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Who Was Mary Broadway (c1775-1853+)?

I have a mystery on my hands. Well, okay, I admit I have lots of mysteries, but this is today’s mystery.

Exactly who was Mary Brawdeway (Broadway) who married John Dulworth on 2 December 1803 in Knox County, Tennessee?

I have written about the Dulworth family, but I have never put the spotlight entirely on Mary, who left only a handful of clues. Here they are:

  1. In 1850, she reported that she was 75 years old, thus born c1775, and from South Carolina.
  2. Many list Broadway as Mary’s maiden name, but I don’t believe that was so for two reasons and they are both children. Peggy Broadway was born c1796, in NORTH CAROLINA, if the 1850 census is correct,  and married (1) Thomas Robinson on 23 December 1813 in Knox County, Tennessee. Thomas Robinson died soon, as Peggy Robinson married (2) John A. Smith, 26 August 1815, Knox County, Tennessee. (3) John Henry, 13 July 1849, Lawrence County, Indiana. She died after 1850, last found living with her family in Iroquois County, Illinois.
  3. Louvina Broadway was born c1800, Tennessee, and married John Rush, c1820. The 1820 census shows John Rush with one adult female in the household, both 16-25, with no children. They appear to be newlyweds. Louvina and John rush both died 1870-1880, probably in Cumberland County, Kentucky, where they were living. I have seen references to these young ladies being called Dulworth, but I believe that is because John Dulworth would have been their stepfather and the man who raised them. The Broadway surname is non-existent in early Knox County records. With the connection to the Dulworths, it appears they are Mary’s daughters by a previous marriage.
  4. Mary Broadway left John Dulworth and settled in Cumberland County, Kentucky. I have found no evidence that John ever left Knox County, Tennessee. Mary married (3) Solomon Prewitt on 4 November 1840, per information in his pension application as a soldier of the American Revolution. Mary died sometime after 16 February 1853, when she is last mentioned in it.
  5. I can find no other mention of any surname close to Broadway/Brawdway/Bradway in Knox County, Tennessee records between 1790-1820.
  6. The 1790 census of South Carolina has only one Broadway entry, that of Charles Broadway who lived in Laurens County, South Carolina. This Broadway family was good sized with 4 males over the age of 16, 5 males under 16 and 3 females. Charles Broadway certainly had some young men who might have married c1795. By 1800, Charles was gone, but I find Alexander Braudway, 0001-2001, and William Braudway, 1001-2001, in Laurens County, South Carolina. Some of the family obviously went on the move unless they all died.
  7. If Peggy Broadway Robinson Smith Henry was correct about being born in North Carolina, that opens up another entire can of worms. Laurens County, South Carolina is nowhere near the border with North Carolina. In 1790, there were 4 Broadways listed in the North Carolina census. First, there is Eliza Bradway in Franklin County, Gracy Broadaway in Anson County, and both James and Jesse in Craven County. Of those four, Anson County is the only one that borders South Carolina. Gracy had three males over 16 and seven females in the household. This looks like a real possibility to check out because, while Gracy was gone in 1800, John and William BRAUDAWAY both appear in Anson County. Mary’s name on her 1803 marriage record was spelled BRAWDEWAY. Both spellings indicate that they may have pronounced the name as Broad-a-way.
  8. If Mary (MNU) Broadway was born in South Carolina and married there, she might have been from either Lancaster or Chesterfield Counties, South Carolina, as they both have borders with Anson County, North Carolina.

NOTE: Although my husband hasn’t had any matches to Broadway kin who have trees, I have found two or three cousins in the Dulworth side of the family who have matches to Broadways in Anson County, North Carolina! I may be on to something here.

That’s it for all the clues, but I think I am going to look into the Braudeway/Broadway/Braudaway family in Anson County, North Carolina. If you have any other suggestions, please share them. 🙂

New Tidbit Discovered on John Dulworth

John Dulworth is a bit of a mysterious person. He is my husband’s 4X great grandfather. He left very little in the way of a paper trail, apparently migrating from Germany via an alien space ship which landed in Knox County, Tennessee in the 1790s.

John’s year of birth is unknown, although he appears on a circa 1793 Knox County militia list in that year, so he likely was at least 21 and perhaps even a fair amount older than that, as Mary, his wife, was born c1765.

Source: Ancestry

There are no other Dulworths in Tennessee at the same time as John. Notice that his name is inscribed as “Dulwitt,” which I think may be due to a German accent.

If John was married by 1793, there is no documentation to identify who, where or when he wed. There is a recorded marriage for him to Mary “Brawdeway” (Broadway) on 2 December 1803 in Knox County. Many of John’s descendants list Broadway as Mary’s maiden name, but I believe she was a widow. I can find no records for Mary before her marriage, but the Broadway name is as rare in Knox County pre-1800 as the Dulworth surname is. Yet, there is one other Broadway marriage for a Broadway found in Knox County and a presumed Broadway marriage in Cumberland County, Kentucky.

First, Peggy Broadway married Thomas Robinson on 23 December 1813 in Knox County. She was likely born c1795, but little else is known about her.

Second, family information indicates that a Louvina Broadway married John Rush. The Rush family has ties by marriage to the Dulworth clan. This John Rush was born c1799 in North or South Carolina and lived his adult life in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Per 1860 and 1870  census information, his wife “Luvenia” reported that she was born c1801 in “East Tennessee.”

When John and Luvenia’s son Samuel died in 1913, family members reported on his death certificate that his parents were John Rush and Louvenia Dulworth, but she was born several years before Mary Broadway and John Dulworth married and family lore gives her birth surname as Broadway.

John Dulworth and Mary had several children of their own:

i. John, born c1803; married Hyla Willis
ii. James, born c1805; married Elizabeth Gwinn Spear
iii. Daughter, born c1811; nothing further known
iv. Hannah, born c1813; married William Spear

By 1820, Mary “Dulwit” is head of a household in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Exactly when Mary left John or when he actually died is unknown. Family lore claimed that daughter Hannah cared for John before he died and “his will” left what he had to her, since Mary had left him “long ago.”

I have never, ever been able to find a will or even a hint of an estate administration in either Knox or Cumberland County. However, I did find an interesting land deed dated 19 April 1817 and recorded in Knox County on 26 September of the same year. John Dulworth gave Jacob Horne his 31 1/4 acres of land on Stock Creek in return for his care in his “old age.”

Know All men to whom itt
may concern that I John Dulvert of Knox County &
state of Tennessee being wore out with old age & na-
tural infirmity and not being able to work for
my living therefore I give my land with all its
appurtenances unto Jacob Horne on condition of
his maintaining me as long as its shall please God
to keep me on this Earth to live in the family &
to have as the family (Same?) food & (raiment?) (Wherefor?)
I give all my rights & title clear of all incumbrance
State of Tennessee} July Sessions
as before (mentes?) (?) (?) I have sett my hand and
seal this 17 day of April one thousand eight hundred
and seventeen.
John (X) Dulvertt }Seal

Knox County) 1817
James (X) Graves
Thomas M Cammon The execution of the within deed
was proved in Court by the oath of James Graves and
Thomas MCammon witnesses thereto & admitted
to record. Let it be registered the state tax being paid
Given under my hand and official seal this 15 day of
August 1817
Charles McClung by his Dep. Hugh Broson(?)

Who is Jacob Horne you ask? I have no idea. The 1820 census for this area of Tennessee is missing and this is the only entry in either the grantor or grantee index for Jacob Horne.

I also have no idea with whom the young Dulworth family migrated to Cumberland County, Kentucky. Depending on which area of each county they lived, the trip would have been roughly 100 miles. I don’t know if John Dulworth himself ever went to Kentucky. I doubt not, though, because of the family lore that “my wife left me long ago.”

However, it is apparent that John Dulworth died sometime between April 1817, the date of his land deed, and definitely before the 1830 census, where he is not found. It is certainly possible that he might even have died before 26 September 1817, the date Jacob Horne recorded the deed.

In any case, Hannah was only a very young girl in 1817 and certainly was not caring for her aged father.

It seems that John Dulworth led a sad, lonely life. When Mary and the children left him, he likely never saw any of them again.

Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fabulous Family Finds: John Dulwitt

On the surface, this might not seem like much of a find:

John Dulwitt, 1792-1794 Militia

John Dulworth (aka Dulwitt) is my husband’s German ancestor who was running around eastern Tennessee by 1800. John left very few records. He married widow Mary Broadway in Knox County in 1803.

John Dulworth-Mary Broadway Marriage

Other than the marriage record, I have found very few records for John Dulworth. Except for assuming that he was at least 21 years old when he married Mary in 1803, I had no other estimate for his year of birth.

I have yet to find any mention of him in any record in any place east – and by east I mean from the Tennessee all the way back to Germany – with the exception of this militia record. He is another ancestor who must have been teleported in. I haven’t found any FANs for him, either.

However, the militia record places him in Tennessee much earlier than I thought and now I can place his year of birth as no later than 1773. I suspect he was older than 21 at that time, but probably not more than 30ish.

Even after his marriage, John Dulworth left very little in the way of a paper trail. Per land records, he was in Knox County as late as 1809, but the family moved to Cumberland County, Kentucky and Mary “Delwitt” was the head of household in 1820.

Family lore says that Mary left John and that he died before 1820. References have been made to a will of John’s whereby he gave his possessions to his daughter Hannah because of “my wife having left me,” but in spite of looking high and low for this will, I have never found even a hint of its existence. Of course, its mention was unsourced online.

Some of the earliest Germans in Tennessee were migrants from Orange County, North Carolina area. In 1790, there was a John Dilworth family in Rockingham County, North Carolina along with a Thomas Dilworth and Benjamin Dilworth family, but they appear to be of English background and surrounding neighbors also appear to be English families. Perhaps further research in North Carolina would bring up some new clues.

In the meantime, John Dulwitt’s militia record is my Crestleaf 12 Months of Fabulous Family Finds for May!