Francis Broughton, retired, is a highly respected citizen of East Springfield, and a veteran of the Civil War.
He was born in Crawford County, Pa., Aug. 12, 1844, and is the son of Micheal and Sally (Gillian) Broughton.
Michael Broughton was a native of Vermont and his wife was born in Philadelphia. They were early settlers of Crawford
County, where Mr. Broughton engaged in general farming. He cleared 50 acres of land, built a log cabin, and besides
his farming interests worked at his trade as a mason. To Mr. and Mrs. Broughton, deceased, the following children
were born: William and Marietta, both deceased; Eli, a Civil War veteran, deceased; Truman, a Civil War veteran,
deceased; Jane, deceased; Henry, a Civil War veteran, deceased; Pulaski, a Civil War veteran, deceased; Francis,
the subject of this sketch; and Addison, a Civil War veteran,deceased.
Francis Broughton was reared and educated in Beaver Township, Crawford County, and when a young man became the
owner of 102 acres of land, which he improved. He became a prosperous farmer and stockman and lived in Crawford
County until 1910, when he removed to East Springfield, where he now lives retired.
During the Civil War Mr. Broughton enlisted in Company I, 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry, and engaged in many important
battles of the war, including Gettysburg, Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor. He is a member of the Grand Army of the
On Dec. 1, 1867, Mr. Broughton was married to Miss Agnes Miller, a native of Scotland, and the daughter of Andrew
and Agnes (McArthur) Miller, who came to this country from Scotland in 1851. Mr. and Mrs. Miller had eight children,
as follows: Mary, Jessie, and Alexander, deceased; Mrs. Broughton; John, a Civil War veteran, deceased; Walter,
lives at Painesville, Ohio; Charles and Jeanette, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Broughton had four children: Jessie, married
Wayne Whitford, deceased; Walter, deceased; Ellen, died in infancy; and Sarah, married Lynn Drury, lives at East
Mr. Broughton is a dependable citizen of Erie County. He is a Republican.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
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