The name McBroom is derived from an ancient Gaelic surname, Mac an Bhriuthain, that means “son of the judge.” The McBrooms were not a Highland or Lowland clan, but a small family that lived in the far southwestern district of Scotland called Galloway.
The earliest McBrooms recorded are three brothers named David, Andro, and Bartholomew, and their sister, Janet. They are mentioned in the records of Kirkcudbright and Dumfries Scotland.
Andro McBroom never married, but was burgess (mayor) of Kirkcudbright and a member of the town council; however, in the year 1576 he was charged with dealing with pirates.
Bartholomew married and had two children, but neither lived to adulthood.
Janet McBroom, the sister, was banished from Kircudbright in 1588 for what the town council called “bad behavior.” She was scourged and burned with a brand on her shoulder and ordered banished from the community forever.
David McBroom died in 1580 in Kirkcudbright. His great-grandson, John, graduated from Glasgow University in 1655. Between 1660 and 1662 he was the minister of the Presbyterian Church in the sea coast town of Portpatrick. At this time, the English were trying to force the Presbyterian Scots to adopt the “papist” Church of England practices. The Presbyterian minister, John McBroom, was ordered to leave Scotland. He and his family fled Scotland for Northern Ireland. From 1662 to 1682 he served as pastor of the Anahilt Presbyterian Church in County Down, Ireland.
A couple of generations later, John’s grandson, James, left Ireland to look for more favorable economic conditions in America. James, his wife Mary Jackson McBroom, and their children arrived in the United States sometime in the 1720’s. Mary Jackson was the grand-aunt of President Andrew Jackson.
Because James, Mary and their children, James II, Thomas, Margaret, Janett, Elizabeth, and Mary, came as a family, it is assumed they came as fare-paying passengers, not as indentured servants as were many Irish immigrants. By 1730, they had an established land improvement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The children and grandchildren of James and Mary migrated to Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Our ancestor, James McBroom II, married Elizabeth Houston in 1741, in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. In about 1758, seeking cheap land, James, Elizabeth and their eight children (including our eight year-old ancestor, Sarah McBroom) joined the migration of Scotch-Irish down the Great Wagon Road (present day Interstate 81), through the Shenandoa Valley of Virginia, settling in Rowan County, North Carolina. The 700-mile trip would have taken them more than two months.
Early genealogy compilations state that “the McBrooms settled on Second Creek, a branch of the South Yadkin River, about eight miles west of Salisbury.” Recent findings of early maps show that James and Elizabeth McBroom made an “ax-claim” on land north of the South Yadkin River on what was called McBroom Branch (presently, Patterson Creek) about twelve miles north of existing Statesville. The McBroom family probably settled there before most other settlers in the area, explaining the creek named for them.
James died January 12, 1760 and Elizabeth Houston McBroom died November 14, 1770. Her will reads as follows:
“In the name of God Amen: I Elizabeth McBroom of Rowan county in North Carolina being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God – I dispose of my worldlies.
I give and bequeath my plantation whereon I live together with all my claim of the land thereunto belonging to be equally divided by my executors to my beloved sons, John McBroom and James McBroom third. John paying all the dues out of his own share for the obtaining a title out of the office for issuing titles for Earl (..?…) District in North Carolina, and upon his neglect of getting the same, then James to take it out and hold the premises entirely to himself.
Secondly, I give unto my beloved daughter Sarah McBroom, my bed and all the furniture thereunto belonging and all my wearing apparel.
Thirdly, I give all the rest of my estate unto my beloved children viz John McBroom, James McBroom, John McHargue, Robert Porter, Alexander Ensley, John McBroom, Samuel Steel, John Kerson four pounds ten shillings excepting which is to be deducted out of John McBroom’s share and to be equally divided amongst the rest of my Legates and be taken share thereof himself.
Fourthly, I nominate and appoint the above named John Kerson and John McHargue to be Executors of my Last will and Testament and do utterly disanul and make void all former wills by me made.”
Four years after the death of her mother, Sarah McBroom married William McHargue on January 3, 1774.
Sarah and William had five sons, James, Alexander, John, William II, and Samuel. William II is our ancestor.
William II married Barbara Storm.
Their son, Henderson married Elizabeth Jackson.
Their daughter, Alice Jane, married William Levi Bobbitt.
Their son, James Henderson, married Telitha Cecile Green.
Their daughter was Pauline Bobbitt Hansen, my mother.
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