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Adam Broyles (abt. 1728 - 1782)

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Adam Broyles
Born about in Spotsylvania County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Culpeper Co., Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Washington Co.,
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Adam was the son of Jacob and Mary Catherine Broyles. The identity of his wife is a mystery. Prof. Keith had posited[1] that she was Mary Wilhoit, daughter of Tobias. (Tobias Wilhoit made reference to his daughter Mary Broyles in his will.) It is now generally agreed that Mary Wilhoit married Cyrus Broyles, and that they named their son Tobias after Mary's father. Keith corrected his error.[2]

Judging from the land records in Virginia, and his estate inventory in Washington Co., Tenn., Adam would appear to have been the most financially secure of Jacob's sons.

Along with several of his brothers, Adam made the move from Virginia to western North Carolina (now Tennessee) around the year 1780. Like them he also entered large tracts of land in Kentucky, but his dreams were cut short by his untimely death at the age of 54 or so.

Eldest son Moses either chose to stay in Virginia or returned to Virginia. The rest of the children made the journey to Tennessee. After Adam's death most of them and their families moved to Pendleton District, S.C. (later Anderson Co.). Son Aaron achieved prominence there.

Note that there were several men by the name of Adam Broyles in East Tennessee at the same time. This Adam generally spelled his name without an 's' at the end.

All of the following records until 1780 are from Culpeper Co., Va.

10 Mar 1753 - Adam Broyle, assignee of George Moyer, patents 375 acres on Island Run, now called White Oak Run, adjacent to: Moyer's patent of 24 Jun 1726, Adam Yeager, Michael Kaifer, Christoper Moyer. (This looks like the area Harnsbarger and Motz patented.)

6 Aug 1754 - George Moyer sells to Adam Broyl 150 acres. This may mark his marriage.[2] Though, same date, George Moyer, with "indenture of feofment" transfers 375 acres to Adam Broyle. Adam apparently sued Moyer and won the case.

1754 - The estate of William Nash, dec'd "to Adam Broile £6.10.6 ..." [3] This deserves some investigation. Perhaps Adam's wife was William Nash's daughter, though this may be nothing more than a note.

17 Jun 1756 - Adam Broyl and wife Mary sell 150 acres to Nicholas Broyl. This was the land bought in 1754.[2]

21 Oct 1756 - George Moyer, Jr. sells to Jacob Broyles, Jr., land joining Adam Broyl.

3 Nov 1761 - Adam is named in his father's will. Culpeper Co., Va.[4]

19 Aug 1762 - John Wayland buys 64 acres from Adam and Mary Broil on White Oak Run. He signs his name, she makes her mark.[2]

30 Mar 1763 - Adam Broil and Nicholas Broil are appointed executors of Adam Wilhoit's will.[3]

21 Jul 1763 - Adam Broyle presents the will of Adam Wilhoit as executor, with Nicholas Broil. He was named executor 30 May 1763. [3]

1763 - "Adam Broyle v. Christopher Moyer. Cont'd", "Adam Broyle v. Christopher Moyer. Dismissed agreed, "Adam Broyle v. John Clore. Dismissed" [59]:405, "John Clore v. Adam Broyle. Dismissed".[5]

3 Jun 1764 - Adam Broyle. is granted 375 acres on "Island Run now called White Oak Run" in Culpeper Co. The grant contains 275 acres of surplus land found within the 100 acres, part of George Moyer's patent of 24 Jun 1726, which Moyer sold to Broyle by deed of feoffment.[6]

18 Nov 1771 - Mary Catherine Broils (Adam's mother), Adam Broile, Matthias and Eva Broile sell to John Glassell 166 acres on the Robinson River.[2] This was probably the 156 acres that Jacob Broyles had willed his son Matthias. The reason so many people were required to sell it was that Mary Catherine was still alive, Matthias and Eva had to renounce their rights to it, and Adam was involved since he was administrator.

21 Jan 1772 - Adam Broile buys 1340 acres from James Barbour, Jr. for 504 pounds sterling and 4 shillings.[2]. Adam and Mary sell the land off in pieces, as detailed below, starting on the very day of purchase. See 1780 for what may be the final sale.[2]

21 Jan 1772 - 283 acres on Robinson Fork to John Yager.
21 Jan 1772 - 116 acres to Michael Broile.
15 Mar 1772 - 139 acres to Connard Wilhoit.
15 Feb 1773 - 235 acres to Matthias Broile.
18 May 1773 - 290 acres to Robert Fleshman.

22 Jan 1772 - Adam Broyle witnesses the sale of 200 acres to Adam Yager, from John and Catherine (Broyles) Wayland.[1]

1772 - He is a sponsor at the baptism of Solomon Breil, son of Peter.

20 Mar 1775 - Adam Broyle & Mary Catherine Broyle, John Broyle & wife Margaret, Mathis Broyle sell 70 acres to John Glassell of Culpeper Co.

1776 - Adam is listed as a trustee of Hebron Church, which is interesting because his name is not frequently found in the church records.[2]

5 Jun 1780 - Adam Broyl and wife Mary sell 200 acres, for £1000, to Thomas Porter. This probably marks their move to Tenn.[2]

- Adam moves to Washington Co., N.C., the area of western North Carolina that became Tennessee.

1780 - Adam enters (claims) 1500 acres in Jefferson Co., Ky. on the Rockcastle River, and 1500 acres on the Licking River.[7] Apparently he never took up the claims.

21 May 1781 -The first of the two above entries was surveyed for Adam.[2]

19 Apr 1782 - Soon after their arrival in Washington County, Adam Broyles makes his will: To eldest son Moses, 200 acres bought of Joseph Bullard southside Little Limestone. To sons Aaron and Joshua, land where I live. To daughter Milla Panther, 200 acres I bought of George Doherty. To daughter Mima Broyles, 60 Lb. currency. To daughter Anne Brown, 5 shillings. To daughter Mary, 50 Lb. currency. Negroes and Kentucky lands. wit: Conrad Willhight, Mathias Broyles, John Waddle. Exec: Joseph Brown, Moses Broyles, and William Moore.[8]

May 1782 - The will is probated, Washington Co., N.C. There is no mention of his wife, which indicates that she has already died. (Burgner, ibid.)

1782 - Adam's inventory is returned by William Moore, executor of the will. His estate included 23 head of cattle, 4 horses, 48 hogs, 14 negroes, and one silver watch. Bonds due him, and paper money amounted to more than 1982 pounds!

22 May 1789 - Moses Broyles (Adam's son) transfers execution of his father's will to "trusty friend John Shields."[9] Though Moses was named an executor, he was living in Virginia, and would have thus been unable to complete his duties. (This date certainly looks suspicious)

1796 - Tennessee is admitted to the union.

23 Jul 1796 - In a notice regarding a land claim, in "The Kentucky Gazette", William Tremble mentions Adam Broyl.[10]

Apr 1800 - At a Chancery Court held in Fleming Co., Ky., the heirs of Adam Bryles, deceased, bring suit agains William Wilson and Michael Cassidy. The suit mentions the 1500 acres of land that was entered by Adam Broyles in 1780. The named heirs are Joshua Broyles, William Goucher and wife Mary, Aaron Broyles, Adam Panther and wife Milley, Hugh Brown and wife Jemima. [11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Keith, Prof. Arthur Leslie, The German Colony of 1717 in The William and Mary Quarterly, First Series, vol. 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Keith, id#6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dorman, John Frederick, Culpeper Co., Va., Will Book A, 1749-1770
  4. Culpeper Co., Va., Will Book A, p284
  5. unknown author, Abstracts of Culpeper Co., Va., Court Records 1763-64, p405
  6. Library of Virginia, Northern Neck Grants, Book M:283
  7. Jillson, Willard, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, Filson Club, Louisville, KY, 1926, p178
  8. Burgner, Goldene Fillers, Washington Co., Tenn., Wills, 1777-1872, Southern Historical Press, 1983, p1
  9. Broyles, John K., Sr., The Broyles Family Ties, in 10 volumes, self-published 1969-1981, vol. 5:104
  10. Green, The Kentucky Gazette 1787-1800
  11. Fleming Co., Ky., Chancery Court document, April Session, 1800, photocopy

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