Biography of William Broughton
Crawford County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM BROUGHTON, farmer, P. O. Beaver Centre, was born in the town of Barre, Orleans Co., N. Y., July 22, 1818; son of Michael and Maryba (Lewis) Broughton, former a native of Rutland County, Vt. They were parents of two children. His first wife dying in 1820, Michael Broughton married, in 1827, Sallie Gillan a native of Canada. In the fall of 1835 they came to this county, settling in Conneaut Township on a fifty acre piece of woodland which he and his sons cleared up and converted into a farm. He was a stone mason by trade. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in the fall of 1859 leaving seven children out of a family of thirteen by his second wife. who is now living with her third husbaud, Lorenzo Hammond, in Ashtabula County, Ohio. She had six Sons in the late war, one of whom died in a rebel prison and another of disease. She has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over fifty years, although brought up a Quaker. Our subject came to this county with his father, and for thirty years worked chiefly at his trade of stone mason. He assisted in constructing the locks on Erie Extension Canal. He was married February 18, 1842, to Hester Flowers, a native of Warsaw Township, N. Y., and daughter of Carl W. Flowers, who settled in this township in 1835; he was a soldier in the war of 1812; reared a family of six children, five now living. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She died in 1838 and he followed her in 1869. To our subject and wife have been born ten children, seven now living, viz: Lucy A., wife of L. W. Odell; Adda H., wife of James E. Fenner; Sarah E., wife of M. Young; Mary E., wife of F. Hicks; Villa M.; Tina J., wife of William Mathews; and Edith E. Mr. Broughton is owner of fifty acres of land. In politics he is a Republican.

History of Crewford County, Pennsylvania
Warner, Beers & Co.,
Chicago; 1895

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