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Brodie Surname

The Brodie surname originates in Scotland. The meaning of the name is not known, but is probably of Gaelic or Pictish origin. Our family's history in Scotland is unknown, but based on the fact that the family was well-educated, was rather wealthy, and appear to have had frequent travel back and forth between Scotland and the colonies, it can be assumed that they descended from some landed gentry or nobility in Scotland.

Just a wild guess, but I wonder if our Brodies might be connected to The Peerage's Ludovick Brodie of Whytfield, Scotland (1681-1758). The name Lodowick/Ludovick appears in no other Brodie in The Peerage (note the use of that first name in our branch of the Brodies).


1st Generation:

John Brodie was born circa 1700. He died before 1765 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.

John's estimated birth year is usually listed as 1700, yet that is probably just because his wife was born in 1700. He could have easily been born much earlier. Researchers have commonly used Scotland as a place of birth, yet given the presence of Brodies in Virginia as early as the 1630's, his birthplace is questionable. John was an attorney, and was commonly referred to in contemporary records as such. He also was a Sheriff and a Justice in Hampton, Virginia.

Note: there is some confusion as to the identity of the first John Brodie. It appears that there were two John Brodies active in the same area of Virginia during the same time period. ATTORNEY John Brodie (above) married Martha Sclater and died before 1765. DOCTOR John Brodie died in Hampton in 1751. Both of them apparently had sons named Alexander. Given later generations' legal connections to the Sclater family, the ATTORNEY John Brodie is believed to be our earliest Brodie ancestor, although more research is needed. Also, our earliest John Brodie was most likely the brother of Charlotte Brodie who married John Sclater; brother of Martha Sclater Brodie.

John married Martha Sclater in January 1721/2 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia. She was born on July 22, 1700 in Charles Parish, York Co., Virginia. She died before October 17, 1765 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.
Martha was the daughter of James and Mary Sclater. She wrote her will on September 11, 1765 and it was proven in court on October 17, 1765. In her will she named her children John Brodie, Alexander Brodie, Sarah McNamara (and her husband Florence), and Martha Kincaid and also her grandson Alexander Brodie (son of her deceased son James). Strangely, Martha also listed Sarah McNamara as the mother of her grandson Alexander. Could Alexander have been adopted or raised by his aunt Sarah Brodie McNamara after the death of his father in 1762?

They had the following children:

1 James Brodie was born after 1722. He died before November 2, 1762 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.
He married name unknown.
They had one known child:
Alexander Brodie (c. 1740?-aft. 1765)Alexander is supposed to have lived in South Carolina at some point and to have been the father of James Brodie who died in York Co., Virginia in 1782 and also Charlotte Brodie who later lived in NC and married Francis Smith in 1811.
James' estate was inventoried in 1762 and was signed by his brother-in-law Florence McNamara. In his mother's will of 1765, he is listed as deceased and with one son, Alexander. The accepted belief is that his son Alexander Brodie was the father of James and Charlotte Brodie. It would then make sense that Alexander was dead by 1782. If this family connection was true, it would be a "tight" squeeze to fit the three generations into the time line. James would have been born circa 1722. His son Alexander born circa 1740-1745. Alexander's children James and Charlotte born circa 1760-1765 (James was "of age" when he wrote his will in 1782 and Charlotte betrothed in about 1780.)
2 Alexander Brodie was born on February 4, 1725/6 in Charles Parish, York Co., Virginia. He died in 1802 in Warren or Granville Co., North Carolina.
He married Jane. She died after 1802.
They apparently had no children.
Apparently his will bequeaths to his wife Jane, to Alexander son of Dr. John Brodie [Alexander Brodie (1794-1865)???], to his "relation" (grandniece) Charlotte Brodie and mentions his friend Edmund Taylor. Alexander's estate was administered by his nephew Dr. John Brodie (1753-1830). Alexander's grandniece Charlotte Brodie Smith sued John in 1811 over the administration of the estate. In 1813, Charlotte then deeded three slaves (of Alexander's estate) to John Brodie.
3 John Brodie
4 Mary Brodie was born circa 1730. She died between 1737 and 1765.
Mary was named in her grandmother's will in 1737, but is not named in her mother's will of 1765, nor is there any mention that she married or left children. According to the language of the 1737 will of the grandmother Mary Sclater, Mary was probably the oldest daughter, then Martha, then Sarah.

5 Martha Brodie was born circa 1732. She died after 1765.
She married Alexander Kincaid on March 12, 1762 in Norfolk Co., Virginia.
Whether Martha had any children or any details of her life beyond her marriage and presence in her mother's will is unknown.
6 Sarah Brodie was born circa 1734. She died after 1771.
She married Florence McNamara on June 12, 1762 in Norfolk Co., Virginia. (He died before June 27, 1771 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia).
They had one known child:
Charlotte McNamara

2nd Generation:

John Brodie (II) was born circa 1730 (estimate), probably in Virginia. He died before July 22, 1784 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.

Father: John Brodie
Mother: Martha Sclater

Details of John's life remains unclear, as he has been confused quite often with his father and also his son of the same name (and perhaps a grandfather as well). (Note: there is no proof of John's parentage, but the circumstantial evidence makes it likely that he was the son of Attorney John Brodie and Martha Sclater.) John was educated in the medical field and became a doctor. At some point in his youth, John moved to Bermuda where he married and at least his oldest child was born. He and his family were probably back in Virginia permanently by 1762. While living in Hampton, John served as a surgeon to troops during the American Revolution. Some have listed that John died on January 6, 1782, yet that date was actually when his great-nephew James Brodie died. His will (apparently undated) was proven on July 22, 1784.
John married Elizabeth Poulton on July 3, 1752 in Bermuda 35. She was born circa 1732, probably in Bermuda. She died before September 25, 1788 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.
Father: John Poulton
Mother: unknown (possibly Elizabeth) Burrows

According Early Bermuda Wills, when Paynter Burrows wrote his will in 1758, Elizabeth was listed as his granddaughter. Elizabeth's parents are unidentified (her mother was apparently a daughter of Paynter Burrows who died prior to 1758). Elizabeth's siblings per the 1758 will include: Jeremiah Poulton, John Poulton, Sarah Poulton (married William Clark) and Jane Poulton (married McCully Righton).

Elizabeth wrote her will on July 30, 1784 (just 8 days after her husband's will was recorded). In 1787, she sued a man named Charles Hobson for non-payment of a judgment due her late husband.

They had the following children:

1 John Brodie
2 Lodowick Brodie was born circa 1755. He died on March 9, 1793 in Norfolk Co., Virginia.
He married Mary Whiddon on July 17, 1782 in Norfolk Co., Virginia.
They had the following children:
Charles D. Brodie (c. 1783-1845)
md. Lucretia A. Herbert, widow of James Joliff
Mary Ann Brodie (c. 1787-1862)
md. William Thorowgood Nimmo
Martha Brodie (c. 1791-1819)
md. Edmund P. Kennedy
Lodowick served with his father as a surgeon during the American Revolution. There seems to be no direct proof that Lodowick was the father of the above three children. Mary Nimmo and Charles Brodie were identified as niece and nephew in his brother David's will of 1819.
3 David Brodie was born circa 1757. He died in 1819 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Phillips in 1811 in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia. (She was born in 1759 in Bridgetown, Barbados and died in 1815 in Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia).
They had no children.
David was known as a sea captain. At some point in his adulthood he is said to have lived in Bermuda. He moved back to Hampton, Virginia and purchased the "Celeys" estate in 1805.
4 Elizabeth S. Brodie was born circa 1764. She died after 1788.
Elizabeth's middle name was possibly Seymour, in honor of her mother's relatives. Elizabeth was listed in her mother's will of 1784 as being under the age of 21 (so born in 1763 or later). Elizabeth was also nominated as her mother's joint executor, suggesting though that she was close to adulthood. The last known mention of Elizabeth was in 1788. It is not known what happened to her. Please see below for the notes of her niece, Elizabeth Brodie. It is possible she may have been the "Sister Broadie" who died in 1800 in Granville County, North Carolina.

3rd Generation:

John Brodie (III) was born on October 18, 1753 14 probably in Bermuda (see below). He died on May 18, 1830 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 14. He is buried in the Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: John Brodie
Mother: Elizabeth Poulton

A surviving family history indicates that John was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Despite this, the 1880 census record of his only then living child (James) indicates that John was born in Bermuda. This is the most probable place of birth, especially since his parents had married in Bermuda just a year before his birth. If he was born in Bermuda, he was most likely born in the village of Somerset on Somerset Island in Sandys Parish, where most of his maternal relatives apparently lived. John probably spent his first years with his family in Bermuda, but they moved to Hampton, Virginia before 1762. At some point, John was sent to the University of Edinburgh to attend medical school and become a doctor. This may have happened during the early 1770's. John is said to have graduated from the school "with high honors." John returned to the English colonies, probably just in time for the American Revolution. The DAR has record that John Brodie served as a surgeon to troops during the American Revolution, yet some researchers believe the patriot to have really been his father.

Whether or not he had war service, John began his professional career as a surgeon. He moved to North Carolina, where he married Mary Taylor in 1779. They settled in Granville County, North Carolina, where they raised a large family and were quite wealthy. John was a member of the Masons, being named in a list dated 1792. John and his family were early converts to the Methodist Episcopalian church and were ardent enthusiasts of this new denomination. In 1802, John advertised in a newspaper that he was searching for a schoolmaster who knew the Latin language. While in Granville County, John and his family likely lived in the part that became Vance County in 1881.

Eventually, John and his family decided to leave North Carolina. In about 1814 or 1815, John and most of his family moved out west, settling at that time northwest of Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee. John spent the remainder of his life in Montgomery County, Tennessee and died there on May 18, 1830, at the age of 76. His widow died in 1847, at the age of 86.

I am trying to identify how Sally M. Brodie fits into this family. She was born circa 1801 in North Carolina. She lived in Granville County, North Carolina, where she attended the Lewisburg Female Academy in 1816-1817. She married George Nuttall in 1818 in Granville County and had at least one son. She was living in Granville County in 1850. She does not appear to fit into the descendants of John and Mary (Taylor) Brodie. My guess is that she was the adopted or illegitimate daughter of Charlotte Brodie who later married Francis Smith. Given that John's son Lewis Brodie fathered two illegitemate children in the 1810's, it is possible Sally was Lewis' daughter.

John married Mary Taylor on February 3, 1779 in Granville Co., North Carolina 15.
Joseph Taylor was the bondsman for the marriage; Reuben Searcy and Elizabeth Hunter were witnesses; and Edmund Taylor (father) gave consent the same day for his daughter to be married 26.

They had the following children:

1 Edmund G. Brodie was born on December 17, 1779 in Granville Co., North Carolina 14. He died on February 2, 1853 in Franklin Co., North Carolina 14.
He married first Ann N. Haskins on December 4, 1802 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia 16. (She was born circa 1783 and died between 1812 and 1814 in Franklin Co., North Carolina.)
They had the following children:
Sallie Ann Brodie (c. 1803-bef. 1835)
John Henry Brodie (c. 1805-aft. 1835)
Howell Taylor Brodie (c. 1809-aft. 1880)
md. Helen Elizabeth Sanders
Mary Elizabeth Brodie (c. 1812-aft. 1860)
md. Edwin Stallings
He married second Frances Gholson on October 9, 1814 in Franklin Co., North Carolina 14. (She was born on February 25, 1792 in Franklin Co., North Carolina 14 and died on May 12, 1856 in Franklin Co., North Carolina 14.)
They had one child:
Thomas Lewis Brodie (1815-1865)
md. Elizabeth Thorp
One source posits that Edmund (like his father) attended the University of Edinburgh, yet that appears to be false. He went to medical school at the University of North Carolina, where he was a student in 1797. Edmund worked as a physician for the entirety of his adult life. He married Ann Haskins in 1802 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia. They apparently lived in Virginia for the first several years after their marriage. By the early 1810's, they returned to North Carolina. Edmund was living in Franklin County, NC in 1814, when he remarried. He was still living there in 1815, but had moved on to Granville Co., North Carolina by 1820. He remained in Granville County until sometime probably during the 1840's, when he moved back to Franklin County, North Carolina, and remained there.
2 John Henry Brodie was born circa 1782 in Granville Co., North Carolina 9. He died in or before November 1851 in Warren Co., North Carolina.
He married Martha Eaton Williams on December 25, 1809 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. (She was born circa 1790 in North Carolina and died between 1840 and 1850 in Warren Co., North Carolina.
They had the following children:
Samuel Williams Brodie (c. 1811-???)
md. Evelina Perry
John Henry Brodie (1814-???)
md. Harriet Helm Ligon
Mary Ramona Brodie (c. 1816-c. 1842)
md. Thomas Nicholas Faulcon Alston
Martha Ann Rebecca Brodie (1819-1856)
md. Charles Henry Allen Harvey Kennedy
(Martha and Charles were second cousins, both great-grandchildren of John and Elizabeth Brodie)
William L. Brodie (c. 1823-???)
md. Drusilla Green
John was educated as a doctor, yet it is not known which school he attended or when (although probably sometime between 1797-1807). John settled in Warren Co., North Carolina no later than 1810 and also lived in Franklin County, NC at different periods. He worked as a physician and sometime in his adulthood was also connected with the Midway Academy in Franklin Co., North Carolina. John died sometime between April 5, 1850, when he wrote his will and November 1851, when it was recorded and probated in Warren County court.
3 Lewis Brodie was born circa 1784 in Granville Co., North Carolina. He probably died in 1817 or 1818, in Nash Co., North Carolina
He was probably named after his maternal grandmother's well-respected family, the Lewis of Warner Hall line, yet his name is spelled "Louis" in some records. Like his father and two older brothers before him, Lewis became a doctor. He attended the University of Pennsylvania medical school (in Philadelphia) in 1807. At that time, he apparently returned to North Carolina and worked for three years as a physician and surgeon in Wake County, North Carolina. In an 1810 newspaper advertisement, Lewis stated that he was moving to Nash County, North Carolina to practice medicine. It is not known exactly what happened to him after this year, but he apparently remained in Nash County for the duration of his life. He was probably the father involved in the two below illegitimate births recorded in Nash County Court in 1814 and 1817. He probably died after May 1817 and before February 1818. The following citation probably indicates that Lewis was at that time deceased: "The Inventory of Dr. Lewis Brodie of Nash County, North Carolina, made by John Brodie in February 1818, listed $1000 due from the sale of slaves by Colonel..." 29
He had a relationship with Elizabeth Bottoms.
They had one illegitimate child:
unknown Bottoms (c. 1814-???)
He had another relationship with Charlotte Woodward.
They had one illegitimate child:
Jos. John Lewis Brodie Wood(w)ard (c. 1817-???)
md. Rebecca Ann Hedgepeth
There was also a Lewis Brody who married Elizabeth Pence in 1812 in Rockingham Co., Virginia.
4 Elizabeth Brodie was born circa 1786 in Granville Co., North Carolina.
We can find no further information on this child besides her name in some surviving family histories. She appears to have been absent from the family in the 1800 census and does not appear in Granville County marriage records, nor does it appear that she moved with her family to Tennessee. Some researchers have raised doubts about whether she actually existed. Given though the family's naming customs, I would find it odd if they did not have a daughter named after the paternal grandmother. If she did in fact exist, she probably died young.

Recent research has shown that on March 12, 1800, a "sister Broadie" was buried in Granville County, North Carolina 24. It may well be that this "sister" Brodie was young Elizabeth. (Note: the term "sister" probably refers to an adult member of the religious congregation, rather than a familial term. This Elizabeth Brodie would probably have been a teenager in 1800 (and theoretically as old as 21), and could have been a member of the Methodist Church.) It is also possible that sister Brodie was an older Brodie female relative living in Granville County (the only possibilities being her paternal aunt Elizabeth Brodie (of whom we know nothing) and perhaps an earlier wife of her great-uncle Alexander Brodie.)

5 Thomas F. Brodie was born circa 1788 in Granville Co., North Carolina 9. He died after 1850 in Ohio or Illinois.
He married Sarah Kittrell on August 2, 1811 in Granville Co., North Carolina 15. (She was born on February 8, 1796 30 in Granville Co., North Carolina and died on August 10, 1849 30 in Turtlecreek Twp., Warren Co., Ohio. She is buried in the Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Warren Co., Ohio.)
They had the following children:
unknown male Brodie (c. 1813-???)
unknown male Brodie (c. 1817-???)
Solomon J. Kittrell Brodie (c. 1819-???)
md. Mary Ann Rutherford
Thomas was probably a farmer. He was working as a Post Master in 1850. He lived with his family in Montgomery Co., Tennessee until sometime during the 1830's, when they settled in Warren Co., Ohio. It would be an educated guess that one of his here-to-fore unidentified sons was named John Lewis Brodie.
6 Ann "Nancy" Taylor Brodie was born circa 1790 in Granville Co., North Carolina. She died after 1830.
She married first Solomon Alston Kittrell on April 23, 1813 in Granville Co., North Carolina 15. (He was born circa 1788 in Granville Co., North Carolina 14 and died in April 1818 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children::
Mary Ann Kittrell (1814-1834)
md. Allen Franklin Scruggs
Martha Kittrell (c. 1816-???)
She married second Benjamin S. Harrison sometime between 1820-1824 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (He was born between 1780-1790 and died after 1830.)
They had at least one child:
unknown male Harrison (c. 1825-???)
Nothing is known of what happened to Ann or her second husband after 1830. She may have been the Ann Harrison who married Benedict H. Hobbs in 1839 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee and who was living with his family in 1840 in Christian Co., Kentucky. More than likely though, in 1840 she was still married to Benjamin Harrison. The B.S. Harrison in Greene County, Illinois (enumerated on the same page as Ann's sister Mary Blair), was probably this couple. One source lists Benjamin as a minister (probably Methodist) which would have necessitated moving quite often.
7 David Brodie
8 Alexander Brodie was born on November 13, 1794 in Granville Co., North Carolina 6. He died on March 19, 1865 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6.
He married Mary Oldham in 1822 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. (She was born circa 1802 in Williamson Co., Tennessee 9 and died on November 13, 1869 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6.)
They had the following children:
Sarah Ann Brodie (1823-1885)
md. Henry Watkins
Mary Taylor Brodie (1825-1846)
md. John Nicholas Neblett
Elizabeth Minerva Brodie (c. 1828-aft. 1880)
md. Robert Cruise
Susan H. Brodie (1829-1912)
md. James A. Boyd
John Louis Brodie (1839-1887)
md. Althea Anne Trahern
Eliza Madeline Brodie (1846-1890)
md. Mack Ferrin Smith
Alexander was a farmer and remained in Montgomery County, Tennessee, for most of his adult life.

9 Mary Lewis Brodie was born circa 1798 in Granville Co., North Carolina 23. She died before March 17, 1864 in Alton, Madison Co., Illinois. She is buried in the Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison Co., Illinois.
She married William Blair circa 1818 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (He was born in 1794 in Maryland 23 and died in 1858 23 in Greene or Madison Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison Co., Illinois.)
They had the following children:
John Lewis Blair (1821-1915)
md. 1st Lucy Ballinger
md. 2nd Sarah Elizabeth Atwood
William A. Blair (1823-1889)
md. Ann Maria Hardcastle
Sarah A. Blair (c. 1825-1849)
md. John A. Chestnut
Mary E. Blair (c. 1832-1856)
md. Achilles Ballinger
Susan E. Blair (1834-1852)
Mary and her family lived in Montgomery Co., Tennessee until about 1834, when they moved to Greene County, Illinois. They owned a considerable amount of land in Greene and neighboring Macoupin County, Illinois, and also lived in Madison County, Illinois. The 1840 census suggests that they may have had another yet unidentified daughter, probably born in about 1830.
10 Lodowick Brodie was born on September 2, 1800 in Granville Co., North Carolina 17. He died on November 3, 1850 at an unknown location (see below) 17.
He married first Matilda Gabril Anthony on November 26, 1821 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 18. (She was born circa 1804 in Virginia and died on June 30, 1827 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 36. She is buried in the Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Crispus Anthony Brodie (1822-1869)
md. Susannah Lavinia Neblett
Louis Brodie (c. 1823-c. 1825)
William Banks Brodie (1824-1916)
md. George Ann Hawkins
Amanda Malvina Brodie (1825-1912)
md. Stephen K. Stone
John Lodowick Brodie (1827-1912)
md. Sarah E. Mayfield
He married second Amanda Malvina Anthony circa 1827 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born circa 1806 in Virginia and died on February 20, 1855 in Prairie Twp., Washington Co., Arkansas.)
They had the following children:
Susan Matilda Brodie (1828-1870)
md. William Alexander Cobb
Adelaide Aurelia Brodie (1830-1875)
md. John Ross
Jane Eliza Brodie (1832-1856)
md. Lewallen G. Cleveland
Mary Elizabeth Brodie (1834-1922)
Prairie Brodie (1836-1920)
md. James Madison Thurmond
James Brodie (1839-1921)
md. Hattie Tulk Fulks
Albert Anthony Brodie (1841-1911)
md. Isabella Malvina Sanders
Thomas Morris Brodie (1843-1910)
md. Dollie Phillips
Harriet Samuella Brodie (1846-1884)
Stephen Louis Brodie (1849-1939)
md. Mary Neal Davis
In about 1830-1832, Lodowick and his family moved out west to Washington County, Arkansas, where they remained. In the mid 1840's, they moved again to Newton Co., Missouri and apparently moved back to Arkansas after Lodowick's death. Lodowick apparently left his family and went by himself to California, apparently by boat instead of overland over the Oregon Trail. He is supposed to have died at sea on his way home from California, but it is not clear when he left. To complicate matters, his name is included in the enumeration with his family in Newton Co., Missouri in September 1850. After the death of his wife, their minor orphaned children were sent to Montgomery Co., Tennessee to live with his youngest brother James.
11 James Taylor Brodie was born on March 29, 1803 in Granville Co., North Carolina 36,38. He died on August 7, 1883 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 38. He is buried in the Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Madeline Anthony circa 1831 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born on January 9, 1814 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 21 and died on July 7, 1893 36 or July 9, 1893 21 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no known children.
James was a farmer and retained use of his parents' estate after their deaths. They had no known children, but they helped to raise the minor orphaned children of his brother Lodowick. When Eliza died in 1893, most of her property went to their nephew Thomas M. Brodie.

4th Generation:

David Brodie was born on September 7, 1792 in Granville Co., North Carolina 3,5,6. He died on January 1, 1871 in Fulton, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 3,5,6. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: John Brodie
Mother: Mary Taylor

David was probably named after his paternal uncle David Brodie of Hampton, Virginia. Like his father, 3 older brothers, his grandfather and 2 uncles before him; David went to medical school to become a doctor. Given this tradition, it may have had been less of a personal choice and more of a family calling. David was sent to school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where his older brothers attended. David attended the school in 1814. Meanwhile his parents were making plans to move from North Carolina to Tennessee and David moved to Tennessee at about the same time. In 1815, recently-graduated David was living in Carthage, Tennessee, where he advertised as a physician and surgeon. In 1818, David was living in Clarksville, Tennessee (in the area where his parents were living), where he advertised as a doctor. He was probably the 26 to 45 year-old man enumerated with his family in the 1820 census in Montgomery County, Tennessee. David must have made some kind of presence in neighboring Christian County, Kentucky. In 1825, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, David married Susan Sthreshley from that city.

After the marriage David and Susan settled in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. At some point, David and his family probably lived in the city of Clarksville, yet they appear to have spent most of the time in rural Montgomery County northwest of Clarksville. David continued to work as a physician and was quite wealthy. David did not own much real estate, but had a great deal of "personal" wealth (much of which was probably the "value" of his slaves). By 1867, all of his children had moved out of the home and as he was now in his 70s he could no longer support himself. At about that time, he went to live with his oldest daughter Etha Ogburn on her plantation outside of Clarksville. He was enumerated there in August 1870, and his occupation was listed as retired. David died 5 months later in Fulton, Tennessee, where two of his sons were living. He may have moved in with one of his sons shortly before his death or died while on a visit to one of their homes.

During most of his adulthood, David was a member of the Methodist church. He was very involved in the church and often served as "steward" and "class leader". David was apparently a hospitable man and always opened his house to traveling ministers to provide a place for them to stay. He "was one of the very best of men" 5.

David married Susan M. Sthreshley on March 23, 1825 in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky 7,37.

They had the following children:

1 Ethalinda E. Brodie
2 Lucian Louis Brodie was born on February 8, 1828 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He died on November 24, 1876 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Adelaide "Ada" E. Eggleston on July 9, 1863 in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 8. (She was born circa 1841 in Tennessee 9 and died after 1876.)
They had the following children:
Eugene F. Brodie (1868-1907)
Claude T. Brodie (1873-1913)
Unknown Brodie died young
Following a family tradition, Lucian attended medical school and graduated from the Louisville (KY) Medical University in 1856 or 1857. He settled in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee, where he worked as a physician. During the Civil War he served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. It is not known why he died in Montgomery Co., Tennessee, but he may have been staying with his sister Etha. His widow probably died before 1880, when their children were living with relatives. In 1883, his brother Henry was appointed guardian of his surviving children Eugene and Claude.
3 John W. Brodie was born on November 6, 1832 36 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee . He died on March 9, 1866 36. He is buried in the Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
An educated guess is that his middle name was William (thus being named after both of his grandfathers). John was living with his family in the 1850 census, but has not been found in the 1860 census. Then, in May 1861, John enlisted in the Confederate Army, with his brother Henry and cousin John L. Brodie. At the time, he listed his occupation as surgeon dentist, was 5'7", light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. In December 1861, John was discharged due to a hernia and chronic diarrhea.
4 Madora Marcia Brodie was born in November 1837 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 9. She died on May 26, 1910 in Solano Co., California 10.
She married first Archibald D. Fletcher on December 3, 1861 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. (He was born on January 22, 1812 in Tennessee 20 and died on May 7, 1862 in Christian Co., Kentucky 20. He is buried in the Harris-Fletcher Cemetery, Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had one child:
Susan Drue Fletcher (1862-1926)
md. Henry C. Herndon
She married second Charles F. McGarren on December 14, 1864 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. They probably divorced between 1864-1870.
They had two children:
Lucian Charles (McGarren) Fletcher (1864-1947)
md. Mamie Boone
David (McGarren) Fletcher (c. 1868-???)
Madora's first husband Archibald Fletcher was the step-father of her brother-in-law Thomas Jones. They were only married for 5 months before Archibald's untimely death. Their daughter Susan was born six months after her father's death. Madora and her second husband Charles were apparently divorced. By 1880, Madora and all of her children had reverted to the last name Fletcher. In 1898, Madora was witness to her sister Etha's will. In old age, Madora lived with her daughter Susan Herndon and family. Sometime between 1900-1910, they moved west to California, where Madora died.
5 Henry Sthreshley Brodie was born on June 16, 1842 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 11. He died on January 31, 1889 in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 11.
He married Mary Louise Sinclair on February 7, 1872 in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 8. (She was born on July 5, 1850 in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 19 and died on October 6, 1931 in Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 19. She is buried in the Old Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Lucian Brodie (1873-1928)
Jane Sarah Brodie (1878-1952)
Sudie Strechley Brodie (1882-1961)
md. James Lucious Alley
Minnie Lee Brodie (1884-1955)
md. William Henderson Baynes
Henry served in the CSA during the Civil War, with his brother John W. Brodie and his cousin John L. Brodie. In 1867, Henry moved to Ripley, Tennessee, and was there working as a wagon maker in 1870. After his marriage to Mary Sinclair in 1872, they moved briefly to the state of Arkansas before returning to Ripley, Tennessee in 1877. In 1880, he was living with his family in the household of his father and mother-in-law.
6 Frank Green Brodie was born on October 15, 1844 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 27. He died on June 22, 1915 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky 27. He is buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.
He married Belle Parsons, widow of John A. Lishy, on May 6, 1874 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky 12. (She was born on May 5, 1840 in Kentucky 28 and died on October 18, 1918 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky 13,28. She is buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.)
They had one child:
Blanche Brodie (1877-1904)
md. William Colgan
Even though Frank was of the "correct" age, he did not serve in the Civil War, even though all of his older brothers did. Perhaps his sympathies did not lie with their cause, but it may have been that Frank was something of a pacifist. At some point during the 1860's, Frank became a minister. In 1870, he was boarding in Campbellsville, Kentucky, working as a minister. By 1874, he had moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he married a widow named Belle Lishy. In 1880, his occupation was preacher, but by 1887, he had become a life insurance agent. Frank's only child died as a young adult, without issue. Frank did help to raise two step children: Horace Lishy and Florence Lishy Taylor.

5th Generation:

Ethalinda Elizabeth* Brodie was born on January 31, 1826 in Montgomery County, Tennessee 3. She died on December 1, 1912 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3,4. She is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: David Brodie
Mother: Susan M. Sthreshley

* (Note: we do not know what Ethalinda's middle name was, as she is only listed on known records with a middle initial of "E." The best educated guess is that her middle name was Elizabeth. Her family was fairly consistent in naming their children after relatives, and Elizabeth is the only "E" name among any of her female relatives. Also, the fact that it is the most common female "E" name, lends probability to the theory. Given this possibility, "Elizabeth" was probably used in honor of her mother's oldest half-sister, Elizabeth Waring Berryman, who provided a home for Susan after her parents died. Most convincingly though, the death certificate of Ethalinda's daughter Lucy lists her mother's name as "Elizabeth Brodie." The death certificate of her son John lists her name as something that looks like: "Elizabeth Eulanda Broady".)

Ethalinda "Etha" was raised in Montgomery County, Tennessee, although it is not entirely clear where in the county Etha and her family lived. They probably lived on land west or northwest of the city of Clarksville at what is now Fort Campbell, but may have also spent time living in Clarksville. In 1846, 20-year old Etha married a young man from Christian Co., Kentucky named Thomas A. Jones. After the marriage, they settled on his newly purchased mill site called "Montgomery Mills" near the community of Ringgold, northwest of Clarksville. It was probably at this location that their five children were born. Sadly, Ethalinda's husband Thomas died suddenly in 1857.

Ethalinda was the executor of her husband's estate from which she inherited a sizable amount of money. Three years later she remarried to a man named Thomas Ogburn, a wealthy widower who lived in the area. At the time of their marriage, Thomas was 60-years old and Etha was just 34. There was one son born to this marriage and with Etha's five children from her first marriage and Thomas' older children from his first marriage, they had quite a large family. The mill site that Etha's husband owned near Ringgold was apparently sold and she and her children lived with Thomas on his Ogburn estate, which was west of Clarksville, referred to as both in Dotsonville and Woodlawn. In 1889, Thomas Ogburn died and Ethalinda continued to run the Ogburn/Jones farm west of Clarksville. In 1898, she wrote her will and sometime between 1910 and 1912, she movedto Clarksville to live with her daughter Lucy Jones Daniel. Ethalinda died there on December 1, 1912, at the age of 86.

Ethalinda married Thomas Anthony Jones on September 10, 1846 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2.
For information on their children, see his page.

Ethalinda married second to Thomas Ogburn on September 3, 1860 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2. He was born on February 22, 1800 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia 34. He died on January 18, 1889 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 34. He is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Thomas was first married to Sarah "Sally" P. Bayliss, by whom he had 7 children: Mary, Adaline, Josiah, Benjamin, Hockett, Dawson, and Ethalinda.

They had one child:

1 John Henry Ogburn was born on July 25, 1861 in Woodlawn, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1,31. He died on September 11, 1946 in Madison, Davidson Co., Tennessee 1,31. He is buried in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hickory Point, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Florence Powers on January 1, 1913 in Davidson Co., Tennessee 32. (She was born on September 17, 1881 1 and died on August 5, 1956 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 33. She is buried in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hickory Point, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)

Sources:

1. Cemetery index, Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hickory Point, Tennessee.
2. Original marriage records, Montgomery Co., Tennessee
3. Tombstone inscriptions, Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee
4. Obituary of Etha Ogburn, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, December 2, 1912
5. Obituary of David Brodie, Nashville Christian Advocate, April 29, 1871
6. Whitley, Edythe R. Red River Settlers. 1980.
7. Kentucky Marriages to 1850. (Ancestry.com)
8. Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900. (Ancestry.com)
9. Assorted US Federal Census records
10. California Death Index
11. Abstract of death notice of Henry S. Brodie, Nashville Christian Advocate, February 15, 1890
12. International Genealogical Index
13. Kentucky Death Index
14. Online gedcom family file
15. North Carolina Marriages to 1825. (Ancestry.com)
16. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850. (Ancestry.com)
17. Abstract of death notice of Lodowick Brodie, Nashville Christian Advocate, March 27, 1851
18. Tennessee Marriages to 1825. (Ancestry.com)
19. Burgess & Peters Funeral Home Records, Lauderdale Co., Tennessee 20. Cemetery index, Harris-Fletcher Cemetery, Christian Co., KY
21. Abstract of death notice of Eliza Brodie, The Nashville Christian Advocate, Nov. 9, 1893
22. Online cemetery index, Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Warren Co., OH
23. Tombstone inscriptions, Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison Co., IL
24. Journal of Francis Asbury, Methodist Episcopal missionary (via research of Shirley Schoonover)
25. Fort Campbell Burials a short online listing of some graves moved for the creation of Fort Campbell, from Judy Maupin (Echoes from the Past), 1981 (http://www.westernkyhistory.org/trigg/maupin/ftcamp.html).
26. Marriages of Granville County, North Carolina, 1753-1858.
27. Death Certificate of Frank G. Brodie, 1915, Jefferson Co., KY.
28. Death Certificate of Belle P. Brodie, 1918, Jefferson Co., KY.
29. Georgia Genealogical Magazine, 1972.
30. Tombstone of Sarah Brodie, Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, OH
31. Death certificate of John H. Ogburn, 1946, Davidson Co., TN, #18580 32. Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950. http://www.familysearch.org
33. Tennessee Death Index, 1949-2009, on Shelby County Register of Deeds, http://register.shelby.tn.us/index.php
34. Information from Kent McMahon at [e-mail address withheld]
35. Hallett, Archibald C., Early Bermuda Records, 1619-1826 (1991).
36. Cemetery Index, Jordan/Grace Shelby Cemetery, Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library
37. Obituary of Susan W. Broaddie, Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate, Oct. 5, 1854
38. Obituary of James Brodie, unknown Clarksville, TN newspaper, Aug. 11, 1883