The Family Journal of
The Brockways of
6. JOHN SMITH6 BROCKWAY (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Galway, Saratoga Co., NY March 1, 1792. He was born to friends of Consider and Keziah Brockway, and, for unknown circumstances, they adopted him in 1796. John died March 29, 1881 Lake Zurich, IL, at 89 years of age.
He married RHOBA NICHOLS Montgomery Co., NY, before, 1819.
John served in the military NY, War of 1812. He was a private in Lt. Charles Brockway's Co., Prior's 10th Regiment, New York Detached Militia. ("This Company was designated at various times as Capt. Wm. Newton's and Lt. Charles Brockway's Co.").
John Smith Brockway and Rhoba Nichols had the following children:
I. MARTIN A.7 was born Clearfield Co., PA 1819. He married SARAH DAUGHERTY .
ii. MASON L. was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA 1821. Mason died February 17, 1885 Conesville, IA, at 63 years of age. He married MARY ---- .
iii. CANDACE KEZIAH was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA December 30, 1823. Candace died January 30, 1860 in Ela Twp., Lake Co., IL, at 36 years of age. She married WILLIAM MILLER.
iv. CHARLES was born in Fox Twp.,Clearfield Co., PA 1829.
7. CHAUNCEY MASON6 BROCKWAY SR. (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Galway, Saratoga Co., NY December 4, 1793. Chauncey died December 16, 1886 Manteno Twp., Kankakee Co, IL, at 93 years of age. His body was interred 1886 Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno, IL.
He married RHODA (II) NICHOLS Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY, January 11, 1816. The ceremony was performed "by her father, the Reverend Doctor Jonathan Nichols, M.D."
Rhoda was born Burlington, Ostega County, NY April 8, 1797. Rhoda was the daughter of Jonathan Edwin Nichols Jr. and Hannah Mason. Rhoda died February 28,1885 Manteno, IL, at 87 years of age.
Chauncey served during the War of 1812 as a private in Capt. David W. Cande's Co. of Detached Militia, Prior's Regiment, NY Militia.
In December 1817, Chauncey and his wife and baby daughter settled in Elk County, PA. The land was wild and for the most part unsettled at that time and they almost perished during the journey. The nearest outpost for provisions was a 50 mile trip by canoe. The town of Brockport, PA was later named after him. Later he was a partner in a sawmill there.
In the fall of 1854, he moved his family to Kankakee County, IL taken a large tract of land near Manteno. He was injured in a threshing machine accident in 1867.
Chauncey Mason Brockway Sr. and Rhoda (II) Nichols had the following children:
I. LOUISA7 was born Broadalbin, NY April 17, 1817. Louisa died December 16, 1886 Manteno, IL, at 69 years of age. Her body was interred 1886 Manteno, IL, Elmwood Cemetery. She married JACOB SCHMELTZER Fox Twp., Elk Co., PA, August 29, 1846. Jacob was born Oly, Berks Co., PA November 5, 1801. Jacob was the son of Conrad Schmeltzer and Margaret -----. Jacob died April 14, 1881 Manteno, IL, at 79 years of age. His body was interred Manteno, IL, Elmwood Cemetery.
"Jacob and Louisa moved to Muscatine, IA about 1850 and bought a farm from James Brockway. In 1867, Chauncey Brockway, Jacob's father in law, was injured and requested that they move to Illinois. They responded and left about Christmas time".
ii. HANNAH was born Clearfield Co., PA May 11, 1819. Hannah died July 13, 1883 Carthage, MO, at 64 years of age. She married JOSIAH EARL January 1, 1838. Josiah was born PA December 22, 1814. Josiah died December 31, 1897 Carthage, MO, at 83 years of age.
iii. LUCY was born Clearfield Co., PA April 18, 1821. Lucy died October 21, 1901 Peotone, IL, at 80 years of age. She married ADAM SHAFER December 19, 1839. Adam was born PA August 23, 1817. Adam died October 21, 1901 Peotone, IL, at 84 years of age.
iv. Chauncey M. JR. was born Clearfield Co., PA March 16, 1823. Chauncey died April 12, 1910 Brockport, PA, at 87 years of age. He married MARGARET TAYLOR October 19, 1844. Margaret was born August 2, 1823. Margaret died October 24, 1905 at 82 years of age. Chauncey (Jr.) served during the Civil War as a private in Capt. Heasley's Co., 172 Reg't., PA Drafted Militia Infantry. He was a noted gunsmith.
v. JONATHAN NICHOLS was born Clearfield, PA April 14, 1825. Jonathan died April 28, 1825 Clearfield, PA, at less than one year of age.
vi. MELINA was born Clearfield Co., PA March 29, 1826. Melina died May 5, 1880 Manteno, IL, at 54 years of age. She married ALEXANDER M. VIALL January 11, 1845. Alexander was born near Buffalo, NY June 25, 1823. Alexander died April 4, 1887 Manteno, IL, at 63 years of age.
vii. NICHOLS MASON was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA January 25, 1829. Nichols died July 10, 1920 Brockway, PA, at 91 years of age. His body was interred at Brockway, PA, Wildwood Cemetery. He married CATHERINE TAYLOR October 14, 1846. Catherine was born York Co., PA May 29, 1826. Catherine died November 24, 1903 Barnard, KS, at 77 years of age. Her body was interred 1903 Barnard, KS, Saltville, Cemetery.
viii. OSMER CLARENCE was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA May 25, 1831. Osmer died January 26, 1909 Comanche, OK, at 77 years of age. He married ELIZABETH JANE BRANDENBURG July 10, 1855. Elizabeth was born Bellbrook, OH May 11, 1832. Elizabeth died May 23, 1914 Fowler, IN, at 82 years of age.
ix. OLIVE E. was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA May 25, 1831. Olive died June 25, 1879 Brockway, PA, at 48 years of age. She married ROBERT W. MOORHEAD November 11, 1850. Robert was born 1822. She and Osmer Brockway were twins.
x. SABRINA was born Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA January 14, 1833. Sabrina died January 3, 1884 Los Angeles, CA, at 50 years of age. She married MENIER WILCOX October 20, 1855.
xi. DILLIS A. was born Snyder Twp., Jefferson CO., PA January 13, 1834. Dillis died August 15, 1874 Green Bay, WI, at 40 years of age. He married NANCY WHITE 1859.
8. ALONZO6 BROCKWAY (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY October 8, 1795. Alonzo died September 22, 1889 Ainsworth, Washington Co., IA, at 93 years of age. He married HULDAH SMITH Moravia, Cayuga Co., NY, December 30, 1821. Huldah was born April 2, 1802. Huldah died January 28, 1873 at 70 years of age.
Alonzo immigrated, 1818, to Jefferson Co., PA. He immigrated again in 1848 to Louisa County, Iowa. "In April 1822 the Brockway brothers, Alonzo and James, and their newly acquired brides came into Little Toby Creek valley (PA), built cabins and began improvements on the land including a sawmill by 1828. In 1829, Alonzo Brockway was appointed Postmaster and the post office was named Brockwayville. The first resident physician, Dr. Asaph M. Clarke acquired land from the Brockways and had it laid out in streets and lots, which gave impetus to the establishment of the village. The Brockway brothers and others rafted the first timber down Little Toby Creek as early as 1830, but the lumber industry alternately thrived and waned until reaching it's peak from the early 1880's to the turn of the century." (Excerpt from pamphlet on Brockway, PA).
Alonzo Brockway and Huldah Smith had the following children:
I. MARTHA7 . She married ISREAL (II) NICHOLS Brockwayville, PA, 1841. The ceremony was performed by his uncle, Jonathan Nichols Jr., D.D. & M.D. Isreal was the son of Martin Nichols and Olive Brockway.
ii. CLARISSA . She died shortly after coming to Iowa.
iii. MARY ANNE was born Brockwayville, PA August 1, 1834. Mary died July 26, 1920 Ainsworth, IA, at 85 years of age.
iv. FLORA JANE was born Brockwayville, PA August 1, 1837. Flora died August 27, 1925 Boulder, CO, at 88 years of age. She married JOHN SCHMELTZER September 26, 1866. John was born Elk Co., PA February 25, 1837. John died 1908 at 71 years of age.
v. PETTIT FAY was born Brockwayville, PA January 25, 1841. He married MARY P. WOODRUFF August 16, 1876. Mary was born June 16, 1849.
vi. ORMOND was born April 6, 1843. Ormond died October 16, 1854 at 11 years of age. He was kicked and killed by a horse.
9. JAMES MAINE6 BROCKWAY (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY July 15, 1797. James died March 9, 1874 Orono Twp., Muscatine Co., IA, at 76 years of age. His body was interred March, 1874 Orono Twp., Muscatine Co., IA, Brockway Cemetery.
He married LYDIA GOFF PA, April, 1822. Lydia was born Otesego, NY January 20, 1804. Lydia was the daughter of Capt. Potter Goff and Rhoda Nichols. Lydia died January 4, 1853 Orono Twp., Muscatine Co., IA, at 48 years of age. Her body was interred January, 1853 Orono Twp., Muscatine, Co., IA, Brockway Cemetery. "My Mother was about five foot six, not fleshy, with a clear complexion, large dark eyes with a gleam of hazel or hint of violet in them, and such a warmth of love, no woman ever loved her family and friends more. She was a woman of more than ordinary brightness and intelligence. She wrote a beautiful hand. She was a lovely reader and very fond of poetry and literature." (Written by E. F. Brockway abt. 1908).
After the death of Lydia in 1853, James Brockway's 2nd wife was Eliza Snapp Kellow. Born 1800 and died 1878.
James immigrated, 1818 to Jefferson County, PA. with his brother Alonzo. They walked from NY to western PA to open up farm land for their father. "In 1821, John Brockway purchased at treasurer's sale, at Indiana (PA) the "Henry Peiffer" tract on Little Toby Creek, and the next year James M. and Alonzo Brockway moved over from Bennett's Branch and commenced improvements on the land. They had to cut their way 5 miles down the creek from Philetus Clarke's. ----- This was the first settlement in what is now Snyder Township. ----- Where the town is now located (Brockwayville, PA), Alonzo and James Brockway, for whom the town is named, built their cabins in 1822, on Little Toby Creek ----. In 1828/29, the Brockways built the pioneer sawmill where the present Snyder Mills now stands".
James M. first came alone to Eastern Iowa to look over the territory in 1838. He filed a claim in what is now Orono Township (near present day Conesville) and returned to Pennsylvania.
"In 1842, he (James M.) built a raft with a cabin on it --- and placing all of his household goods within, together with his wife and seven children and his niece, Louisa Brockway, went down the Toby Creek, the Clarion River and the Allegheny River to Pittsburg. Here they boarded a steamer and journeyed down the Ohio River, up the Mississippi River and landed at what later would become Muscatine, IA, having been enroute six weeks. Mr. Brockway filed upon some government land in Orono Township, Muscatine County, on the cultivation of which he engaged until his death in 1874".
"To my Father and Mother (James M. And Lydia Brockway), who were among the first pioneers of Jefferson County of Pennsylvania, about the year 1818, and helped to organize that county. And who in the year 1842 came to what is now Orono Twp., Muscatine County, Iowa and were the first permanent settlers in that twp. Who endured much privation with the hope of establishing their children in a better country. To those good, kind, loving, Christian parents I dedicate this partial record of our family, with the kindliest memories of the home and the loving care they gave us their children". - - - - - (Written by E. F. Brockway, approx. 1908).
From the writings of Albina Brockway Letts: "In their early twenties, they (James M. and Alonzo) started on foot with ax and knapsack to Pennsylvania -----. When these young men made themselves comfortable in the wilderness, Alonzo went back to New York State and married a wee bit of a young lady and brought her back to the woodland home or rather to his friends till his brother had a little later married Lydia Goff and they went together to the wilderness with their brides. -----. Before leaving New York State, James made a visit to an uncle in another county. While there he attended a party and was introduced to Miss Goff. Later when he heard that a certain Captain Goff had moved from New York State and settled on the Cinnamhoning and that he had a houseful of beautiful daughters, he remembered the dark eyed beauty, and they soon became neighbors. though living 25 miles apart. and the acquaintance was renewed and the marriage celebrated in April 1822.
The log house was minus doors and windows when the two brides went to their new Pennsylvania home, and they often told harrowing tales of how the wolves yelped round their home and the bears carried off the little pigs, and how Lydia held a torch when the bear came back for the second pig, while her husband shot the marauder.
One brother, Chauncey, had proceeded them to this wilderness, but he had settled twelve miles distant at what was afterwards called Brandy Camp."
James Maine Brockway and Lydia Goff had the following children:
I. ELIZA ALMIRA7 was born Brockwayville, PA July 7, 1823. Eliza died August 20, 1842 Conesville, Muscatine Co., IA, at 19 years of age.
12 ii. EUSTICE LAFAYETTE was born January 20, 1826.
13 iii. ALBERT JUDSON was born September 18, 1830.
14 iv. EDWIN FRANKLIN was born April 28, 1834.
15 v. EMMETT ADDISS was born May 11, 1836.
16 vi. ALBINA MURILLA was born August 26, 1838.
17 vii. GEORGE ALVIN was born February 14, 1841.
10. VINE STARR6 BROCKWAY (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY February 4, 1801. Vine died July 22, 1866 Wilton Center, Will Co., IL, at 65 years of age.
He married IRENE GRIFFITH Otsego, IL, June 3, 1830. Irene was born November 19, 1810. Irene died October 30, 1880 Illinois, at 69 years of age.
Vine Starr Brockway and Irene Griffith had the following children:
I. FERNANDO C.7 was born April 20, 1833. Fernando died June 28, 1911 at 78 years of age.
ii. IRENA ADELMA was born May 28, 1835.
iii. ALONZO was born April 19, 1837.
iv. ALSON V. was born July 23, 1839. Alson died January 4, 1921 Sheldon, IL, at 81 years of age. He married JANE S. BLY March 22, 1864.
v. MARLIN EUGENE was born November 3, 1841.
vi. HEZEKIAH was born August 3, 1844.
vii. SARA JANE was born March 15, 1845. Sara died July 5, 1916 Sheldon, IL, at 71 years of age.
viii. EMMA A. was born February 1, 1850.
ix. FLORA STALINA was born March 3, 1853.
11. OLIVE6 BROCKWAY (Consider5, Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY 1808. Olive died August 5, 1877 Clearfield, Clearfield Co., PA, at 69 years of age. Her body was interred August, 1877 Clearfield, PA, Hillcrest Cemetery.
She married MARTIN NICHOLS Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA, June 12, 1835. Martin was born NY. He was the son of Jonathan (Sr.) Nichols and Rhoba Martin. Martin died May 6, 1877. He held a Doctorate of Divinity and published a religious book. He is also credited with inventing a corn planter. He took the planter down the Allegheny River where his raft was upset near Pittsburg and he nearly drowned. He had the corn planter raised and repaired, and evidently sold it to Fine Goff (John Henry Fine Goff - Lydia Goff's brother) in Iowa.
He and his wife had a homestead on the bank of the Susquehanna River opposite Clearfield, PA.
Olive's occupation: school teacher.
Olive Brockway and Martin Nichols had the following children:
I. ISREAL (II)7 . He married MARTHA BROCKWAY Brockwayville, PA, 1841. The ceremony was performed by his uncle, Jonathan Nichols Jr., D.D. & M.D. Martha was the daughter of Alonzo Brockway and Huldah Smith.
ii. MARTIN (JR.) .
iii. JONATHAN (III) .