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|PARENT (M) Thomas Broom|
|Death||23 NOV 1749||Wilmington, Delaware, USA|
|Marriage||4 DEC 1711||to Elizabeth Hannum at St. Paul''s Church, Chester Co., PA|
|PARENT (F) Elizabeth Hannum|
|Birth||ABT 1694||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||ABT OCT 1749||Wilmington, Delaware, USA|
|Marriage||4 DEC 1711||to Thomas Broom at St. Paul''s Church, Chester Co., PA|
|Birth||ABT DEC 1719||Wilmington, DE|
|Death||17 MAR 1732||Wilmington, DE|
|M||John II Broom|
|Birth||ABT 1732||Wilmington, DE|
|Birth||BET 1720 AND 1735|
|Death||BET JAN AND MAY 1761||Cecil Co., MD|
|Birth||BET 1715 AND 1720||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||BEF AUG 1748||Wilmington, DE|
|Birth||BET 1715 AND 1726|
|M||John I Broom|
|Birth||ABT JUN 1713||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||DEC 1730||Chester Co., PA or Wilmington, DE|
|Birth||12 SEP 1714||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||BEF 1749||Chester Co., PA|
|Birth||BEF 27 JUL 1716||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||JUL 1716||Chester Co., PA|
|Birth||BET 1715 AND 1730||Chester Co., PA.|
|Death||BET OCT 1749 AND JAN 1750||Wilmington, DE|
|Birth||BET 1712 AND 1716||Wilmington, Delaware, USA|
|Death||BET 15 JUL 1791 AND SEP 1794||Wilmington, DE|
|Birth||BEF 1719||Chester Co., PA|
|Death||ABT SEP 1719||Philadelphia, PA|
Willington was still without any municipal government, and on June 10, 1736, a hundred and three citizens petitioned Governor Penn for a borough charter, "that they may be impowered to choose burgesses and inferior offices as shall be found necessary for the encouraging virtue, preserving the Kings peace and the detecting of vice, that they may be enabled to form and enact such ordinances for the regulation of the markets and streets, and cleansing and mending the streets and highways within the precincts of the said town or borough, as may prove commodious and advantageous both to the said town and country adjacent, etc." The signers of the petition were Joseph Pennock, William Shipley, Joseph Way, Charles Empson, Thomas Peters, Robert Read, Thomas West, Joshua Way, Theodore Broom, Edward Tatnall, James Milner, Samuel Pennock, Griffith Minshall, John Pierce, Caleb Way, Erasmus Stidham, William Atherton, Samuel Houton, John Smith, Christopher Marshall, Mordecai Lewis, Mathias Morton, Goldsmith Folwell, William Empson, Joseph Greist, Andrew Justice, Thomas Willing, Thomas Tatnall, David Bush, Philip Vandevere, John Griest, William Cheneay, Joseph Williams, Richard Evenson."
Source: Scharf, Thomas J., History of Delaware, 1609-1888. IN TWO VOLUMES, ILLUSTRATED. PHILADELPHIA: L.J. RICHARDS & CO. 1888
Volume Two- pp. 629-663.
THE CITY OF WILMINGTON.
Note: The Philadelphia Monthly Meeting lists three burials of children of Thomas & Elizabeth Broom, under "Persons not Friends", page 441:
John, son, 25-12-1730
Margrett, daughter, 10-7-1719
Thomas, son, 27-7-1716
This raises the question of whether the John listed as father of "Lady" (b. 1766) is a second John. Thomas does list a living son John in his will in 1749, and if he was born just after 1731, this would fit better than the first John, who was born in 1713 and probably died in 1730.
Second, the reference to William as son of Thomas is taken from another researcher but not verified yet by records I have seen. This same researcher lists William as having a first son William in 1739, and then three other children starting 12 years later. I have found records of these three, with their mother listed as Phoebe, but not of the first son, William. This raises the question of whether Phoebe was a second wife.
I also found a record for children of a William and Agnes Broom, Phoebe, born in 1768 and Margaret. This researcher suggests that Agnes is a second wife. It would seem unusal that a second wife would name her child after the first wife (although this supposition may say more about our times than theirs!) and I would think it more likely that if there was a William born in 1739, he could have been the husband of Agnes and named his daughter after his (step)mother.
To confuse things even more, both a Thomas Broom and a William Broom appear on a list of "Persons admitted as Freemen of the City of Philadelphia" in 1717. Thomas is listed as feltmaker and William as Cooper. This William could also be the father of the William born in 1739, removing all the Williams to another branch of the family. Thomas does not name a William in his will, making this connection even more suspicious.
Another questionable assertion is that the Bush grandchildren in Thomas' will were the children of his daughter Elizabeth. Although this would be possible, he lists Elizabeth as Elizabeth Broom, while he refers to his other daughters by their married names.
Last, there is a record for the marriage of Ann Broom to Nathaniel Tucker at the same church where Thomas was also married six years later. It is a reasonable assumption that she was his sister.
Lots more research to do here!