Thursday, January 29, 2009
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).