Davis Broyhill, son of John Norman Broyhill
(1816-1890+) m. Emeline Goodnight.
|Tom was born Oct. 17, 1816 at Moravian
Falls, NC. The family Bible of William A. Broyhill (last known
to be in the possession of Dewey Broyhill) names Thomas' wife as Emaline
Goodnight. Gene Knight states that she had been married before and
had a son name William F. Nelson. More than likely Goodnight was
her maiden name and Nelson was the name she acquired by her first
Tom left Wilkes County as a young man. In 1840,
he was living in Tazewell County, Ill. In the census of that year,
it listed him as having three in his household: one male 20-30 years
old, one female of the same age and one male 5-10 years old, the latter
possibly being the child of his wife. His grandfather, James, the
first Broyhill, moved to Tazewell in the late 1820's. Thomas
probably went with him. No record of his death.
Sometime after the death of his wife, he
returned to Wilkes County for a visit, bringing with him his daughter,
Mary Ellen. This was about 1890 and both Dewey Broyhill and Dessie
Broyhill remember the visit. Tom and Emaline had three
Thomas is listed on the 1850 census a living in Wilkes
County. He is 35 years old, a farmer, born in North Carolina.
His wife is listed as Emeline, age 37. In their household is
William Nelson, 19, Mary E. Broyhill, 10 and George Broyhill 6.
All three children were born in Illinois.
About the Kids
|Mary - Married Daniel Knight. The Gene Knight, cited above,
descends from her. In 1976, he was living at Box 718; Riddle,
Oregon. 97469. (503) 874-2489.
George - Died in the Civil War
Laura - Born April 16, 1847 and died two weeks later on May 2nd.
Broyhill Family Tree
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