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Title: John Robert Broadie
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Upon the roll of representative citizens and prominent and influential agriculturalists of Washington township, Warren county, Indiana, appears the name at the head of this sketch.

Mr. Broadie has been a resident of this county, on the old Broadie homestead, since his birth. He has worked his way to a position of precedence in the agricultural world, while he is held in unqualified esteem by the people of his community. This old homestead has never passed out of the possession of the family since it was deeded by the government, in the early thirties of the nineteenth century, to the maternal grandfather, John R. Wilson, at the government land office, then located at Crawfordsville, Indiana. There is little lad in the county today that has remained in one family so long. One attractive feature of this farm was the many fine springs located within its spring of living water was a valuable asset. In succeeding years the crops produced from this farm have ever proved the intrinsic value of the soil. It was this particular part of the John R. and Anne Wilson estate, which consisted of thirteen hundred acres, that became the property of their only daughter, Martha J., the wife of Thomas Benton Broadie, parents of the subject.

The father, Thomas B., was born of Scotch parentage October 7, 1840, near Dayton, Indiana. His parents were John and Elizabeth Broadie, the former a native of Seaford, Sussex county, Delaware, the latter a native of Circleville, Ohio. They were the first couple married in Circleville, Ohio. The original spelling of the name is Brodie-the "a" being erroneously added after coming to America. After completing their common school education, Thomas Benton Broadie and Martha J. Wilson first met as students at Thorntown Academy, from which the latter graduated in 1860. the former heard his country's call to arms, and in 1862 abandoned his hopes of more education and enlisted with the Sixteenth Indiana Battery, Army of the Potomac, in the war of the Rebellion. He served his country three years as a Union soldier and was honorably discharged in 1865. Their marriage occurred November 9, 1865. They began their married life on the site of the present homestead. Much of this was yet uncleared, but Mr. Broadie was a successful tiller of the soil and with the sturdiness of his Scotch ancestry bravely went to work. He at first farmed on a small scale, but increased the cultivable area year by year until he had a splendid farm of one hundred and sixty acres. He also improved a farm in Jordan township of one hundred and sixty acres which lies one-half mile north of Hedrick, Indiana. The improvement of these two farms virtually constituted his life work. Mr. Broadie died January 31, 1890, aged a little more than forty-nine years. His widow survived him six years, in which time she turned her farming interests over to her son, John R., and built herself and family a comfortable, modern home on Falls street in Williamsport, Indiana. She died March 1, 1896, and was buried beside her husband in there family lot in the Williamsport cemetery.

Their family consisted of six children, viz.: Charles C., deceased; Anna M., now the wife of T. F. Christman, of Danville, Illinois; Augustus G., of Williamsport; James C., of Portland, Oregon; John R., the subject, and William E., deceased. John R. received his education in the commn schools of the county and since embarking in business for himself has been very successful in raising all crops common to the community and also gives considerable attention to stock raising, particularly to hogs. His home now consists of two hundred acres situated two and one-half miles northwest of Williamsport on the Watkins road. The residence is one of the most convenient and attractive homes in the township and bears evidence of the good ideas and excellent taste of its owner.

Politically, Mr. Broadie is allied with the Democratic party, though he is too busy to give much attention to politics. He and the members of his family are affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church, to which they are liberal contributors. Personally, Mr. Broadie is a pleasant and affable gentleman of honest convictions and sincere purposes, and his word is a good as his bond.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000951
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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