When evidence was given to her concerning Otis not being faithful to her, she wanted to go home. Otis had been so good to her and she often would say, "Otis gave me this". In the early days he would go with her to Bible Studies and get-togethers but he quit going quite suddenly. I do not know what happened. Aunt Tot's faith in the Lord was very strong and very important to her. This was a really hard time for her to understand as he had been so good to her. Grandfather Cary would not allow her to come home unless it was with a divorce. The whole family was very upset with Otis and grandfather didn't want him hanging around. So Grandfather went down and got the divorce for Aunt Tot. It cost a whole $15 which was a lot in those days but the disgrace of a divorce was even worse. I can barely remember those days but do remember there were lots of tears Otis was a romantic at heart. I read some of his letters years ago and also some of the inscriptions on pictures etc. I think distance took its toll on their marriage as he was gone so much His parents had pushed their marriage and gave them a trip to California as a wedding present. Grandmother Cary was not too happy about the suddenness of their marriage but accepted it.


Vas Hubert Brogdon, Jr. began writing an autobiography in 1983 and finished in 1990, some six years before his death in 1996. The following excerpts are respectfully taken out to primarily reflect his person and the flow of his life.

"To Hubert on his 8th Birthday, October 5, 1921." And in my mothers' handwriting the following quotation. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divining the word of Truth. IITimonthy 2-15." What better plan for living could a boy of 8 have? Perhaps it has had a measurable influence on my actions over the remaining years of my life. "Would you like to help me blow out the candles on my birthday cake", I asked Crayton, my youngest grandson, and the only one of my 15 grandchildren who will carry forward the family name of Brogdon. Beaming while he helped the gathered group of friends sing "Happy Birthday", Crayton dutifully helped blow out the seven candles representing my 70 reasonably happy, useful, and sometimes adventurous years.

It seems appropriate to begin an autobiography with a meeting or joining of the old with the new. Those present were some of my oldest and closest friends who I had worked (with at Freeport Sulphur Company), played and traveled with for almost 50 years and who we consider as much family as those blood related. Crayton, on the other hand at the age of 3 and son of William my youngest, is destined to carry the name Brogdon into the New Age. What changes will he witness? What part will he play in making this world a better and happier place for having lived in it?

In my lifetime I have witnessed the development of the automobile and airplane as the primary means of transportation; the start of Space travel and the conquest of space; the advent of radio and television (which we still have to learn to utilize to build, instead of to tear down); a revolution in the food and agricultural industry; a major change in government and political isms, not all for the good; a buildup and then a breakdown of the cities resulting from the governments's shortsighted excesses; the military use of the atomic bomb; the beginning of a nuclear power industry which in the long run is the only hope now on the horizon for maintaining and/or improving on the standard of living which the 20th century has become accustomed to. How will Crayton fare in the New Age which will be his? Will he, by luck or by design, find and nurture that Spark which will permit him to rise above the average man? Mother enjoyed playing the piano and teaching me the words to the little children's songs and hymns..............

I have played the piano and sung with all of my grandchildren from the time that they could talk, usually with such numbers as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", "Jesus Loves Me", "Jingle Bells", "Old McDonald", etc.(10/30/83) Memories become a little vague for the time period when you were 2-4 years of age. I remember that my Gpa. Cary had a meat market across the street from 736 Allston Street where I was born. About this time (after a fire at their home) we stayed with Gma and Gpa Brogdon (Lovett Blackshear Brogdon) which was in the country about 9 miles out the Katy Road. Gpa farmed about 10 acres of land. There was a horse named "Nellie", the usual milk cow, a hog pen, and numerous chickens running about..............

At dusk we would occasionally sit on the front porch and Gpa Brogdon, who everyone called Dad, would get out his fiddle and play "Old Dan Tucker" or "Turkey in the Straw"......He was pretty good, and I was told that earlier he sometimes played for a barn dance and would prompt the dances. Maybe I inherited some of his musical ability! I must have been 15 or 16 when I became interested in playing the piano. My Uncle Bub was very good at playing chords, maybe musicians call it "faking". Anyway you don't try to carry the melody, but play chords with the right hand and single notes with the left. ..........I have always enjoyed sitting down at the piano and playing old favorites......also an old banjo....................

We were, of course, greatly elated when during the summer of 1930 I received notice that I had been accepted at Rice. .........I have never worked consistently as hard as I worked in College. In 1931.....

Gpa Cary gave me his 1917 Model T Ford............with two of my buddies (we travelled out) to West Texas and the Carlsbad Caverns. Graduating in 1934 just after the big depression made jobs difficult to find..........The offer from Freeport was to go to work at Happy Jack, Louisiana at 55 cents per hour..........

I worked for Freeport all of my 44 years of working life. On the morning of June 11,1934 at the age of 20 I left home......not without a few tears (with Mom). Blackstone who was a year ahead of me at Rice called out "Hello Broggie" and that nickname has stuck with me to this day...... In the summer of 1934 most of the employees lived at Grande Ecaille in bunkhouses. There was the original 14 houses at Grandeport (later called Port Sulphur).


WILLIAM GRENN BROGDON:

In 1942, the American troops entered WWII in North Africa and eventually fought their way to Sicily and up through Italy. The United States was fully mobilizing its resources for the war effort. Armor plate, containing nickle, was needed and dad, Vas Hubert Brogdon Jr., who was employed by Freeport Sulphur Company, joined the Defense Industries Cuban project to develop the sulphur ladened lateritic nickle ore in Nicaro, Cuba. The family joined him in Cuba in 1943 when I was nine months old, and lived there for about four years until the War ended. ( See notes from sisters Louise and Diane about living in Nicaro. Also see Vas Hubert Brogdon Jr's autobiographical references to his work there.) In 1947, the family moved to the little company town of Port Sulphur, Louisiana some 60 miles south of New Orleans next to the Mississippi River. This was the main sulphur producing area for Freeport Sulphur with its principal mine at Grande Ecaille some eight miles west in the marshlands of Plaquemines Parish. (see VHB Jr notes on his first job at Grande Ecaille and meeting Vesta Lanita Grenn). Port Sulphur was where we spent our childhood years. A small company town of about 1,200 people with well planned neighborhood streets, churches, sports fields, school, hospital, wading pools, community social house, and swimming area with beach. It was a nice place to grow up. Hubert and I had lots of boyhood friends and we enjoyed the Louisiana outdoors, swimming, fishing, hunting and pretty much staying out of trouble.


Updated 11/08/2002


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