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BROADWELL PAPERS
Special Collections
Benjamin F. Feinberg Library
Plattsburgh State University College
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901
by
Richard D. Doina, Jr.
June 1981

Introduction
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
   Broadwell, Andrew S. Broadwell Family History 1664-1962. Rouses Point, New York. 1962.
   Hurd, Duane H. History of Clinton and Franklin Counties, Philadelphia: i. W. Lewis and Comp., 1880.
CONTENTS
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.
Box 1
Folder
Items
# of items
1
David Broadwell 1800-1815
11
2
David Benton Broadwell 1820, 1829
2
3
Indentures and land correspondence
3
4
Baptist Meeting House (West Plattsburgh)
3
5
Business transactions 1815-1825
14
6
Business transactions 1827
18
7
Business transactions Jan-Feb. 1828
39
8
Business transactions March-May 1828
32
9
Business transactions June-Sept. 1828
6
10
Business transactions 1829
18
11
Business transactions 1830-1850
16
12
Business transactions 1851
20
13
Business transactions 1852
66
14
Business transactions 1853-1854
42
15
Business transactions 1857-1868
10
16
Miscellaneous and undated material
26
17
Unrelated material
18
Total number of items 314