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Broadwell Name Study

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Surname/tag: Broadwell
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How to Join

The project is currently open, so anybody can edit, but to collaborate please contact the project leader R. Neff or post a comment/question to the right. Thanks!

Even without officially joining, you can add any of your Broadwell profiles to the project by putting this template into the bio section: {{One Name Study|name=Broadwell}}


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Broadwell surname and the related variants of that name. The spelling has been surprisingly consistent since the 1600's, but rarely Broadwill, Brodwell, even Brawdwell have been seen, other variants may exist. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Family Overview

William Broadwell who died in 1689 is the first Broadwell known to be in the American colonies, starting in 1677. That is currently the only known migration of Broadwells to the United States/colonies. They helped settle Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth, basically a suburb of New York city). They married into the Lindsley family, who had helped settle Newark, New Jersey.

Of the descendants, one group went north into New York state, another group went to Ohio (before it was a state) and then Illinois (right at the beginning of statehood). By now there is likely a Broadwell or Broadwell descendant in all 50 states.

Brushes with History

There are several Revolutionary War veterans (good claims, but not yet verified), as well as a father-in-law (Major Joseph Lindsley) who may have met with George Washington; another Broadwell argued a case against Abraham Lincoln; two Broadwell houses near Cincinnati are in the historic registry, Moses Broadwell built one of the oldest surviving brick structures in Illinois. The grandson of Moses laid out a town called Broadwell in Illinois, on historic Route 66. An even smaller town of Broadwell exists in Athens county, Ohio.

On the infamy side, Dick Broadwell was a member of the Dalton Gang in Kansas, and killed in October 1892, while attempting to flee a bank robbery. Three other members of the gang died immediately, Dick was able to get out of town on horseback, but succumbed a short distance away.

Samuel Morse (of Morse code fame) is a distant cousin, thru William I's wife Mary Morse.

Task List

In no particular order:

  • Was Edward Broadwell really the father of William Broadwell? Can we go farther back?
  • Who really was/were the wife/wives of William Broadwell III?
  • Getting actual records from the National Archives or other proof of American Revolution ancestors, including: Moses, William IV, Samuel, Simeon, and Jacob
  • Also tracing the Lindsley/Lindly/Linsey line as the two families intersect several times while in northern New Jersey.
  • We're missing Broadwells who migrated to NY. The Andrew Broadwell book (see resources) could be useful for that.
  • Also missing some Broadwells that stayed in the Cincinnati region, and a couple that pop up down south, such as the "famous steamboat captain James Broadwell", who was involved in the "Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case".
  • What is the ancestry of Judge James Bradwell? He was born in England, he and his wife were very interesting people, see his Wikipedia entry. Why did they go from England to Utica NY, to Jacksonville IL (both towns where Broadwells lived), unless seeking out Broadwells?
  • Was William B. involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush, as a son's find-a-grave record claims?
  • Broadwells in the Oklohama Census of 1890 need to be incorporated into the tree.
    • 3/3/18 added, but not connected.
  • Fit in miscellaneous people like Lewis and unconnected Broadwells already on WikiTree.
  • Fra Broadwell Dana sounds interesting


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On 3 Mar 2018 at 23:40 GMT L Sauls wrote:

I have added the Broadwells from the 1890 Oklahoma Census, with as many sources as showed up on Family Search for Darthulia, but they still need to be connected to the larger tree.

On 1 Jan 2018 at 15:08 GMT L Sauls wrote:

Hi R., Thanks for starting this study! I would like to join -- one of my grandmothers was a Broadwell whose line goes through Ohio back to New Jersey.

Happy New Year!