Family Historical Registry of Alexander Broadfoot2

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  • ID: I2178
  • Name: William Broadfoot
  • Suffix: , Jr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1780 in Inch, Wigtown, Scotland
  • Death: 1858 in Trenton, MS
  • Note:


    1. Has No Children Charles Chalmers BROADFOOT b: 1 Jun 1818 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC
    2. Has No Children William I BROADFOOT b: 1820 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC
    3. Has No Children John Henderson BROADFOOT b: 1823 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC
    4. Has No Children Mary Grace BROADFOOT b: 1825 in Chatham, NC
    5. Has No Children William BROADFOOT b: 1826 in Chesterfield, SC
    6. Has Children Andrew BROADFOOT b: 1828 in South Carolina
    7. Has No Children Elizabeth Jane BROADFOOT b: 1831 in South Carolina
    8. Has Children Peter BROADFOOT b: 10 Oct 1833 in South Carolina
    9. Has No Children James BROADFOOT b: 1836 in South Carolina
    10. Has No Children Margaret Milroy BROADFOOT b: 1839 in Chambers, ALFrom Nate Bramlet <>: Emigrated to USA about 1800.

    Deborah Broadfoot <>, Jackson, Mississippi, also descends from this line.


    From Judy Broadfoot Culbertson: In regard to Peter's father William, he was married to Eliza Chalmers who died when they were visiting relatives in Alabama. William, husband of Eliza Chalmers,and father of Peter came to this country from Scotland and went to Fayetteville, N.C. to work for his uncle William. At one point he managed some land for him, but doesn't sound as if he was very successful, because he moved around quite a bit. He and his brother Andrew also show up in a census in South Carolina (as young men). Then I believe they were in Alabama, near Florence. They had a daughter born in Alabama, also named Eliza (found this in a census). I was told by some descendants of the Zion Lutheran Church founders that the Broadfoots traveled to Smith County Mississippi in a wagon train from Lexington, South Carolina with several other Lutheran families who established this church (now burned, but rebuilt up the road from the original). Peter's brother Andrew lived a mile or two from Peter's family, just over the line in Scott County Mississippi. As you probably know, Peter fought for the Confederacy, was captured at Vicksburg and served six months in a Union prison near Chicago. After the war, he came back to Mississipppi, where he farmed and clerked in a general store.


    Also from Judy Broadfoot Culbertson: I am the great-granddaughter of Peter Donaldson and Sara Ann Gasque
    Broadfoot and the granddaughter of William Gasque and Martha Zuleka McKoy
    Broadfoot. Martha was known to her children as "Mattie" and that appears on
    her tombstone, but Martha was her real name according to a McKoy neice.
    My grandfather is the one referred to as "Willie", who left Mississippi and
    moved to Longview, Texas where his three sons (Malcolm Graham, William
    Clifton, Edwin Riggs) and one daughter (Margaret Jewel) were born.

    My father was William Clifton, "Bill"Broadfoot and he kept in touch with
    his relatives as best he could. I often heard him speak of Aunt Lilllian,
    Aunt Kate (Caughman), Uncle Andrew, the Bonham Broadfoots, Kansas
    Broadfoots, etc. About summer before last, I remebered having met Jean
    Ross (Mrs. Knox) when my father took me to meet her in Pelahatchie,
    Mississippi. She is, as I am sure you know, is the granddaughter of Aunt
    Kate. I got her phone number from information, contacted her, and she
    steered me to the Zion cemetery near Burns where the Broadfoots are buried.
    We had a very nice lunch together and I really felt an instant rapport.
    What a great lady she is!

    My father grew up in Longview and lived there when he met my mother, Vela.
    At the time, he was working for my grandfather in the Broadfoot Hardware
    store which my grandfather owned. Later they moved back to my mother's
    hometown of Vidalia, Georgia where my brother, Larry still lives. I live
    in Dallas (as a result of an education at S.M.U. which my Texas father
    insisted on!).

    My father had in his possession a document he got from his father, referred
    to in our family as "the scroll". "The scroll" listed a similar genealogy
    to the one you have and is actually nothing more than my grandfather's
    writing on a large piece of butcher paper, origin of facts unknown. (but my
    brother and I still fight over this "family heirloom") We surmise however,
    that he got his facts from the North Carolina (Fayetteville) Broadfoots
    because he seems to have been in touch with two old maids (Broadfoot) who
    were avid historians. I remember that my father took me to visit them at
    their house (very old house with a spinning wheel) when I was very young
    and they discussed family history. In Fayetteville, by the way , there is
    still a Broadfoot Avenue or Street where the old Broadfoot house once stood.
    The house is described in a book about historic Fayetteville houses.

    There is a little prologue at the beginning of the chart which relates some
    facts about William (son of William and Grace). It says that William left
    Scotland at age 19-- that his family lived in Cruggleton, Scotland
    (Wigtonshire) and that he sailed from the Isle of Whithorn. (On my trip to
    Scotland I found that the Isle of Whithorn is only about five miles up the
    road from Cruggleton and that it is not an "isle", but a peninsula). It
    also says that seven families sailed from Scotland beginning in 1774 and
    that at least two of the ships were named the "Golden Rule" and "Jean". (I
    recently found both ships' names listed in an index (Internet) of Colonial
    Ships to America which had sailed from Scotland to America. Unfortunately,
    I found no passenger list). At least one brother, Andrew came with him to
    North Carolina (Fayetteville, Cross Creek, Campbellton, etc. area). He
    corresponded with his sister, Mary, who stayed in Scotland to care for their
    father and my borther, Larry, has a copy of that letter

    My grandfather wrote that William first went to Fayetteville where he had
    relatives. He became a furniture merchant, but went security for a debtor
    and failed. He liquidated his business and for a while, lived with his
    servants in South Carolina. In 1842, he moved to Mississippi with 5 slaves.
    Knowing little or nothing about farming,he left most of the farming to his
    slaves while he acted as agent for a rich relative in the sale of some
    Mississippi lands. pursuant to this transacation he became the owner of a
    640 acre tract of land three miles from Trenton, Mississippi, a small
    village where the family made theri smaller purchases (all that remains
    today of Trenton is a church, stop and go type of store, and a small
    "Trenton"sign-- but it's there!) For almost twenty years, prior to the
    American Civil War, William and his family lived comfortably on the farm
    with their six slaves.

    Peter Donaldson Broadfoot grew to manhood and at the age of twenty-eight had
    become a clerk in a general merchandise establishment at Raymond,
    Mississippi near Jackson. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered, but
    his parents did not approve of the fighting because they were Whigs (or so
    said my grandfather) and did not approve of settling the slavery issue by
    any way other than legislation. And you know the rest of the story.

  • _UID: 00DAD4BEFF284497B4947E8EA843A9FB51C3

    Father: William Broadfoot b: ABT 1755 in Inch, Wigtown, Scotland
    Mother: Grace Broadfoot b: ABT 1758 in Ronchon, Wigtownshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Jane Chalmers b: BET 1780 AND 1798 in Chapel Hill, NC
    • Married: 1814 in NC
    • Note:

      Date: 20 OCT 1814
      Place: Fayetteville, Cumberland Co, NC
    1. Has Children Andrew Broadfoot b: 1828 in NC
    2. Has Children Peter Donaldson Broadfoot b: 22 SEP 1833 in NC
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