Broyles family

Johannes and Ursula are the progenitors of the Broyles, Broiles, and Briles families in America.Though born in the village of Dusslingen in Württemberg, Johannes moved, perhaps around the year 1700, to Ötisheim, a small village approximately 40 miles north as the crow flies. There he met and married Ursula Roup, daughter of a local gravedigger. And there he and Ursula began raising their family. Johannes’ father Conrad was a farmer, and Johannes was the eldest son, thus entitling him to a good inheritance, but he forsook this to make his living as a weaver in Ötisheim. Perhaps it was this sense of trying the unknown that prompted him and Ursula to join a group of families making the voyage to the New World.

There can be no doubt that Johannes and Ursula Breyhel of Ötisheim are identical to John and Urseley Broyle of Germanna. The names and ages of their children match perfectly with what is known, and they disappeared from the Ötisheim records at just the right time.

1717 – Johannes and family emigrate to America with about 20 other German families, and come to live at Germanna, in Virginia.

24 Jun 1726 – John Prial is granted 400 acres in the “first fork of the Rapidan River.” [1]

2 May 1727 – John Bryoll proves his importation. He is granted the right to take up 200 acres. He states that he came to this country about nine years since with Captain Scott, and that he brought with him his wife Urseley, and children Conrad and Elizabeth. On the same day, Jacob Bryoll (John’s son) proves his right to take up land, and is granted 50 acres.

7 Mar 1732 – John Broyle makes his will, Spotsylvania Co., Va., Book A, page 209: “I, John Broyles, being willing to setel my affairs, knowing that in this trancitory life we are in ye mids of death. I does after by wife’s deceas leve my land, Goods, and catel to be “be” equally divided amongst all my children mail and female as witness hand. This being my last will Testament his John / Broyles mark wit: Michael Holt, Balthasar (Paultus) Blankenbaker, and Nicholas Blankenbaker.

5 Feb 1733 – At a court held for Spotsylvania County: “Urseley Broyle, widow of John Broyle decd Exhibied the above will which was proved by oath of Paultus Blankepaker one of the witnesses thereto and desired the same might be recorded which was granted.”

26 Jul 1744 – Jacob and Conrad Broil convey to Adam Wilhite 200 acres of land patented 24 Jun 1726 by John Broil, and bequeathed to them. This was their inheritance, and would indicate that their mother had died. Since it appears that John Broil owned 400 acres at his death, this would also indicate that he had four children who survived him, because the estate was to be divided equally among his heirs.
Source: Broyles/Briles Database

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2 Responses to Broyles family

  1. Scott C Broyles says:

    I am the great grandson of Timothy Sullen Broyles.
    I can provide the information about my great-grandmother ELVA J Harmon Broyles As Well the next four generations.

  2. Harold Sparling says:

    To learn more about the Broyles and allied families look up “Second Germanna” My line Susan Amanda, father Michael Broyles, mother, Rachel Siler.

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