Putnam County


Hervey E. BROADDUS, supervisor of Roberts township, resides upon a fine and well improved farm on section 17. His grandfather, Lunsford BROADDUS, who married Nancy GALE, was a pioneer of Marshall county, in 1832. They were both natives of Virginia, where their marriage occurred. On coming to Marshall county, they located in Hopewell township, one and a half miles east of the present city of Lacon, on which farm they spent the remainder of their lives. Their children were Helen M., widow of William STRAWN; Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Enoch SAWYER, also deceased; Christopher, deceased, who married Minerva A. HALL, a resident of Urbana, Illinois; Lucy, the deceased wife of F. H. BOND, of Wenona; Caroline, the deceased wife of Henry E. WEIR, of Richland township; Leland, the father of our subject; Susan A., widow of Peter BOGARDUS, who now lives in Kansas; Andrew S. and Irving, of Lacon; and Reuben, of Roberts township.

Leland BROADDUS was reared on the homestead in Hopewell township, and after attaining his majority, married Harriet M. CRANE, who was born near Hamilton, Ohio, March 8, 1830. She is the daughter of Hezekiah T. and Clarissa CRANE, the former a native of New Jersey, born January 30, 1797, and the latter born near Cincinnati, Ohio, July 4, 1803. Her parents came to Marshall county, in 1835, settled in Richland township, where the father improved a farm, but soon after moved into Lacon, where he was county judge, postmaster, notary public and justice of the peace for many years. Both parents died in that city, the father, October 1, 1871, and the mother, November 25, 1863. Their children were Eliza, wife of John CONKLIN, of Galesburg, Illinois; Harriet N., the mother of our subject; Martha, who resides at Galesburg, Illinois; Joseph V., who married Mary NYE, and is now deceased; Maria Louisa, wife of N. M. LAWS, of Denver, Colorado; Eunice, now deceased. The parents of our subject were married in Marshall county, but immediately removed to Putnam county, locating in Hennepin township, where the father improved a farm in the river bottom. They were the parents of three children, two of whom are now living – Lunsford T. married Ara E. HAILEY, by whom he has six children – Myrta, John, Henry, Willard, Walter and Ralph, and our subject is the younger.

The mother of these children died April 24, 1858, and the father married Miss Susan CASE, by whom he had four children – John L., Clara E., James and Irving E. The first named married Emma BURT, by whom he has one child, Clara E. The daughter married Wayne I. HAM, and they have three children – Stella S., Clara Ella and Lee H. James is now deceased. The parents yet reside on the old homestead in Hennepin township, Putnam county, and are well-known and universally respected throughout the entire section of the country. Politically the father has been a lifelong democrat.

Hervey E. BROADDUS was born March 27, 1858, in Hennepin township, Putnam county, Illinois. His mother dying when he was but a babe, he was taken by his grandfather, CRANE, then residing at Lacon, with whom he remained until fourteen years of age, in the meantime receiving his education in the public schools of that city. On leaving the home of his grandfather, he went to the home of his father, where he remained until grown to manhood.

On the 22nd of December, 1881, Mr. BROADDUS was united in marriage with Miss Cordelia B. GLENN, a daughter of Y. A. and Elizabeth (GERMAN) GLENN, of Magnolia township, Putnam county, Illinois, who have five living children – Isaac Dawson married Helen OTTO, by whom he has two children, Murray and Dawson, and they live in Magnolia township; Mrs. BROADDUS is the next in order of birth; Clara Ellen is the wife of Robert G. WILSON, by whom she has two children, Marshall Nelson and Young Glenn, and they also live in Magnolia township; Anna Elizabeth is the wife of Marshall H. BROADDUS, and is the mother of one child, Minerva Elizabeth, and they live in Roberts township, Marshall county; Young Sherman, who married Clara GOLDEN, lives in Magnolia township. Mrs. BROADDUS was born December 25, 1859, in Magnolia township, and was educated in the district school known as the Caledonia school.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. BROADDUS settled upon their present farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres, on section 17, Roberts township, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. Mr. BROADDUS has been a life-long farmer, in which line of business he has been successful. However, during a part of this time he has taught school in Marshall and Putnam counties. He has always taken a great interest in educational matters and has served as school director and school trustee for many years. In politics he is a democrat and has voted that ticket since attaining his majority. He has served as collector of Roberts township one term, and is now serving the township as supervisor.

Mr. and Mrs. BROADDUS are the parents of three children – Grace Idell, Young Glenn and Leland H., all of whom yet remain under the parental roof.

Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois  published in 1896, page 309.

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