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The Post War Years
     After his service at Yorktown, James returned to Halifax County. In 1783 and 1784 James Braughill brought suits against Ambrose Hunt, which he won. James Braughhill (two h's) purchased 200 acres of land, location not given in the index, from Cox and his wife, which was recorded August 19, 1784.
     In his Revolutionary War Pension Application, James stated that he married Rebecca Bailey while living in Halifax County.  This is supported by a deposition made by his son James Jr., which accompanied the application. The marriage records of Halifax show that Rebecca Bailey, daughter of  Joseph Bailey was married on September 22, 1785, by Rev. Thomas Dobson, but her groom is named as James Bray. In his pension request, James stated that he may have been carried on the muster rolls of his unit under the name "Bray," as he was often called by that name. Surely this is the marriage of James Broyhill. The 1810 census lists Rebecca as being between the ages of 16 and 45, establishing she was born after 1765, thus she was at least four years younger than James.  In the 1785 marriage bond, her father certified that she was over 21 years old, thus born before 1764.
      James stated that he lived for seven to ten years after the war in Pittsylvania County "and removed from there to Wilkes County, N.C.," which suggests that since the war was over in 1781, he moved to Wilkes around 1791.  All available information suggests that this is inaccurate by many years.  Deeds show that James Broughill of Halifax County purchased 200 acres from James Doss Jr. of Pittsylvania County in July of 1792.  The deed is illegible, but appears to be for 200 acres on a creek in Halifax County. It was recorded in Pittsylvania County. Pittsylvania County Court Orders show that on July 16, 1792, William Wimbish, Executor, brought suit against James Bray and, in a separate suit, Jno Pannill, Estate executor, filed suit against James Broy. On June 19, 1797, James Broughill of Pittsylvania County purchased from James Martin of Fairfax County 143 acres on both sides of Beech Tree Creek in Pittsylvania County. Later that year, a lawsuit was brought against James Broughill by Laban Thurman, also in Pittsylvania County.
    In 1802, William and James Browhill acknowledged a deed in Halifax. On Dec. 15, 1805, James Broyhill and his wife Rebecca sold the land on Beech Tree Creek to Mickael Mullins for one negro girl named Rachel. This marked the first documented account of James using the Broyhill surname and the only record of his having ever owned a slave. On October 27, 1806, William Brayhill transferred an unspecified number of acres on Childrey Creek to James Brayhill, which they recorded in Halifax.  Sale of this land was probably in preparation for migrating to North Carolina..

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