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Wilkes County, North Carolina
      The first reference to the Broyhill name in Wilkes County, North Carolina is to Mary Broyhill who wed Nathaniel Brown in February of 1810.  James Broyhill was the bondsman.  On October 15th of that year, James purchased two tracts of land, totaling 279 acres, from William McGill on Warrior Creek in Wilkes County.  James is listed on the 1810 Census as living in Wilkes, but under the name of James Bray. He does not appear on either the 1790 or 1800 North Carolina Census. He apparently moved to Wilkes sometime between 1806 and 1809.
     James and Rebecca and their six children lived near the Earps and Hamptons, who had also migrated from Pittsylvania County.  Abednego Earp served in the Revolutionary War and a comparison of military records shows that he and James may have met earlier at Hillsboro.  In any event, they probably swapped "war stories".  Other neighbors, included the Gilreath and Davis Families, who had settled in Wilkes at least twenty years earlier.  Two of James' and Rebecca's children would marry Hamptons; a third would marry a Davis.  Their grand daughter would marry an Earp and their great granddaughter would marry a Gilreath.
     On April 27, 1812, James sold Morris Wood the 147 acres that he purchased on Childrey Creek.  This was probably the land he received from his father a half dozen years earlier.
     Warrior Baptist Church was formed on May 1799, at Boomer, in an old log house on the waters of Warrior Creek.  It became Zion Hill Church in 1814 and James was elected a deacon. James Broyhill next appears in Wilkes County records on February 20, 1822, when he sold Richard Hood two tracts of land (No money was given). The first was for 200 acres on a branch, which was known as the old McGill place, and the second was for an unspecified number of acres on the northwest corner of the first tract, adjacent Josiah Dyer and a conditional line made between James Broyhill and John N. Broyhill.
    The Superior Court Minutes for Wilkes County begin in 1807 and all have been searched from then through 1874. They show that on July 22, 1827 an inquisition was taken at the home of James Broyhill to view the body of William Johnson, late of Monroe County, Tennessee, lying dead. James was one of the jury that viewed the body. William Johnson came to his death by accident by William W. Wellborn firing his gun at a deer and not seeing the deceased, as established by the testimony of James.

The rebellious colonists had not only thrown out English government, but also its
Anglican Church. Repeated waves of conversion to Protestantism swept the South.
The Baptist religion was well suited to the philosophy of many Southerners.

      On October 12, 1828, James Broy Hill (two words) sold William Triplett 205 acres on Warrior Creek adjacent to Spillsby Trible, on the conditional line between James Broy Hill and David Brown, including five acres for the Mill; of that 60 acres where David Brown then lived. The tract was conveyed to James Broy Hill by Jessee Hall, but no record of the transaction appears in Wilkes Deeds Books.
    In September of 1830, James Broyhill brought suit against William W. Wellborn and Alfred Minton, cause not given. It was continued through the March term of 1831 and the March term of 1832. When finally heard in March of 1834, James was represented by an agent. The case was resolved in favor of the defendant.

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