An American Family History


The Broyles Family
of Washington and Greene Counties, Tennessee


The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2

Hans Jacob Broyles married Mary Catherine Fleishman. They were from Germany and settled in what is now Virginia.

Adam Broyles (1728, married Rosannah),
Nicholas Broyles (1730),
Catherine Broyles Wayland (1732- stayed in Virginia),
Cyrus Broyles (1734),
Jacob Conrad Broyles (1735, married Elizabeth Yowell),
Peter Broyles (1738, stayed in Virginia),
Mary Elizabeth Broyles (1739),
Michael Broyles (1740, married Eva Klug),
Mathias Broyles (1742),
John Broyles (1745, stayed in Virginia), and
Zacharias Broyles (1746, stayed in Virginia),

Some of Jacob's children relocated to Washington County, Tennessee.

Adam, Nicholas, Cyrus, and Matthias lived on Little Limestone Creek by the Nolichucky River in the 1780's.

The Broylesville Inn was built about 1797. The original log house was built by Cyrus Broyles. Rosanna and Adam Broyles, Jr. used it as an inn.

Culpeper County, Virginia was established in 1749 from Orange County.


Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

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Nicholas Broyles was born in Virginia about 1730.

He married Dorothea Christler, daughter of Deobold Christler, before 1757.

Their children included:

Daniel Broyles (1757)
Elizabeth Broyles.
Abraham Broyles.
Sarah Broyles (1764, married Thomas Tipton),
Maria Broyles (1766)
Reuben Broyles.
Rosina Broyles (1770)
Phebe Broyles (1773)
Lea Broyles (1775, married William McGhee).

On September 28, 1782 Nicholas and Dolly Broyle sold land in Culpeper County, Virginia.

On May, 15, 1780 Nicholas Broyle entered 1,400 acres in Kentucky on the Green River.

On August 2, 1788, Nicholas Broyles bought 200 acres on the Little Limestone and 640 acres on the North side of Nolichuckey River at the mouth of Little Limestone in Washington County, Tennessee from Joseph Bullar.

The area where they lived was called Broylesville. Their neighbors included the Humphrey, Blackburn, Wilhoist, Greenway Yeager, McAllister, Telford, Green, Brown, Bashor, Garst, Swatzell, Stout, and Mitchell families.

On August 5, 1788 Nicholas and Dorothy Broiles sold 100 acres on the north side of Nolichuckey on Little Limestone and 320 acres on the north side of Nolichuckey beginning near the mouth of Little Limestone to Cyrus Broiles.

In 1789 Nicholas Broyles received a grant of 100 acres on the west side of Little Limestone.

On February 15, 1791, Nicholas Broils sold Solomon and Elizabeth Yeager 100 acres at the mouth of Little Limestone and 100 acres lying on west side of Little Limestone.

On September 17, 1797 Nicholas Broyles sold his son Abraham Broyles land on Little Limestone, joining Cyrus Broyles.

On September 19, 1797 Nicholas Broyles sold the heirs of Rheuben Broyles 129
acres joining Cyrus Broyles, James Grimes, John McAllister, and Solomon
Yeager. The deed had the reservation that the heirs of Rheuben Broyles allow Nicholas Broyles and wife Dorothy the use of the part on the north side of Onion

On August 5, 1806 Nicholas Broyle sold Abraham Broyles an enslaved girl.

On September 15, 1806 Nicholas Broyle sold Sollomon Yeager an enslaved girl.

The inventory of Nicholas Broyles was presented to the Washington County Court in November, 1814.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Jacob Conrad Broyles was born about 1735 in Orange,Virginia. He married Elizabeth Yowell.

Susan Elizabeth Broyles (1761, married Elisha Humphreys),
Delilia Broyles (1762, married Thomas Prather),
Lewis Broyles (1762, married Mary McCain),
Jeremiah Broyles (1766),
James Broyles (1769),
Kesiah Broyles (1770, married Thomas Williamson)


James Broyles was born about 1769. His parents were Jacob Conrad Broyles and Elizabeth Yowell.

Mary (Polly) Broyles (about 1793, married Samuel Mauk),
Samuel Broyles (1794),
Lewis Broyles (1795),
Elizabeth Broyles (1796),
Frances Broyles (1798),
Elizabeth Broyles (1798),
John B. Broyles (1800),
Matthias Broyles (Twin) (802),
James Franklin Broyles (Twin) (1802),
Ephraim Broyles (1805),
Jacob Wiley "Wild Jake" Broyles (1806),
Simeon Broyles (1812),
Malinda Broyles (1813),
Mary Ann Broyles (1815), and
Ellender Broyles (1818).

James died in 1839.


James Broyles, Senr. July 17, 1837

Wife Ellender to make my daughters Malinda and Ellender equal to my other daughters Polly Mauk and others.
Land adjoining Adam Painter, John Broyles and others granted to me by State of Tennessee 30 September 1835 to be sold if not needed.
Polly Mauk, my daughter, to have 18 acres at the head of Maple Swamp on the southside of Chuckey River.
Sons John and Mathias have their part which is $1500.
Son Lewis has received $850 and is to receive $200 more provided the note on James Allen Esq. can be secured.
Son James has received $1000.
Sons: Jacob and Ephraim, 246 acres.
Son Simeon, 50 acres more.
Samuel Mauk has land in his own right.
Executrix: Wife Ellender, sons Jacob and Ephraim to assist her.
Wit.: Joseph West, Jacob F. Broyles. Angus Grahal
Probated November Sessions, 1839.
Signed: James (X) Broyles.



Matthias Broyles married Eva Klug

Ephraim Broyles (1767),
Jemima Broyles (1772),
Eleanor "Ellender" Broyles (1774),
Matthias Broyles, Jr. (1776)
Simeon W. Broyles (1779),
Julius Broyles (1785),
Mary Ann Broyles (1786),
Elizabeth Ann Broyles (1790),
Grace Broyles (1791),


William Simon Broyles was born about 1789 in Washington County, Tennessee.

He married Margaret Greene on August 18, 1821

William and Margaret's children included:
Eliza J.Broyles (1822 married John Dunbar),
Susan E. Broyles (1824),
Uriah Jordan Broyles (1825),
Thomas N. Broyles (1827)
Emeline Broyles (1830)
Samuel C. Broyles (1832),
Archibald Broyles (1834),
Joanna Broyles (1836, married James F. Gray),
George Franklin Broyles (1838).




Washington County, Tennessee Marriages

Broyles, Grace–Joseph Mauk, 9 Oct 1807 by Simion Broyles
Broyles, Margaret–John Massengail, 7 Feb 1809 by Daniel Broyles


from William and Mary Quarterly

Jacob [Conrad] Broyles, fourth son of Jacob, died 1763, md Elizabeth Yowell and had Lewis (md Mary McCain in 1783); James; Jeremiah; John, born Oct. 27, 1773; Ezekiel, born Oct. 8, 1776; and daughters who md Thomas Prather and Thomas Williamson.


1849 Green vs. Broyles

Reuban Broyles died leaving his estate to his brothers and his children. This case was brought as a dispute between the brothers and Elizabeth Broyles who married and became Green.

Watauga Pioneer Neighbors

from The Transformation of the Nolichucky Valley, 1776 -1960 - NPS Focus

Southeast of the Smith Bridge area is Broylesville (NR 3/28/1985), another settlement associated with the Nolichucky and agricultural development in Washington County during the nineteenth century. As documented in the National Register historic district nomination by Martha Hagedorn, Broylesville also developed initially as a German settlement, when Nicholas and Cyrus Broyles acquired 840 acres on Little Limestone Creek in 1783.

During the 1790s Adam Broyles, Jr.,began the commercial development of the area by building the Broylesville Inn circa 1797 as well as lumber mill and grist mill. Around the inn would eventually develop a small rural commercial center. The inn served as a post office and inn while there was a shoemaker, tin factory, tan yard, and general merchandise stores. Michael Bashor and Charles H. Swatzel built the Bashor Mill in Broylesville, a flour and saw mill, circa 1869.

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