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Irving Broaddus, son of Lunsford, grandson of Reuben
Posted by: Phyllis Richerson (ID *****3348) Date: January 08, 2007 at 07:00:30
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Good Morning, Broadduses!

Still working on our Eleanor Broaddus, dtr of Reuben Broaddus, wife of Thomas Richerson, all of Caroline Co VA

A reminder to google the name of your ancestor periodically--new items come online all the time.

For example, I googled "Reuben Broaddus" again last night and found, from the Brigham Young University Library family history archives ( a site I never new existed)

a biographical sketch of IRVING BROADDUS. The book "The Biographical Record" of which a portion is in this online file, appears to have been written about 1896 or 1897. Marshall County, Illinois prominent citizens.

Here's the gist:

Irving Broaddus, son of Lunsford and Nancy Gayle Broaddus,
grandson of Reuben and Elizabeth Garland Broaddus.

Born July 24, 1840.

The bio says Lunsford and Nancy, disgusted with slavery after the Nat Turner insurrection, moved by keelboat to Cincinnati OH, wagon route to Connersville Indiana, where Lunsford bought 200 acres and they lived 3 years. Children Reuben and Susan born there.
Aug. 1835, arrived in Lacon Illinois "thus becoming pioneers of Marshall County."
Lunsford: supervisor of the county, county assessor, Universalist, one of best Bible students in the state, fine historian, speaker, temperance lecturer, farmer, note auctioneer.
Purchased land in 1835 in Hopewell township, which he named.
Lunsford died Dec. 6, 1864 age 70 yrs six months; Nancy died in 1872, born in 1796.
ELEVEN CHILDREN of Lunsford and Nancy:
1. Christopher, married Minerva Hall (still living at pub. date)
2. Eleanor, md. Eli Strawn, both dead
3. Elizabeth, md Enoch Sawyer, both dead
4. Helen md. at 17 to Wm. Strawn who died in 1894 leaving
10 children aged 29052. Mrs. Strawn lives on farm in
Marshall Co.
5. Leland, md Harriet Crane and then susan Case; lives in
Hennepin IL
6. Lucy, deceased, wife of F. H. Bond of Wenona, a noted
teacher, from MAss.
7. Caroline md H. E. Wire, both dead
8. Reuben, md. Mary J. Forbes, lives in Varna IL
9. Susan, widow of P. J. Bogardus, lives in Oklahoma
10. Andrew S., md Sarah Forbes and (2) Jennie Hewit. He
lives in Lacon IL, father of Christopher Broaddus,
deputy sheriff of Marshall Co.
11. Irving
Irving studied in the county, then in Blooming. Has
valuable farm of 320 acres on Section 31, Hopewell twp, his home for 54 years before coming to Lacon in 1894.
Stock raiser, horse judge. Noted auctioneer.
Irving md. Ruth Forbes, Hopewell twp Marshall Co IL
NOv. 18, 1863. Dtr of Peter (NC) and Sarah Buckingham (PA) Forbes. Father cattleman who died at 42 in 1860 "on the day of PResident Lincoln's first election."
Ruth's mother Sarah died in 1870 at age 51. They were Universalists and had 7 children: Mary (Mrs. John Kennedy); William (md. Laura Mayes) of Herper Co KAnsas;
Ruth; Isaac M. of Hopewell Twp who md Fanny Thorp; Caleb who md Nellie Green; Sarah E, Mrs. Samuel Croft of Harper Co KAnsas.

Irving and Ruth had five children:
1. Savilla md John Davidson of Hopewell twp
a. John b. Ruth c. Le Roy d. Isaac
2. Cora md Leroy Cook of Chicago
3. Lillie May, at home
4. Walter member of class of 1897, Brown's Business College
of Peoria
5. Nancy R. "who will graduate at the Lacon High School in

Irving: free silver democrat, member of Modern Woodmen of American, public spirited

Traces his family back to Edward Broaddus who came form Wales to the new world in 1715 and settled on Gwynn Island in the James River.
Married to Mary Shipley and had 9 children, including Reuben.
Reuben married Elizabeth G. Garland, had 7 children, all deceased:
1. Christopher, died childless
2. Lunsford "father of our subject" narried about 1819
3. Leland, died childless
4. Andrew S.
5. Nancy
6. Lucy, the wife of Nathaniel Motley
7. Eleanor, "who married Reuben Richardson."

This is another confirmation that the given name of Thomas Richerson's Broaddus wife was in fact Eleanor.

After Thomas Richerson died in 1815, and his wife Eleanor Broaddus Richerson had died prior to his death, little son Reuben B. Richerson appears to have lived with his grandfather Reuben Broaddus.
There is a male 0-10 in the 1820 census and Reuben Broaddus's youngest son at the time, Andrew S. was 12 and would be the 10-16 male in the census.
In a lawsuit in 1821 Reuben Broaddus is guardian for Reuben B. Richerson (have only seen the index so far, not the suit)

Now I'm working on why Thomas Richerson apparently had the farm Auburn Hill, which Edmund Pendleton built for grandnephew John Pendleton, son of Edmund's nephew Edmund.

I have Edmund giving great nephew John 10,000 acres, bounded by Bottle or Mill Swamp, NOv. 10, 1789. Will follow that.

Books and family notes say Thomas "devised" Auburn Hill to his son Reuben in 1819. Since Thomas died in 1815, this would have been part of his estate. Haven't found the documents--yet!

hope this helps someone
Phyllis Richerson

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