Thursday, January 29, 2009


Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
James T. Broadfoot, brother to Thomas A. Broadfoot and son of Thomas Broadfoot and Margaret Harcomb was born 21 June 1865 in Creetown, Kirkcudbright, Scotland and died in 1915 in Westerly, Washington, RI. He is buried in the Broadfoot section (section 9) of River Bend Cemetery, in Westerly, RI. His brother Thomas and his family are buried in the section too.

At age 15, James in living with his family in Urr. Kirkcudbright, Scotland [1881 Scotland census] and is already working as a general laborer. He and his brother William are the only children left at home. The 1891 Scottish census lists him at 25 living at home with his parents and brother William but the 1900 census in the US lists his year of immigration as 1890 and the 1910 census in the US lists his year of immigration as 1888! The 1900 census lists his year of marriage to Lillian as 1893.

What motivated James to leave home and travel to America must have been his brother Thoams A. Broadfoot who was already established here in business in Westerly, RI. James's gravestone tells us that he lived longer than his brother Tom.

James has a Masonic symbol on his gravestone and must have belonged to the local Masonic Lodge for the area of Pawcatuck (CT) and Westerly (RI).

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