Ruel Vandenburg Broyhill
son of Thomas Jefferson Broyhill
Ruel was born in Wilkes County, NC on March 29, 1885. He married
Fannie Aysel in Wilkes on Oct. 20, 1907. Fannie was born
Jan. 9, 1885 and was then 22 years old.
Ruel and his dad had been running a
sawmill and lumber store in North Wilkesboro when Woodrow Wilson took
office in 1912. Their business dropped off drastically.
About that time, some four hundred miles to the north east, the E.I. DuPont de
Nemours Company had purchased , "Hopewell," the historic Epes plantation in Prince George County, Virginia to build a dynamite
factory. But then Europe was plunged into war, France was overrun and
the Allies seemed to be taking a beating on all fronts. France and
England sought help from DuPont, who responded by scraping plans for the
dynamite factory in favor of building a large one devoted to the
manufacture of gun cotton, a basic essential for high powered artillery ammunition.
Ruel moved to Hopewell,
Virginia in 1915 to obtain work. He was later followed by other members of his
family. This resulted in one branch of the Broyhill
family returning to the Old Dominion. Fannie died in Hopewell,
Va. in October, 1977.
About the Kids
|Sally - Married Robert E. Petersen of Hopewell, Virginia on Oct. 8,
1929. They had five children: Herbert, Carol, Margaret, Robert and
Shirley. Carol lives at 915 Buren Street; Hopewell, Va.
23860. (804) 458-2765.
Thomas - Five children.
Ray - Two Children.
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