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Broadwell, Moses

Born: 1764-11-14 New Jersey

Died: 1827-04-10 Sangamon County, Illinois

During the Revolutionary War, Broadwell served as a private in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment. Broadwell married his second cousin, Jane Broadwell, on November 5, 1788. Shortly thereafter, the Broadwells moved west to a fort five miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1804, the Broadwells settled in Clermont County, Ohio. In June 1820, the Broadwells sold their land in Ohio and migrated to Beardstown, Illinois. In November and December of 1823, Broadwell purchased 2,149 acres of federal land in the northwestern quarter of Sangamon County, Illinois. Broadwell lived on a farm east of Pleasant Plains where he constructed the first brick house in Sangamon County.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 142-44; Moses Broadwell Compiled Service Record, Third New Jersey Infantry, "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War," RG 93, DNA; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 68:1, 2, 3, 7, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.