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Col. John WESTBROOK b. 9 Jan 1789 m. Sarah BRODHEAD

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Col. John WESTBROOK b. 9 Jan 1789 m. Sarah BRODHEAD

Posted: 22 Oct 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Jul 2001 6:04PM GMT
Surnames: WESTBROOK, BROADHEAD, DEWITT, WILSON, VAN GORDEN, HALL, PAYNE, LEE, EMERSON

I'm seeking information on Col. JOHANNES [John] WESTBROOK, congressman from PIKE Co, PA. He was born: 9 Jan 1789; died: 08 Oct 1852. John WESTBROOK was the s/o SOLOMON WESTBROOK & Margaret DEWITT. John WESTBROOK m. Sarah BRODHEAD.

Did Congressman John WESTBROOK write a will?
Was an obituary written for him in Pike County?
He lived near Dingman's Ferry.
Did Sarah BROADHEAD WESTBROOK LEE write a will?

I need to have "proof" of how many children were born to the union of John WESTBROOK & Sarah BROADHEAD.
I found five recorded in the Minisink Valley DRC records published by Heritage Books.

Any information on John WESTBROOK would be greatly appreciated!
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Twigs, Volume 2, Steele Library, Elmira, NY
CMXVI. WESTBROOK
Page 1431 - 1432.

JOHANNES WESTBROOK [No. 23352] s/o Solomon and Margaret [DeWitt] WESTBROOK, was better known as Col. JOHN WESTBROOK. He was b. Jan. 9, 1789, in Sussex Co, NJ and died near Dingmans Ferry, Oct. 8, 1852. He was bp. Feb. 8, 1789, in the Minisink Dutch Church, by the celebrated Dominie Benschoten. He came to PIKE County, PA with his father when three years of age. He married: Feb. 14, 1808, at the age of 19, SARAH BRODHEAD, dau. of Judge Richard BRODHEAD of Pike County, b. Feb. 12, 1792, she then being aged 16, and after the death of Col. WESTBROOK she married:
[2] REV. JOHN LEE of Newark, NJ, whom she also survived, her death occurring Jan. 21, 1879, age 87.

The WESTBROOKS had four [4] children who reached adult age.

Col. WESTBROOK was the leading men of PIKE Co in his day, and while chief occupation was farming, he was engaged at times in lumbering and mercantile business. Before he reached the age of 21 he was an officer in the State Militia, and at one time was Colonel in the regiment of which his brother JACOB was Major, and his brother SOLOMON Captain. In 1817, when 26 years old, he was elected Sheriff of Pike Co, and in 1833 he went to the Legislature, where he extended his acquaintance among people of note, gaining the friendship of such men as JAMES BUCHANAN and THADDEUS STEVENS, then a member of the Assembly. He was proud of his personal acquaintance with ANDREW JACKSON, and when in reminiscent vein, delighted to tell of some of his conversing at times with MARTIN VAN BUREN in Low Dutch, to the chagrin of the inqusitive politicians around them. During his term in the Legislature the great "Anti Masonic" controversy arose, and as the Colonel was an ardent Mason, he took anb active part in the proceedings. In 1840 he was elected to Congress, and his faithful and untiming work caused a decline in health from which he never quite fully railied. While he never enjoyed a thoro scholastic training, his keen mind readily grasped the facts and principles relating to any line of thought, and those who knew him preferred his judgement on legal questions to that of any practictioner people coming from long distances to ask his advice, or have him draw upn wills and deeds. For such services he never made any charge, and, in fact, benevolence was one of his leading traits. His integrity was never questioned, and notwithstanding the opportunities for enrichment which his public life afforded, he died a comparatively poor man. As a speaker he was able, forceful and eloquent, and among the relics cherished by his children was the manuscript of an oration delivered by him in his 27th year, which showed remarkable power of thought and expression. His progressive mind made him the champion of many movements which were but feebly supported in his day. The appropriation for testing the Morse telegraph system being supported by him in Congress, and thru his influence with PRESISDENT TYLER, a woman was made postmistress at Easton, Pa, that being probably the first appointment of that kind.
COL. WESTBROOK joined the Methodist Church while a member of the Legislature in 1833, and remained a member until the close of his life.

# 23352.

1. HANNAH, b. 1808, m. William F. WILSON

*2. JACOB B. b. Nov. 28, 1815, m. Hannah Jane VAN GORDEN

*3. RICHARD BROADHEAD, b. Feb. 8, 1820, m. Sarah H. HALL; 2nd Dr. Henrietta PAYNE, M.D.

4. JANE B., b. March 22, 1824, m. Dr. Vincent EMERSON of Milford, Pa.
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