Matthias Broyles

Matthias Broyles

Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Death 14 Dec 1862 (aged 73)
Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Woodlands, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 167327879 · View Source
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Matthias Broyles
Birth 15 November 1789 in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee
Death 14 December 1862 in Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee

Tombstone was found in the woods. No cemetery name listed. Most likely on farm land that Matthias owned as they died suddenly.

Matthias Broyles, son of Ephraim and Grace (McCain) Broyles, was born in Greene County, Tennessee on November 15, 1789, and married Barbara Lotspeich on July 18, 1808. Consent for the marriage was given by his father,Ephraim, since Matthias was a minor, being only 18 years and 8 months of age. Barbara was two months younger, having been born on 2 Jan. 1790, the daughter of John Christopher and Barbara (Hartley) Lotspeich. Eleven children were born to the couple: Ira D, Nathan S, Amos B, Nile M, Hosea, John S, Mary A, Grace J, Emaline, Narcissa, and Sarah."

In 1934, John W. Broyles wrote the following description of his grandparents: 'They moved to the Sweetwater Valley from Greene County, Tennessee, where he acquired 640 acres of red land; but he was a good hunter and game became scarce there; he sold out and bought about 600 acres on Piney River, I think that was in 1828. They were great Methodists, and I have heard that my grandmother could beat the preachers in argument on the scripture. Game began to get scarce here and he sold out to Uncle William Hayden Stockton and my father [Niles M. Broyles] and moved to Cumberland County,Tennessee and established a trading post on the highway southwest of Crossville, where he supplied the constant stream of covered wagons 'trekking' westward before the Civil War. They were rank Confederates and were kind enough to loan some bedding to a camp of sick soldiers who were mean enough to return some of it when the camp was abandoned. Grandmother was taken violently ill and a negro slave was told to ride post haste after a doctor. Grandfather became impatient at the boy's delay in starting and ran out to the barn where he was stricken with the same malady which I presume was typhus. They were buried in the same grave [Barbara and Matthias died on the 9th and 14th of December, 1862.]"

Copy of Letter from Aunt Sallie Fooshee to Bertie Broyles.
Sparta, Tenn.
Feb. 8, 1935
Dear Bertie:
We received your dear letter Jan. 31st and was glad to hear from you. Also surprised to hear of Dodson's and Ovella's expecting heir. I will write what I can remember of Grandfather's Family. Their names--Matthias Broyles and Barbara Broyles, died of thyphoid in 1863.They nursed some soldiers who got well, but both took it and died and were buried in same grave. Grandfather didn't have a decayed tooth in his mouth at his death. Grandmother was very religious, read a lot and prayed in public when called on. They had 11 eleven children. The two oldest sons were Methodists preachers and one son was a doctor. Six oldest went west. Uncles Ira, Amos, and Nathan--he was the doctor. AuntPolly Ann Stockton, Aunt Jane Hill and Aunt Emmaline Stockton. AuntPolly Ann's oldest son, John, was the age of my father and were broughtup together till they all went west. The doctor settled in Mo. The other five lived in Tennessee.
Sister Sallie

his spouse
Barbara Lotspeich
Birth 2 January 1790 in Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee
Death 14 December 1862 in Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee

his parents
Ephraim Broyles 1767–1851
Grace McCain 1770–1852

his grandparents
Matthias Broyles Sr 1746–1814
Eva Klug 1749–1801

his g grandparents
Hans Jacob Broyles 1705–1763 (brother of Conrad)
Mary Catherine Fleishman Broyles 1703–1771

his g g grandparents
Johannes Broyles, the immigrant 1679–1733
Ursula Ruop 1680–1744

Thanks to Mishelle, another Johannes Broyles descendant, that we have these photos of the final resting place of Matthias and Barbara Broyles.

Information obtained from Ancestry and rootsweb.


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  • Maintained by: Myrtle Ennis
  • Originally Created by: Mishelle
  • Added: 23 Jul 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 167327879
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthias Broyles (15 Nov 1789–14 Dec 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167327879, citing Broyles-Lotspeich Burying Ground, Woodlands, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Myrtle Ennis (contributor 47571243) .