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                                by Marvin T. Broyhill III


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    All Broyhills descend from James (1760-1834).  He probably looked very  much like this frontiersman painted by  Frederick Remington. With coonskin cap, buckskin jacket, breeches and boots,  he was an entirely different breed of man from the powder wigged Englishman of the tidewater Virginia colonies.



      James was the progenitor of the modern Broyhill Family.  Every natural born Broyhill descends from him and, to the knowledge of this author, the name is only found in the United States. 
   The surname was originally Broughall.  "Brough" was the Roman word for a fortified place and "Hall" referred to an earthworks. English Parish records contain references to it dating back to the late 1500's.  The family has long been associated with the area around the small village of Broughall, in Shropshire, England, not far from Whitchurch.  Unfortunately early records are so fragmented, that its impossible to reconstruct the early families for more than one or two generations.
     However, James Broyhill was the grandson of William Broughill, who was christened at Sutton Maddock, Shorpshire, England, in 1714.  William's surname was a variant spelling of Broughall.  Young William immigrated to Virginia and was living in Caroline County when it began keeping court records in 1732.  Most of the Caroline County records were destroyed during the Civil War.  There are no surviving wills or deeds.  Even church parish records have been lost.  Only the Court Order survive. They date from 1732 and William's name appears in the first volume.  He was then 18 years old.  Beginning around 1750, the court records contain references to William Broyhill Jr. and John Broyhill, who were almost surely the sons of William the immigrant. 
     William Broughill Jr. married a woman named Sarah.  There is no record of her maiden name, but it may have been Norman.  They seem to have had only one son: James, who served in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War.  He fought Indians in Kentucky, served at the Battle of Camden and constructed entrenchments at Yorktown where he witnessed the surrender of the British Army, marking the end of the American Revolutionary War. In later years he received a government pension based on that military service.  His application for it contains a wealth of valuable information.
   William Jr. moved his family to Lunenburg Country in south central Virginia by 1772.  The county was subdivided and part of it became Halifax County, then divided again so that part became Pittsylvania County.  James lived in this area for over thirty years.
    In 1787, James married Rebecca Bailey in Halifax County. They had three sons and four daughters.  James was illiterate and various records reflect many variant spellings of his name - Bray, Brayl, Brayhill, Broy Hill, etc. -  but he seems to have settled on "Broyhill," about the time he migrated to Wilkes County, NC around 1805.   Around 1828, he moved to Illinois with his wife and two of his sons.  He died in 1834.  In general, the Broyhills of the mid-west descend from his sons James Jr. and William who moved to Illinois.  The Broyhills of Virginia and North Carolina descend from his son, John Norman.     The purpose of this website is to provide a comprehensive resource for information on James, his Broughall ancestors and his many descendants. Contributions are solicited.

Broyhill Genealogical Chart
Working Draft version 103.
This chart begins with James and identifies all of his known descendants through five generations.
As this extends into the 20th century, modern day Broyhills should be able to easily find their ancestors.
This is 24" x 36" poster in the form of a PDF.
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Once saved, burn a CD of the chart.  Many local printers can print it out for you.
When this poster is finalized, I will upload a high resolution version suitable for framing.

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