Benjamin F. Feinberg Library
Plattsburgh State University College
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901
Richard D. Doina, Jr.
The Broadwell papers consist of 314 items primarily relating to David Broadwell (1748-1816) and his son David Benton Broadwell (1795-1871) including the business papers of the latter's lumber company.
David Broadwell was born in Morristown, New Jersey and served in the militia during the Revolutionary War. He was married three times. His first wife died before having any children. His second wife, Sabera Wilcox bore five children: William, Stephen, Noah, Arron, and Rachel. Shortly after Sabera's death, David married Elizabeth Carrol (1765-1839). She also had five children, but only David Benton Broadwell lived to adulthood.
In 1803, David Broadwell moved with his family to Clinton County, New York, where he constructed a forge and saw mill. In 1812, he was appointed Commission of Highways for Plattsburgh and during the war, he served in the 36th Regiment.
David Benton Broadwell (1795-1876) was born in Morristown, New Jersey, and was nine years old when his parents moved to the Plattsburgh area. Upon his father's death in 1816, David and his half brother, Noah, gained all rights to the family land in Waterbury, Vermont. David also inherited the Broadwell farm.
In 1820, he became a corporal in the New York State militia and that year, he married his first cousin, Susan Parrot (1800-1881). His fathered eight children but only four survived childhood: Harriet, Stephen, Julie Ann and Dewitt. David served as Town Supervisor of Plattsburgh and schuyler Falls and as a Justice to the Court of Common Pleas.
A major part of these papers are receipts involving David Benton Broadwell's lumber business arranged chronologically. They fill folders 5-15. Folder 17 contains unrelated material such as scraps of paper and lists of numbers without any identification.
BACKGROUND SOURCES IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
This collection of papers are housed in a half Hollinger box containing 17 folders. Folder 16 contains miscellaneous and undated material which includes a list of debts owed by David Broadwell.